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Body and vehicle armour

Whenever leaded vests are discussed today, the first part of the term has to be considered a mere reminiscence of old times. Today, this heavy metal is hardly used in body and vehicle armour any more. These days protection for human beings or objects should be as lightweight as possible, it should be possible to use such protection flexibly and, of course, it should be very safe too. The police, the armed forces as well as Special Forces are facing extreme threat scenarios, in particular in the field of the military. For this reason, the protection vests need corresponding reinforcements with so-called insertion plates. The same also applies with regard to armoured vehicles on land and at sea as well as to aircraft. These also have to offer good protection and limit the manoeuvrability of the vehicles as little as possible with a low dead weight.

For this reason, ceramic materials are increasingly being used in both of these fields of application. They are superior to the metallic materials in terms of hardness and strength and have a clear advantage as regards their weight. Therefore, SiC materials and mixed ceramics are increasingly being used in these applications. They offer a high degree of protection and the production methods permit the implementation of very complex, individual geometries even in the framework of the production of large series. Today, monolithic hard SiC plates combined with a suitable fibre backing form the standard insertion plates in protection vests.

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