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Safariland Expands Line of PROTECH IMPAC Special Threat Plates

November 01, 2011
Jacksonville, Fla.

Safariland®, a BAE Systems business, introduced today the PROTECH® IMPAC-HT Biceps (Upper Arm) Plate Set to its line of IMPAC special threat plates. The lightweight 7” x 8” plates come in a set of two and feature an increased curvature that conforms to the shape of the upper arm to provide added protection from handgun threats and trauma. These plates are compatible with the PROTECH Tactical upper arm (biceps) protector soft armor accessory, sliding easily into the special threat plate pocket and are made to be used in conjunction with the soft armor panels included in the accessory. The lightweight design and curvature of the IMPAC-HT Biceps Plate Set provide additional handgun threat and trauma protection to the upper arms without interfering with the officer’s mobility.


The IMPAC-HT Biceps Plate Set has been independently tested* to defeat the following rounds:


Ballistic Rounds

Impacts 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)


 2086 ± 30 fps (avg.)

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


 1721 ± 30 fps (avg.)


*The IMPAC-HT Biceps Plate Set has not been tested or certified in accordance with NIJ 2005 Interim Requirements or NIJ Standard-0101.06. The IMPAC-HT Biceps Plate Set should always be used in conjunction with flexible soft armor panels.


“Building on the success of our standard IMPAC-HT, the Biceps Plate Set is a perfect addition to increase performance and reduce special threat rounds penetrating the biceps and chest cavity,” said Dan McNeil, Category Director for Safariland’s Tactical Armor. “Saving lives is more than just a motto at Safariland, it’s a way of life and we continuously develop new products with that goal in mind.”


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

  • IMPAC-HT for high velocity handgun threat protection 
  • IMPAC-CT for spike and edged blade threat protection 
  • IMPAC-MT for 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 PROTECH’s IMPAC plates or carrier offerings visit


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   


For further information, please contact:

Marsha Mathias

Manager, Communications


Tel: +1 909 923 7300 x 33417


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