Brit troops to get stunglasses to resist shotgun blast at point-blank rangeApril 10th, 2011 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI
Baghdad, Apr 10 (ANI): Stunglasses, fitted with special lenses that can resist a shotgun blast at almost point-blank range, would be issued to British troops in Afghanistan.
The Sawfly glasses and Bullet Ant goggles are fitted with special lenses made from a secret compound, the Daily Mail reports.
According to reports, these glasses can even protect troops from dirt and debris thrown up by roadside bombs, known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The Ministry of Defence has reportedly ordered an initial 92,000 pairs costing 3.4 million pounds.
These are made by Canadian military equipment firm Revision and will be issued to all British troops deployed to Afghanistan from September.
Soldiers are banned from wearing fashionable makes such as Ray-Ban because they do not provide enough protection, and are even costly. Each pair of the latest stunglasses would cost less than 40 pounds.
The paper quoted Army spokesman Colonel Peter Rafferty as saying that all
troops in Afghanistan are issued with “protective eyewear as standard, and these are an enhancement.”
“In addition to the ballistic protection these items offer, IEDs are a significant threat to our troops in theatre. The debris and dirt thrown up from a blast can be just as harmful to troops as the initial blast. This eyewear is the best chance they have of minimising injuries to the eyes while still maintaining situational awareness and thus the ability to do their jobs,” he added. (ANI)
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