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Safariland’s PROTECH 2113MC-2 and MC-3 Certified under NIJ Standard-0101.06 for Level III Hard Armor Plates

January 19, 2010
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).

Safariland’s PROTECH® 2113MC-2 and 2113MC-3 were the first Level III hard armor plates to successfully complete the National Institute of Justice’s updated testing protocol for Level III rifle threat compliance under NIJ-06. In addition to meeting NIJ-06 compliance testing, the 2113MC-3 also underwent special threat testing to include multiple impacts against the 7.62 x 39 mm MSC round, more commonly known as the AK-47.

As with all PROTECH NIJ-06 10x12 rifle threat plates, both 2113MC rifle plates were tested as stand-alone, which means their performance is not dependent on the addition of “in conjunction with” body armor. This makes these plates ideal for first responders.

Additionally, the rifle plates are manufactured in a contoured, multi-curve design with a military-style shooter’s cut configuration, which affords greater range of motion in the arm and upper chest area. The 2113MC-2 and 2113MC-3 plates are manufactured using ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, which makes the rifle plates among the lightest (just over three pounds) and strongest on the market. These plates are also positively buoyant, which makes them ideal for use in maritime patrol or other waterborne operations.

Manufactured in Safariland’s PROTECH Hard Armor facility located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, all PROTECH hard armor rifle plates are American made.

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, body armor must now be able to defend against current street threats and law enforcement duty weapons. These new performance requirements are critical components to improving the life-protecting equipment being used by law enforcement. Hard armor plates are the only hard armor product tested under the new Body Armor standard. The previous standard was 0101.04/2005 Interim Requirements.

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 the premier global defense, 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.

For further information, please contact:
Marsha Mathias
Manager, Communications
Safariland
Tel: + 1904 807 4951
Marsha.mathias@baesystems.com


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