Non-Lethal Weapons Program

U.S. Department of Defense


NICO BTV-1 Flash Bang Grenade

NICO BTV-1 Flash Bang Grenade

The NICO BTV-1 Flash Bang Grenade is designed to deny access into/out of an area to individuals, move individuals through an area, and suppress individuals. This technology has the potential to support multiple missions including:

  • Force protection
  • Assist in clearing spaces
  • Checkpoints
  • Crowd control
  • Entry control points

The NICO BTV-1 Flash Bang Grenade is a hand thrown interim replacement for the MK-141 Flash Bang Grenade based on an urgent needs statement. Improvements prevent serious injury to personnel in the event of premature detonation of the grenade, provide 3-5 seconds of flash blindness, a lower pressure to reduce blast injury risk, and hand-safe capability with metal body and top and bottom venting. Multiple Services currently employ this device.