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NEPOM Patrol Boats Use Dyneema® In Armor System

The Netherlands-based DSM Dyneema will supply Dyneema® UD unidirectional cross-ply composite as part of the armoring solution for patrol boats operated by the Sea Police National System (NEPOM) division of the Brazilian Federal Police. Approximately 11 armored boats will be built to patrol the port of Rio de Janeiro, with the first having been delivered earlier this year. Deliveries will continue through 2008.

Brazil-based AXIA Blindagens designed the armor system, which comprises Dyneema and a steel plate. The system offers a lightweight solution that meets National Institute of Justice Level 3 criteria for protection from multi-hit impact.

“[T]he tough environment that these patrol boats will face brought us to select the best material both from the ballistic viewpoint and the excellent resistance against salt water and [ultraviolet] light,” said Franco Giaffone, president and senior partner, AXIA Blindagens.

October 2005