In 2004 the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) produced a standard for Portable Ballistic Protection for UK police. It was introduced to ensure ballistic shields and blankets supplied to the police were manufactured to a consistent standard and would meet the police Operational Requirement.
This document supersedes the 2004 standard (any prior testing to the 2004 standard will still be valid) and key updates include:
- the standardisation of test levels across blankets and shields to
incorporate any new designs of portable ballistic protection (PBP);
- introduction of new test levels;
- Manufacturers’ Quality Testing (MQT) to ensure continued quality
- edge testing; and
- multi-shot testing.