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Armour Wear’s AR680 Steel Armor Plate Is Industry Game Changer

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

May 22, 2015: Armour Wear, the leader in protective armor innovation has officially announced its newest revolutionary product; The AR 680 Hardened Steel armor plate. The AR680 plate is a full size 10in X 12in, shooters cut, single curve hard steel plate that can thwart multiple hits from “Green Tip” M855 5.56mm rounds (at 3200 FPS), or M193 5.56mm rounds (at 3300 FPS). This is a truly unique plate, where most other plates are heavier, and cannot withstand the same level of abuse.

The 6.2lb plate is only 5mm thick- an industry first. The extra level of care has also been taken to prevent metal spalling by adding a Linex base coat and build up. This makes for an extremely well designed, and balanced plate which is already shattering records and expectations. Always having the consumer in mind, Armour Wear has the plate rated at a $134.95 MSRP. With engineering of this magnitude, and a price which is unbeatable, this plate is a threat that competitors will not be able to protect themselves against.

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Armour Wear Partners Up With Shellback Tactical To Create New Body Armor System

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


May 18, 2015: Armour Wear, the leader in body armor technology, has combined efforts with Shellback Tactical to help launch a new body armor package: The Banshee Defender System. Due to the popularity of the Banshee carrier system and customer demand for a better well-priced armor plate, Armour Wear and Shellback Tactical created the Defender System. The Defender series addresses the shooter’s main concerns from a price conscious, rock solid carrier that is user adaptable to the peace of mind of being equipped with Level 3+ or Level 4 plates (which can stop multiple hits from 62gr Green Tip 5.56). The Defender System starts at $439.99 MSRP.

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SOFIC 2015 – Tribalco / Raine Inc – Marauder Adaptive Warfare System Plate Carrier

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Designed as a maritime plate carrier for the combat diver, the Marauder is made from hydrophobic materials. The Quick Release system should be familiar for divers as it features beads for tactile verification on all release handles.  

It incorporates tactical flotation aids on the cummerbunds as well as removable radio pouches.  
Internally, the Marauder has a removable passive cooling panel.   

Additionally, the plate pocket is example via bungee cord to accept different size plates.


Tribalco is the prime on this project which should be available commercially soon from

SOFIC 2015 – Turtleskin Snake Armor

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Turtleskin Snake Armor has been tested against all biting snakes in North America, most in Australia and several in Africa.  They are currently selling them to Border Patrol as well as utility workers and outdoorsmen in snake ridden areas.  

Available in gaiters and chaps, the Snake Armor will also protect the wearer from brush.  Made in USA, they’ve been submitted to the Soldoer Enhancement Program.

SOFIC 2015 – Revision’s Kinetic Operations Suit

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Based on development of USSOCOM’s TALOS program, the Kinetic Operations Suit from Revision Military incorporates a variety of technologies.


Most obvious is the distinctive Armageddon camouflage pattern.  The operator wears the Prowler exoskeleton powered by Revision Sharepack.  The exoskeleton bears the weight of the system as well as ancillary mission equipment. And can be up armored with XSAPI level plates as well as frag protection on the lower leg.  Up top is the Vertical Load Offset System which equates to zero helmet weight born by the operator’s neck.  The ballistic helmet is 100% polyethylene with cutout for use with augmented vision systems. The ensemble also includes a scalable armor vest that goes from 18% vital area chest coverage all the way up to 60%.

US Army SPS – TEP Update

Monday, May 18th, 2015

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These slides are from the recent Soldier Protection System – Torso and Extremity Protection meeting with industry. It provides some background on the program as well the individual components. This is not the full slide deck. We left out several administrative slides which were not germane to educating our readers about SPS – TEP.

Initially, the Army plans to give two companies contracts to produce TEP.  Its TDP is owned by the government and they will buy about 5,100 units at first.  Eventually, the contract could go to over 36,000 systems.  

It looks like the BOIP includes two Ballistic Combat Shirts for each system although with integrated armor, we are unsure if it is removable or how they will be laundered if it is not.  Then, there’s the whole “shirt with integrated armor during a waterborne operations” issue that will eventually emerge.

Finally, although the images feature a helmet, this compotent of SPS has not yet been announced.

Program Overview

TEP Components

Lightweight Air Warrior System

Further Testing




Armour Wear

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Body Armor Company engineer’s affordable ballistic protection for all

May 11, 2015: In the wake of school shootings and terrorist attacks, Miami based Armour Wear, LLC has set out to solve a problem: How to create lightweight and unobtrusive ballistic protection for everyday use that anyone can afford. 

In late 2014, Armour Wear, LLC launched its own line of American made hard and soft body armor, as well as tactical nylon to the US market to make sure the people of the United States have the opportunity to protect themselves and their families with the best quality at a reasonable price. With prices starting at $35.99 for soft armor panels and $114.95 for hard armor, protecting yourself and those you love has become a reality.

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Has The US Army Already Selected an SPS TEP Winner?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

It would certainly seem so. Although no formal announcement has been made regarding the winner of the Soldier Protection System program, the Army seemingly prematurely (how is April 24 for premature?) posted an announcement for a Pre-Solicitation Meeting for Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment (PM SPE) Soldier Protection System Torso Extremity Protection. That’s to give potential manufacturers a heads up on what they’ll want produced.

What’s interesting is the timing (24 April, 2015) and wording of the announcement.

