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United States Bullet Proofing: FPED IV Demonstration


United States Bullet Proofing dominated the competition at the Force Protection Equipment Demonstration (FPED IV) in Quantico, VAB

United States Bullet Proofing dominated the competition at Force Protection Equipment Demonstration IV held at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA.

United States Bullet Proofing’s blast window went three for three at the blast demonstration range. The same USAW400 Series window was subjected to a 50 lb blast of TNT at a range of about 35 feet on all three days of FPED. Designed for a 12 psi blast load the post FPED analysis has determined that the actual blast was over 26 psi! There was no visible blast damage to the frame or the glass, even after the third blast. Flying rocks caused only minor damage. We are quite proud to say that United States Bullet Proofing was the only window manufacturer that used the same window frame and glass sample all three days. The glazing material, provided by Globe Amerada, was held firmly in place by the USAW400 frame system utilizing minimal anchors, thus indicating the energy absorbing capabilities of the window design.

While no one can predict what size bomb and at what distance it will be placed from a facility, an estimate of the threat level must be utilized to design a product to meet design blast conditions. At United States Bullet Proofing we routinely design our windows to retain the glazing material in the frame following a blast. This serves a number of purposes. First, as demonstrated at FPED, the robust design allowed the same window to withstand multiple blasts. (Is the terrorist going to bring just one bomb?) Second, since the window is not destroyed or blown in, it prevents compromise of classified material inside and prevents intrusion of the elements that could cause building and equipment damage. Finally, it allows the building to re-occupied immediately to maintain operations. Our mission of Protecting People and Property is thus achieved.

United States Bullet Proofing has been in business since 1988 and offers of the largest product line of Bullet, Blast, and Forced Entry Resistant doors, windows and wall systems. In terms of ballistic resistance, our systems can withstand up to a UL 752 Level 8 condition, which is five 7.62 NATO rounds, although our frames can take an unlimited number of rounds. Our blast capability exceeds the General Service Administration (GSA) Level D requirement (the highest GSA level). With regard to forced entry protection, we are quite proud to say that we are only one of four companies in the world, certified by the Department of State to build forced entry resistant windows and doors for overseas posts. Our products are also in use in numerous Department of Defense facilities.