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New ‘origami-inspired’ ballistic shield is lighter, more portable

The Swift Shield Compact is foldable, weighs less than 5 lbs. and is 3/8ths of an inch thick

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The Swift Shield Compact

AEGIX Global, ATCS

By Suzie Ziegler

RENO, Nev. — A new ballistic shield launched earlier this month promises the same protection at a fraction of the bulk, according to providers AEGIX Global and ATCS. The Swift Shield Compact is a foldable, “origami-inspired” shield that is lighter and slimmer than earlier models.

The Swift Shield Compact collapses down to the length and width of a laptop, allowing it to be carried in backpacks and saddlebags. It weighs 4.8 lbs., making it far lighter than the Swift Shield Pro’s 8.1 lbs.

“Because Swift Shield Compact is so lightweight, it gives agents and officers more practical and effective protection in more tactical situations than ever,” said Chet Linton, CEO of AEGIX Global, in a statement. “This new version can be stowed more easily than even the original version. Because of its light weight, it can be carried and used for extended periods of time – on foot pursuits for example – and can easily be held above the head in scenarios where protection from above is needed such as when climbing hills or staircases.”

When fully deployed, the Swift Shield Compact is 3.1 square-feet of NIJ level IIIA (NIJ-STD-0108.01) ballistic protection, according to the release. The shield is certified to stop traditional pistol rounds such as 9 mm, 40 cal, 45 cal and 357 magnum.

“When we first introduced Swift Shield, many officers called it a game-changer because of its use of advanced materials coupled with its lightweight and foldable nature,” said William Benz, CEO of ATCS, in a statement. “Since that time, we have had additional feedback and requests for a slightly smaller version that could be more readily used by those on bicycle, horseback or motorcycle patrol. Those officers do not have the added benefit of a cruiser vehicle to use as a barrier when they are in the line of duty.”

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