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August 06, 2010

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Safariland Adds Another NIJ-06 Hard Armor Plate to its PROTECH Tactical Product Line

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Safariland™, a BAE Systems line of business, announced today that it has satisfied the hard armor plate requirements of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) new Voluntary Body Armor Compliance Testing Program under NIJ Standard-0101.06 (NIJ-06).

The Model Number 2220-1 is part of the PROTECH® Tactical line of hard armor plates and has been tested to defeat one impact from a .30 Caliber M2-AP (Armor Piercing) round. Manufactured using a ceramic-aramid composite, the 2220-1 is a contoured, multi-curve plate design with a military-style shooter’s cut to offer greater range of motion in the arm and upper chest area while shouldering a long arm weapon. The addition of the 2220-1 rifle plate makes it the third hard armor plate certified under the new, robust NIJ-06 standard.

The NIJ introduced the Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor NIJ Standard-0101.06 to establish minimum performance requirements and test methods for the ballistic resistance of personal body armor in order to improve performance so that officers receive adequate protection against those threats likely faced over the next decade. According to the new NIJ-06 standard, hard armor must now be tested with uniformed thermal exposure, thermal cycling and mechanical durability testing. In addition, each hard armor plate must be submerged in water and tested wet.

The 2220-1 hard armor rifle plate is tested as stand-alone, which gives tactical officers the versatility to use the plate in conjunction with soft armor, or in a stand-alone configuration with a load carrying vest or plate rack. Dual usage of this plate makes it ideal for tactical and first responder officers.

Safariland soft and hard armor products combine the heritage and expertise of PROTECH® Tactical, ABA®, Second Chance® and SAVVY®. In doing so, Safariland offers the most comprehensive line of body armor available in the industry. Safariland’s NIJ-06 armor products provide law enforcement officers with enhanced performance, durability, comfort and value, which deliver on the company’s motto: Together, We Save Lives™.

About Safariland
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 and its body armor products, as well as information on the new NIJ-06 standard, please visit www.safariland.com.