American Blast Systems manufactures the lightest Level III plates in the industry! Constructed of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), the ICW Side Plate is only .5 inches thick and weighs only .8 lbs (weight varies slightly depending on size chosen). 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 vest with the Level III ICW Speed Plate on top, is rated to stop up to 7.62×51 mm rounds and all lesser threats. Such a set-up is a perfect solution for police, security, and military personnel who already regularly wear Level IIIA soft armor. When extra protection is desired, a plate carrier with ICW side plates can quickly be put on without adding unnecessary weight or without removing the soft armor. If you prefer, American Blast systems also makes a lightweight Level III solution without needing to wear it with soft armor. Check out American Blast System’s Level III “Stand Alone” Side Plate HERE.
Each Level III ICW Side 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 polyethylene ICW Side Plate fits most standard carrier side pouches and is available in 5″ x 8″, 6″ x 6″, and 6″ x 8″ sizes. This plate comes with a 15 year warranty.