A mysterious ultra-wealthy client has commissioned McLaren’s technology and design team for an ‘invincible shield’ that can be worn discreetly beneath the clothing, to protect their vital organs.
The Invincible shield essentially aims to do the job of the rib cage, relying on materials used in body armour and even Formula 1 race cars for damage containment, impact resistance, and flexural rigidity. Read more
PHOENIX (KSAZ) – Police officers never know what kind of call their going to answer, that’s why one former officer is encouraging his colleagues to always be cautious and guard their bodies with proper protection.
This past week, an officer was shot during a pursuit that ended at 44th Street and Thomas Road.
The officer is ok, thanks to a bulletproof vest that he was wearing.
Fox 10 Phoenix spoke with Bill Weigt, an officer who understands what it feels like to get shot with a bulletproof vest.
He was a part of a pursuit back in 2005 where a suspect ended up shooting and hitting him.
He says the bullet entered right where the protection in the vest ended, or else he’d be in even better shape than he is now.
“It hit the vest carrier, but it missed the bulletproof vest,” Weigt said.
Regardless, he says vests save lives and hopes every officer will take the time to wear one.
“I mean, it’s the simplest thing in the world. Why not just wear it? It should be that easy, but it’s a personal thing for me. But if they chose not to, I wish they would. All of them, I wish they would,” Weight said.
He says when he hears about an officer who’s been shot on the job, he hopes for just one thing. Read more
The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the NITI Aayog to set up an inter-ministerial committee to prepare a road map to encourage domestic manufacturing of lightweight body armour for the Army and paramilitary forces.
The committee, says a senior government official, will be headed by NITI Aayog member V.K. Saraswat and will have representatives from the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the Ministries of Defence and Home. Earlier this year, the PMO asked NITI Aayog to prepare a draft note on the possibility of encouraging production of home-made lightweight body armour. Read more
Bellevue police will soon obtain a demilitarized vehicle for rescues.
“The department has basically been looking for some time for a vehicle that offers ballistic protection; able to rescue citizens and officers; and also be available for national disasters — floods, snowstorms, etc.,” Bellevue Police Capt. Tom Dargy said at the Aug. 28 Bellevue City Council meeting.
The mine-resistant, armored-protective vehicle, known as an MRAP, should fit that bill. It’s designed to provide ballistic protection and can drive through up to 3 feet of water. The 37,850-pound military vehicle is 21 feet long and 10 feet high. Read more
Police in Menands are wearing new bulletproof vests as part of a pilot program. They’re designed to reduce lower back pain for the officers wearing them.
Police gave the public a look at the vests during a press event Thursday.
The vests have straps and compartments able to carry bulky and heavy police gear, allowing officers to more evenly distribute the weight they’d normally be carrying on their belts. They cost about $1,000.
The pilot program is sponsored by the village’s workers compensation provider, the Public Employer Risk Management Association, or PERMA. PERMA decided to create the program after a review of all police claims. On average, they say lower back injuries cost roughly $84,000 in lost time per claim.
Spectrum News spoke with an officer who has been wearing the new vest for two weeks, and he says he is quite satisfied with the change. Read more
Detective Sgt. David Winchester of the Bucksport Police Department was talking about his experience with his ballistic resistant vest and said within 5 minutes of starting his shift, he was soaked. The vest makes him sweat unbelievably, referring to his Type IIIA U.S. Armor Ballistic Vest. He also stressed that if anyone thinks this is bad, try working in 90-degree weather, dressed in black and walking around with this vest on.
Even though bullet proof vests prevent bullets from entering, they also prevent sweat from escaping. During the course of their day, the sweat and hard work take its toll on the panels of the Kevlar mesh inside the vests. Over time, the mesh starts pulling away, making these vest unsafe and cannot be trusted. Read more
Sept. 15 (UPI) — General Dynamics Land Systems U.K. has begun manned live-fire trials for its AJAX armored vehicle program, using the vehicle’s CTA International 40mm autocannon, chain gun and smoke grenade launchers.
The trials will last five months beginning with static firing positions against immobile point targets and gradually progress to a moving vehicle engaging moving targets. The testing will occur in West Wales, Great Britain.
“The start of the CT40 cannon manned industry firing phase is a significant milestone in the AJAX programme,” Kevin Connell, vice president of General Dynamics Land System U.K., said.
“This cutting-edge capability that enables AJAX to pack a significant punch, alongside its wide-range of best-in-class sensors that makes it an Information Age platform, ensures that the British Army has everything they need to do their job effectively,” Connell said. Read more
The same day the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announced it had enough funding to purchase a Sno-Cat rescue vehicle, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will allow the office to buy an armored tactical vehicle, known as a BearCat.
The executive order signed Monday would once again allow local and state police agencies to acquire surplus military gear. The order rolls back a 2015 policy under the Obama administration, which severely limited the program after public outcry on how the equipment was used by police during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that those restrictions went too far. He said the new approach will boost public safety. Read more
With Hurricane Irma threatening South Florida, Martin and St. Lucie County first-responders are preparing to use special vehicles that will make them more able to respond to emergencies during the storm.
The sheriff’s offices in these Treasure Coast counties will partner with Fire Rescue agencies to use armored military vehicles capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and navigating flooded roads. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said that in the event Irma threatens the county, his agency will preposition three, heavy-duty, high-water vehicles — one in Jensen Beach, one in Indiantown and one in the southern part of the county.
Snyder said the agency will use a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle, also known as the MRAP, a Bearcat SWAT vehicle, and an Army truck. Fire Rescue paramedics will embed with sheriff’s deputies and respond to calls, if necessary. Read more
Body armor can be the determining factor in police safety. Body armor manufacturers take into consideration every situation an officer may encounter while on duty, and new threats drive development including the materials used to make vests and the grades of durability offered.
Officer Brad Baker of the Denver (Colo.) Police Department says they are issued Level II and Level IIIA soft armor for routine patrol. “We also have steel plates and carriers for higher risk situations,” he says. Across the board, more and more departments are making ballistic vests mandatory uniform. The Tucson (Ariz.) Police Department requires officers to wear them at all times unless assigned to administrative duty, however, the officer must have easy access to their body armor if that is the case. One vest issued for their officers is a Level IIA at the least so the vest may be concealed use.Read more