Ann Arbor, Mich.-based, biotech developer Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has announced it has received a contract that could be worth up to $1 million for the development of high-performance fibers for protective apparel applications with the U.S. Defense Department. Under the fully funded base effort, the company will deliver ballistic shoot packs constructed from its proprietary Dragon Silk™ spider-silk material for performance testing.
Currently, such “shoot packs” are made with Kevlar or metal plates and are fitted into a vest. Kraig Biocraft’s packs will be tested and evaluated for critical soldier protective applications including ballistic impact. If awarded, the option phase will significantly expand this work with the U.S. Army. The base effort on this contract is scheduled to last 10 months and is the company’s first award from the Defense Department.
High-performance technical fibers are currently used in a wide variety of military, industrial and consumer applications requiring superior strength, toughness and flexibility.