Personal protection equipment manufacturer Imperial Armour has displayed new products at the 2019 edition of Securex, including a farmer’s jacket designed to protect people living in rural areas from small arms fire.
The Farmer’s Jacket has been designed to look like an ordinary item of clothing, but provides front, back and side protection up to NIJ Level II and IIIA, giving protection up to .44 Magnum bullets.
Imperial Armour’s Emily Driesen-Garland said the Farmer’s Jacket had been a very big hit. This is hardly surprising as farm attacks are a burning issue in South Africa. According to figures released by the South African Police Service in 2018, over the six years since 2012 there were 3 059 attacks in total, on average 509.8 a year, in which 338 people were killed, averaging 56.3 a year.
Imperial Armour was also promoting their full NPFA 3 layer Structural Suit which the company said received many enquiries. It was revealed that several fire fighters had recently been burnt by the present suits they are wearing.
Driesen-Garland noted that it is important to follow the trend of what is popular in the market place which is why during Securex last week Imperial Armour launched the modular Gorilla Plate Carrier which provides up to NIJ Level IV level protection. Also on display at Securex was Imperial Armour’s innovative lightweight full Armadillo Anti-Riot Hard Torso suit, weighing 2.8kg, which can stop birdshot. The company was further exhibiting an innovative anti-riot helmet that has been designed to accommodate a gas mask worn under the visor.
Imperial Armour’s factory has been busy, as it has over the last year received repeat orders from the United Arab Emirates for demining equipment and been busy executing its largest ever contract, for protective gear for Cameroon. This R37.5 million order is for the supply of 4 500 military vests and 3 000 helmets. Cameroon is a repeat customer for Imperial Armour.
Imperial Armour manufacturers and offers a range of personal protective equipment for the military; VIP protection; demining; security; police and anti-rioting as well as fire-fighting and rescue services. The company has supplied more than 75 countries as well as the United Nations. In Africa, Imperial Armour has supplied Namibia, Cameroon, Niger, Ghana, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana, amongst others.
Imperial Armour has been nominated as one of KwaZulu-Natal’s top brands in the 2019 KZN Top Business brand award.