Liquid armor

The first attempts to protect personnel from bullets and shrapnel were taken during the First World War and continued during the second. So during the Second World War, many members of the elite units of the Red Army, were dressed in bronekirasy that the word had a rather weak protective properties, but different high mass, significantly constrain movement of fighters. Next came vests with lead plates, which, although had the best defensive stats, but the mass of 20 kg was still their biggest weakness. After the appearance of light and quite comfortable Kevlar vests, it would seem, the problem is finally solved, but scientists did not stop by, and developed a more perfect body armor. However, the vest is not typical in this sense, and the tissue impregnated protective gel that with form and can not be distinguished from ordinary clothing.

These types of body armor were known informally as "liquid armor" and work on their development is parallel both in Russia and in the United States. In Russia the development of "liquid armor" from 2006 is the Yekaterinburg Venture Fund and the military-industrial complex as they said in the coming years, this product has already hit the market.

Protective gel, forming the basis of the "liquid armor" consists of a liquid filler and solid nanoparticles that are in contact with bullets, or any other sharp blow instantly grasped and turned into a solid composite material. Furthermore unlike conventional vests force of impact of the bullet in the "liquid armor" is not concentrated in one location and distributed throughout the fabric surface. This can greatly improve the security features of armor, as well as avoid bruising and hematomas, remaining on the body from falling into the normal lead or Kevlar body armor. It should be noted that the gel exerts its characteristics only on special fabric structure which developers carefully hide.

It is true at the moment, "liquid armor" there are some drawbacks. Since samples available only able to protect against ingress of small caliber bullets, and shot with a machine gun or sniper rifle virtually guaranteed breaks "liquid armor". Also in contact with the armor of water, it at least 40 percent loses its protective properties, which adds additional challenges to developers. However, the solution to this problem is found. The fabric can be placed in waterproof film or cover a special water-repellent composition based on nanotechnology developed by our scientists five years ago.

In conclusion I want to say that "liquid armor" is one of the most promising technologies developed by Russian specialists in recent years. It not only can reliably protect a soldier from bullets and shrapnel and allow it to move freely around the battlefield without the bulky body armor, but can be used for creating new types of armored vehicles, and for purely civilian purposes.

Information about the properties of armor taken from the official website of the developer www.vpkf.ru Author Dmitry Khavronichev

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