As the latest version of AR500 Armor’s polyethylene Level III plate, this new version is even thinner and lighter than the previous. Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) plates are constructed of high density polyethylene with outstanding anti-ballistic properties in a lightweight package. This 10″ x 12″ AR500 Armor® Level III Polyethylene Body Armor weighs only 2.7 lbs. That’s .6 lbs lighter than the previous PE version and 5.3 lbs lighter than the AR500 steel plate of similar size and protection level! It also has positive buoyancy and is stand-alone and multi-hit capable from rifle threats up to 7.62×51 M80 Ball (.308 Winchester) at velocities up to 2,800 feet per second and all lesser rifle, pistol, and shotgun threats. Each plate is manufactured in the USA and wrapped in a water-resistant nylon cover with edge impact padding which increases durability.
The latest AR500 Polyethylene (PE) plates feature an ergonomic single curve design and have a profile of 1.0” thick (.3″ thinner than the previous model). They can be used in a carrier for both front and back protection, but please note that not all carriers will fit PE plates. While PE plates are quite a bit thicker than steel plates, the benefit of significantly reduced weight makes them at attractive option for rifle threat protection.