- History reference
- Description of the bulletproof vest 6B43
- Characteristics 6B43
- Design features 6B43
- Test results
- Expert reviews
- Cost 6B43
An assault body armor (abbreviated BZ) is a means of individual protection of personnel of ground units, marines, airborne troops, special forces during combat operations.
In the Middle Ages, the protection of the warrior provided plate plate. Closer to the XVII century, blacksmiths were able to bring armor to a new level. Now the cuirass protected the person from the bullet of a pistol and even a heavy musket, if the shot was not fired at close range. However, at that time to establish a mass production of such armor did not allow a low level of technology.
Until the beginning of the 20th century, only French, German and Russian troops could boast the most bulletproof cuirass. With the onset of the 1900s. armor received a new round in its many years of evolution. A military engineer, A. Chemerzin, in 1905 presented a 5-pound shell of metal inserts to the court of experts, which could even withstand a shot from a gun from two meters. Soon the prototypes of body armor arrived on the balance of the Moscow and Moscow police.
During World War I, Russian infantrymen used a metal cuirass with bibs made of wire felt to protect them. In turn, the British had their own DDSBA vest, made of special brigantine. The BBS armor of the American army was much heavier and more expensive. A helmet was also included in the kit for the integral cuirass. The first similar to modern body armor appeared only in the late 1920s. in America. They were made of metal plates fastened with woolen fabric.
In the early 1950s, engineers from the USSR and the USA took up the development of a BZ of a new generation for wide production. The first to succeed were the Americans, who discovered the high-strength properties of nylon and nylon. These materials formed the basis of M1952 vests. The Russian answer - 6B2 - did not differ in quality.
1991 was a new and decisive stage in the development of body armor. In combat operations in the Persian Gulf, lightweight bullet-proof vests were successfully tried. Subsequently, on their basis, the Americans created the famous NGBAS. In 2007, US engineers upgraded the model to IOTV, increasing the protection area. Production of vests of the 6B series continued in Russia. Every year, this BZ was becoming safer and more comfortable.
Description of the bulletproof vest 6B43
By order of the Ministry of Defense of Russia in 2010, the army received a new variation of the combined-arms protective equipment. The bulletproof vest 6B43 (see photo below) has improved technical and tactical characteristics, therefore it is ideal for assault units. The production of this personal protective equipment is engaged in SPF "Tehinkom".
General assault armor 6B43 belongs to class 6A. This means the highest protection that only a couple of dozen countries in the world can boast. The vest is ideal for close combat, so it is widely used in land and sea operations. BZ 6B43 protects against damage by both armor-piercing bullets and shrapnel grenades, mines and other explosive projectiles. In addition, it is impossible to pierce cold weapons.
6B43 can be used in any climatic zones, as it is able to maintain strength in the temperature range from –50 o C to +50 o C. The protective properties of the vest are not affected by precipitation or combustible materials. When in contact with solid ground, the modules are not wiped.
The design of a bulletproof vest provides for adaptation to any combat conditions. It protects all vital organs, makes it possible to place most of the elements of equipment in removable modules. In 6B43, you can quickly change the level of height and body circumference.
The mass of such bullet-proof vest in its pure form (without additional equipment in the modules) is about 5 kg. All in all, a bulletproof vest 6B43 can hold up to 10 kg of ammunition in pouches. The total area of protection from bullets is up to 30 square meters. dm, from fragments - up to 68.5 sq. m. dm
It should be noted that the integrated panels of composite and ceramic materials provide full all-round protection against gunshot hits at a distance of 10 to 300 m.
Also in the design provides the ability to instantly reset the BZ. For increased ergonomics and improved overall performance in the winter, you can use a vest without shock-absorbing modules. This will allow you to seamlessly wear armor under a jacket or coat. Ventilation pouches can be easily placed in pockets or a small baggage.
Design features 6B43
Body armor 6B43 is designed according to the modular principle. It is produced in two trim levels: basic and extended.
The first includes splinterproof, unified and shock-absorbing modules. Its total weight can reach up to 9 kg. Anti-splinter module covers an area of 47 sq. M. dm, protecting the neck and torso. Unified and amortization armor panels prevent injuries in the chest and back.
Bullet-proof vest 6B43 expanded configuration includes 6 types of modules. Its total weight is 15 kg. The kit includes side, groin splinter and anti-bullet, shoulder, dorsal, shock-absorbing modules.
The lightweight version of the vest eliminates some of the levels of protection. The weight of this BZ is 4.5 kg. It protects mainly from fragments.
Currently 6B43 available in three sizes. In peacetime, bullet-proof vest should be stored in a special case of wear-resistant material.
An assault bullet-proof vest 6B43 is capable of withstanding tight shelling when the frost is -50 degrees. Tests were carried out with weapons of different calibers. Similar results were achieved in the shelling of 50-degree heat.
Exposure 6B43 together with anti-splinter modules in sea and fresh water showed that the bullet-proof vest is able to retain its properties even in conditions of high humidity and acidity. The next stage was resistance tests. To do this, the vest was dumped on the concrete surface separately and together with an 80-pound mannequin. Fall height varied from 1 to 2 meters.
6B43 also successfully passed the tests of decontamination and degassing.
The bullet-proof vest 6B43 is designed very competently. This is a joint development of Belarusian and Russian engineers. When creating a vest were used only domestic components.
One of the main drawbacks of the model are the individual adjustment belts for the sitting and standing positions. And let them make the most convenient and simple. The fact is that Belarus still does not produce rubber bands more than 6 cm wide. Therefore, when designing 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 samples.
The advantages of the vest are a high level of armor, a quick emergency reset (in 2-3 seconds) and relative comfort.
Body armor 6B43 in the basic configuration can be purchased at a price ranging from 80 to 95 thousand rubles. Used products can be purchased cheaper by 2-3 times (depending on the degree of wear).
An extended version of the model is estimated to be a little more expensive - from 100 to 120 thousand rubles.
It is worth noting that the wholesale sales of waistcoats are carefully monitored by appropriate state services.