ALLIED-SIGNAL REACTS TO OTA BODY ARMOR REPORT
ALLIED-SIGNAL REACTS TO OTA BODY ARMOR REPORT MORRISTOWN, N.J., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Allied-Signal Inc.
(NYSE: ALD) praised the "Police Body Armor Standards and Testing" report issued today by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), but cautioned that it should not be misinterpreted as a call to downgrade the level of protection in current Federal standards for bullet-resistant vests used by police.
"The report is thorough and comprehensive. It says that the standards should not be weakened, but the report's contents could be misused by special interests to the detriment of police safety and cause loss of life," says Steven A. Young of Allied-Signal, which makes an ultra high molecular weight polyethylene material widely used in body armor. "In today's environment, police tell us that the vest has to stop multiple bullets fired from semi-automatic weaponry. It must minimize blunt trauma -- the hammer-like impact of round that hit and do not penetrate. It must work well even when it is wet from the elements or perspiration," says Young, manger of business development, for his company's Spectra(R) and Spectra Shield(TM) ballistic material. According to Young, the report has some useful recommendations. For example, it recognizes that the publicly accountable National Institute of Justice (NIJ) should retain authority for regulating and certifying body armor. However, a major failing of the report is that it proposes writing tomorrow's standards to meet yesterday's threat," he says. "It consists of high-tech analysis of data that are not only incomplete, but have been made obsolete by the proliferation of high-powered, semi- and fully-automatic weapons." The OTA recognizes the need for additional research. "As they rightly conclude, analysis based on selected reenactments of some police shooting simply isn't good enough for us to roll back the protection police now have," Young says. "The OTA wisely resisted pressure to increase the very important blunt trauma standard at a time when most countries are making theirs more stringent in response to new technical and medical information," he adds. Young agrees that there is need for a standard-setting authority to establish the acceptable risk for soft body armor and to quantify it. Spectra, the world's strongest and lightest manmade fiber, is pound for pound 10 times stronger than steel. Vests made with the material offer superior ballistic protection from threats faced by today's police officers. Allied-Signal Inc. is a $12 billion advanced technology company with core businesses in aerospace, automotive and engineered materials. -0- 8/12/92 /CONTACT: Sam White, 804-520-3383, or John Mallen, 212-674-7700, both of Allied Fibers/ (ALD) CO: Allied-Signal, Inc. ST: New Jersey IN: SU:
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