ballistic protection

This is cool:

Saab’s Soft Armour system offers protection against ballistic penetration up to NATO 7.62 mm AP ammunition (STANAG level III). The system is a box concept filled with hard ceramic balls. The system is especially designed to enhance survivability and can be fitted to any structure prior to missions, or even retrofitted to existing structures in operational theatre.

A unique ceramic material protects against ballistic penetration. Soft Armour is a patented ballistic protection technology that provides security for people in vulnerable environments. Soft Armour also protects critical equipment and facilities. Soft Armour protects against all small arms ammunition including armour piercing. The system has a lower total cost than ceramic and composite protection, with reusability, multi-hit capabilities and high flexibility.

Less marketing, more demonstrating in this video:

WTF is with the warning at the starting? – “Despite our effort this video may contain violent content, viewer discretion is advised.”

Saab-soft-ceramic-armorAfter watching both videos, I think the “hack” is to repeatedly hammer the target lower down in order to sink the balls… then go for the new unarmored top section. Unless someone is pouring new balls in, I see that as being its Achilles heel.

You can read more about it on Saab’s website. Nice site btw… real clean and functional.

Thoughts? In ball you trust?

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Pudding:

Water balloons:

Water-Balloon-Shooting-Slow-MotionDespite way too much talking, the 2nd video is especially cool where the balloon actually slows the slug down and holds it captive so the host can just pluck it out.

The 2nd video shouldn’t surprise anyone who has shot water before.  The pudding is a non-newtonian fluid so that explains the first one.

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