complete the protective ensemble, the PPE includes
long shin and knee protectors. These pads are
rubber and have been found in tests to offer significant blast
protection from AP mines 75cm away. However their performance
against fragmentation is unknown.
They do not offer significant mine protection.
are intended as an aid to kneeling on rough or damp ground rather
than as protection against a blast. Easily attached with Velcro
straps, they extend from the ankle to the knee without restricting
leg movement or the ability to kneel and stand easily. Those
deminers who have tried them said that they wanted to have them
available to use whenever the ground was wet or rough.
nominal dimensions of the knee shin-pads are 46 x 15cm and they
weigh around 1Kg (2.2 lbs).