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What types of ballistic resistant material are used to make body armor?

Body armor can be made from a number of different types of woven or non-woven materials. One of the first fibers used for modern ballistic resistant material was Kevlar., which is made by DuPont. Other materials include Spectra., which is made by Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal); Twaron., made by Accordis (formerly Akzo Nobel), and Zylon., made by Toyobo. These materials are manufactured in a variety of styles, and can be woven or non-woven (laminated). Hard (non-fabric) armor plates can be made from a number of materials, to include metals, ceramics, and other composite materials.

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