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NIJ standard compliant body armour for police

BAE Systems (USA) : 03 June, 2009  (New Product)
Police body armour from BAE Systems is compliant with the National Institute of Justice protection standards
Safariland, a BAE Systems line of business, is one of the first body armour manufacturers to satisfy the requirements of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ) new Voluntary Body Armour Compliance Testing Program under NIJ Standard-0101.06 (NIJ-06).

Safariland's XT-700 Type II (#BA-2000S-FC01) and XT-300 Type IIIA (#BA-3A00S-BR01) models have been determined by the NIJ to comply with the new NIJ-06 standard. Both models are part of Safariland's XT-Series of concealable body armour, and are now available for immediate purchase. As of this date, these are the only Threat Level II and Threat Level IIIA vests that have been authorized by NIJ under the new NIJ-06 standard.

The NIJ introduced the Ballistic Resistance of Body Armour 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 armour must now be able to defend against increased velocities of ammunition calibers to better reflect 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.

"We've used our most advanced technologies, including proprietary designs and leading-edge materials, to develop body armour models that provide enhanced ballistic protection to law enforcement officers," said Safariland President Scott O'Brien. "Our NIJ-06 models continue to illustrate our commitment to saving lives."

Safariland's NIJ-06 body armour models set a new industry benchmark by combining its latest proprietary technologies -- Geometrics, and Curve-Frame/Curve-Solid -- with Honeywell's proven advanced ballistic materials, including Spectra Shield II and Gold Shield. These leading-edge technologies and materials include:

* Geometrics - an intricate design of geometrical-shaped materials that decreases overall wear-weight and thickness of body armour. Using Geometrics allows Safariland to reinforce specific areas of resistance on the armour to reduce the effects of a ballistic impact while preventing deformity in the armour panel.

* Curve-Frame/Curve-Solid Materials - advanced, non-traditional ballistic materials added throughout the design of an armour model for improved trauma protection. Curve-Frame materials strengthen Safariland body armour and disperse impact energy more efficiently. Curve-Solid materials greatly reduce the threat of trauma by adding a layer of armour that minimizes the amount of impact energy absorbed by the wearer.

Safariland used these advanced materials to construct its new NIJ-06 body armour models, including:

* XT-700 Type II - utilizing Geometrics and Curve-Solid technologies, this model provides optimum ballistic protection in a lightweight design.

* XT-300 Type IIIA - utilizing Gold Shield ballistic material and reinforced with Geometrics and Curve-Solid technology, this model provides optimum ballistic performance in a robust design.

With the introduction of these new NIJ-06 body armour models, Safariland continues its tradition of excellence in protecting law enforcement officers. Recently restructured to incorporate all of its previously independent operating brands, the company is united under one name - Safariland. Together, Safariland's body armour models combine the heritage and expertise of American Body Armour, Protech, Savvy, Safariland Armorwear and Second Chance. In doing so, Safariland offers the most comprehensive line of body armor available in the industry. Safariland's NIJ-06 body armour provides law enforcement officers with enhanced performance, durability, comfort and value.
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