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April 16, 2010

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Safariland Expands its PROTECH Tactical Line with the STRIKE Shield


Innovative Design Bridges the Gap between Hard Armor and Concealable Body Armor

JACKSONVILLE, Florida Safariland, a BAE Systems line of business, announced today the addition of the STRIKE Shield to its PROTECH® Tactical line of specialty ballistic shields.  Developed to address the growing need for ballistic protection during active shooter/first responder operations, the STRIKE Shield is designed with a unique flexible soft panel which allows it to be rolled up and stowed in a small carry bag for easy storage and portability yet capable of quick deployment when needed.  Additionally, the STRIKE Shield’s design makes it useful for operations in areas where maneuverability is limited and the use of a traditional hard armor shield is impractical.

The PROTECH STRIKE Shield is a type IIIA shield that has been tested in accordance with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Standard 0108.01 for evaluation of equipment using ballistic resistant materials. In addition, the ballistic resistant materials of the STRIKE Shield have been tested against 2,4,16 and 64 grain fragmentation in accordance with the MIL-STD-662F protocol for V50 ballistic testing.

Available in Black and O.D. Green, the STRIKE Shield’s outer cover features an optional plate pocket which could be used to add Type III or IV hard armor rifle threat protection. The shield’s ballistic material is comprised of a lightweight woven Aramid ballistic fiber and is wrapped in a heavy duty, heat sealed and water-resistant panel cover. These features make the STRIKE shield lightweight, flexible and high performing.

“The PROTECH STRIKE Shield is an innovative design, driven by our customers’ need for an armor product that bridges the gap between hard armor and concealable body armor,” said Dan McNeil, Category Director, Tactical Armor. “This gives the operator the mobility they need to deploy the shield in a wide variety of applications for added coverage and protection when and where they need it. Whether during a first responder, active shooter response, clearing a house, a maritime ship boarding, a felony car stop or for use in a school classroom environment, the STRIKE Shield goes everywhere you go.”

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.    

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About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers 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.  In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).