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TenCate – 4th Annual Defense Leaders’ Reception – AUSA

Friday, October 10th, 2014


TenCate will be holding their 4th Annual Defense Leaders’ Reception at AUSA 2014 on October 14th, 2014 – booth 651, from 1630 to 1830. The Honorable Robert “Bob” Livingston will be attending the reception as a special guest. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

TenCate Advanced Armor USA Introduces Cratus 3600SA, The Lightest, Stand-Alone, NIJ 0101.06 Level III Certified Plate In The Body Armor Industry

Friday, April 18th, 2014

the new TenCate Cratus™ 3600SA plate is available in 14 sizes, with a 10” x 12” Shooters Cut torso plate weighing 2.20 pounds and a 6” x 6” Full-Size Cut side plate weighing 0.80 pounds. This is a great reduction in weight for armor plates and it’s awesome to see companies continue to push the envelope.

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The TenCate Cratus™ 3600SA (NIJ Model #D1652) is the lightest, stand-alone, NIJ 0101.06 Level III Certified hard body armor plate in the body armor industry. TenCate Advanced Armor USA combined their extensive knowledge of high-pressure manufacturing with advancements in unidirectional polyethylene materials to engineer and produce a family of plates that are 35% lighter than its predecessors. The TenCate Cratus™ 3600SA utilizes a hybrid design of DSM Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology in combination with trauma reduction materials. A 10”x12” Shooters (SH) Cut torso plate weighs only 2.20 pounds and 6” x 6” Full- Size (FS) Cut side plates weigh 0.80 pounds. The reduction in weight has not compromised protection level because the TenCate Cratus™ 3600SA has been tested against both the 7.62mm x 51mm FMJ (M80) and the 7.62mm x 39mm PS Ball (MSC).

TenCate Advanced Armor’s VP of Personal Protection, Mark Bajko, stated,

“We are really proud and excited to offer the TenCate Cratus™ 3600SA. It is an evolutionary leap forward for hard body armor. The focus on lighter weight body armor systems and plate carriers in the industry continues to drive our engineering efforts. It allows for more areas of the body to be covered by hard armor that protects against rifle threats. The availability of 14 sizes now allows for each person to be sized correctly without having to settle on standard 8” x 10” and 10” x 12” plate sizes.”

TenCate Advanced Armor adheres to a unique business model. They do not sell direct to wholesalers, distributors, dealers, or the end user. Their products are only available through armor manufacturers, either private labeled, or under the TenCate Cratus™ brand.

To learn more about TenCate Advanced Armor’s full product line visit or e-mail

Dutch SF to Sport New Uniforms for Mali Mission – UPDATED

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

We had to take this down a few weeks ago due to political considerations. Now, the Dutch government has made the announcement official.

Rumor has it that The Dutch SF will be wearing a new MultiCam uniform designed by NFM Group and made from TenCate Defender-M fabric. Ironically, this is the first time that Dutch uniforms will incorporate this FR fabric from Netherlands-based company TenCate. COBBS Industries will supply the Combat Clothing which includes Smock, Combat Pants and Combat Shirt.



TenCate Advanced Armor USA Develops 15 Families Of Hard Body Armor Plates To Protect Against Rifle, Handgun And Edged Blades Threats

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

A complete line of hard body armor plates is now available for armor manufacturers to private label or market under the TenCate Cratus™ brand.


(Hebron, OH) - TenCate Advanced Armor USA has developed an extensive product line of hard body armor that includes 15 families of plates. The plates are available in 8, 10 or 14 sizes per family depending on whether the focus is law enforcement or military operational environments. Currently, TenCate Advanced Armor has 7 families listed on the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0101.06 Compliance Product List, with plans to develop 5 new families each year. The current breakdown of the product line includes 3 plates for law enforcement concealable body armor, 9 plates for law enforcement plate carriers and tactical body armor, and 3 plates for military plate carriers and tactical body armor.

TenCate Advanced Armor adheres to a unique business model. They do not sell direct to wholesalers, distributors, dealers, or the end user. Their products are only available through armor manufacturers, either private labeled, or under the TenCate Cratus™ brand.

TenCate Advanced Armor’s VP of Personal Protection, Mark Bajko, stated, “We define an armor manufacturer as a company whose primary business is devoted to the design and manufacturing of one or more of the three components of the body armor system: carrier; soft body armor insert; hard body armor plate. Our business model is acknowledgement that our plates are only a component of the armor system, and how the armor manufacturer integrates the three components into a system provides the maximum level of protection to the end user. The focus on plate carriers by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Special Operations Command has triggered a growing demand by the global law enforcement and defense community for lightweight systems that provide protection against the full spectrum of rifle threats. Our hard body armor plate families feed into this growing demand by offering a breadth and depth of product line that is unmatched in the global body armor industry.”

