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Armoured vehicles using ballistic tape for spall liners

DSM Dyneema : 14 May, 2013  (Application Story)
DSM Dyneema's BT10 ballistic tape is being used by FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, leading producer of armoured vehicles based in Turkey. FNSS has an extensive product line consisting of a universal family of tracked and wheeled armoured combat vehicles and combat utility vehicles. It already supplies the armed forces of Turkey and allied nations.
Armoured vehicles using ballistic tape for spall liners

FNSS won an important contract from an Asian government to manufacture 8x8 “PARS” amphibious armoured personnel vehicles featuring spall liners made with BT10. Dyneema tape materials are woven and laminated sheets made from UHMwPE tape. Part of a growing range of lightweight and ultra-high armor protection material solutions from DSM Dyneema, BT10 has been tested and certified according to international standards.

Spall liners protect vehicle occupants from high-velocity fragments that are created when, for example, explosive shells send shock waves through the vehicle’s metal armour. In developing the armoured vehicles, FNSS put special emphasis on mobility, protection, and payload. FNSS will use Dyneema BT10 tape for spall liners in 257 PARS vehicles. The amphibious vehicle will be supplied in 12 variants during 2013-2018.

“We selected BT10 from DSM Dyneema as one of the toughest, most lightweight and cost-effective ballistic-resistant materials in the world. Spall liners made with BT10 can make a tremendous difference in life-threatening situations,” said Javier Garcia, Chief Engineer and ballistics specialist at FNSS.

Dyneema ballistic tape manages the conflicting demands of mobility and personnel protection at an affordable cost. Weight reduction helps vehicles to remain agile and keep operational and maintenance costs low. The tape as a spall liner delivers proven ballistic performance against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and explosively formed penetrators (EFPs). Dyneema ballistic tape is also safe and easy to handle using cutting, drilling and mounting.

DSM Dyneema sees tremendous growth potential for BT10 in the defence market,” said Christian Widdershoven, global vice president at DSM Dyneema. “It allows designers and manufacturers to balance the requirements for better ballistic performance with agility under increased vehicle payloads, all at a competitive cost level.”

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