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Safariland Redesigns the PROTECH IMPAC- MT Multi-Threat Plate

September 13, 2011
Jackasonville, Fla.

Safariland®, a BAE Systems business, announced a change to its PROTECH® IMPACline of special threat plates. The PROTECH IMPAC-MT has been redesigned using high-performing uni-directional polyethylene and a fiberglass composite material. These plates continue to provide law enforcement officers with the same protection against special threat rounds as well as spike and edged blade instruments.


“The IMPAC line of special threat plates continues to evolve as we research methods and materials to offer the best products available to law enforcement officers,” said Dan McNeil, Director, Category Management for Tactical Armor.


The IMPAC-MT has been tested* at an independent NIJ accredited laboratory in accordance with Safariland testing protocol against the threats listed below:


Ballistic Round


Per Plate

Test Velocity (fps)

(Rounds tested on separate plates)

Speer .357 Sig, 125 gr. FMJ


1470 ± 30 fps

 Speer .44 Mag, 240 gr. SJHP


1430 ± 30 fps

 Win. 9 mm +P+, 127 gr. SXT


1250 ± 30 fps

 Speer .357 Sig, 125 gr. GDHP


1375 ± 30 fps

 Norinco 7.62 x 25 mm Tokarev, 85 gr. FMJ


1530 ± 30 fps

FN 5.7 x 28 mm, 28 gr. SS195LF (Belgium)


2075 ± 30 fps

FN 5.7 x 28 mm, 40 gr. SS197 (Blue Tip)


1740 ± 30 fps

(Frangible) Remington 9mm +P, 101 gr. Plated Disintegrator Bullet


1096 ± 30 fps

(IQ) Aquila 9mm, 65 gr. IQ Bullet


1630 ± 30 fps


Spike/Edge Weapons

# of Drops


Energy (ft. lbf)

(Weapons tested on separate plates)

-- Spike [Protection Level 3]


E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

-- Knife Blade, P1 Edge Blade [Protection Level 3]


E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

-- Knife Blade, S1 Edge Blade [Protection Level 3]


E1: 31.7 ± 0.44 / E2: 47.9 ± 0.59

* The IMPAC-MT has not been tested or certified in accordance with NIJ 2005 Interim Requirements, NIJ Standard-0101.06 or NIJ Standard-0115.00. The IMPAC-MT plate should always be used in conjunction with an NIJ certified flexible armor vest.


All IMPAC style-plates are offered in four different sizes including a 5” x 7” for shorter torso lengths, a standard sized 5” x 8”, a 7” x 9” for expanded torso protection and a 10” x 12” shooter’s cut.


The PROTECH line of IMPAC special threat plates is now available in five styles:

  • IMPAC-HT for high velocity handgun threat protection 
  • IMPAC-CT/DT for spike and edged blade and duty threat protection
  • IMPAC-MT for high velocity handgun, spike and edged blade threat protection 
  • IMPAC-RT for rifle threat protection
  • IMPAC-RT PLUS for enhanced rifle threat protection


For more information on the PROTECH IMPAC plates or carrier offerings visit


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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   



For further information, please contact:

Marsha Mathias

Manager, Communications


Tel: +1 909 923 7300 x 33417


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