Combined-arms assault bulletproof vest 6B43
Assault armored vest (abbreviated to BZ) representsa means of individual protection of the personnel of land units, marines, airborne troops, special forces during hostilities.
In the Middle Ages, the defense was provided to the warriorlamellar armor. Closer to the XVII century blacksmiths were able to bring armor to a new level. Now the cuirass was protecting the person from the bullet of the pistol and even the heavy musket, if the shot was not fired at point-blank range. However, at that time, a low level of technology did not allow for the mass production of such armor.
The most bulletproof cuirasses before the beginning of the twentieth centurycould only boast of French, German and Russian troops. With the onset of the 1900's. armor received a new turn in its many years of evolution. Military engineer A. Chemerzin in 1905 presented to the court specialists a 5-pound shell of metal inserts, which could withstand even a shot from the revolver from two meters. Soon prototypes of bulletproof vests arrived on the balance of the Moscow and the Moscow police.During the First World War, Russian infantrymenused for protection metal cuirass with bibs made of wire felt. In turn, the British had their vest DDSBA, made of a special brigantine. Where it was harder and more expensive were BBS armor from the American army. In the kit to the whole cuirass was also a helmet. The first similar to modern bulletproof vests appeared only in the late 1920's. in America. They were made of metal plates fastened with woolen cloth.
In the early 1950s, the development of a new BZGenerations for a wide production were occupied by engineers of the USSR and the USA. The first to succeed was the Americans, who discovered the high-strength properties of nylon and capron. It is these materials that formed the basis of the M1952 vests. The Russian response - 6B2 - did not differ in quality.
A new and decisive stage in the development of flak jacketsbecame 1991. In the fighting in the Persian Gulf, lightweight BZs were successfully tested. Subsequently, on their basis, the Americans created the famous NGBAS. In 2007, US engineers improved the model to IOTV, which increases the area of protection. In Russia, the production of the 6B vests continued. Every year this BZ became more and more safe and comfortable.
Description of body armor 6B43
The order of the Ministry of Defense of Russia in 2010 onThe armament of the army received a new variation of the all-arms protective equipment. Bulletproof 6B43 (photo below) has improved technical and tactical characteristics, so it is ideal for assault units. Production of this personal protective equipment is handled by NPF Tekhinkom.Combined-arms assault bulletproof vest 6B43belongs to class 6A. This is the means of the highest protection, which can boast only a couple of dozen countries in the world. The waistcoat is ideal for close combat, so it is widely used in land and sea operations. БЖ 6Б43 protects from defeat both armor-piercing bullets, and fragments of grenades, mines and other explosive shells. In addition, it can not be pierced with cold steel.
6B43 can be used in any climatic zones, as it is able to maintain strength in the temperature range from -50aboutFrom to +50aboutC. The protective properties of body armor are not affected by atmospheric precipitation or combustible materials. When in contact with hard ground, the modules are not wiped.
The design of body armor provides for adaptationto any conditions of combat. It protects all vital organs, makes it possible to place most of the items of equipment in removable modules. In 6B43, you can quickly change the height and girth of the hull.
The mass of such BZ in its pure form (without additionalequipment in the modules) is about 5 kg. In total, bulletproof vest 6B43 can withstand up to 10 kg of ammunition in the pouches. The total area of protection against bullets is up to 30 square meters. dm, from fragments - up to 68.5 square meters. dm.It should be noted that the integrated panels of composite and ceramic materials provide full-scale circular protection against gunshot hits at a distance of 10 to 300 m.
Also in the design there is an opportunityimmediate reset of the BZ. For increased ergonomics and improved overall dimensions in winter, you can use a waistcoat without shock absorbers. This will allow you to quietly wear armor under a jacket or coat. Ventilation pouches can easily be placed in pockets or small luggage.
Features of the design 6B43
The bullet-proof vest 6B43 is designed according to the modular principle. It is produced in two trim levels: basic and extended.
The first includes an anti-fragmentation,Unified and amortization modules. Its total weight can reach up to 9 kg. The anti-fragmentation module covers an area of 47 square meters. dm, protecting the neck and torso. Unified and amortized armored panels prevent injuries in the chest and back.The bullet-proof vest 6B43 of expanded equipment includesin itself 6 kinds of modules. Its total weight is 15 kg. The set includes side, inguinal anti-fragmentation and bullet, shoulder, back, shock-absorbing modules.
The lightweight version of the waistcoat excludes some of the protection levels. Weight of such BZ is 4.5 kg. It protects mainly from debris.
At the moment 6B43 are available in three sizes. In peacetime, BZ should be stored in a special case of wear-resistant material.
The assault bulletproof vest 6B43 is able to withstanddense bombardment at a frost of -50 degrees. The tests were carried out with weapons of different calibers. Similar results were achieved when firing at 50-degree heat.
Exposure 6B43 together with anti-fragmentationmodules in sea and fresh water showed that BZ is able to maintain its properties even in conditions of high humidity and acidity. The next stage was the resistance test. For this, the waistcoat was dumped on the concrete surface separately and together with an 80 kg dummy. The height of the fall ranged from 1 to 2 meters.
Also, 6B43 successfully passed the decontamination and degassing tests.
Bulletproof vest 6B43 is designed very competently. This is a joint development of Belarusian and Russian engineers. When creating a vest, only domestic components were used.
One of the main drawbacks of the model isseparate seat belts for "sitting" and "standing" positions. And let them made the most convenient and simple. The matter is that in Belarus till now do not let out rubber tapes more than 6 sm in width. Therefore, when constructing the 6B43, it was decided to divide the adjustments to increase their wear resistance.
In general, body armor 6B43 and 6B45(upgraded version) are identical to each other. In the second a little more space is reserved for additional modules. In terms of protection, 6B43 does not differ from the best foreign designs.The advantages of the vest are a high level of armor, a quick emergency reset (2-3 seconds) and relative comfort.
The cost of 6B43
Body armor 6B43 in the base set can be purchased at a price of 80 to 95 thousand rubles. Used products can be purchased cheaper 2-3 times (depending on the degree of wear).
The expanded version of the model is estimated to be slightly more expensive - from 100 to 120 thousand rubles.
It is worth noting that the wholesale implementation of vests is carefully monitored by proper government services.