Body armor is used all over the world. Some countries allow their citizens to own and wear body armor for personal protection bought from websites online that deliver armor to your door, whereas other countries allow only law enforcement officers and military members to do it. Whatever the situation in your country, body armor available to you can differ from armors available in other countries. There are certain factors that influence the situation around body armor in the world.
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Body Armor Market Is Dominated by North America
In January 2012, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced a statement that the Army of the United States is getting prepared for smaller infantry, but an optimally trained and better equipped force. Back in 2012, the US Army Modernization Strategy put an essential emphasis on bettering personal ground troop protection and the US DoD will most probably continue modifying its current
body armor and safety headgear preferences to stay dominant among land forces around the world.
Due to the emphasis that has been made by the US Army Modernization Strategy on the improvement of personal protection for American soldiers, the army’s budget now includes the intensive development of gender-specific lightweight body armor that would provide even better protection. As a consequence, North America has become the #1 spender in the personal protection and body
armor sector and takes about 50% of the world market. Certain programs that are anticipated to be a substantial contribution to North American costs on personal protection and body armor include the obtainment of better overt tactical armors.
Asia and Europe are as well expected to take an essential part of the overall personal protection and body armor, taking 13% and 31% respectively. This is going to be significantly driven by endeavors of such countries as India, Russia, and China to supply improved survivability of their military forces. Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East share 1%, 2%, and 3% of world personal protection and body armor expense respectively.
The World’s Technological Trends for Military Body Armor and Personal Protection
Cosworth Soldier-Worn Electronics Demo
Cosworth is planning on developing body armor that would offer improved connectivity and a lower weight for electronic systems worn on the body. In response to a tender for the Man Worn Power and Data Technology Demonstrator program issued by the UK Ministry of Defense, a demo was made as a part of generic development of soldier architecture. Cosworth, being the program’s main contractor, has used technologies from CQC, TE Connectivity, Martec, Ultra Electronics, and BMT Defence Services to implement its solution. The solution involves the reduction of system complication, removal of exposed cords to prevent inconvenience, and employment of flexible power system to let the soldier carry just enough battery power needed for the mission, while observing available energy supply.
This Cosworth system employs a single USB2.0 high-speed cabling system that is integrated into the Osprey body armor set, enabling adaptive power flow control through the clothes. In other words, batteries may be recharged with the power from any power source available, including a solar panel or armored vehicle. The armor disconnects low-priority devices, when the battery runs down.
Double-Sided Combat Uniforms to Improve Survival Capability
FIBROTEX, in co-operation with Israel Defense Forces special units, has evolved next-gen smart fabric double-sided combat uniforms named FIGHTEX. They were demonstrated at the Eurosatory event in Paris in June 11-15, 2012. These uniforms employ innovative materials to provide comfortable bending and crawling, supporting soldiers’ survival capability when on missions. FIGHTEX uniforms are
Light-weight, bullet proof, and can be used together with many other items, such as load carriers, vests, and winter uniforms. These armors are as well equipped with the false-color camouflage signature management system by FIBROTEX. It helps prevent equipment and personnel from being revealed in the battlefield. This system can be printed with different patterns on each side to provide the wearer with a full camouflage in mixed landscape. For instance, one fabric side may supply camouflage for greenish areas, including forests, whereas the other side will provide soldiers with the best camouflage for urban or desert landscapes.
DEFCON Technology Launch by UNEQUAL Technologies
DEFCON armor technology is meant to supply protection in military and law enforcement protective gear. It was recently introduced by UNEQUAL Technologies. The DEFCON technology is flexible, lightweight, and thin, featuring a unique formula, which absorbs and disperses more energy per 1 in 2, comparing to conventional body armors. This technology reduces more blunt trauma force with one
panel, than a few combined ballistic material layers, while essentially increasing the vest’s comfort and flexibility. DEFCON is particularly developed to reduce the hidden surface signature, the non-penetrating effect on the body after it was hit by a bullet (projectile). When integrated into conventional IIIA body armor, DEFCON technology is able to stop up to 52 steel rounds without any additional layers, modifications, or plates. The first layer absorbs the impact shock and vibration that would otherwise enter the body or head, while the second layer impedes and redirects the energy, and the third layer provides for regular activities.
Fabric Protecting from Cut Wounds
PPSS, a UK protective clothing company, is manufacturing a fireproof, breathable T-shirt, which also will protect the wearer from cut wounds. Cut-Tex PRO fabric is made from an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fiber and fiberglass woven combination that also features other technical fibers, such as elastane, nylon, and polyester. These fibers are then knitted on a special high-density weaving machine to make a level 5 cut-proof fabric. The clothing line made from this fabric is focused on police officers, prison guards, security specialists, and other frontline experts, who can encounter blade attacks. PPSS claims that their Cut-Tex PRO fabric is also resistant to fire and human bites, which can be as well improved by addition of Kevlar fibers during the process of manufacturing. The standard fabric isn’t puncture proof and can’t offer protection from stab attacks, since it’s a knitted fiber.