The new comprehensive plate range from United Shield comprises nine different plates, each with its own unique construction and characteristics.
The plates are offered as either In-conjunction plates (ICP), to be used in conjunction with soft armor vests, or stand alone plates (SAP) to be used in isolation.
United Shield Offers a range of plates that are NIJ 0101.06 Certified, as well as a range of plates follow the US NIJ Norm 0101.05 which defines the protection afforded by each plate.
In recent years new ammunition has appeared which is not covered by the NIJ protocol, hence Levels described as NIJ Level III+ and NIJ Level III++. These ‘unofficial’ levels have fallen into common usage and are recognized as follows:-
NIJ Level III+
Ammunition, velocities and test methodology as defined by the NIJ but also including 7.62 x 39mm Mild Steel Core (AK47) ammunition.
NIJ Level III++
As above but also including the 5.56 x 45mm M855/SS109 ammunition.