American Blast Systems manufactures the lightest Level III plates in the industry! Constructed of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), the flat plate is only .5 inches thick and weighs only 2.4 lbs (based on the standard 10″ x 12″ size). The flat rectangular size is most often used in backpacks or other accessories where a tapered top or curved design is not necessary. This particular plate is an ICW or “In Conjunction With” plate which means that its NIJ Level III rating is achieved in conjunction with Level IIIA soft armor. The combination of an approved Level IIIA soft armor panel with the Level III ICW Flat Plate on top, is rated to stop up to 7.62×51 mm rounds and all lesser threats. Such a set-up works well as a lightweight rifle threat solution for those who already have a Level IIIA soft armor panel inserted in a backpack or bag. When extra protection is desired, the ICW flat plate can quickly be added without adding the unnecessary weight of a Stand Alone plate. If you prefer however, American Blast systems does makes a lightweight Level III solution without needing soft armor to achieve the Level III rating. Check out American Blast System’s Level III “Stand Alone” 2.6 lbs plate HERE.
Each Level III ICW plate is manufactured in the USA and comes standard in a black Cordura protective covering. If you’d like to upgrade to a Line-X protective coating, the option can be added for $50. The Line-X coating adds a little more weight, but further reduces spalling in a situation where the plate is struck by rounds.
The ICW plate is available in 8″ x 10″, 10″ x 12″, and 10.5″ x 14″ sizes. All American Blast Systems ICW plates come with a 15 year warranty.