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DFNDR Armor Selects Honeywell Fiber

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“DFNDR Armor Selects Honeywell Spectra Material for New Military and Law Enforcement Body Armor”


  • Honeywell’s Spectra® fiber to be used exclusively for R&D of next-generation body armor technology
  • DFNDR Armor to use Spectra Shield to manufacture one of today’s lightest, most high-protection lines of body armor plates

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., July 27, 2016—Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that DFNDR Armor, a leading engineer of U.S.-made advanced body armor systems, is using Honeywell Spectra Shield® ballistic composite materials to create one of the lightest, most high-protection lines of body armor plates available today.

DFNDR Armor is also using Honeywell’s Spectra® fiber-based materials exclusively in all research and development of next-generation body armor technology for use by the U.S. military, law enforcement and civilians.

“Our research and development team is focused on creating state-of-the-art body armor. To that end, we exclusively use Honeywell Spectra because it allows us to meet our customer’s needs for protection, light weight and mobility,” said Dave Fernandez, CEO of DFNDR Armor. “There are increased levels of safety measures that are now being implemented to protect law enforcement officers and first responders, and our products feature breakthrough innovations that offer the best possible personal protection.”

As armed conflict escalates around the world, military and law enforcement are continually looking for body armor that provides full protection against high-energy threats such as rifles, while also being lightweight enough to reduce user fatigue compared with heavier plates made from steel or ceramic. The Spectra material used in the new armor is made with Advanced Dynamic Deflection technology, which redirects the energy of a projectile away from the body upon impact. When utilized in breast plates, Advanced Dynamic Deflection technology reduces the trauma on the body, allowing for faster recovery, improved mobility and increased survivability.

“Honeywell Spectra is consistently chosen by the most innovative companies in the U.S. armor industry for next-generation military and law enforcement use,” said Tim Swinger, business director for armor at Honeywell Packaging and Composites. “We are proud to collaborate with DFNDR Armor to provide the most advanced defense technology available.”

Spectra fiber is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. It has up to 60 percent greater strength than alternate aramid fiber and, pound for pound, it is 15 times stronger than steel but is light enough to float. Spectra fiber is used to create Spectra Shield, an advanced ballistic-resistant material. Spectra Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra as well as aramid fiber.

Spectra Shield and Gold Shield® products have been widely adopted and proven for the most advanced armor applications globally, from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft—all which require lightweight solutions and superior performance.

Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fiber and ballistic materials research program focused on continuous improvement and development of high-performance materials. For more information about Spectra fiber,

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Alert | Indep. Review Level III+ Plate

April 20, 2016 Video NEWS ALERT!
Independent Review of DFNDR’s Level III+ Rifle Plate:
The Daily Shooter from California reviews the DFNDR Armor Level III+ Rifle Plate! His enthusiasm brings to life the importance, value and quality of our lightweight armor systems.
The Daily Shooter (William) talks about his experience of wearing body armor. He also shoots a DFNDR Armor plate and talks about the incredible differences versus other armor systems; for example, the advantage of protecting yourself with state-of-the-art body armor and the tactical/physical advantages which DFNDR gives you.
Body Armor TEST: The Daily Shooter fires 9 rounds of a variety of rifle ammunition at a DFNDR Level III+ plate. Rounds fired include the following:
(1) 5.56×45 .223 55 GR FMJ (Fiocchi)
(1) 5.56×45 XM193 55 GR FMJ (Federal)
(1) 5.56×45 .223 50 GR (American Eagle)
(1) 5.56×45 .223 60 GR Hollow Point (Winchester Defender)  2750 ft./s
(1) 5.56×45 MSR 62 GR Soft Tip Round (Fusion) 2750 ft./s
(1) 5.56×45 53 GR V-Max (Hornaday) 3500 ft./s
(3) 5.56×45 XM193 55 GR FMJ (Federal)
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The Daily Shooters Independent review of DFNDR Armor Level III+ Rifle plate protection

The Daily Shooters Independent review of DFNDR Armor Level III+ Rifle Plate Protection


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Press Release Feb 22, 2016

DFNDR Armor Launches Next Generation Body Armor.

