The US Army has unveiled a new defensive product dubbed “ballistic wallpaper” designed to protect American Soldiers when they take cover in urban war zones.
In urban warfare, troops will often use abandoned buildings or structures for defensive purposes instead of building their own or digging foxholes. The problem is that when these buildings come under fire by an RPG or tank round, a wall that is hit will implode sending shards of rock and mortar flying at the occupants sheltering inside.
To solve this, engineers at the U.S. Army’s Research and Development Centre have come up with the idea of fortifying these shelters with rolls of lightweight adhesive backed ballistic wallpaper that can quickly be put up on the inside of the walls
The wallpaper which consists of Kevlar fibre threads embedded in flexible polymer film, is still in early testing phase although the research centre has already conducted blast testing at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The wallpaper is still in the research and development stage and does not yet have an official name, but it could one day be produced and fielded and hopefully save lives.