Water Dragon® C2 Clear Composite
The ground-breaking Water Dragon® C2 Clear Composite glass protective system, developed for the maritime industry in order to protect vulnerable crews against small arms and blast, has now passed stringent independent UK tests.
The Water Dragon® C2, tested and marketed by Idarat, has now been shown officially to be an effective protection against AK47 rifle fire and blast. The protection of ship’s bridge personnel from serious injury from gunfire from pirates is of prime importance to the shipping and insurance industries.
Water Dragon® C2 is a significant development of materials used for protection against bomb blast for building glass and already installed in key commercial and government offices, in the UK, as well many other parts of the World.
Christopher Ledger, Director of Idarat Protection Ltd, said:
“For far too long the crews manning the bridge of those vessels likely to be attacked in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean and off Nigeria have had no tested and effective protection against small arms fire. Now there is no reason for them not to be properly protected. In fact we believe that Water Dragon® Clear Composite is essential safety equipment, necessary to protect life at sea.”
Bridge-hardening means providing protection against blast and bullets. Hardening of windows against flying glass & bullets is a minimum requirement. Basic personal protection for watch-keepers and bridge staff is also highly desirable. Both have a very positive effect on the morale of staff and on their ability to resist.
It is important that seamen have personal protective equipment.
The use of a robust Citadel is an effective method of vessel/crew protection. However it must be seen as part of a balanced series of measures and not as an item on its own. Good intelligence, proper crew training and drills, barbed wire properly deployed, effective watch keeping and basic bridge protection are the vital pre-requisites for proper use of Citadels.