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Thursday, May 17, 2007

A Chopper Shield - Popular Science Invention Awards

Maybe I'm working on the wrong inventions. This Chopper Shield could have promise. -Tavis

Firing massive Kevlar and steel nets at inbound rocket-propelled grenades could save helicopters in combat New Jersey inventor Richard Glasson thinks he can stop [RPG] attacks. He’s designed the first-ever anti-RPG system for aircraft: a volley of nets that catch the grenades before they hit. Glasson was inspired by Mark Bowden’s best seller Black Hawk Down, which recounts the 1993 killing of 18 U.S. soldiers in Somalia after an RPG brought down their chopper. “I couldn’t believe that such a low-tech weapon could take down a several-million-dollar aircraft,” he says. “That’s a spectacular outcome for a 40-year-old technology.”
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