SAPI Plate Level III+ ICW, by Masada Armour, is a UHMW-PE hard plate that is an add-on component/insert to a ballistic vest Level IIIA. Therefore, SAPI Plate Level III+ ICW with a Protection Level 3+ has the primary purpose of absorbing and disrupting the kinetic energy of a bullet impact and reducing the blunt trauma transferred to the wearer of the vest.
Therefore, these plates are made with Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE). While, UHMWPE is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic, is a very tough material. It has the highest impact strength of any thermoplastic presently made to create a hard armor plate.
For instance, UHMW-PE Plates versus traditional metal ones or ceramics, have a much stronger bulletproof capability, based on their special molecular structure. Therefore, these ceramics are often in the form of a composite blend.
UHMW-PE Plate’s thickness and weight offer a critical advantage over steel armor plates, simply because they’re lighter. However, the decreased weight comes with a price – ceramic body armor is typically thicker than steel plates.
For instance, this plate cannot take multiple rounds in the same location. Therefore, once the plate is hit by a round, it normally breaks by impact. Therefore this plate is great at stopping up to 6 rounds. When a bullet hits a steel plate, it splatters into a thousand fragments. If those fragments aren’t contained, they can cause serious bodily injury. They can slice right through a plate carrier and clothing.
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- A plate is made out of UHMW-PE
- Includes a fabric waterproof cover made out of Cordura by DuPont.
- Protection level III+ (3 plus).
Bulletproof vests are designed to ‘trap’ and slow bullets down as they attempt to pass through the vest. Therefore, Bulletproof Vests come in two different types; hard and soft. For instance, the ‘soft’ armor protects against most handgun and small arms ammunition, whereas ‘hard’ armor stops high caliber and armor-piercing rounds.
- Size: 300×250 mm ± 5. = 10X12 inch
- Weight: 0.95 kg. = 2.09 pounds
About UHMW PE:
UHMW stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. Strong and versatile, this material offers high abrasion, impact, and wear resistance, while remaining relatively lightweight.
National Institute of Justice Standards Levels of Protection