apron concept was devised in 1996/7 as
protection against AP mines in manual demining. I designed
it with support from a small UK charity, the Sir Halley
Stewart Trust. More than 500 were manufactured and sold by
a commercial company in Africa.
Mk1 and Mk2 are identical except for the position of the collar.
The Mk1 has a collar inside the visor close to the wearer's throat.
The Mk2 has a collar outside the visor as shown alongside.
a visor, the apron provides full-frontal protection against blast
and the environmental fragmentation normally associated with the
close quarter detonation of an AP blast mine. It is not designed
to provide full protection against metal fragmentation AP mines
(bounding or stake), but does provide significant protection in
woven ballistic aramid used in this design is flexible and comfortable. The
apron is loosely secured with webbing straps and has a washable
cover. It rolls up and is secured with its own straps for
have been at least 25 accidents while wearing the Mk1 or Mk2 apron (including
detonating blast mines in the
wearer's hands) and the apron has never failed to protect the
body fully. However, all mines are unpredictable and protection cannot be guaranteed.
Nominal dimensions: 1.05 x 0.5m
STANAG V50 380m/s
Nominal weight 2.9kg (without cover)
V50 of the apron can be increased with a polycarbonate chest insert,
or by ordering the apron with more layers. Increasing the V50
to 450 m/s adds more than 1kg to its weight.