Citadel protection is a proven concept that has a successful track record for protecting ships and crew from piracy. The internationally recognised Best Management Practice to Deter Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia recommends that due consideration should be given to establishing a secure citadel that “is designed and constructed to resist a determined pirate trying to gain entry for a fixed period of time”. SPS is an ideal product for citadel hardening.

The composite structure of SPS provides protection that is far superior to standard steel water-tight doors. Ballistic tests conducted at leading military facilities in the US, UK and Japan demonstrated that SPS structures outperform steel structures. Ballistic tests by QinetiQ (UK) indicate that the risk of penetration from projectiles is reduced by 75% and that these projectiles are stopped at higher angles of attack. The test series also demonstrated that SPS panels reduce the risk of fragmentation (scab) from the outside surface of the panel, which is a common cause of injury to personnel and damage to property.

Once installed, the SPS barrier creates a detail-free surface that can be deployed within 90 seconds. The panels slot into position and are secured by tightening tommy screws in the clamps. Panels can be designed to protect any defined ballistics or fragmentation threat.

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