Transformers are critical components of power systems, and their protection from ballistic attacks is essential to ensure uninterrupted power supply. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has established eight levels of ballistic protection, ranging from Level I to Level VIII, based on the ammunition type and caliber that the wall can resist. In this article, we will explore the different levels of ballistic protection pertaining to transformers and how they can be achieved without the use of thick, heavy concrete.
At Level I, the wall can withstand small caliber bullets, such as .22 LR, fired from a handgun.
Level II requires the wall to resist higher caliber handguns, such as 9mm and .357 Magnum.
Level III can withstand rifle rounds fired from a distance, such as 7.62mm NATO.
Level IV requires the wall to resist armor-piercing rifle rounds fired from a distance, such as .30-06 M2 AP.
Level V can withstand armor-piercing rifle rounds fired from a closer distance, such as 5.56mm M855 and 7.62x39mm PS ball.
Level VI requires the wall to resist multiple armor-piercing rounds fired simultaneously, such as 7.62mm AP and .30-06 M2 AP.
At Level VII, the wall can resist armor-piercing rounds fired from a closer distance than Level VI, such as 5.56mm M995 and 7.62mm NATO AP.
Finally, at Level VIII, the wall can withstand armor-piercing rounds fired from high-powered rifles with muzzle velocities greater than 5,000 feet per second, such as .50 BMG M2 AP.
Achieving Levels 1-8 Without Thick Stationary Concrete
To achieve Level VIII ballistic protection, traditional materials like concrete or steel would require considerable thickness. However, Sinisi Solutions has developed innovative walls using advanced materials such as advanced ceramics and composites that offer superior ballistic resistance while being lightweight. These advanced materials allow for maximum protection with minimal thickness, such as only 2″.
Moreover, Sinisi’s Durabarrier walls offer modular designs, providing flexibility in configuration and deployment, which is crucial in ensuring maximum protection for transformers. This modular design allows for easy installation and quick repositioning of wall sections, which is cost-effective and practical especially in smaller spaces. They are also resistant to environmental factors such as moisture, mold, and mildew, making them ideal for outdoor use. Additionally, the walls have excellent sound insulation properties, which can provide additional protection against noise pollution.
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