The Prime Armor plate is made of ultra-high molecular weight dense polyethylene. It has Level III protection.
The Polyethylene plates are effective due to the friction caused by the spin of a bullet. In other words, the polyethylene melts and absorbs the bullet. As the projectile is stopped, the polyethylene cools down and reinstates its original hard shape.
Polyethylene plates are up to 90% lighter than steel and ceramic plates with a same threat level. Unlike steel or ceramic plates, they do not shatter when hit. They can, therefore, take multiple hits at the same spot, and still prevent the bullets from going in. Polyethylene plates are durable enough unlike ceramic plates.
The body armor is designed to protect against bullets with conventional and armor-piercing core, improvised explosive devices, shrapnel, and fragments. Lightweight armor plates have the smallest weight relative to similar steel plates. Specially designed form for simplified installation in the plate carrier. Used by regular U.S. intelligence special forces.
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The quality of the polyethylene armor plates has been tested in combat trials.
Steel plates against ceramic plates
This is a significant topic in most disputes concerning chest plate armor and individual armor protection.
- Low Cost – quite affordable, also a lot of used and written off from army warehouses, which can be found in stores;
- Reliability – steel panels are very durable, so if you want, you can handle them as you wish without fear; although you still need to careful with a special coating that covers steel plates, if the coating is damaged there is a higher chance that steel might start to rust which will lead to the shorter lifetime of the plate and deterioration of the ballistic properties.
- Availability – nowadays, there are a great number of companies producing steel ballistic plates.
- Thickness – the armor breastplates are small in thickness to ensure secrecy during combat.
- Weight – steel ballistic plates are 20%-40% and heavier than ceramic and 50-80% than UHMWPE panels that provide a higher level of protection;
- Profile – the existing steel armor panels have a bend in only one plane, which affects the fit, sharp edges and angles limit mobility and hinder the comfortable handling of weapons;
- Fragments and Ricochets – when hitting the steel armor plate, bullets are often destroyed or ricocheted and they can hit you in the neck, groin or legs; nowadays, many companies apply coatings on the armor plate, reducing the spread of the fragments. But the risk of ricochet is still present.
Features of ballistic plates
- Protection – modern ceramic armor panels can provide protection against multiple hits of armor-piercing bullets;
- Weight – Ceramic or other composite armor panels are lighter than steel;
- Profile – ceramic armor plates are produced in more ergonomic configurations: double and triple curvature.
- Service life – 5-15 years.
- Cost – ceramic armor is several times more expensive than steel. The choice depends on specific targets.
- Strength – ceramic armor plates are more sensitive to rough handling – falling on a hard surface from a high height threatens to damage the structure.
We have set fairly competible prices for the materials sold, which were manufactured according to the UHMW-PE standard for the ballistic bulletproof vest.
UHMW-PE material vs ceramic and steel plates
The company specializes at manufacturing plate body armor for sale. The main objects of production are body armor for outdoor and concealed wear.
UHMWPE ballistic polyethylene armor plates have gained a huge popularity. In comparison with ceramic and steel plates, polyethylene armor has the following advantages:
- Lightweight and comfortability
- High degree of resistance to external factors
When manufacturing lightweight armor plates, polyethylene is used with a density of 140 g / m2 and 185 g / m2. There are also flexible armor elements, which are very convenient. UHMW-PE has approximately 60-90% less weight in comparison with ceramic or steel plates. The plates of UHMW-PE body armor can withstand threats from different kinds of handguns and rifles.
|UHMW-PE body armor plate||Affordable, comfortable, small weight, convenient for the user||Big weight, fragile front ceramic parts. Medium spall risk|
|Ceramic ballistic plate||Resist higher calibers ICW soft armor||Big weight, inconvenient for the user|
|Steel body armor plates||Low cost, high degree of protection, high level of safety||Very heavy, the user can feel some physical discomfort|
According to the comparative table, one can conclude that UHMW-PE can be regarded as the best material for hard body armor, due to its main advantages.
According to experts, this material will completely replace armor steel from personal protective equipment in the near future. According to the research Institute, the US army has gradually begun to abandon the armor plates made of steel and ceramics, replacing them with polyethylene. This material can also be used in aircraft as additional protection for the pilot and even installed on armored vehicles.
WARNING: Long-term storage at a temperature over 145º will result in a shorter life span of the product. Take care of your armor and it will take care of you.