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January 15, 2010

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PROTECH Tactical Expands Line of IMPAC Special Threat Plates


An expanded line of IMPAC special threat plates provides ballistic and stab protection for concealable body armor vests

JACKSONVILLE, FL. – Safariland™, a BAE Systems line of business, announced today the expansion of its PROTECH® line of IMPAC® special threat plates. The line of IMPAC special threat plates can be quickly and easily inserted into the front and/or back external plate pockets of a concealable body armor carrier used by patrol, corrections, first responders and security officers.   The IMPAC special threat plates are designed to be worn with concealable body armor for ballistic and/or stab protection against specific special threats. 

All IMPAC plates are offered in four sizes: 5” x 8” – the standard size; 5” x 7” - for shorter torso lengths and/or female officers; 7” x 9” - for expanded torso protection; and, 10” x 12” - shooter’s cut designed for greater mobility.  In addition, Safariland has also released a new concealable carrier specifically designed to complement the line of new IMPAC plates. The FRP (“front and rear pockets”) carrier gives officers the ability to add IMPAC plates within a concealable carrier platform, and is available in Safariland’s ABA® Universal AJ and Second Chance® Apex concealable carriers.

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PROTECH’s line of IMPAC plates includes:  

PROTECH IMPAC-HT (Handgun Threat) – Protection against high velocity handgun threats including:

Ballistic round

Impacts
Per Plate

Test Velocity (fps)

(Rounds tested on separate plates)

 

 

--  Speer .357 Sig, 125 gr. FMJ

3

1470 ± 30 fps

--  Speer .44 Mag, 240 gr. SJHP

1

1430 ± 30 fps

--  Win. 9 mm +P+, 127 gr. SXT

3

1250 ± 30 fps

--  Speer .357 Sig, 125 gr. GDHP

3

1375 ± 30 fps

--  Norinco 7.62 x 25 mm Tokarev, 85 gr. FMJ

3

1530 ± 30 fps

--  FN 5.7 x 28 mm, 28 gr. SS195LF (Belgium)

3

2086 ± 30 fps (avg.)

--  FN 5.7 x 28 mm, 40 gr. SS197 (Blue Tip)

3

1721 ± 30 fps (avg.)

PROTECH IMPAC-CT (Corrections Threat) – Protection against spike and P1/S1 edged blade weapons including:

Spike/Edge Weapons

# of Drops

Strike/Overstrike
Energy (ft.lbf)

(Weapons tested on separate plates)

 

 

-- Spike

3

E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

-- Knife Blade, P1 Edge Blade

3

E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

-- Knife Blade, S1 Edge Blade

3

E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

 

 

 

 

PROTECH IMPAC-MT (Multi-Threat) – Protection against high velocity handgun threats, spike, and P1/S1 edged blade weapons. A combination of the IMPAC-HT and IMPAC-CT, the IMPAC-MT offers protection against the following additional threats:

Ballistic round

Impacts
Per Plate

Test Velocity (fps)

(Rounds tested on separate plates)

 

 

--  Speer .357 Sig, 125 gr. FMJ

3

1470 ± 30 fps

--  Speer .44 Mag, 240 gr. SJHP

1

1430 ± 30 fps

--  Win. 9 mm +P+, 127 gr. SXT

3

1250 ± 30 fps

--  Speer .357 Sig, 125 gr. GDHP

3

1375 ± 30 fps

--  Norinco 7.62 x 25 mm Tokarev, 85 gr. FMJ

3

1530 ± 30 fps

--  FN 5.7 x 28 mm, 28 gr. SS195LF (Belgium)

3

2075 ± 30 fps (avg.)

--  FN 5.7 x 28 mm, 40 gr. SS197 (Blue Tip)

3

1740 ± 30 fps (avg.)

--  (Frangible) Remington 9mm +P, 101 gr.                 
    Plated Disintegrator Bullet

3

1096 ± 30 fps

--  (IQ) Aquila 9mm, 65 gr. IQ Bullet

3

1630 ± 30 fps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spike/Edge Weapons

# of Drops

Strike/Overstrike
Energy (ft.lbf)

(Weapons tested on separate plates)

 

 

-- Spike

3

E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

-- Knife Blade, P1 Edge Blade

3

E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

-- Knife Blade, S1 Edge Blade

3

E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

 

 

 

 

PROTECH IMPAC-RT (Rifle Threat) – Protection against rifle protection against the following rounds:


Ballistic round

Impacts
Per Plate

(Rounds tested on separate plates)

 

--  7.62 mm x 51 mm, 147 gr. FMJ

2

--  7.62 mm x 39 mm, 123 gr., MSC

2


“Our line of IMPAC special threat plates offers the widest variety of threat protection for law enforcement officers,” said Dan McNeil, Category Director for PROTECH Tactical. “Today’s threats are increasing, and officers need the ability to adapt protection based on the function they perform. Our IMPAC plates allow officers to reinforce protection for their body armor based on those needs.”

For more information regarding Safariland’s IMPAC plates or carrier designs, please visit www.safariland.com.

Safariland, LLC is a premier provider of law enforcement and security products and services, delivering a full-range of customer-specific solutions.  Offering many of the world’s most recognizable branded products in the public safety market, Safariland is committed to saving lives.

For more information about Safariland, please visit www.safariland.com.

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defence, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.