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US Army developed Blast proof wallpaper to protect soldiers from explosions

A prototype was displayed at an exhibition of army innovations held at the Pentagon on 21 May 2015.

May 22, 2015 16:44 IST
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The United States (US) Army developed Blast proof wallpaper to protect soldiers from explosions. A prototype was displayed at an exhibition of army innovations held at the Pentagon on 21 May 2015.

The ballistic wallpaper was displayed at the Department of Defense Lab Day among 100 innovations from US Army engineers.

The prototype was designed by army engineers in the United States. The new thing about this ballistic wallpaper is that it can be quickly and easily applied by non-specialised units at short notice. This provides significant potential tactical advantages.

The prototype is lightweight sticky wallpaper lined with tough Kevlar fibres could be carried by troops to reinforce the walls of temporary buildings. The special fabric acts as a net to stop shrapnel flying around and injuring soldiers or civilians who are stuck inside.

The idea is to coat the inside of structures to reduce the danger of debris to occupants. The lining reduces the amount of debris sent flying at the occupants of a building in the event of an explosion.

Small blast trials had been carried out near Fort Polk in Louisiana, while larger testing had been conducted at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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