Portable Transparent Shield for Ballistic Protection
Portable, transparent shields are used to protect high profile personnel from attack by firearms. The shortcomings of the older shield system design include the use of transparent armor glass that loses transparency over time, difficulty in erecting the shield, and a reluctance to deploy the shield due to its unpleasant appearance. Locking pins could easily be removed from the older shield, resulting in a significant safety hazard. Without the locking pins in place, the upper portion of the shield collapsed. To overcome these deficiencies, a safer design has been developed using gas springs to help hold the weight of the upper part of the shield, allowing safer set up. The new shield incorporates low iron transparent armor for ballistic protection because it has improved translucency over standard transparent armor. Locking pins require a special tool to be removed. Eight portable shields have been delivered to the user community.
Contact Applied Research Associates for additional information on the portable shield.