Protective Armor

Advanced ballistic stopping power without sacrificing user comfort and mobility

Dyneema®, Made to Protect

Law enforcement, first responders and military service personnel risk their lives every day to keep communities around the world safe. Dyneema® helps protect them while they protect us.

Dyneema® has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of any material on Earth, allowing armor solutions to maintain the highest levels of protection without sacrificing user comfort or maneuverability. In fact, DSM works directly with industry-leading armor manufacturers to develop technologies that are fit-for-purpose.

Beyond continual innovation and collaboration, the lightweight construction of armor made with Dyneema® helps mitigate long-term injuries associated with the cumulative effect of daily armor use – providing protection on the front lines and beyond.

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The strength and versatility of Dyneema® make it ideal for a wide range of ballistic armor solutions, including soft armor, hard armor helmets and frag knits.

  • Soft Armor

    Soft armor made with Dyneema® is up to 35% lighter than aramid materials, without compromising on protection. Learn more.

  • Hard Armor

    Hard armor with Dyneema® is up to 75% lighter than steel and other traditional materials, without compromising on protection. Learn more.

  • Helmets

    Helmets made with Dyneema® are typically up to 25% lighter than competitive materials and offer protection against both legacy and emerging threats. Learn more.

  • Frag Knits

    Frag Knits with Dyneema® are extremely lightweight and flexible, but still provide enough protection against lethal projectile threats. Learn more.

Bio-based Dyneema® outperforms all competing alternatives

DSM has taken the next major step in its sustainability journey by introducing the first ever bio-based HMPE fiber (branded as Dyneema®) and further reducing its reliance on fossil fuel based resources. Ethylene is the primary raw material used to manufacture Dyneema® fibers, and is the feedstock that will be transitioned from conventional to a renewable source via mass balancing.

Our commitment

Whether protecting first responders, law enforcement officers and service personnel, improving safety for millions of workers, or revolutionizing renewable energy projects – we protect people and the environment they live in. Because all life is precious.

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