European Special Forces & Tencate Develop Ultra Light Weight Shields
TenCate Advanced Armour in collaboration with European Special Forces has developed a new generation of ultra lightweight portable anti-ballistic shields, designed to provide personnel with the best possible protection against many different types of sharp pointy things.
The shield is made using TenCate Targa-light CX, which is a composite of high-grade ceramics, silicon carbide or boron carbide and a range of different fibre materials, including aramids and high-performance polyethylene.
The low weight allows the user to stay mobile by carrying the shield with the specially designed personal carrying system, without the need to use a heavy-handed trolley or impractical wheels. Various advanced features have been added to the new shield, such as an ergonomic shape, adjustable handle, shock protection, and the possible use of a periscope, a day & night camera, or night vision equipment’.
The new shields outperform anything that is currently on the market and has no portable equivalent to date on NIJ level IV, the highest rating for body armour of the US National Institute of Justice. Thanks to its advanced composition, the new shields offers a full NIJ 0108.01 level IV and weights just 17.2 kg for a full level IV protection.
Traditionally, portable ballistic shields offer NIJ level III or NIJ level III plus AK47 protection. Additional level IV plates can be added to protect locally against perforating projectiles, although this drastically increases the weight and makes a shield less portable. The weight aspect is often the key reason that portable shields cannot achieve the NIJ level IV in a fully mobile version. NIJ level IV shields do exist, although they are built on frames and trolleys to allow mobility for the user.