How a Bomb Suits Protect Bomb Disposal Squad Members


If you have watched The Hurt Locker then you must have questioned yourself about how a bomb suit can withstand an IED bomb blast and count your lucky stars today we have an answer for you. A bomb suit can resist a blast from up to 3 kilograms of C4 from 3 meters away. A crucial ingredient which is included in the production of a bomb suit is a material called Kevlar. It is a super strong polymer which is made by shaping molecules so that they can bond together in parallel lines and form a solid material. A lot of energy is required to pass through this material because the polymer molecules are bonded so close together that it is hard to push through them.

There is also a blast plate which protects you from the shock that comes from the blast waves. It is made of steel and is cantilevered so that you can have versatility and mobility so you can bend over and reach the ground. A suit which is not fitted accurately can affect the flexibility of the one who is wearing it. To perform the dangerous task of disarming a bomb, it is important that the suit fits you properly.

The outer layer of the suit is called the carrier and is made of a fire retardant polymer called Nomex. This layer is resistant to heat. When it comes to gloves, they are not involved since a bomb disposal squad requires precision more than protecting their hands. The more dexterity a man has, it is less likely that the bomb will go off. Watch this video to see how this bomb suit will protect the one wearing it.


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