Should be standard equipment with every new American truck…
- Ballistic barrier is made up of twelve layers of bullet-proof Kevlar fiber
- Unique origami inspired design can fold up and easily be stowed in a vehicle
- Barrier successfully stopped 9 mm, .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum rounds
- Could also protect school children or casualties in an emergency situation
Engineers working on a way to keep police safe may have found the solution in an unusual place.
Taking inspiration from the Japanese art of paper folding, a team of researchers have developed a lightweight shield that can stop bullets in their tracks.
The ballistic barrier is made up of twelve layers of Kevlar fiber and weighs only slightly more than a large suitcase, but it can completely stop projectiles from most common handguns.
The barrier was created by engineers at Brigham Young University (BYU), a private research university Utah.
It can be folded compactly when not in use, making it easier to transport and deploy.
When expanded — which takes only five seconds — it can provide cover for officers and stop bullets from several types of handguns.
In testing, the barrier successfully stopped bullets from smaller 9 mm pistols, all the way up to .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum ‘hand cannons’.
The barrier is the brainchild of Larry Howell, professor of mechanical engineering, and his team at BYU in Utah.
Gus design is made up of 12 layers of bulletproof Kevlar and weighs only 55 pounds (25 kilograms).
Many of the steel-based barriers in current use approach 100 pounds.
The BYU-built barrier uses a Yoshimura origami crease pattern to expand around an officer, providing protection on the side in addition to protecting them in the front.
Via: Daily Mail Online