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Armor Express to Demonstrate its Ground-Breaking Protective Solutions at SHOT Show 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Company will unveil its new Lighthawk™ Tactical brand, with comprehensive, state-of-the-art
ballistic systems, carriers and accessory offerings for the modern-day tactical officer

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, January 18, 2018 — Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is excited to unveil its latest advancements in ballistic packages, carrier designs, hard armor, and duty gear for the Domestic and Federal law enforcement, defense and security markets at the 2018 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). Armor Express will also formally launch its new brand, Lighthawk™ Tactical, demonstrating the hottest innovations in head to toe protective wear for the 21st century tactical officer at Booth #31103. The conference, which is organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, will run from January 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“SHOT Show provides an incredible opportunity for us to fully engage with our customers and partners on what’s most important: saving lives,” said Matt Davis, Founder and President of Armor Express. “We look forward to highlighting the most cutting-edge tactical and concealable solutions the industry has seen, all reflective of our commitment to putting the safety of the men and women who protect our freedoms above all else. We continue to expand our footprint, most notably growing our tactical LE business with the launch of Lighthawk Tactical, which will bring a host of new innovations and greater industry collaboration. As we push advancements in ballistics and carrier designs, there is no better time than now to be front and center with those who rely on our solutions. We look ahead to a productive conference.”

Lighthawk Tactical Takes Technology-Driven Body Armor Designs to the Next Level
Expected to be one of the biggest highlights of the show, Armor Express will debut its new Lighthawk Tactical solutions developed with real-world user input and dedicated to the progressive tactical officer. Under the Lighthawk Tactical brand, Domestic and Federal law enforcement officers will benefit tremendously from the latest mission-critical ballistic systems, carriers, hard armor and accessory tools, including the:

Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier: This streamlined, lightweight and modular tactical plate carrier comes in Laser Cut and MOLLE configurations and features the Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) and optional/swappable Cummerbund Wraps (Armor Wrap, M4 Wrap, Utility Wrap).


Laser Cut Plate Carrier (LCPC): Fits most hard armor plates (certified ICW or Lo Vis special threat) and soft ballistic plate backers. The LCPC meets most needs for patrol, task force, or close protection detail. This lightweight carrier is made with today’s newest and strongest materials.

Hard Armor Shoulder Plate (HASP) Carrier: This advanced, lightweight, ballistic (Level IIIA, III, or III+) shoulder protection plate and carrier is exclusive to Lighthawk. The HASP carrier was engineered with the latest laser cut material resulting in a durable, low-profile and reduced-weight product.


Agile Canine Vest (ACV): With ground-breaking features like the hidden dynamic cummerbund, shoulder fit adjustments and covered zipper closure, the ACV is a streamlined package allowing the K-9 to move freely with minimal snag points, while offering the best options in ballistic/stab protection.


Quick Release Dynamic Cummerbund Upgrades: Using cutting-edge technology, Lighthawk Tactical is proud to deliver three cummerbund options for the most discerning operator – the Cobra® Dynamic Cummerbund, Ares® Dynamic Cummerbund, and FirstSpear® Tubes® Dynamic Cummerbund.

Special Response Team (SRT) Belt: The SRT Belt offers an effective and comfortable platform for today’s officer needs. Available in MOLLE and laser cut styles, it comes standard with a padded insert or can be upgraded with a custom ballistic insert. Sizes run from XS-4X.


NOD’s Garage: This padded case for a helmet-mounted night vision device or related accessories, utilizes the interior space and protection of the operator’s helmet, making the most out of limited loadout space. It includes ID badge and name tape attachment points, along with a removable divider.


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In addition to these latest offerings, the Company will exhibit under the Lighthawk umbrella, its ‘tried-and-true’ XT 2.0 tactical vest; Tactical Operations Response Carrier (TORC); Busch ballistic helmets certified to VPAM; M1, R1 (rifle-rated) and S1 ballistic shields; and Peraflex System Pouches.

