By Cameron Chai
UNEQUAL Technologies, a provider of supplemental protection for sports and military, has introduced DEFCON WAFER, one of the thinnest, lightest and most flexible composite materials in the world, for military applications. The material is developed to significantly enhance protection of soldiers in the battlefield.
The ballistic-grade DEFCON WAFER is a result of the upgrade of UNEQUAL’s advanced sports armor that has been originally designed for NFL teams, remarked Rob Vito, President of the company. The composite will help to offer better protection to soldiers with defensive gear that is feather-light, low profile, comfortable and concealable. The first military products based on the DEFCON WAFER material are lined up for the groin, leg, forearm and hand to stop 2 grain steel frags. The product has undergone 2 grain testing at one of the world’s established independent ballistics testing center, H.P. White Laboratory. In the test, the composite scored a V-50 of 836 fps. Other key features of DEFCON WAFER are it weighs just 0.11 lbs psf,its thinness is only 0.48 mm and is highly flexible and reliable.
The Advanced Composite Labs of UNEQUAL is working to increase the protection levels of the Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV).At present, the IOTV offers protection from small caliber rounds measuring 9 mm and fragments. The first version of the company’s Up-Armor kit was tested by H.P. White Laboratory. The kit provided the IOTV protection up to the NIJ standard level III-A, when it is placed behind the IOTV without the DuPontKevlaror other ceramic plates. The kit is flexible and highly cost-effective with just 3 mm thickness and 0.64 psf weight.
Vito added that UNEQUAL continues to make technological advancements to protect athletes on the sports fields and to protect soldiers on the battlefields.