Honeywell Spectra Ballistic Materials Strengthen Combat Helmets In Asia

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its Spectra Shield(r) II ballistic materials will be used in combat helmets to protect soldiers in Asia. Dae-Sung Tech Co., Ltd., a Korean body armor manufacturer, will use Spectra Shield II materials in helmets designed to protect soldiers against a variety of threats, including fragments from improvised explosive devices and small-caliber rounds. The material's lightweight strength enables the helmets to provide critical head protection at a lower weight, which helps soldiers move more easily and comfortably. Spectra Shield II materials help the helmet achieve a 20 percent weight reduction when compared with Dae-Sung's previous helmets. The company will produce the helmets with the material under a three-year contract with Honeywell. "Spectra Shield II ballistic material provides the right combination of light weight and ballistic performance that can help improve the protection, mobility and comfort of soldiers in the field," said James Thagard, global marketing manager for Honeywell's Advanced Fibers and Composites business. "We are pleased that Honeywell's lightweight Spectra Shield II materials will help protect military men and women in Asia." The contract represents the latest application of Spectra materials in combat helmets.

Source: Honeywell International, Inc. (NYSE: HON)
Date: Oct 19, 2011