Technology has sure impacted different areas of life, including the field of security. Body armors are very crucial in matters of security and have long been used to combat the threat of gun and knife attacks. Ideally, they were originally made from silk, but thanks to technology, there are several changes to note. Depending on the manufacturers of certain body armor, the materials used can be different. Here is a look at some of the materials and technologies worth mentioning regarding the changes in body armors over time:
Aramids are very strong synthetic fibers used in making body armors, which are heat resistant. This material was discovered as favorable for body armors because of their outstanding strength-to-weight ratios which allow for a light-weight protective gear. Since the 70s, Kevlar® production has significantly been refined over the years resulting in the production of multi-threat vests that can halt both bullet and stab attacks.
Hard armor is another component of the body armor, which was forged from metals such as steel. Traditionally, this material was heavy, bulky and ineffective. This means that it was not so much helpful in the production of body armors because it would be too inconvenient for the parties wearing it. Luckily, today, the hard armor is constructed from a diverse range of materials like ceramic or ceramic composite, monolithic and polyethylene, with a para-aramid backing to it. Technically, the monolithic and polyethylene are more light-weight than ceramic armor plates, and therefore, more expensive.
Another type of hard armor, ballistic helmets, is made with Kevlar® that is coated in a rugged thermoplastic resin.
Technology has gone as far as to introduce bluetooth VPN to its consumers. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the vest covers of body armors have advanced. Traditionally, ballistic panels would be sewn into the vest carriers of body armors. However, the industry has quickly moved toward natural materials such as cotton, along with others like Gore-Tex®, CoolMAX®, and Cordura®.
This material is a mixture of waterproof qualities with breathability. It is not so much a novel technology, because it has been used several times on backpacks and shoes. It is this technology that makes it comfortable to be on a vest for a long time, without worrying of the ballistic panels being damaged by liquids.
Putting on a vest that has different layers can be very overwhelming. It is why manufacturers use this fabric (advanced moisture management technology) to mitigate the heat caused by a vest. Technically, the material pulls sweat away from the wearer’s body to allow for cooler temperatures.
Do you ever wonder whether overt vest wears so quickly? Well, the answer is no. Cordura® technology is made from fibers that have high tenacity, which makes it very durable. With this material on body armor, they can withstand a lot of wear and tear, which could otherwise damage vest covers.