BlastGard International Inc., doing business as BlastGard Defense Group, manufactures and markets proprietary blast mitigation materials through BlastGard International and designs, manufactures and distributes a unique range of leading security products and personal protective gear through HighCom Security. The Company's patented BlastWrap® technology effectively mitigates blast effects and suppresses post-blast fires. This unique technology can be used to create new, finished products or be used to retrofit to existing products. BlastGard's core market focus is on blast effects mitigation for the commercial sector, military, law enforcement and government agencies.
Our corporate vision is to be recognized as the leading worldwide provider of environmentally responsible solutions to protect lives and structures and to mitigate the risk/hazards posed from fire/explosions, accidental or planned, through products, research, information, and services by integrating scientific, engineering technologies in a customer driven organization that delivers an equitable return to our shareholders and a rewarding work place for our employees.
BlastWrap® products protect against outdoor/unconfined explosions. Because of the Montreal protocol's ban of Halon extinguishing agents, BlastWrap® is the only blast and fire suppression means available for most applications, including adaptation for underwater use. It is an inherently effective sound absorber and thermal insulator.BlastWrap® works indoors or out, vented or unvented, wet or dry, clean or dirty, damaged or intact, and against strong or weak blasts from solid explosives or flammable fluids. It is a lightweight, space-efficient custom-engineered product for insulation, fragment/ballistic protection, environmental protection or impact and cushioning barriers. Significantly, no new or high-cost fabrication technologies or materials are required to produce BlastWrap® products.
Blast effect-mitigation for hydrocarbon and process industriesQuick-erect blast protection barriers and revetmentsFireball and explosion-suppressing fuel tank jackets (for natural and compressed natural gas, propane, and other "green fuel" vehicle systems)Demilitarization protection productsBlast effect mitigation materials for existing structures' & facilities (magazines, explosive's storage units, warships, propellant plants, etc.)Blast protection shields, armors, and structures with "stealth" ("low-observable") camouflage propertiesBlast/fire protection linings for commercial and military aircraft and air cargo containersBlast and ballistic-protected modular buildings (barracks, control and accommodations for offshore facilities, field stations, tactical shelters and command facilities, monitoring stations for law enforcement)Underwater blast isolation units for offshore facility abandonments, coastal construction, and naval vessels.
Composite structures (non blast), such as topsides for offshore facilities, FPSOs, neutral buoyancy jackets for deepwater drilling risers, and sub-sea manifold protectionComposite blast/fire protection structures and materials (blast walls, blast mitigation billboards, relief vents, reinforcement of masonry buildings) for hydrocarbon, process, mining, missile launch, and manufacturing facilities, and for building demolitionsExplosive's storage and shipping containers, portable magazines, and explosive disposal kitsMine blast protection kits for vehiclesSafety shields and specialty protection for entertainment industry location sets (Hollywood sound stages, vehicles, on-location structures)Personnel and vehicle protective armorMine (coal, mineral extraction and processing) safety
BlastWrap® has been designated as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies and placed on the “Approved Products List for Homeland Security.” We were issued the “Designation” and “Certification” for our technology by the Department of Homeland Security under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (the SAFETY ACT) in July of 2006. In the 4th quarter of 2011, the designation and certification was extended for another five years.
THE SAFETY ACT
“Designation” and “Certification” are intended to support effective technologies aimed at preventing, detecting, identifying, or deterring acts of terrorism, or limiting the harm that such acts might otherwise cause. The criteria technologies must meet to be awarded “Designation” and “Certification” status include: the availability of the technology for immediate deployment in public and private settings; the magnitude of risk exposure to the public if the technology is not deployed; the evaluation of scientific studies being feasibly conducted to assess the technology’s capability to substantially reduce risks of harm; and the technology’s effectiveness in facilitating the defense against acts of terrorism. BlastWrap is designed to mitigate the blast effects of an explosion by rapidly extinguishing the fireball, eliminating burns and post-blast fires, and reducing the subsequent over-pressures by more than 50%, thus reducing damage to people and property.
The SAFETY ACT legislation was designed to encourage the development and rapid deployment of life-saving antiterrorism technologies by providing manufacturers or sellers with limited risk to legal liability. It was also designed to harness the nation’s scientific and technological resources to provide federal, state, and local officials with the technology and capabilities to protect the United States from terrorist acts. One area of focus for the Department of Homeland Security is catastrophic terrorist threats to the nation’s security that could result in large-scale loss of life and major economic impact. The SAFETY ACT fosters research of technologies to counter threats both by evolutionary improvements to current capabilities and development of revolutionary, new capabilities.
GSA APPROVED PRODUCT
General Services Administration enters into contracts with commercial firms to provide supplies and services at stated prices. This streamlined procurement vehicle is available to federal agencies and other organizations to obtain engineering and environmental services from pre-qualified vendors. GSA has completed federally mandated contracting requirements—competition, pricing, small business and other contracting evaluations—normally required prior to obtaining services. BlastGard’s finished products are in the GSA System.
There are no other products available in the marketplace with such dramatic pressure and impulse reduction and such low a momentum exchange. BlastWrap® also differs from other technologies in that it doesn’t offer another armored barrier at a protected position but provides a proven method of reducing blast energy at source or before it can interact with structure. BlastWrap® adds little extra weight and cost but builds in a large amount of threat protection to existing platforms. BlastWrap was tested in 2006 by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Picatinny Detachment and by the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in Huntsville, AL.