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April 22, 2011

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PROTECH Launches New Body Bunker Breacher Shield


Safariland™, a BAE Systems line of business, announced today the introduction of the PROTECH® Body Bunker® Breacher Type IIIA shield. The shield was developed to meet the ballistic needs of entry teams in scenarios using explosives. The shield and viewport have been independently tested against 17 gr. fragmentation with a V50 of 2,078 feet per second (fps) and to defeat the following handgun rounds:

• 9mm 124 gr. FMJ – 5 Impacts
• .44 Magnum 240 gr. LSWC – 5 Impacts
• Tokarev 7.62x25mm 85 gr. FMJ [steel jacket] – 5 Impacts
• 5.7x28mm 28 gr. SS195/HP – 5 Impacts
• 5.7x28mm 40 gr. SS197/Blue Tip – 5 Impacts
• WIN. Ranger 9mm 127 gr. +P+ SXT – 5 Impacts
• .357 SIG 125 gr. TMJ – 5 Impacts

The Body Bunker Breacher shield offers the performance you can expect from a PROTECH Type IIIA ballistic shield with features to address explosive entries The adjustable helmet forehead padding system and horizontal foot brace provide the shield operator with shield stabilization during explosive blasts. The horizontal ambidextrous handle allows the operator’s arm to be kept in a strong-arm position when carrying the shield which distributes the weight of the shield over the entire area. The strapping system on the body side of the shield provides multiple-position carrying options as well as additional standoff protection against backface deformation.

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The Breacher Shield is made of 100 percent uni-directional polyethylene material with an aluminum alloy outer skin to protect the ballistic properties of the shield and provide added resistance to fragmentation. The shield measures 31” x 48” in size, weighs 31 pounds and offers 1,488 in2 (total area) of ballistic coverage. The innovative, multi-layered 4” x 16” viewport incorporates an acrylic/polycarbonate laminate composite to offer multi-hit and fragmentation protection. The curved design of the viewport provides the operator with peripheral vision and overall improved visibility and includes overlapping ballistics to reduce the potential of penetration.

“The Body Bunker Breacher Shield was designed to address the specific needs of explosive entry teams,” said Dan McNeil, Category Director for Safariland’s Tactical Armor. “This shield provides breaching teams with the confidence they need when they need it the most.”

For more information on PROTECH’s Body Bunker Breacher Shield or other hard armor or tactical carrier offerings visit: www.protechtactical.com

Safariland’s body armor models combine the heritage and expertise of American Body Armor, Second Chance®, SAVVY® and PROTECH® Tactical. In doing so, Safariland offers the most comprehensive line of body armor available in the industry. Safariland’s NIJ-06 body armor provides 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.