A British company that develops anti-blast technology for armoured vehicles suggests that 80 percent of casualties in Afghanistan were due to mines and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), based on a report by the US National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC).
ABBS, the Advanced Blast and Ballistic Systems company, in a sponsored post on forces.net, outlines here how it is working to save soldiers' lives with new technological solutions and the investment options are available with its crowdcube funding round.
Another report by The Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) suggests that, from the summer of 2005 until the spring of 2008, the IED threat was responsible for 50 to 80 percent of US fatalities.
ABBS says suggests complete protection from injury in armoured vehicles is possible.
The picture below sequences what happens when vehicles travel over 6kg mines.
It compares a Snatch Land Rover with a normal 10mm Armox 440 belly plate with another Snatch protected by the full ABBS suite of safety systems, including two Linear Rocket Motors (LRM™) to push down on the vehicle, to counteract the blast lifting forces and keep it on the ground.
Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems Ltd is a small, highly innovative UK company near Derby that has invested £7 million over the last 12 years to develop this technology.
It is now working with both the US Army, and defence and security company Plasan in Israel, to further develop and qualify the systems for service to protect soldiers' lives as soon as possible.
In the UK the current focus of development now is on the Toyota Hilux, widely used by US Special Forces.
ABBS has developed a novel belly plate design reinforced by carbon fibre which will be tested with a 6kg under-belly mine for the first time in September.
This is a completely passive system so is not complicated by sensors, a control/initiation system, and explosives or rocket motors, making it very simple and quick to test and certify for service.
The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has expressed interest in the system, and ABBS has won £41,000 funding from the UK Defence Accelerator programme to study the benefits of adding carbon fibre to the belly plate design.