Energetics Technology Ltd (ETL), a U.K. subsidiary of Etienne Lacroix Group, has taken a licence for a 40mm stand-off breaching grenade technology developed by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and brokered by Ploughshare Innovations in its role as the Ministry of Defense’s Technology Transfer Office. The deal will improve Explosive Method of Entry (EMOE) operations and improve safety for operatives.
The Stand-off Breaching Grenade is designed for use in scenarios where there is a need to breach locked doors to gain access to a building or room. It deforms a variety of door materials – including multi-lock steel doors.
The improved directional control of the explosive blast lowers the risk to the breaching team and reduces their stand-off distance. Fragmentation effects behind the door are minimized, reducing collateral damage. Because the blast can be highly targeted, a reduced amount of explosives can be used.