*sigh* Alright, my mistake. I was using SAPI plates as a generic term. Lots of correcting to do here.
Alright, example one: http://www.specialfo...late-p-563.html
Here's the one I should point out... "NATO 7.62 x 51 M61 AP ammunition - 6 shots stopped"
Hmm... that's a 7.62 NATO round with an armor-piercing core... and our plate stopped 6 of them. Hell, it's not even US-military issue. Add on to that the fact that it only offers Level III protection, not even Level IV...
Exhibit two: the ESAPI plate. Look it up.
Alright, Dragonskin. You should do your research. The thing was a complete and utter flop. It was heavier than the standard vest (more maneuverable my ass), its adhesive failed with hot temperatures or by exposure to sweat, etc. And your claim that it holds up better under multiple hits is also utter BS, seeing as how if one scale fails the entire system pretty much begins to fail.
Except that they are also rated by conventional Speeds, and Conventional terms of AP... The MA5A-C seems to achieve a much higher Velocity than current weapons with the 7.62 round, and do to having the ability to specially strengthened materials at the molecular level, their tungsten cores could actually be heavier or much harder to shatter with Ceramic inserts. Not only that, but the MA5C has a 32 round clip and most of the time it's Expected to need that whole clip to down a Spartan or Elite (Though mostly because of energy shields)
As for Dragon Skin. It wasn't an utter flop, it was just deemed by the military to be too expensive to field and as such disregarded before being targeted with misinformation. It was only a few lbs heavier than Standard Vests, except do to it's Scaled design allowed the wearer to Actually be able to Move around and Breath better. As the SAPI was one solid plate that allowed next to No movement.
Of course the Adhesive failed, that's what I said, but being a Much Better design than SAPI they should have used more resilient materials to hold the disks in place.
As for the fact that it fails after being shot, that would only be if the adhesive failed. If they used a better material to hold the disks in place then it could easily stand up to whatever was thrown at it.
Except I found this to be interesting...
Dragon Skin SOV-2000 level III armor was also tested the week of October 2, 2006 by Dr. Gary Roberts, LCDR, USNR, Stanford University Medical Center. These tests were conducted for a local law enforcement agency, as a control sample a stand-alone Armored Mobility Incorporated (AMI) level III steel composite plate armor was used for comparison. Both types of armor were conditioned for 12 hours at 170 °F (77 °C)
, then moved to ambient air for approximately 90 minutes prior to being shot. The problems associated with the use of inelastic clay backing material have been well documented; as such, the armor was secured to a life-size curvilinear torso replica made of Perma-Gel. Each armor system was shot a minimum of 20 times with five rounds of each ammunition type fired against each armor system—one 90 degree perpendicular shot, two shots at 60 degrees obliquity, and two shots at 30 degrees obliquity, using each of the following loads fired at a distance of 10 feet (3.0 m):
* 5.56 mm 40 gr LeMas Urban Warfare (using a moly coated Nosler Ballistic Tip bullet) with a 3,718 feet (1,133 m) per second average velocity.
* 5.56 mm M855 62 gr FMJ with a 3,054 feet (931 m) per second average velocity.
* 7.62x39 mm M43 123 gr steel-core FMJ with a 2,307 feet (703 m) per second average velocity.
* .30-06 M2 150 gr FMJ with a 2,736 feet (834 m) per second average velocity.All of the above ammo was successfully stopped by both armor systems in this testing, with no armor failures or penetrations, even after receiving multiple hits.
Which begs me to ask... what were the Extra Conditions
left off the reports for the tests that the Military placed the Dragon Skin in prior to testing.
See to the Military even if Dragon Skin worked they couldn't afford it for All of their troops. Because that would mean that not only did they waste their money on SAPI for the 200,000 troops in the middle east, they now have to by 200,000+ new body armours for them. Body Armour that is about two to three times more expensive than SPAI. I know you'd say that "They're the US Military, they have the money" but the thing is, that's a x4 increase in the budget for Infantry Armour, to them it wouldn't be worth it because that money could go to Ammo, or missiles or tanks, or fuel, or jets, or UAV's. So just by being more expensive the Dragon Skin was doomed to failure...
Not only that but the Military has a contract with the guys who make Interceptor, burning them now for this better armour would mean getting burned if they were to come out in the future with a better armour system.