Thermoplastic aramid and / or UHMWPE strike face treatments that arrest ceramic cracking and reduce ceramic fragments (built in, highly effective spall control). We don't just control ceramic "spall" or fragments - we utilize ceramic crack arresting technology within our plate design and contstruction. This also enhances multi-hit ballistic resistance. Transparency about our product and build techniques, quality, reliability and performance unrivaled at this price point. High-performance, comfortable - the best value on the internet for an American-made item.
Level of "spall" ceramic fragment control: This item is equipped with basic ceramic particle control which is adequate when worn in a quality carrier. For a comprehensive solution (special operation or close quarters missions), please see our "high performance" plate products.This plate has built in UHMPE or thermoplastic fiber sheets to control ceramic dust/shards that can occur, especially in a multi-hit situation. Our UHMWPE backers are heated, and compression moulded. Our backing material is not made from loose plies or superficially heated material. It is dense and it's solid. We do not use heavy E-glass backing and monolithic ceramic plates which are very heavy.
Our UHMWPE backing is light, but very strong. We use 99%+ pure alumina ceramic for increased hardness and performance. Some other US sellers/manufacturers use 90% Alumina monolithic plates. We vacuum bag our products and apply American-made industrial adhesives between our ceramic tiles in order to bond them for increased multi-hit resistance. Superior mosaic ceramic configuration (as opposed to monolithic) allows for multi-hits without performance deterioration of surrounding ceramics.Strike face: Ceramic plus thermoplastic aramid, carbon fiber hybrid. Backing plate: UHMWPE plus thermoplastic aramid, carbon fiber hybrid. Size: 10" wide x 12" tall. Ceramic coverage: "Full" 9"x 11". Standard: NIJ Level III+ Rifle Plate. Ballistic Material: Alumina Ceramic 99%+ pure and GTS UHMWPE Backer. Ballistic Performance: 7.62x39mm AK47 MSC, 7.62X51mm M80 5.56X45 SS, 109/M855 (penetrator)/M193, multi-hit capable. NIJ approved lab tested against all threats to include the M855A1. Outer Material (cover): Durable black waterproof nylon with plate edge padding and strike face rubberized coating.
Shelf Life: Minimum 5 years. Plates can be used as front or rear plates. Make sure that the STRIKE FACE is situated toward the threat.This is NOT a military item. This is a level III hard armor SAPI cut plate (non-military). This item is manufactured by GTS in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. This model complies with NIJ Standard 0101.06 for Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor. We comply with every line of the policy. Items identified on the US Munitions List found in the ITAR Part 121 that are allowed such as commercially available body armor, firearm scopes, and night vision goggles must follow all applicable laws and meet all of the following criteria. (complied with - see above). Body armor is allowed if.
It isn't military issued. It's a level I, II, or III body armor or Small Arms Protection Insert (SAPI) plate which is included in the listing. (complied with - see above and product images).