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A vat of D30, shock absorbing material

Source:  Allan House / MoD, Crown Copyright 2009

A vat of D30, shock absorbing material

D30 is an intelligent shock absorbing material, but here it looks like a vat of neon goo. Soldiers will wear the goo under their armour, which will protect them during battle. It would harden on impact, but goes fluid again when the impact energy disperses.

 

The Ministry of Defence has released pictures of new technology it is developing, or hopes to develop.

The images were released alongside the Defence Technology Plan, which sets out the MoD’s long-term research needs. It aims to encourage tech companies and academics to come up with the next generation of flying, spying robots and new lightweight tanks.

Quentin Davies, minister for defence equipment and support, said exploit new technologies is "vital" for battlefield success.

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