Morgan Advanced Materials has come out with a Mobile Shield, mounted on a trolley. The company calls it the LASA Ballistic Shield Mobile Variant, and has recently showcased it at DSEi 2017 in London. Essentially a modification of various ballistic panels out there on the market today, this product is attempting to provide Military/LE forces with a mobile capability of protection, being able to advance towards a known enemy threat while being protected. Currently the shield is rated to NIJ 0108.01 Level III for multiple hits, while still maintaining a weight of 78.4 kilograms (172.8 pounds) with the full extent of options that can be added, trolley included. From the Morgan Advanced Materials product description-
- Strong stabilised chassis for optimum mobility and speed
- Works with 3x ‘Standard Long’ (155cm high x 50cm wide) ultra-lightweight LASA® Ballistic Shields, delivering ultra-lightweight delivering multi-hit protection at NIJ 0108.01 Level III and special threats:
- 7.62 x 51mm 149gr M80 FMJ
- 5.56 x 45mm 55gr Ball (M193)
- 7.62 x 39mm 123gr PS Ball (Mild Steel Core)
- The shields can be removed quickly and easily from the trolley for individual protection
- The shield trolley folds to minimal size for easy storage and transportation
Although I don’t know if many military entities would be interested in this system, I think the real use of this will be by Law Enforcement personnel in the event of active shooters, hostages, or otherwise armed individuals barricading themselves in an urban position. Having the ability to “move” your cover in a highly tense situation can be very advantageous in a number of ways. The majority of these “mobile shields” today require the use of a single arm, or at least taking a gun out of the fight by working the shield while another provides cover.
And of course, when it comes to shields, I hope no one ever forgets the iconic image of the French assaulters who ended the siege at the Bataclan Theater attacks.