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FBI lightweight armor

News International-French

5 Nov 2014

Point Blank Enterprises and TSSi utilize innovative material to develop lightweight armor for U.S. federal law enforcement agency

DSM Dyneema announces that protective vests based on the company’s Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology recently were selected for an exclusive United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) contract for protecting Bureau personnel.

The contract, awarded to a partnership of Point Blank Enterprises and Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc. (TSSi), will provide FBI personnel with the Alpha Elite body armor system. Selection criteria included evaluations of performance, weight, flexibility and comfort. The Alpha Elite system, designed by Point Blank, uses Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology material to deliver high performance protection in the lightest weight vests currently on the market.

“The selection of Alpha Elite to protect FBI personnel serves as yet another confirmation that Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology’s enhanced ballistics protection makes never before possible armor designs now realistic,” said Shitij Chabba, global business segment director, life protection, DSM Dyneema. “Industry leading armor manufacturers can utilize this revolutionary material technology to create lighter and thinner designs that provide the superior protection necessary to keep law enforcement personnel safe.”

Point Blank and TSSi will supply protective vests in configurations certified to meet National Institute of Justice (NIJ) level II and level IIIA standards, depending on individual agents’ duties and unique needs. Systems were tailored to unique FBI specifications, and will be offered in concealable and tactical designs and with or without plate carrier capabilities.

“This contract builds on our core business within the U.S. federal market and is testament to our leadership position in providing unparalleled protective solutions across the board to our federal, state and local enforcement agencies,” said Michael Foreman, executive vice president, international business development, federal sales and marketing, Point Blank Enterprises. “We will continue to focus on driving innovation and improving performance to support all officers in their missions. Protecting lives remains our #1 priority.”


Compared to body armor made from traditional materials such as aramid, protective vests engineered with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology can reduce weight by up to 30 percent, while enhancing law enforcement officers’ comfort and agility with fewer layers of material and increased flexibility. Built on DSM Dyneema’s Radical Innovation Platform, this technology combines breakthroughs in polymer science, next-generation UHMwPE fiber technology and unique uni-directional engineering. The innovative material is produced in the United States at DSM Dyneema’s Greenville, N.C. manufacturing facility.