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They Invented What? (No. 88)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on February 27, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 3,398,406:  Buoyant bulletproof combat uniform.

JW Note:  I need to have a talk with my draftsperson about the quality of his drawings!  :-)




What is claimed is:

1.  An antiballistic garment comprising a body covering portion, said body covering portion having inner and outer layers, said outer layers comprising a plurality of horizontal, parallel rib members bonded along their longitudinal edges by integral flexible hinge portions of less thickness than said rib members, said rib members being of light weight semi rigid plastic material or the like, and having submicron metallic particles sintered therewith in desired proportions to make said ribs as strong and dense as solid metal, said ribs each being arcuate-shaped along its length and convex-shaped throughout its width thereby providing an undulating convexly curved outer surface and a concavely body conforming inner surface on said outer layer; said inner layer being adhered to said inner surface of said outer layer and comprising a highly flexible closed cellular plastic having pellicular walls whereby a bullet-proof, buoyant, weather proof, waterproof, corrosion-proof, shock resistant garment is provided that is also highly flexible and light in weight.