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Safariland Updates Popular Defense Technology™ First Defense® OC Aerosol Line

Jacksonville, Florida Safariland™, a BAE Systems line of business, announced today the introduction of the updated Defense Technology™ line of its popular aerosol products. The updated products include a change to a more consistent measurement of the irritant, unique color-banded packaging, and revised formulation of certain models to broaden the offering of the family of OC products in varying intensity levels.  

The Defense Technology First Defense® brand of aerosols now measures the intensity of its products using Major Capsaicinoid (MC%) instead of Scoville heat units.  Major Capsaicinoid is a more scientifically valued scale and provides an improved method to replicate the level of intensity for the products.

“Aerosol brands typically use Scoville heat units to measure the level of irritant in their aerosols,” stated Jim Morgan, Category Manager for Less Lethal at Safariland. “However, Scoville heat units are a very subjective measurement based on a taste test, which is actually used by the American Association of Spice Traders to determine the intensity of a food grade product.  The Major Capsaicinoid (MC%) measurement provides information on the amount of active agent in the solution, allowing us to consistently reproduce the exact same OC formulation.”

The Defense Technology brand of aerosols range in intensity from the classic First Defense (.2%) spray to the LE-10®, the most intense OC spray on the market (1.3%).  To better assist agencies and consumers in determining the best product selection for their needs, the color-banded system was developed for easy identification of the intensity, or MC%, level of the various formulas. 


Color Band



White band

Non-flammable and EDW (Electronic Discharge Weapon) safe


Yellow band

Reminiscent of the First Defense X2 spray with the same formulation


Orange band

Non-flammable and EDW safe; replaces the current Pepper Mace® formulation


Red band

Non-flammable and the most intense formula available


Blue band

Non-flammable and the most intense formula available; foam system


Grey band

Targets the respiratory system

Updates were also made to various formulations for clarity of use by consumers. 

  • Pepper Mace® is now represented as the orange band .7% formulation.
  • The LE-10® is now the red and blue band 1.3% formulation, offering the highest level of irritant on the market, for extreme situations such as crowd management. 
  • The new OC/CS grey band formulation combines the inflammatory nature of OC and the irritant properties of CS.

A new 2-ounce canister has been introduced, which will fit the smaller canister holders that some agencies require.  Further, spray patterns have been extended to a cone pattern in the X2 level (.4%).  The new color-banded aerosols range in MSRP from $10.50 to $82.80, and are now available for order.

For more information about the First Defense OC Aerosol line or other Defense Technology products, visit www.safariland.com/lesslethal or www.defense-technology.com.

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.    

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defense, 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).

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