TenCate Advanced Armour has launched its ultra lightweight portable anti-ballistic shield at the 2013 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), currently underway in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Manufactured jointly with the European Special Forces, the new TenCate Targa-light Ceramic Xtra (CX) new-generation shield is designed to safeguard personnel against both lead core and armour-piercing ammunition in the battlefield.
The shield weighs 17.2kg, and is made with composites of high-grade ceramics, silicon carbide or boron carbide and a multitude of different fibre materials, ranging from aramids and high-performance polyethylene to provide maximum protection and comfort even during demanding operations.
TenCate Advanced Armour Europe and Asia-Pacific states managing director Steen Tanderup said less weight enabled the user to stay mobile by carrying the shield along with specially designed personal carrying system, eliminating requirement for a heavy-handed trolley or impractical wheels.
"Various advanced features have been added to our new shield, such as an ergonomic shape, the adjustable handle, shock protection, and the possible use of a periscope, a day and night camera, or night-vision equipment," Tanderup added.
Fully shock and impact-resistant, the shield possesses high multi-hit capability, which ensures soldiers receive a greater degree of safety, compared with the commonly used standards, including edge protection of up to 20mm, if hit by multiple projectiles or fragments.
The shield offers a full National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0108.01 level IV protection, which is the highest rating for body armour, unlike conventional portable ballistic shields that typically provide either NIJ level III or NIJ level III including AK47 protection.
The legacy shields can be integrated with level IV plates for protection against perforating projectiles, but the addition dramatically increases the weight and eventually makes them less portable.
Image: TenCate's newly unveiled anti-ballistic shields offer NIJ level IV protection. Photo: copyright © 2012 Koninklijke Ten Cate nv.