Honeywell Spectra Shield to feature in Safariland’s protective vests


US-based company Honeywell has been chosen by armour manufacturing company Safariland to deliver its Spectra Shield and Gold Shield ballistic composite materials to develop the thinnest and lightest vests.

The materials will also be used by Safariland to design new protective vests specifically tailored for female law enforcement officers.

Honeywell Packaging and Composites armour global business director Tim Swinger said: “Honeywell is committed to developing the most innovative technology and materials to protect more than 1.1 million law enforcement agents across the US.

“With the Spectra Shield 5000 series, Safariland can now create a complete line of male and female vests that delivers comfort and military-grade protection to every member of a police force.”

Honeywell's Spectra Shield 5000 series comprise optimal material that offers concealable, lightweight ballistic protection for all body types with the Safariland Armour SX vest family.

This family has been designed to protect all law enforcement officers from a variety of soft armour ballistic threat levels (from Level II to IIIA).

The Safariland Group president Scott O'Brien said: “Officers face an unprecedented variety of threats and risks on a daily basis, and because of that, the protection they wear must provide a number of features that meet the highest requirements.

“We chose Honeywell's Spectra Shield 5000 series because it offers the best combination of light weight, fit and protection, while remaining flexible.”

Spectra Shield 5000 is the latest upgrade of Honeywell’s technology that is created to optimise the ballistic characteristics of Spectra fibres.


Image: Safariland deploys Honeywell’s Spectra Shield in new protective vests for female law enforcement officers. Photo: courtesy of Honeywell International Inc..