The purpose of this meeting is to communicate the updates to the proposal and technical requirements of the SPS-TEP program should the Government Design be selected as the highest rated system out of the developmental program.

I’ve never seen them plan a meeting based on a product that may potentially be selected and notice they didn’t announce meetings in the off chance that they chose any of the three commercial contenders (Hawk, Point Blank or Safariland).

If that wasn’t enough, the Army also announced that they plan to release a Request For Proposals for the Torso Extremity Protection – Ballistic Combat Shirt component of SPS as well as the Modular Scalable Vest on May 21st. They’ll also be releasing solicitations for the Load Distribution System on or about 15 May. Sounds like they know what they want and don’t have to work out any IP issues; once again pointing to the government candidate.

For those interested, the government solution will look quite similar to this stand up image displayed during a design review late last year.


For those of you unfamiliar with SPS, it is a PEO Soldier sponsored development program managed by PM SPE. There’s a head protection system that looks quite promising in light of the mediocre performance of ECH but right now we’ll concentrate on the Torso Extremity Protection system. While it includes armored combat clothing (BCS), Blast Pelvic Protector (BPP), and new Load Distribution System (LDS), the heart of SPS TEP is the Modular Scalable Vest which is one of four systems which integrates into the SPS TEP and consists of a low profile vest with four soft armor panels (one front, one back, and two side cummerbunds) covered in a camouflage cloth and hook and loop. Like current systems, soft armor panels are inserted into a tactical outer carrier that also accommodates hard armor protective inserts. The tactical outer carrier also contains two side plate pocket that will accommodate soft armor inserts. The outer carrier is made of a flame resistant outer cloth, webbings, hook/loop, polyethylene stiffener, a quad-release system, and several other non-ballistic materials.

The Load Distribution System is designed to offer the capability to redistribute the weight burden on the torso vest and load bearing while being carried horizontally, close to the body’s center of mass. The LDS is an integral part of the SPS TEP design with the LDS belt containing soft armor that provides fragmentation and handgun protection to the lower back and abdomen region. The LDS will provide Warfighters with the ability to mount additional equipment directly to the belt using the MOLLE retention system. The ruck integration component includes: a frame adapter, torso vest compatible shoulder straps, and an LDS belt adapter.

UPDATE - Although there is a helmet representing the Integrated Head Protection System in the photo above, it is not the subject of this article.  

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Modular Armor Supplement System

Friday, May 8th, 2015


For this week’s Friday Focus, we’re taking a look at the Modular Armor Supplement System or MASS. MASS is a armor augmentation system which embodies the tenet “that when additional armor is necessary, it is time to get all you can functionally employ.” It consists of a series of interconnecting segments which offer additional protection to the neck/throat region, shoulders, upper arms, and groin. It comfortably integrates with a variety of FirstSpear plate carriers including the Siege R Optimized and MBAV Strandhögg.


Check out the video below to see how MASS connects to a vest.

Crye Precision – Three New Products

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Crye Precision has launched three new products which are now available on their webpage: the JPC 2.0, Loft Jacket, and LWF Jacket.

JPC 2.0

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The latest iteration of Crye’s Jumpable Plate Carrier, the JPC 2.0 is a lightweight and minimal armor vest designed to maximize mobility and packability, while reducing as much weight as possible. The unloaded carrier weighs just over 1 lbs., and is highly configurable. The JPC 2.0 features the Skeletal Cummerbund system with Crye’s Integrated Attachment System which allows for pouches to be mounted to both the inside and outside of the cummerbund. Additionally, the JPC 2.0 is compatible with all AVS Detachable Flap systems.


  • Easy 2-step emergency doffing capability
  • Hidden vertical webbing loops on front carrier supports detachable chest rigs
  • High performance stretch material that allows for plates of varying thickness VELCRO® brand panel on the front of the carrier allows detachable MOLLE or mag pouch front flap
  • Zippers along the sides of the back carrier for zip-on panels
  • Low-profile cummerbund attachment that provides maximum adjustability and allows for chest expansion as needed
  • Webbing loops on the back of the shoulder straps to support back panels
  • Drag handle that supports up to 400 lbs.
  • Colors: Black, Coyote, MultiCam, Ranger Green

    Loft Jacket

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    The Loft Jacket is a midweight jacket that functions equally well as an outer garment and an insulation layer. The outer layer is treated with Nano STX which sheds moisture and snow. The Loft Jacket features an athletic fit for use under shells, so those looking for a looser fit should order one size up.


  • Helmet-sized single layer hood stows in collar
  • Stretch cuffs with integrated thumb loops
  • Jacket stows into built-in pocket forming a handy pillow
  • Two exterior zip pockets and three large interior zip pockets
  • Breathable stretch fleece side panels
  • Tailored for extreme mobility without binding
  • Nano STX™ treatment sheds rain and snow
  • ClimaShield® insulation for extreme performance and packability
  • Colors: Black, MultiCam, Ranger Green

    LWF Jacket

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    The LWF Jacket is a lightweight jacket that functions equally well as a standalone jacket or as breathable insulation under a shell. Made from a single layer of custom fllece fabric, it features a “slick” outer surface which sheds water and dirt better than typical fleece. The LWF Jacket features an athletic fit for layering, so those looking for a looser fit should order one size up.


  • Zip closure hand pockets
  • Interior chest pocket
  • Integrated thumb loop
  • Hem draw cord
  • Breathable mid-weight stretch fleece material
  • Tailored for extreme mobility without binding
  • Colors: Black, MultiCam