POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Point Blank Enterprises ("PBE"), the worldwide leader in the production of soft body armor and related protective solutions, today announced the introduction of the first-of-its-kind Alpha Elite ™ Series ballistic system. This ground-breaking system will be showcased at the 120 th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference taking place October 19-23 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The Alpha Elite ™ Series was created when Point Blank engineers began searching for a ballistic material that would meet the rigorous demands of U.S. Special Operations forces deployed in the world's most dangerous regions. This next-generation ballistic system is dramatically different from other products as it's the first body armor ever to be designed around the revolutionary Dyneema ® Force Multiplier Technology by DSM.
"During independent testing, the Alpha Elite ™ AXIIIA ballistic package exceeded all performance requirements, including tests for maximum velocity approaching or exceeding 2,000 fps," said Michael Foreman, Vice President of Government and International Sales and head of Product Line Management at Point Blank Enterprises. "Test-lab personnel stated that they had never seen this level of performance in a package of this weight and thinness during any other testing of soft armor ballistic solutions."
Dyneema ® Force Multiplier Technology ballistic material was developed to meet and exceed global standards for Law Enforcement, Military and U.S. Special Operations forces applications. It is designed to defeat high-velocity handgun rounds and fragmentation with minimal backface-deformation. Additionally, it offers truly superior multi-hit protection. This unique ballistic material assures that the Alpha Elite ™ Series lives up to its name: first among the finest.A product of DSM Dyneema's radical innovation program, the patented Dyneema ® Force Multiplier Technology has been in development for more than three years. In keeping with its own strong heritage of innovation, Point Blank collaborated closely with DSM to become the first trademark licensee in law enforcement personal protection for this new technology. "DSM Dyneema is extremely pleased to have Point Blank as our first licensee for Dyneema ® Force Multiplier Technology," said Shitij Chabba, Global Business Director for Life Protection, DSM Dyneema. "The material's light weight and flexibility result in comfort and mobility that are as revolutionary as the ballistic performance. This technology truly ushers in a new age of ballistic performance with no compromises." Point Blank's Alpha Elite ™ Series with Dyneema ® Force Multiplier Technology provides a level of ballistic protection never seen before in the industry, made possible through the fusion of polymer science, fiber technology and uni-directional engineering. Thanks to this technology, NIJ Level IIIA performance is now available with comfort levels more typical of Level II body armor. Compared to Point Blank's previous lightest Level IIIA vest, the Alpha Elite ™ Series is a full twelve percent lighter. "The Alpha Elite ™ Series doesn't just surpass previous levels of performance and comfort, it creates an entirely new standard," said Michael Haynes, Director of Marketing and Product Development, Point Blank Enterprises. "Our engineers determined that the very best ballistic material for our Armed Forces was also the very best material for Law Enforcement officers in the U.S. and around the world."