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deforming them and absorbing their
energy. NIJ IIIA is the standard for
the growing category of concealable
body armor.
Levels III and IV hard armor are
generally composed of steel, ceramic
or UHMWPE plates, which are worn
in carriers or in conjunction with soft
armor backers. They're engineered
to protect against rifle calibers and
armor-piercing bullets. Although
UHMWPE is lighter in weight, it is
bulkier than other hard-plate options,
making it more difficult to conceal.
Fit is also critical, and many body
armor suppliers offer made-to-measure
options-including body armor
designed specifically for women-to
improve comfort while ensuring that
the critical torso area is protected.

LIGHT AND CONCEALABLE
Taking advantage of its expertise
in felting and needlepunch, global
technical textile manufacturer Tex Tech
Industries Inc. of Portland, Maine,

developed its Core Matrix Technologyâ„¢
some 20 years ago. Layers of ballistic
fabric are needlepunched together
with Z-directional, staple-length fibers,
creating a loose structure that disperses
the energy of a ballistic strike.
" The Core Matrix Technology
stabilizes the structure without
locking it down, " says Eoin Lynch,
the company's executive director of
sales and marketing. " We are able to
combine different deniers to provide
better performance-almost like oneplus-one equals three. " The structure
reduces back-face trauma while
increasing ballistic and fragmentation
performance.
The technology's latest iteration for
combat shirts and pelvic protectors
has been developed to meet current
specs with 20 percent less weight,
according to Lynch. " This gives us
the opportunity to provide additional
ballistic protection to other parts of
the body and protect the soldier's
extremities against fragmentation

The U.S. military has redesigned body
armor for female soldiers to improve
comfort while ensuring protection.
Photo: David Jordan, military.com.

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