The US Army is beginning to test new body armor, the basis of which will be a special material - "dragon silk". Its structure resembles a spider web and, according to the manufacturer, it is one of the most durable materials among its counterparts.
Ballistic tests will take place in the laboratories of Kraig Biocraft, which is the developer of the material. If successful, a contract will be concluded for the development of body armor based on a unique "spider" material in the amount of $ 1 million.
According to John Rice, executive director of the company, "dragon silk" is at the same time very strong and elastic, due to which it will be in great demand in various fields.
Scientists have now succeeded in replicating proteins that are the building blocks of spider silk. The main problem was that they did not provide the required mechanical strength of the material. To solve this problem, it was necessary to use genetic engineering methods applied to the domesticated silkworm, which is ideal for the production of artificial spider silk.
At the end of the ballistic tests of the vests, those who may have to use them - the US Army personnel - will express their opinion.