Bullet-proof jacket

Ballistic protection involves protection of the wearer‘s body and eyes against projectiles and fragments of various shapes, size and impact velocity. The projectiles are a part of ammunition shot through weapons such as pistols, revolvers and rifles. Ballistic protection equipments have been used for ages, the earliest form of protection was metallic suit. The ballistic protection equipments evolved from metallic to natural fibre fabric (layers of silk). With the advent of synthetic fibres, all the ballistic protection equipment was made using synthetic fibres like aromatic polyamide (Aramid), Ultra High Modulus Polyethylene (UHMPE) and p - phenylene-2, 6-benzobisoxazole (PBO).The bullet-proof jackets are made from Aramid, Nylon 66, UHMPE, Carbon fibres or PBO. Each jacket has about 0.6 square metres of non-woven material weighing around 750 GSM. Bulk of the jacket is made from woven material as the combination of weave and the fibre characteristics influence the energy absorption characteristics of bullet-proof jacket. The synthetic fibre (Aramid) used in production of bullet-proof jackets is primarily imported (DSM Netherlands/DuPont etc) with the exception of carbon glass fibre With the rising trend of crime, violence and terrorism, the demand for bullet-proof jackets is rising as well. The major customers of bullet-proof jackets are Defence, Paramilitary forces engaged in counter terrorism/insurgency operations and Law enforcement agencies (police).

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