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Dstl working on new armour project

7th December 2017 - 10:12 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A new armour to protect British armed forces personnel from bullets on the battlefield is being developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 December.

The Dstl is creating a lighter and more flexible body armour for soldiers using synthetically adjusted ceramic material that stops bullets.

The synthetic biology for the armour project has been running for four years and Dstl is now ready to put samples through hardness testing. A scale-up process is ongoing to produce samples that can be used for live-fire testing.

According to MoD, soldiers wearing ceramic armour could see a 35% weight reduction which will give them  faster mobility and greater comfort on missions while maintaining a high level of protection.

Harriett Baldwin, UK Minister of Defence, said:  ‘We have spent millions on innovation this year, developing technologies like a new way to uncover insurgents’ fingerprints to mini-drones that investigate chemical hazards.

‘The goal is always to help our armed forces defend the UK, and this next generation of armour will make our troops even more alert and effective on the battlefield.’

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