“Lighthawk Tactical is committed to creating and delivering solutions which support the needs of the modern-day tactical professional,” stated Rick Rardon, Director of Carrier Research and Development. “We’re excited to introduce at SHOT Show some of the industry’s firsts and strongest innovations for tactical LE. This is an ideal forum to actively engage with our end-users. Their feedback is instrumental to our product evolution process and we pride ourselves on the Lighthawk brand being mission-ready and second-to-none because we put our customers’ needs at the forefront.”

Within the broader Armor Express portfolio, attendees can look forward to seeing the Company’s latest capability enhancements, including its:

Seraph Gen3 Soft Armor: An incredible armor system that’s thin, light and pliable as a result of the ideal blend of Teijin® Twaron® and Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology.

American Revolution Concealable Carrier: A superior design, while offering maximum comfort, breathe-ability and durability. Low profile shoulder padding adds comfort and weight disbursement.

Hardcore H3 Overt Patrol Carrier: Features a lightweight, low profile architecture with fully adjustable shoulders and waist. It uses BRAVO cut panels for enhanced coverage and a more accurate fit.

Hard Core FE: This is the first Fire and EMS-specific carrier to safely address a one-size-fits-most application with consideration of comfort, movement and ballistic protection.

OCS UVIR: This lightweight, external body armor is designed to go over a uniform shirt. It protects the Fire/EMS personnel from handgun threats as part of a Unified Violent Incident Response (UVIR) team.

Tactical Outer Garment (TOG): This scalable, tactical armor system offers advanced features, including National Molding® Back Release System, developed specifically for Dept. of Homeland Security agents.

Other industry-proven products such as the Halo, Razor, Vortex, FMS, Gemini, and Taurus soft armor packages; the Revolution concealable carrier; and Traverse overt patrol carrier with latest Dress configuration will also be on display at the Armor Express booth.


In conjunction with the Lighthawk Tactical premiere, Armor Express is honored to support the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) foundation in a fundraising drive throughout the week at the Company’s Booth #31103. As a ‘thank you’ to donors, the AE team will be gifting top quality swag items highlighting the Lighthawk Tactical brand. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the booth – while supplies last – and support an amazing cause and organization. Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help survivors rebuild their shattered lives. For more information, please visit

Mr. Davis continued, “2018 ushers in a new beginning as Armor Express merged with KDH Defense Systems, combining forces to create one of the largest body armor and protective solution providers in the world. Together the companies will proudly serve our Domestic and Federal law enforcement agencies and U.S. Armed Forces, leveraging best practices and creating a winning formula for our protectors and partners. We are excited by what the future holds and look forward to building long-lasting alliances for years to come.”

Angel Armor Presents Innovative Products At SHOT Show 2018

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

FORT COLLINS, COLO. — JANUARY 16, 2018 — Angel Armor, LLC (“Angel Armor”) today announced its presence at the annual NSSF SHOT Show®, the world’s largest trade event focused on shooting, hunting, law enforcement and the armed forces. Angel Armor will join 1,600 exhibitors attracting over 64,000 attendees at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV to showcase their innovative ballistic armor solutions.

“We look forward to meeting with our customers, partners, the media and others to share the most innovative armor solutions for law enforcement,” said Chris Foth, General Manager for Angel Armor. “We will be sharing our expanded product lines for on-body and vehicle protection. For example, our RISETM armor system with our Truth SNAPTM plates provide comfortable rifle protection all day — officers don’t need to go to the trunk of their vehicle for armor again.”

Angel Armor will be exhibiting at SHOT Show, January 23 – 26, 2018 at the following locations:
• SHOT Show Booth 6106, Level 1 Law Enforcement
• SHOT Show New Product Center

Angel Armor will also exhibit at Industry Day at the Range, Booth NS-24, on January 22, 2018. Industry Day at the Range will give media and buyers a hands-on experience with Angel Armor’s new 2018 product lineup. Angel Armor will join 170 manufacturers exhibiting at the premier shooting event in the industry.

Angel Armor encourages media, buyers and industry influencers to stop by the Angel Armor booth spaces or schedule a personal meeting with Angel Armor to receive an exclusive product showing and a 2018 Media Kit. Contact Chris Foth to schedule your time today.

Sneak Peek – PlateFrame Modular from S&S Precision

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The most comfortable plate carrier system ever developed, the PlateFrame Modular (PF-M) is available exclusively to Military and Law Enforcement.

