The US Strategic Page website recently published a report titled "Graphite Armor Input Application".
Near the end of the year in 2018, China announced that they are equipped with lightweight graphene armor for the new straight-10 gunship (graphene is a very thin, extremely strong and inexpensive carbon material). This will make China the first country to use graphene armor in the military field. China has been conducting research for more than 10 years. The main difficulty lies in how to develop cheap and reliable manufacturing processes for this ultra-thin material. China has hardly announced any details about military-grade graphene armor, but only that the armor is both hard and light.
According to reports, the design of graphene bulletproof armor has appeared in the West. Earlier this year, British Graphene Composites announced the results of the "GC Shield" graphene armor. But the "GC Shield" is not hard, it uses 5 layers of graphene separated by a very light aerogel (the jelly-like aerogel is larger) and can only intercept 9 mm Magnum pistols. There is also a new, larger product under development that is said to block high-speed rifle bullets in the future.
Foreign media believe that China's graphene armor seems to use a multi-layer graphene plate separated by a thin layer of hard ceramic. Similar designs have appeared on tank armor, the "Qiao Baum" armor (also invented by the British in the 1960s). â€œQiao Baumâ€ uses a multi-layer metal sheet (steel plate or depleted uranium plate) separated by a ceramic layer to achieve the most effective protection effect ever. To this day, the West is still using similar tank armor designs. As we all know, China has invested a lot of money in the field of graphene applications, so their light armor should also work. As for the straight-10, it was not so advanced. It was put into mass production in 2013. The Chinese Army ordered 118 aircraft and equipped 9 air brigades. So far, only 10 straight-10 have not yet been delivered. It is reported that each aviation brigade is equipped with a straight-10 squadron (12).
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