TRAAM Ballistic Glasses: Certified Quality

 29. 06. 2020      category: Military vehicles

Bullet-resistant glass by TRAAM are whenever a high level of protection of people or property is required against burglary, armed attack or explosion. They are comprised of several layers of glass or polycarbonate, connected by special foils, into a significantly larger overall thickness. All types of TRAAM products are ballistically tested in Czech and foreign certified laboratories, which grant products certificates of the appropriate degree of ballistic resistance.

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Picture: All types of TRAAM products are ballistically tested in Czech and foreign certified laboratories, which grant products certificates of the appropriate degree of ballistic resistance. | archive of TRAAM 

"In the Czech Republic, we regularly test them at the Military Technical Institute in Slavičín and abroad it is mostly in the Beschussamt UIm or IABG testing laboratory," said Ing. Jiří Stříteský, Executive Director of the TRAAM company. "These workplaces allow us to test how our glass provide protection against various types of weapons and ammunition. They must comply with the ČSN EN 1063 standard in levels BR1-S to BR7-NS and in the case of explosion protection with the ČSN EN 13541 with protection levels from ER1-S to ER4-NS. Our products also meet the requirements of international standards for bulletproof products, such as STANAG 4569 Level 1 to 4, ATPD 2352, VPAM BRV 2009 or GOST R 50963-96. During testing, we only examine not only new products, but we also continuously verify the quality of larger batches of glass.”

TRAAM - testování balistických skel (3)Picture: Photo from ballistic glass testing | TRAAM archive

What proves the quality of the products manufactured in Přelouč is, among other things, the authentic glass displayed in one of the production halls. "It is a windscreen from a vehicle of the Czech Embassy in Baghdad after the attack in September 2004. The attackers probably fired from AK 47 and the glass withstood 40 hits," said Ing. Štěpán Černý. "Just to illustrate – we test the glass in professional testing laboratories with three 7.62mm caliber shots, but we have also successfully tested nine shots.”

bagdadPicture: The windscreen from a vehicle of the Czech Embassy in Baghdad after the attack in September 2004| TRAAM archive

TRAAM exports ballistic glass, but mainly supplies it to its sister company SVOS, spol. s r. o. "We use them for the whole range of our production. Be it is a series of Toyota and Superb vehicles or several special vehicles for the Police of the Czech Republic or other domestic and foreign clients," said Ing. Štěpán Černý, Sales Director of SVOS, spol. s r. o. “The current practice fully confirmed the correctness of the decision to manufacture our own glass.  We are thus not dependent on suppliers whom we have not been satisfied with in the past in terms of both deadlines and quality of deliveries.”

 Author: Martin Šiška