The high-intensity bombs being used nowadays not only damage the periphery of the attack, but they also send powerful shock waves. It can bring down the temporary shelters due to the immense amount of destructive energy they bring along. It endangers the lives of the soldiers hiding in those temporary shelters. This unassuming ballistic wallpaper uses a unique fiber inlay to prevent them from collapsing on top of the precious lives inside.
This is not just in theory as this concept has been in practice since World War II, though not at this level. Even nowadays, you can go to the British countryside and see temporary shelters having criss-crossed tape all around their ceilings, walls and even window panes. This arrangement prevented the walls from getting collapsed to a certain degree and stopped the glass from cracking and raining down like daggers. The principle is the same, but the wallpaper holding back walls nowadays will provide a much stronger reinforcement than simple tapes.
Soldiers have to take refuge in improvised buildings that are made of masonry, brick, cinderblock and several other materials. These structures may seem strong enough to last the natural disasters but when the bombs fall, their non-reinforced structure can collapse into dangerous rubble.
The new wallpaper was unveiled at the Department of Defense lab day in the Pentagon on May 14. It is being touted as a viable asset for quickly reinforcing walls. The wallpaper uses rolls of adhesive wallpaper embedded with minute Kevlar fibers in a zig-zag pattern, It can easily be applied due to its adhesive property with walls. It has been blast tested at several sites and research is further going on. But, soldiers on the ground will benefit from this technology, so too will miners, underground workers, and the civilian population near bombed areas as it will prevent the walls from collapsing under pressure!