The PenRod Disruptor Tool was developed by bomb technicians who saw the need for speed and accuracy while using disruptors. This patent-pending tool’s use have evolved and expanded to be beneficial in an array of deployment methods. Some methods include muzzle alignment on a pipe to bomb, suspect package standoff/alignment, robotic door breaching alignment/standoff, disruptor stand, bipod stand, to name a few.The PDT has been extensively tested by PSBT’s and proven on live devices. Once the PDT is mounted, it can remain in this position for storage, training, and deployment with minimal intrusion on the footprint of the disruptor. The rugged aluminum construction provides a reliable and lightweight addition to expand your disruptors’ capabilities. The thumb screws provide quick means for adjusting the rods or creating a disruptor stand.
THE PenRod DISRUPTOR TOOL KIT INCLUDES:
Aluminum standoff/alignment rods
* LESS Time on Target: Extensive testing was completed to compare time spent to deploy a PAN Disruptor using the standard “SKIP” method vs. the “Direct Impact” method. Results revealed the “Direct Impact” method, utilizing the PenRod tool, dramatically reduced the technicians time on target. This was primarily due to not requiring the operator to insert, aim, and remove a laser-type of aiming device, as well as calculate the correct standoff. The PenRod tool and rod remain in place during initiation of a disruptor.
* Non-intrusive and Beneficial: The design of the PenRod tool allows an operator to deploy the disruptor either mounted in a stand or without. The advantage in the non-mounted disruptor is that the PenRod tool naturaly elevates the muzzle to align with the breach, making “propping” the muzzle unnecessary in most situations. The design of the device also prevents the disruptor from “rolling” in an non-mounted scenario.
* Ensures Rapid and Proper Muzzle Alignment: The testing determined that when using “Direct Impact”, the angle of attack directly correlates to the standoff. For example, an operator choosing a 1″ standoff will have a stepper angle of attack than an operator using a 3″ standoff. By setting the proper standoff on the device, the “rod” extending from the suspect device ensures the angle and muzzle alignment are correct. This eliminates the need for the use of an inclinometer or other measuring tool. The PDT takes the “guess work” out of the procedure. This is critical when a technician is deployed in a bomb suit and under extreme stress.
* General Disrupt/RSP Deployment: The device can also be used for standard RSP’s, including a variety of pre-determined standoffs for general disruptions and other devices. By using the pre-set standoffs up-range, an operator can rapidly deploy a disruptor and guarantee the aim point. This eliminates the use of a laser aiming devices, which could be out of calibration, generally has to be removed prior to initiation, and movement could be caused by the removal of the laser. The PDT can be used with almost all render-safe disruptor rounds, with any pre-determined standoff. It is also fully adjustable “down range” if the operator feels quick adjustments are necessary.
* Train with it!: Disposable “training” rods are readily available at most hardware stores. Aluminum “rods” are provided with the kit for deployment on suspect targets.
* Customizable: Can be customized to include your Bomb Squad identifier engraved on the device.
* Made in the USA: The PenRod tool has withstood pipe bomb detonations, with fragmentations, without loss of functionality.* Versatility: Can be mounted on various disruptor platforms including stand-alone or on robot.
In late 2014, a progressive east coast Bomb Squad was conducting testing on the “Direct Impact” method for standard external end cap pipe bomb defeat. This was a method that was currently being tested by the FBI Explosives Unit in Quantico, Va. The procedure utilized a standard PAN Disrupter, aimed at certain pre-defined angles at the end cap. This incorporated using a variety of short distance stand-offs. The specific round tested throughout the “Direct Impact” method was identified as Remington Nitro Turkey.
The team was advised the standoff distances should be between 1″ and 3″, and that the angle would directly correlate to which standoff we preferred. An “inclinometer” was used to establish the given angle tolerances at 1″ to 3″ standoffs.
The team tested 10 standard (inert) 2″ metal pipes with external end caps. They were unsuccessful at removing the majority of the end caps with the shots. After consulting the FBI Explosives Unit, they concluded that PAN muzzle alignment was more critical to a successful defeat than the angle or standoff.
To ensure they had the correct PAN muzzle alignment, members developed a tool that would aid in the alignment process. After the implementation of this disruptor accessory tool, all of the remaining tests on the inert devices were successful. The end cap was removed with similar characteristics to that of the standard disintegrating round “SKIP” method.
The newly created PenRod Disruptor Tool was extensively used, in conjunction with live device testing, with the FBI Explosives Unit, during the Winter and Spring of 2015 with overwhelming success.Please refer to the following FBI Special Technicians Bulletins for related PenRod test information:2015-6, 2015-7, and 2015-8
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