They have been known to save numerous lives, shielding against bullets, shrapnel, metal fragments amongst others. The core protective materials used to produce bomb blankets or ballistic blankets are Kevlar and para-aramid fiber. The following are various types in the marketplace:
Popular High-grade types of Bomb Blankets or Ballistic Blankets:
- Fragmentation bomb blankets (V50 17 grain 300m/s),
- NIJ Level IIA (V50 17 grain 450m/s),
- NIJ Level II (V50 17 grain 550m/s)
- And NIJ Level IIIA (V50 17 grain 600m/s)
Practically – these blankets in their simplest form have the potential to protect its wearer against 9mm bullets, shrapnel and metal fragments erupting from any explosion or during riots, or war-like situations. They can be worn by the police and military, and serves advantageously for general industrial uses! We cannot rule out the fact that bomb explosions are widely utilized as war/attack artilleries. Studies show that explosions in several cases happen right before a bomb gets neutralized. To be safe and secure while working around bomb areas or while in attack situations, bomb blankets will serve for quick & effective shield against pipe bombs, hand grenades & other metal fragments, amongst others. Also certain explosives that are kept or stored close to explosion prone regions can be shielded and protected by bomb blankets. Some of these ballistic blankets are made from high strength ballistic materials – designed to offer wide range of benefits and use, including those of shielding uses, mine clearance operations, amongst others. They can also be utilized as provisional transportable barrier units for VIPs, swathed over windows, or kept in place to protect military or police personnel in barricade situations.
In place of industrial safety applications, they can be judiciously used for protection where there may be a chance of explosion. Bomb blankets have heavy duty nylon netting and handling straps that permit for careful placement over alleged explosive devices. If there is a suspected package or device, the blanket rings will help direct the blast upwards – straight into the blanket thus helping to absorb shock from any explosion having fragments and other projectiles.
Ballistic blankets or bomb blankets can further be utilized as a momentary barrier on automobile/vehicle windows and as perfect shield during barricades. Practically, the blankets are designed to be swiftly thrown easily over doors, walls and windows; and in very high-risk conditions – can be quickly deployed at speed. They can also be utilized effectively in combination with other forms of equipment like those of shields, tactical clothing and helmets amongst others. They can expertly be tailored to end-users’ needs, whether for vehicle door or floor panels, and many more.
Core Advantages of using Bomb blankets / Ballistic Blankets:
- Helps to protect against bomb blast, bullets, shrapnel, metal fragments
- Can help protect staff working in high-risk situations
- Great in compromising situations where a bomb is being worked upon for detonation
- Special protective shields for the military, police and other Special Forces
- Helps to protect individuals and property in a broad range of situations
- Very helpful for industrial safety applications
There are varieties of ways a bomb or ballistic blankets can be used to save lives from military, police or industrial explosions.