By Tara Rippin • 10 April 2021 • 16:44
Costa Blanca researchers leads European project to create lighter bulletproof kit for soldiers.
ALCOY-based Aitex is leading a European project, Vestlife, aimed at creating lighter and more modular bulletproof protection for soldiers, incorporating a NBCR (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiological) detection system.
The aim of the three-year project is to find new solutions for military foot protection.
“The demands for protective clothing are stringent and above all contradictory, as they require the combination of optimal protection and comfort,” said the textile research institute.
“Denser, waterproof textiles increase protection but are uncomfortable. This makes the design and development of effective protective clothing a complex problem,” it added.
The Vestlife project has received funding from the European Union Preparatory Action for Defense Research-PADR Program, a research grant for “tailor-made blast, ballistic and CBRN protection of military personnel”.
Aitex is coordinating the project consortium, which includes another Spanish firm Tecnalia, Citeve of Portugal, Brapa Consultancy (Netherlands), Petroceramics (Italy), and FY-Composites (Finland).
“The project aims to develop different types of ballistic protection armour with advanced performance characteristics. This protection system will consist of different levels, mainly flexible panels for the low and medium levels of ballistic protection and rigid plates for the higher levels,” said Aitex.
“The technical work is based on the development of lighter modular ballistic protections that increase the covered surface without affecting the comfort of the user, in addition to adapting the required protection requirements to the different areas of the body – adapting the protection surface to the level of risk of the mission and the vital organs of the body.
“In parallel, the NBQR sensors will be integrated for the detection of possible risks, in addition to developing a predictive mathematical model of the possible risks expected in the different scenarios that may arise.”
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