Ballistic composites are used as protective materials in military applications such as law enforcement vests, helmets, and body and vehicle armors. The primary function of these materials is to absorb the impact energy caused by explosives. The entire ballistic composites market is predominantly used by military and law enforcement organizations. The rules and regulations around the use of ballistic composites that bar civilian from possessing armors in most countries, has restricted growth of the market. Due to technological advances in combat weapons and explosives, threats on the battlefront are changing. This has boosted the need for protective equipment to counter these highly enhanced weapons. Moreover, increasing demand for lightweight and flexible armor to allow mobility has augmented market growth. A major challenge the industry faces is keeping up with growing weapon advancements.
Ballistic Composites Market Taxonomy
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Aramids are synthetic high performance fibers that have rigid polymer chains. They are heat resistant and are used for aerospace applications. UHMPE is used for high resistance applications. Glass fiber are transparent and are resistant to penetration. They are commonly used to make bulletproof glasses for automobiles and buildings. M5 fiber is used for a special purpose body armor due to its flame and thermal resistance.. It is comparatively lighter than other fibers.
Polymer matrix composites (PMC) and polymer ceramics possess good abrasion and corrosion resistance, due to which they are used in brake components, gas ducts, gas turbines, and heat shield systems of aircraft. Metal Matrix are more expensive than compared to PMC and polymer ceramics, however, they are used for tank and aircraft armors.
Ballistic composites are used in military operations. Military vehicles are reinforced with ballistic composites for better performance.
Ballistic Composites Market Outlook
BAE Systems, Barrday Corporation, DSM, Dupont, FY Composites OY, Gaffco Ballistics, Gurit, Honeywell International Inc., M Cubed Technologies, Inc., MKU Limited, Morgan Advanced Materials, PRF Composites, Royal Ten Cate NV, Southern States LLC, and Teiji are some of the major players in the global ballistic composite market.
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