To learn more about TenCate Advanced Armor’s full product line visit or e-mail

SOFIC – Serket Displays Prototype FR Kryptek Combat Uniform in Tencate Booth

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013


The Tencate booth features a prototype combat uniform design by Serket in Defender-M fabric printed in the Kryptek Highlander pattern.

Duro Launches New MultiCam Fabric Website

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Duro Textiles, LLC holds the license from Crye Precision, LLC for printing MultiCam fabrics and has just launched a completely revamped website. Developed by Rubic Design, there are a lot of cool new features.

Let’s face it. The old website was a bit of a pain to order from. You had to wait for shipping to be calculated and you had to have a google account. But with this new launch, those issues are fixed and Duro has integrated new features. Shipping charges are automatically calculated (including international shipping) and checkout is much more streamlined.

In addition to a whole slew of use cases for the various fabrics, the new site allows you to browse the various materials. You can even filter the fabrics by application. They’ve also launched a few new fabrics including TenCate’s Defender-M FR fabric. Additionally, you can now sign up for a newsletter service to make sure you stay up-to-date.

This video gives you a great idea of what it takes to print MultiCam fabric.

Here is an exclusive offer for SSD readers. Use the SSDMULTICAM promo code for 10% off your order through December 21st. Then, through the 31st of December enjoy a 5% discount with the same promo code. This is limited to web orders only, but can be used by new or current customers. And, Duro let me know that they expect to see a few of the larger companies take advantage of the discount for last minute web orders before the end of the year. TacHackers, don’t forget to check the fabric overruns for some great deals.

Applied Orange Dabbles in A-TACS

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Applied Orange sourced a few yards of TenCate Defender-M in both A-TACS AU and FG. They made two sample FR-UBAX and have been taking them around Europe to some very positive feedback.

This is a European made combat shirt. It features double bicep pockets; an outer flapped pocket as well as an inset zippered pocket.

MultiCam Materials – TenCate Defender M

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

SSD regularly showcases a different MultiCam print fabric from Duro Textiles LLC. This week, we are covering the Defender M fabric from TenCate. MultiCam is a single camouflage pattern designed to hide the wearer in varied environments, seasons, elevations, and light conditions. After a great deal of commercial success and adoption by elements of US Special Operations Forces, in 2010 MultiCam was selected for use by the US Army as its Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP).

TenCate‘s Defender M is a 6.5 ounce fabric that balances durability, breathability, and comfort. Additionally, it provides FR protection at the fiber level meaning it won’t wash or wear out. Not only does it not melt or drip but also extinguishes in the event of an explosion or flame threat. Manufactured from Lenzing FR Rayon fibers which originate in Austria, TenCate mills the fibers along with other materials to create Defender M. It is then printed by Duro in the MultiCam pattern and used by finished goods producers.

Defender M is used in the manufacture of the US Army’s Fire Resistant Army Combat Uniform (FR ACU) as well as the Australian Army’s Operational Combat Uniform.

Duro will soon stock Defender M in the MultiCam print making the manufacture of FR garments easier than ever. They offer progressive pricing based on the number of yards ordered. For more information on this or any of the full line of MultiCam fabrics visit or email Also, stay on the look out for an updated MultiCam fabric website soon.

TenCate Protective Fabrics and Digital Concealment Systems Announce Defender M in A-TACS Camo

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Both TenCate’s FR Defender M fabric as well as the A-TACS family of camouflage patterns from Digital Concealment Systems are familiar to SSD readers. What is new, is that TenCate will be offering Defender M, the standard FR fabric for US ground combat uniforms, in the A-TACS patterns. Currently, the only other camouflage available for sale in Defender M is MultiCam, making this pretty big news. Yes, there are a few national patterns printed on Defender M but they are restricted. Below is their press release.


TenCate Defender M sets the standard for flame-resistant military grade fabric, having been specified by both the United States Army and Marine Corps as the uniform material of choice for its ground troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to its patented technology, TenCate Defender M not only provides exceptional protection from flame and heat, but also offers the level of comfort and durability required in combat uniforms. Now, TenCate and Digital Concealment Systems are proud to announce that both the A-TACS AU and A-TACS FG Camo patterns are available on Defender M fabrics. A-TACS Camo is now available on Tencate Defender M from Tencate. For more information, contact Mr. John Blackmon by email at or TenCate Customer Service by e-mail at:

Propper Adds Army Combat Pant to Online Catalog

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Propper has added their version of the Army Combat Pant to their ecommerce site. We covered the pant in-depth during last year’s Modern Day Marine, showing the various features. The ACP is manufactured from TenCate Defender M and integrates the Crye Precision knee pad.

This indicates that it may soon be for sale, at least to Government clients. Their description -

The PROPPER ACP based on the Crye design is a specialized garment incorporating feedback from field trials and tests conducted in Afghanistan. The ACP, while resembling the appearance of the current Fire Resistant Army Combat Uniform (FRACU), includes unique features, capabilities and characteristics necessary for improved performance on the modern battlefield.

The ACP offered by PROPPER is available in the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP or MultiCam).