Military manufacturer overrun by bulletproof backpack of orders with US, the school year starts

The backpack above is converted into a bulletproof vest.

(Masada Armour)

In america, a growing number of school shootings has been good for the bottom line of a company that makes bulletproof backpacks.

The Israeli company Masada Armour, which designs military-grade vests, helmets and uniforms, has developed a bulletproof backpack that costs around $493.

The backpack, which is designed for normal things such as books, notebooks and a laptop, can easily be converted into a bullet-proof vest that would stop handgun bullets and, according to the Independent, high-speed guns like AK-47’s. Ballistic hard plates can be added for a higher level of protection.


The company is reportedly scaling up production to keep up with the demand of parents in the U.S. who worry about their children’s safety as the new school year begins.

“In two months we have hundreds and are gearing up to increase production rates up to 500 units per month,” chief executive Snir Corn told the news agency AFP.

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The backpack is suitable for older teenagers, according to the Independent, due to its weight. But the Israeli firm is looking to develop a backpack for the younger students.

The U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said recently that all decisions regarding the arming of teachers should be made by the states and municipalities.

In comparison with most countries, Americans are much more likely to die from armed violence. According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, there are 238 mass shootings so far in 2018 and a total of 9,837 gun death.

According to the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which compiles data about the lives lost worldwide each year, the U.S. had 3.85 gun deaths per 100,000 people in 2016, the 31st highest rate in the world; in the united kingdom, that figure was 0.07, in Japan, it was 0.04, and in Germany it was 0.12.


In February, Nikolas Cruz shot 17 people at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, while three months later, Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed eight pupils and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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