Securing Borders and Saving Lives

September 5, 2012 at 14:04
Posted in Armor Systems

Law enforcement officers patrolling the Texas-Mexico border have their work cut out for them attempting to staunch smuggling and other illegal activity along the 1,200-mile border. So, the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol’s Marine Tactical Unit is taking a new approach to secure the line and prevent illegal goods, persons and property from crossing into the US.


In many areas along the border, the two countries are separated only by the narrow and winding Rio Grande River, where in some places it is close enough to swim across in a matter of minutes. To combat the violence, the Texas DPS recently purchased gunboats that were designed and modified by to provide the crewmembers with protection using ballistic armor panels custom-built by PROTECH® Armor Systems. The armor panels were engineered to fit seamlessly into the design of these shallow water interceptors to help protect officers patrolling the border. PROTECH, part of Safariland,® was proud to have been a part of this project to help secure our borders and exemplify Safariland’s motto: Together, We Save Lives.

Custom is What we Do: No Job too Big or Small

June 4, 2012 at 17:13
Posted in Armor Systems
PROTECH® Armor Systems specializes in custom projects for all types of security applications requiring ballistic and blast resistance. Most commonly purchased Ballistic Resistant Enclosure® (BRE®) units are typically 8’ x 8’ or 8’ x 10’ structures for perimeter and checkpoint security. PROTECH was recently tasked with designing and delivering a 17’X19’ custom, pre-fabricated building to be used as a secure access facility for one of our nation’s nuclear power stations. This 17’ x 19’ unit... Read More »

Selecting a Ballistic Guard Shack – Part I: Bullet Resistance

December 3, 2009 at 08:00
Posted in Armor Systems
What makes a guard booth “ballistic”? What one may visualize as a metal “box”, can actually be much more involved. Especially when it comes to a bullet resistant “box”, which is intended to be a potential live saving device. There are essentially two factors to consider when selecting a bullet resistance structure: Bullet Resistance and Points of Vulnerability. We’ll be focusing exclusively on bullet resistance in this post. There are three main elements to consider when discussing the bullet... Read More »

Defensive Fighting Positions – Enhancing Perimeter Protection

October 12, 2009 at 11:59
Posted in Armor Systems
Armored Fighting Positions are commonly called Defensive Fighting Positions and can be utilized for all types of security applications. From frontline checkpoints to extending out to the perimeter, these structures afford personnel protection against various levels of ballistic and/or fragmentation threats. Read More »

Boats and Armor

July 16, 2009 at 11:08
Posted in Armor Systems
In years past, the words, "boat" and "armor" were rarely used in the same sentence. Since 9/11 this has changed dramatically. With the threat of waterborne terrorist attacks ever so existent, ballistic protection is rapidly becoming a part of every day security requirements. Read More »

What You Need To Know About Mobile BREs

January 14, 2009 at 18:39
Posted in Armor Systems
For decades, fixed position blast- and ballistic-resistant enclosures (BRE) have been standard operating equipment at checkpoints, perimeters, outside government buildings, and critical national infrastructure sites. BREs can function as sentry posts, armored firing positions, and often as a first line-of-defense. Depending on the position’s specs and desired threat resistance, a BRE could stop machinegun fire and resist explosive charges... Read More »