Athene Blast Mitigating Appliqué
Modern criminals and terrorists are employing increasingly sophisticated tactics, often using explosive devices and person-borne IEDs as weapons of last resort. Traditional shields and armor systems will not protect against the damaging effects of close-in detonation of an explosive device, and can actually increase the chances of injury from secondary hazard. The revolutionary technology contained in Athene, Advanced Impulse Reduction (AIRTM), mitigates blast efforts, preventing injury and enabling operators to survive and defeat the most hostile threats encountered in the contemporary operating environment.
- Hook and loop fitting system enables rapid attachment and removal in response to changing tactical situation.
- Use of appliqué confers no loss of base ballistic performance.
- Only technology to offer proven protection against the effects of high-explosive blast threats.
- Relative performance optimized for the most challenging extreme close-range threats.
- Lightweight at only 2lbs per square foot.
- Polyurea coated for increased durability and life.
- May be supplied with or without view port without compromising performance.
- Point-of-challenge detonation of a suicide device is likely to result in serious injury that traditional protective equipment cannot prevent.
- Operators equipped with a standard ballistic shield have a ten-times greater chance of sustaining severe chest injury, including blunt force trauma and rib fracture, than those using AIR based appliqué.
- Similarly, forearm loading which would lead to a high probability of fracture with a standard shield is reduced by over 60% with AIR technology.
- Traditional operators also carry a 38% chance of sustaining critical abdominal injury compared to less than 4% when protected by AIR technology.
- In all cases the likelihood of remaining injury-free and capable of successfully prosecuting the mission is greatly increased when AIR technology is used to defeat the blast threat.
Occupational exposure to repeated low-level blast (breaching blast) is known to increase the likelihood of long-term blast-induced health issues**. By reducing the pressure dose imparted on troops under training Athene permits breaching teams to train harder for longer and achieve maximum preparedness without risking operator’s long-term health.
“the potential for injury is substantial, and the difference in outcome [with A.I.R. Tech] is bast.”
-G. T. Desmoulin Ph.D.
*All benefits and injury reductions assessed against ¼” e-glass ballistic shield without blast applique.
**Relation of Repeated Low-Level Blast Exposure with Symptomology Similar to Concussion, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.