Military weapons have evolved at an exponential rate since World War I; flamethrowers and tanks were first used during this war. Now tanks and machine guns, among other things, are routine devices essential for any military operations. Even the strength of bombs and grenades have grown in sheer impact and areas affected with debris at alarming rates. Just think, 1945 was the first time ever a nuclear bomb was detonated over two cities effectively ending World War II. Nine years later, an even stronger hydrogen bomb was detonated at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands making the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like child’s play. With the rapid advancement of military technology, and as bombs are getting stronger at a frightful pace the general public may want to protect themselves and their families from the impact and spewing debris. Bomb blankets were invented to protect people from the horrors of such ballistic bomb impacts if they were to happen close to home.
A bomb blanket is an interesting piece of military technology available to the common person. It is made with 3/8” thick of Kevlar, the same material found in bullet proof vests police officers wear. The layers of Kevlar are stitched together with ballistic fibers making it a blanket-like material that can be placed over detonating devices like a tent. Astonishingly, depending on the threat level companies and vendors can alter the thickness of the Kevlar to fit those needs. The material is not only bulletproof, but it also won’t burn and will protect against projectiles from any bomb detonation. Bomb blankets vary in size depending on the customers needs and desires. It comes equipped with Velcro straps so it can be easily wrapped around suspicious packages with ease. Some manufacturers can even make bomb blankets to fit around house and car windows as well as floors.
Thick layers of Kevlar and ballistic fibers woven together make the fabric what it is, but what it is much more than a bomb resistant tool, it is a jack-of-all-trades piece of technology. It is fire resistant, lightweight and flexible to fit the needs of the customer and accommodate the various threat levels. It is both water and chemical resistant ensuring that this piece if technology will not only withstand extremely powerful bomb blasts, but its longevity and ability to withstand father time makes it a must-have for families. Removable Velcro straps that are machine washable, but remember the entire blanket itself is not meant to be machine washed some fibers will deteriorate and will lose its effectiveness.
Sure, this intricate technology can be used to suppress bomb blasts of stationary devices and protects the average person but it also services several other responsibilities. They are used in key governmental buildings to suppress ballistic bomb attacks to high-risk facilities, which adds to the already remarkable homeland security protocols. They are used for demining former warzones safely with minimal dangerous to the people around them. This is essential in preserving the wellbeing and safety of the people of the country plagued with mines but also military personnel. Bomb blankets are also essential in IED/IOD operations abroad, especially when intentionally detonating bombs that have lived pass their expiration dates.
Cost Effective? Think Again
Of course, like any advanced technology the cost of these blankets are not for the faint of heart. Bomb blankets range in price from anywhere between $900-$3,000 depending on the thickness of the Kevlar and added features the customer wants. Remember, bomb blankets are only necessary where the threat of such ballistic bombings are a concern, hence why military personal and police officers use such technology. However, it is certainly a handy piece of added protection for any family for peace of mind, especially in this chaotic global landscape.