The lowest weight. The greatest protection with Dyneema® UD
Dyneema® UD enables unmatched protection
MADE FOR: Law enforcement officers
Dyneema® enables STRENGTHplus+
lighter than aramid at equal ballistic stopping power
stronger than steel at equal weight
lighter and thinner than generic polyethylene
How is Dyneema® UD made?
The anatomy of a vest made with Dyneema® UD
Dyneema® UD is strong enough to disperse the force of multiple bullets at once with a layer that’s thinner than an iPhone.
With the lowest weight and the greatest protection it delivers superior stopping power.
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Lightening the load
For unlocking combat potential
Lightweighting means less exertion, fatigue, and injury
Low weight allows for a large protection area
Ultra-thin vest increases mobility to perform critical tasks
Superior flexibility increases flexion, extension, range of motion, and stability
Cut and slash resistance
Ultra-reliable due to high tear strength, breaking strength, and abrasion resistance
Officers can act with greater speed, balance, strength, and focus
Soldiers can carry more gear and gain a tactical advantage
Maximum comfort, all-day wear
For unbeatable comfort
Low weight reduces risk of distraction or irritation
Elasticity, flexibility, and compressibility for extensive body motion adaptation
Air permeability for superior thermal management in warm environments
Minimal stitching for maximal comfort
Easy to wipe clean
Superior protection from every angle
For cover when it counts
Excellent multi-hit performance
Protects against threats from ballistics, frags, stabs, and cuts
Lightweighting enables larger vest protection area
Outstanding angle and edge shot performance
Low trauma and minimal deformation of armor’s back side upon impact
Protecting body and planet
Here are just a few examples of end-to-end sustainability
To date, 700,000 soft armor vests made with Dyneema® have been delivered to police forces across the USA, enabling unparalleled protection for officers in the line of duty.
Marcelo van de Kamp, Global Business Director for Dyneema®, Avient
The history of Dyneema®
Since the discovery of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) in 1967, we’ve been on a journey of innovation to bring the benefits of Dyneema® to military and law enforcement personnel.
First commercialization of Dyneema®
Dyneema® enters the ballistics market with the first production of Dyneema® UD
Dyneema® introduces Force Multiplier Technology that enables off-the-charts V50 performance
Launch of Dyneema® next-generation UD
The material of choice for elite armed forces
Law enforcement agencies include:
New York Police Department
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Chicago Police Department
Washington DC Metro
Baltimore City Police
Virginia State Police
US armed forces applications include:
US Marine Corps Plate Carrier Generation III; Enhanced Combat Helmet; V-22 Osprey
US Army Modular Scalable Vest Generation II ; Integrated Head Protection System; Soldier Protection System
US Military Joint Tactical Vehicle
US Navy Mark VI Patrol Boat
Advanced Bomb Suit
Almost all NATO member states including:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Türkiye, UK, USA
Putting Dyneema® UD to the test
Ballistic performance tests – multi ammunition
Small fragments? Handgun ammunition? Mild steel-core (MSC) rifle projectiles? Our tests confirm the outstanding anti-ballistic and stopping capabilities of Dyneema® materials against a wide range of threats. And we use the results to provide tailored solutions for our customers.
Our Dyneema® multi-threat product grades build on Dyneema®’s reliable anti-ballistic protection to safeguard against knife threats. We test according to international anti-stab standards – and the results show outstanding protection against multiangle threats that police officers face every day.
Backface deformation tests
At our ballistic laboratories, we’re able to test the level of damage sustained by the back side of armor upon impact. The result? Thanks to the high energy absorption and distribution of Dyneema® materials, our solutions meet and exceed US and international standards on backface deformation.
Multiple environment simulations
Wherever your personnel are operating, they can rely on Dyneema®. Our labs are equipped with conditioning chambers where we test the performance of Dyneema® materials in simulated extreme environment conditions.
Accelerated ageing tests – heat and humidity
To guarantee stable ballistic performance over time, our accelerated ageing tests simulate multiple years of real-time ageing, including in high temperatures and extreme humidity conditions. All Dyneema® materials show stable performance in these tests – ensuring a unique combination of strength plus durability.
Dyneema® is used in multiple solutions certified by the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) – so we make sure Dyneema® fulfils every NIJ requirement, including its tumbling protocol. Thanks to our state-of-the-art equipment, we can perform tumbling tests before entering the certification process.
Contact our sales team
- Purchasing for your law enforcement agency
- Threat mitigation advice
- Law enforcement agency presentation days
- Striking the right balance between mobility and protection
Meeting – and exceeding – international certification standards
With our multiple manufacturing sites, protection is never far away