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Military PPE is an important component of overall Military spending by major economies worldwide
At present, Army engineers and scientists face ever-growing need to expand the capabilities of soldiers on the battlefield. As more powerful and versatile weapons, modern systems and gadgets are being increasingly added to the Military personal protection equipment, more innovations will be required to ensure their recharge.
In the recent past, the demand for military personal protective equipment increased due to war situation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Serbia. Additionally, Iran’s mounting nuclear production has intensified military tensions among the US, Israel, and Iran.
Russia’s Armored Steel-Comparable Ceramic Plate Clears Tests and it can be used to protect personnel, ground, air and naval equipment. It withstands 7.62 mm sniper rifle during its test.
Ratnik is an infantry combat system, developed as a “future soldier” concept. It includes dozens of pieces of equipment, comprising firearms, body armor, optical, communication and navigation devices, life support and power supply systems, and exoskeleton. It also includes a self-contained heater, a backpack, an individual water filter, a gas mask and a medical kit.
Motor-Powered Exoskeleton to help Chinese soldiers carry 50 kg ammunition. It can provide 20 kg of assisted strength to its user, relieve more than 50% of the burden and greatly reduce risks of waist injury.
French armed forces have placed an order for 3,000 O-NYX goggles with Thales. Weighing less than 350 g, O-NYX goggles have a low-profile design that shortens the distance between the eyes and the center of gravity of the equipment to minimize neck strain.
Light weighting has been an ongoing trend in Military PPE market for a long time. In Oct 2019 Army scientists at the Army Natick Soldier Research, US developed a new process for moulding the polyethylene helmet material which could reduce weight by up to 40%,
Honeywell last year announced increased production capacity of its proprietary Spectra fiber, a strong, yet lightweight fiber made from ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), which is incorporated into Shield technology for use in advanced armor application.
The U.S. Army is testing a new 7.62-mm armour-piercing cartridge and if it succeeds in creating that then demand for more resistant PPEs will surge worldwide.
The COVID-19 outbreak has affected economies and industries in various countries due to lockdowns, travel bans, and business shutdowns. The military products and equipment manufacturing industry is heavily dependent on manual labor.
In the wake of strong lockdown regulations imposed by the majority of the countries across the globe, the military equipment manufacturing sector is experiencing a significantly lower number of labors in respective manufacturing facilities. Major military spenders allocate close to or over 2 percent of their GDP, a significant amount, to military.
As of April 2020, US Defence Department reported more than 1,600 positive cases of coronavirus among service members and dependents, civilians, and contractors. In the light of growing infection in armed forces US defence secretary Mark Esper said, he was directing the use of face masks by the military worldwide to contain the virus spread.
In May 2020, The Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) planned to procure 1.4 million units of bullet proof vests worth $1.8 Billion by 2022 as it prepares for possible military conflicts against Taiwan and US. US has been at the forefront of pinning blaming China for COVID-19 spread backed by a sizeable number of European countries.
In May 2020, the Indian Navy patented a low cost PPE for use in healthcare services for the fight against the Pandemic. The Navy will also undertake the Transfer of Technology once the item is mature for production.
The PLA is also holding open tenders to procure ~0.9 Million units of hard armour plates for universal plate carriers and ~0.5 Million units of plates for enhanced ballistic vests,
China is a major supplier of body armour for protection against small-arms fire upto 7.62mm bullet. The global military personal protective equipment market size is estimated at $XX Billion in 2025.
With the successful test of new type of protection equipment being made with corundum ceramics with a withstanding capacity of 7.62mm sniper rifle, new era of protection equipment has started and it is expected to boost the Global PPE Market in coming years.
Jan 2021- Motor-Powered Exoskeleton to help Chinese soldiers carry 50 kg ammunition. It can provide 20 kg of assisted strength to its user, relieve more than 50% of the burden and greatly reduce risks of waist injury.
Sept 2020- Russia’s Armored Steel-Comparable Ceramic Plate made with corundum ceramics clears tests and production is planned to begin soon. According to Scientific Research Institute of Steel, ceramic plates were fired from a 7.62-mm Dragunov sniper rifle at a speed of 805-832 meters per second.
Mar 2020- Researchers with the U.S. Army and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida have developed a vest that vibrates to warn disoriented pilots and help prevent aviation accidents
Jan 2020– Point blank enterprises introduced Introduces First Integrated Clothing and Body Armor System. The fabrics used are stain resistant
In Sep 2019, Army Futures Command began equipping two selected brigades to receive the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B), The ENVG-B is a wireless, dual-tubed technology with a built-in thermal imager. It allows soldiers to see enemy heat signatures at night and in the daylight through smoke, fog and other battlefield obscurants. It also facilitates better depth perception, and the thermal image intensifier allows soldiers
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There are more than 100 specialized Military PPE manufacturers worldwide.
Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. is among industry’s leading innovator of advanced products and designs for ballistic protection application.
Dupont has dedicated nearly 50 people across the globe for continuous improvement of Kevlar fibers and the development of next generation protective equipment
ArmorSource helmets and ballistic solutions are used by US Army and Marin Corps, the armies of Italy, Netherland, Israel,Australia and many other Law-Enforcement organizations worldwide.
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