Call the S&S Precision sales team at +1 757-453-6695 to schedule a private viewing at SHOT Show 2018 – Booth #30302.

Morgan to Exhibit Cutting Edge Vehicle Armour Technology at International Armoured Vehicles

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

The Composites and Defence Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials will be showcasing its latest ultra-lightweight composite CAMAC® platform armour technology at the upcoming International Armoured Vehicles conference, taking place at Twickenham Stadium in London from the 23rd-24th January.

IMG_6051Delegates at the conference will be able to learn more about Morgan’s range of vehicle survivability solutions, including applique armour and spall liner. Morgan’s applique armour, available for STANAG 4569 Levels 2-5 has been designed to deliver outstanding multi-hit protection against theatre threats at a considerable weight reduction in comparison to steel alternatives. Furthermore Morgan has specific expertise to form spall liner to meet specific platform requirements including shaping to complex geometries and integrating with existing fixtures.

As well as platform armour, Morgan will also be exhibiting its LASA® portfolio of solider protection, including advanced hybrid composite ballistic helmets, ultra-lightweight ballistic shields and a range of modular hard body armour plates for covert operations, NIJ 0101.06 level III and armour piecing special threats.

James Kempston, Business Development Director of Morgan’s Composites and Defence Systems business, commented “following a successful show in 2017, we are excited to be supporting the prestigious International Armoured Vehicles conference in 2018. This year we will be showcasing our range of high-performance and lightweight armoured vehicle survivability solutions which have been fielded on over 2,000 vehicles globally and most recently have been selected and fielded by SAIC for their ACV1.1 bid to the United States Marine Corps as well as FFG for their Wiesel 1 upgrade for the German Bundeswehr.”

The Morgan stand at International Armoured Vehicles will be located at C11 in the Rose Room and further information about Morgan’s range of CAMAC platform armour is available here.

Delta Shield

Friday, January 12th, 2018

5Delta Shield is a Swiss company which develops and produces body armor. Their Delta 3SA is a patented Level III armor plate, NIJ-certified, designed to resist against multiple hits wile severely mitigating the trama experienced by the wearer.

Deslta Shields No Trauma Demonstration from MN Reserved Space on Vimeo.

Delta Shield provided a brief video which is intended to demonstrate how their armor mitigates trauma from blocked shots.

Delta Shield will be present at the upcoming SHOT Show 2018, where they will be meeting with potential partners to distribute or even produce their products within the USA.

Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems Merge, Creating one of the Largest Manufacturers and Distributors of Body Armor and Protective Solutions Worldwide

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, January 11, 2018 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express“), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is proud to announce that it has officially merged with KDH Defense Systems (“KDH”). By joining forces, the Companies now serve the U.S. Armed Forces, Department of Defense, Federal and Domestic law enforcement professionals, and various international agencies across the world.


Since Armor Express was founded in 2005, it has been one of the leading suppliers of concealable and tactical body armor systems to Law Enforcement, with a distribution network spanning the United States and select international markets. The Company has also expanded in recent years, becoming one of the largest providers of protective solutions to Federal Law Enforcement, on the heels of recent contract wins with the Department of Homeland Security and other prestigious Federal agencies. Similarly, KDH is one of the prime manufacturers of protective gear for the Department of Homeland Security and has several contracts with other Federal agencies, in addition to its long-standing heritage as one of the largest suppliers of body armor systems to the U.S. Armed Forces. Since KDH was founded in 2003, it has produced various versions of the Outer Tactical Vest (“OTV”), Improved Outer Tactical Vest (“IOTV”), Soldier Plate Carrier System, ATPC Spear system, Modular Scalable Vest (“MSV”), Light Air Warrior System (“LAWS”), Ultra Low Visibility Concealable Body Armor (“ULV-CBA”), and other related products and accessories. Today, KDH is believed to be the largest provider of body armor to the U.S. Armed Forces.


