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IS 17435:2020

Ballistic Shield- Specification


Ballistic shields are used primarily by law enforcement agencies in situations, where there is an expected ballistic threat, including high-risk warrant entry, tactical entry, barricaded subject response, officer/victim rescue, active shooter response, and negotiations.

The Indian Armed Forces, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and other law enforcement agencies face threats from small arms ammunition during the flushing out operations, room interventions and other similar type of operations.

It is therefore important to set minimum performance requirement of ballistic shield and also ensure quality control during production so that only acceptable quality reaches the user, which eventually leads to reduction in fatal causalities to the security forces.

Standardization on in the field of ‘Personnel Safety’ has always been a challenging issue since to render more secure products to operator and to consumers. Bureau of Indian Standards, the National Standards Body of India has been on forefront by formulating the following Indian Standard on ‘Personnel Safety’, which minimize the life threat to patrol officers, who maintain order and protect a community by enforcing laws.

Ballistic security products subcommittee MED 24:1 under the umbrella of Security Equipment Sectional Committee MED 24 is the technical committee responsible for formulation of Indian Standards on ‘Ballistic Security products’, has recently published the following Indian standard:

IS 17435:2020 Ballistic Shield- Specification

The standard prescribes the minimum performance requirements of ballistic shields for protection against small arms ammunition and provides procedures for their evaluation. The scope of the standard is limited to physical and ballistic evaluation of ballistic shields against in service small arms ammunition used by the Indian Armed Forces, central armed police forces and other law enforcement agencies.

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