Gram-for-gram, UAS/2nd Skin Armor is a vastly superior, weight-reducing material that can significantly increase operational performance and survivability. In the case of a dismounted soldier, UAS/2nd Skin Armor fabrics can reduce the weight of military kit (e.g., clothing, boots gloves, body armor, helmets, load carriage equipment, sleeping systems, etc.) from 35lbs (15kgs) to11lbs (5kgs).
UAS/2nd Skin Armor is an advanced terpolyaramide fibre tested by many governmental organisations including: DSTL, CREAL, DGA, US DoD. Purdue University testing funded by DoD showed the average dynamic tensile strength of UAS/2nd Skin Armor is 59 g/denier (compared to 42 and 30 for Zylon and Kevlar KM2 fibers). UAS/2nd Skin Armor can be very stably printed in long lasting military camouflage colours and patterns. Testing at Chesapeake Test Centre this year showed a very breathable single layer of UAS/2nd Skin Armor material (140gsm) meets the US Army SPS “Base Level” fragment resistance requirements of 700 fps for the 2gr RCC (actual 895fps) and the V50 for the 17g FSP was 706). UAS/2nd Skin Armor is stable to 500oC / 1,000oF and has enhanced cut, tear, etc. protection properties.
Threats from IEDs and MEs are characterized by primary and secondary effects: high pressure wave and secondary impacts, the primary and secondary fragments and the primary and secondary heat. Wearing a uniform made from UAS/2nd Skin Armor could reduce the severity of injuries inflicted by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and reduce surgical time by up to 75%. This is achieved through dramatic reduction in egress of microbes contained in/on fragments. UAS/2nd Skin Armor demonstrates excellent biocidal properties in field trials and the fibre is Oekotex100 certified Level 2 for next to skin use.
Our textiles were featured at the Global Soldier Technology Conference in London in May of 2012, where it was given the 2012 Best Personal Protection Innovation Award and in 2013 received an award for the second year running. Recent Press : http://www.miltechmag.com/2013/09/autx-advanced-aramid-technologies-half.html
a. US, Office of the Secretary of Defense –
“shows great potential to reduce weight by 25%”
b. PEO Soldier –
Current soft armor with IOTV ballistic and non-ballistic requirements is about 1.05-1.08 psf AD. We need to develop new ballistic fiber with tenacity of 40-50 g/d vs. current 25-28 g/d •We have seen aramid copolymer (UAS/2nd Skin Armor) that have reached less than 0.80 psf AD.
c. Purdue University
“In terms of tenacity, the average dynamic tensile strength is 59 g/denier (compared to 42 and 30 for Zylon and Kevlar fibers)”
d. UK MoD –
Weight reduction of UAS/2nd Skin Armor of the fragment protection armour in Osprey body armor reduced from 4.5kgs/m2 to 2. Osprey MK7 helmet reduced from 1.4kgs to 700 grams – 50% weight saving.