Next Generation IED Protection Testing

Richard Ryan links up with the guys from Bravo Zulu to test their Zulushield 1600:

I love how blowing through several pounds of C4, and hundreds of feet of detcord is just an average day at the range for Richard haha.

Richard-Ryan-ENDO-California-RKBAI already knew it, but damn IEDs look like cause for a bad day.  That shield SUV actually appeared to do pretty well looking at the slow motion, but obviously we can’t tell just by looking if the shockwave was mitigated enough to save the lives of those inside.  I’m looking forward to seeing Richard’s follow up to this in his TV series.

Whenever I think of IEDs, my mind always jumps to this video.



5 responses to “Next Generation IED Protection Testing”

  1. I always enjoy watching explosions, but I am not impressed by their tests.

    Rule number 1 in any test is to test consistently. 3 different SUVs (either different model, year or make not sure). Differences in testing conditions including the one SUV having sandbags in the back while another one did not.

    Enjoyed the explosions, not sold on their results.

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  2. Appears to be just a reactive armor system for the undercarriage of an up-armored SUV. I too am not impressed because it appears to more of a temporary “bandaid” vs a long term solution. Just as antitank missiles quickly evolved to defeat reactive armor on tanks, so too will IED’s be quickly adapted to defeat such armor on the undercarriage. And just to be clear, I’m not “hatin’” on someone trying to fix a legit problem– I definitely applaud the identification of the problem and subsequent search for a solution. I just don’t think they are there yet.

  3. Would have been usefull in 2004. By 2008/9, the EFP was the American killer IED we saw most often.

  4. Taofledermaus Avatar

    They need to make a law to limit how much C4 terrorists use. Seriously, I think they use MUCH larger charges and often rig up artillery shells that will flip a MRAP end over end. I went to an explosives demo once and they buried 20lbs of ANFO under a car and the blast went through the floor and then ripped the roof off a Lexis, sending that about 300 feet into the air.
    Crazy crazy stuff!