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Innovative Defence kit showcased during National Science and Engineering Week

March 27, 2011

A new form of armoured netting which can stop rocket-propelled grenades damaging vehicles was one of the items showcased at an event to mark National Science and Engineering Week.

Tarian QuickShield netting, which is similar in appearance to a string vest, was among several innovations displayed in London today which have been created by MOD scientists from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and members of the defence industry.

Tarian QuickShield by AmSafe of Bridport, Dorset, acts as a 'band aid', temporarily replacing broken bar armour (Picture: Copyright AmSafe Ltd)

The event gave an insight into current technologies being deployed in support of our Armed Forces and a forward look at the scientific innovations which may one day add to the current impressive range of tools which give military personnel a battle-winning edge.

Tarian QuickShield is a lightweight net or ‘band aid for bar armour’, strong enough to protect against rocket-propelled grenades, which will be used to rapidly replace damaged bar armour on military vehicles in the field.

Stowed in the vehicle, the netting can be fitted immediately without any tools. It is due to be delivered to Afghanistan next month as part of a £2.6m contract.

As well as the netting, a pioneering approach to tackling the problem of ‘helicopter brownout’, where a pilot loses visual references due to dust or sand, was also showcased.

The kit uses a small, helmet-mounted display to provide a virtual 3D representation of the landing zone that stays fixed to the earth and helps the pilot to land safely.

To read the full article, click HERE or on the image below.

A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter takes off during an exercise involving practising dust landings (Picture: Senior Aircraftman Neil Chapman, Crown Copyright/MOD)

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