MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Honeywell recently announced that its Gold Shield® ballistic composite materials are being used by Glagio do Brasil to create ballistic protective vests for Brazil’s second largest police force, located in the state of Minas Gerais. Glagio do Brasil manufactures protective equipment for several branches of Brazil’s law enforcement and military, including the Federal Police, Federal Highway Police, and the Brazilian Army, Navy and Air Force.

Global law enforcement agencies are increasingly transitioning to body armor that is more protective, lighter weight. and more flexible. The materials should be comfortable enough to wear in regions with varied weather conditions, and they must also be concealable beneath officers’ uniforms.

Gold Shield enables Glagio do Brasil’s vests to have the durability and strength that meet the strenuous requirements of military vest applications, which can equal or exceed those set for law enforcement vests. Because of Honeywell’s patented Shield technology, Gold Shield is said to outperform woven aramid products in protecting against various types of trauma, such as multi-hit, ballistics, and backface.

“We sought a high-performance material from which we could produce vests that provide military-grade protection, while also being lighter and more comfortable than current models,” said Luiz Paulo Lopes, general manager of Glagio do Brasil Ltda, in a press release. “With Honeywell Gold Shield, we can incorporate the most innovative armor technology into our products to help protect the brave officers of Minas Gerais.”

Honeywell Gold Shield ballistic composite products take advantage of Honeywell’s Shield technology, which is capable of combining a variety of aramid fibers and resins to meet specific performance requirements in soft and hard armor applications. Honeywell reports that its Gold Shield and Spectra Shield products have been widely adopted for advanced armor applications globally, from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates, and helmets, to combat vehicles and military aircraft.