It was also announced today that James R. Henderson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Praesidium, the Holding Company that owns both Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems. An industry veteran with over 30 years of operational and financial experience, Jim also served as Chief Executive Officer of Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. and was instrumental in the Company’s expansion and growth with the U.S. Armed Forces, Domestic and Federal Law Enforcement, and internationally. He also was responsible for fostering strategic partnerships with supply chain and technology leaders, while working with the industry to optimize performance and deliver the highest quality solutions to our protectors.


Commenting on today’s news, Mr. Henderson stated, “The combination of Armor Express and KDH is a win for the industry and the thousands of end-users who rely on both companies’ life-saving protective solutions. Manufacturing capacity, ballistic R&D and carrier design capabilities are significantly enhanced, and the platform for growth has never been stronger. The opportunities to continue to partner with leading fiber, fabric, material and component companies are limitless and together, Armor Express and KDH will drive innovation and deliver the highest-performing body armor systems in the industry. We look forward to working with our partners and exploring ways to improve further.”


Matt Davis, founder of Armor Express and Dave Herbener, founder of KDH, will both serve as President of their respective organizations, reporting to Mr. Henderson. Manufacturing of Domestic and Federal body armor will continue to be performed at Armor Express’ facility in Central Lake, MI and KDH will continue to produce on its Military, Government and Federal Law Enforcement contracts at its manufacturing facility in Eden, NC.

Bionic Power Lands Third Military Field Trial for Wearable Battery-charging Product

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC. December 11, 2017 – Bionic Power has received a contract valued at CDN$1.16 million, under the Government of Canada’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), to supply low-volume production units of its PowerWalk® Kinetic Energy Harvester to the Director of Land Requirements (DLR) and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) for field testing with the Canadian Armed Forces. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the BCIP contracts on December 8 at the BC Tech Association Hub, in Vancouver.

Bionic Power will supply the units in early December, immediately following delivery of previously announced units entering field trials with the US Marine Corps and US Army. The Canadian Armed Forces will share trial results with Bionic Power as soon as field testing is finished, and this information will be available to other militaries looking to purchase harvesters.

“Having PowerWalk units in field tests with multiple military customers supports ongoing product refinement and prepares us for volume production. It also sends a clear signal that our target military customers have confidence in our product and its potential to reduce risks and costs and improve mission effectiveness,” says Yad Garcha, Bionic Power’s Chief Executive Officer. “Every customer has different requirements, from technical specs for batteries to the look of the camouflage. While we know we can deliver the product our customers ask for, they need to see and prove for themselves that our technology delivers.”

The PowerWalk is a light-weight, leg-mounted exoskeleton designed to accommodate a soldier’s full range of motion and harvest energy from the natural action of walking, in much the same way regenerative braking works in hybrid cars.

Military organizations around the world are looking for ways to improve soldier safety while lowering mission costs and risks. Wearing a PowerWalk harvester mitigates the need for extra batteries, reducing the weight a soldier carries while providing continuous life-saving power in the field. The PowerWalk also reduces or eliminates logistical tail challenges, results in a smaller environmental footprint, and can increase mission duration and effectiveness. All these features provide a compelling value proposition for military decision makers.

Canadian Armed Forces testing of Bionic Power’s PowerWalk device will take place in early 2018.

Arbor Arms Assaulter Plate Carrier

Friday, December 15th, 2017


The Assaulter Plate Carrier comes with Arbor Arms’ proprietary slotted MOLLE elastic. This elastic allows for very fine adjustments not only for size but body shape providing for a dynamic, comfortable, ergonomic fit. The elastic all so allows for front, back, and side plates to ride snug to body with out flopping like traditional cummerbunds or restricting breathing.


*Laser cut PALS slots
*FLEX slotted molle elastic skeletonized cummerbund
*AustiAlpin Cobra buckle cummerbund attachment (end user serviceable)
*Loop panels front and back for number/patches
*Mounting slots and loop Velcro on front for attaching various CORE Placard systems with either G-hooks or Swiftclips
*Slots in back panel for management of comms wires
*Front plate bag has map/hand warming pocket on body side of plate
*Can be ordered with or with out maritime release and can have maritime release added retroactively
*4 way stretch material in plate bag construction allows for snug plate fit
*Moisture wicking spacer mesh for body side fabric