Technology once available only for Military is now available for Law Enforcement and Civilians.


Camarillo, CA, February 11, 2016 – For immediate release.

Announcing the launch of DFNDR Armor at the 2016 Shot Show in Las Vegas, NV. Military and Law Enforcement from across the country gathered at the Sands Expo in January to experience the newest cutting edge gear that supports our soldiers and officers in the field.


Through countless hours of scientific research, DFNDR has developed lightweight next generation body armor technology for military, law enforcement, and civilians. To combat the modern day threats facing our nation today, DFNDR Armor produces the highest quality of body armor plates available on the market (note: a ‘rifle plate’, is inserted into a tactical ‘carrier’; a carrier is used to hold armor, ammunition, weapons, and medical supplies). A breakthrough in research and development allows DFNDR to significantly reduce trauma caused to the body from the force of an impact; which will increase the survivability for our soldiers and police.


“We have one goal in mind, to keep you protected with complete confidence. Our intimate knowledge of ballistic composites gives us a distinct advantage in developing next generation armor protection.” – Dave Fernandez, DFNDR Armor – CEO & Founder



DFNDR’s newest product is the ‘Level III+ Rifle Plate’ which stops AK47 rounds; the 7.62x39mm MSC Russian & Chinese, as well as the 7.62x51mm NATO M80, and the 5.56x45mm M193. DFNDR also manufactures ballistic shields and panels for police departments and corporate headquarters throughout the country. All of our component materials are made in the United States, and are developed with the most advanced manufacturing technology available in the world.



DFNDR exclusively uses Honeywell material in research and development of next generation body armor technology for the U.S. military; leveraging one of the strongest synthetic materials ever created, an Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber-based composite. Our technology is the result of years of experience designing and manufacturing hundreds of thousands of cutting-edge body armor units for the US Military.




About DFNDR Armor


Phone: 888-206-1301

Location: Camarillo, CA 93012

Our mission is to engineer the most advanced lightweight body armor systems in the world. Exceeding industry standards is a key focus of ours, giving you confidence when you need it most. Increasing the survivability of our soldiers and law enforcement, is the driving factor behind our research and development.


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How DFNDR Reduces Trauma to Your Body

Reducing Trauma to Your Body Could Save Your Life. Watch how we test to measure for trauma.
When is comes to body armor penetration is not the only thing that you have to worry about. The actually impact and the trauma to the body from the focus of impact, can cause server injury or even death. Thats why DFNDR Armor is not just designed to stop the threat, because that isn’t good enough. You have to make sure that when the bullet hits the armor the Trauma, or the back face deformation that the bullet creates to the body is significantly reduced.
Our technology disperses the energy away from your body in two ways.
1 – FibrCor Technology: when the bullet impacts the armor, the energy is distributed lateral over the plate.
2 – The Reactive Foam: when the bullet hits the armor, instead of the energy going toward the body and creating trauma; the advanced reactive foam moves the energy away from your body.
*How is testing simulated to measure trauma to the human body?*
The most accurate way to test for trauma is to test against a specialized clay to simulate the human body. The clay is a non utoneian fluid, a roma pasta lena number one clay. It is the most highly sophisticated way to test body armor.
Its extremely important that the clay is prepped and tested carefully.
We control the temperature of the clay to simulate the temperature of the human body; we do this with two thermal probes, creating a hysteresis so its conditioned for several hours before we test with is.
DFNDR Armor has a double curve to it, making it the most aeronautic armor you’ll ever wear. Thats why we use a curved clay template against the clay block, to make sure we accurately measure back face deformation. To ensure that the clay is calibrated we’ll make three indentations to MIL spec. After we make our three drops, we’ll use our bridge calibrator to measure the indentation – we have measuring in at 24 mm.
The reason why reducing trauma is going to change the way the industry looks at armor. It because, other armor designs are mainly tested against penetration, and a very old spec against reducing trauma. But what we did is take it above and beyond to make sure that our plate has a much lower trauma then any other system out there.
We offer our body armor products to civilians, law enforcement and the military.
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