Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

A jolt out of the blue [AAD141]

17 September 2014

Keeping valuables safe in transit requires innovative thinking, and the same goes for subduing aggressive prisoners or detainees.

Durban-based Imperial Armour (Hangar 4, Stand B14) seems to have the answer to both: it has just launched its shock bag and belt, as well as a passive riot belt. According to managing director Louise Garland-Els, the shock bag and belt combination is ideal to conceal and protect valuable cash when travelling.

A 2,000V charge, along with an audible alert, is intended to stop a thief escaping with the cash and attract attention. The shocker is activated by pressing a button, which has a remote function up to 100m.

“We electrify not just the straps, but also the side panels of the bag,” Garland-Els explained. “Although the voltage is high, the low output current will not cause serious harm.”

Imperial Armour’s passive riot belt uses the same principle of an electric shock to prevent detainees escaping or to immobilise an aggressive prisoner with minimum force.

“The high-voltage, non-lethal charge is a safe yet effective measure to prevent escape and to protect personnel,” Garland-Els says. “The shock goes all round the belt, which has cables throughout to prevent it being cut with a knife, and it also emits an ear-piercing 110dB siren to attract attention.” Imperial Armour provides wrist and arm restraints, as well as handcuff D-ring attachments with the riot belt.

“Unlike with the use of firearms or batons, the passive riot belt causes no permanent damage and does not constitute unnecessary force,” said Garland-Els.

The company undertakes all its research in house and uses international standards in developing, testing and manufacturing its products for the military, law enforcement, de-mining, fire and emergency rescue services.

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