KENNETT SQUARE, PA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2012) - UNEQUAL Technologies®, the premier provider of head and body armor for soldiers and athletes, and Safariland®, announced today the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded Level IIIA certification to Safariland for its ABA Xtreme HP Level IIIA police body armor made with UNEQUAL's DEFCON™ technology. This latest law enforcement vest is one of the world's strongest, lightest and most flexible protective vests on the market. The proven effectiveness of the DEFCON technology allowed Safariland to accomplish the targeted 1.09 lbs. per square foot (psf).
UNEQUAL DEFCON is a patented composite technology that is thin, lightweight, flexible, and comfortable. The proprietary formulation absorbs and dissipates more energy per square inch than traditional trauma products and reduces more blunt force trauma in one panel than several layers of these ballistic materials combined. This reduction of layers inherently increases the flexibility and comfort of the vest, while decreasing weight, thickness and rigidity. DEFCON is also Berry Compliant and made in ISO 9001 certified facilities.
NIJ Standard-0101.06 details the ballistics resistance requirements of police body armor. Level IIIA provides the highest level of concealable body armor protection from high-velocity .44 Magnum handgun ammunition. Safariland performed exhaustive ballistic tests on the armor panels to ensure that the final product offers the highest levels of safety.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Safariland to create one of the world's strongest, lightest and most flexible law enforcement vests," stated Rob Vito, President of UNEQUAL Technologies. "In the heat of the moment our law enforcement officers need to be ready for action and protected at all costs. Together with Safariland, we are able to deliver the highest level of protection in a way that works in the field. Achieving NIJ certification just further proves the value our technology delivers to the market."
The DEFCON technology was recently tested and proven effective in stopping 5.7mm steel rounds (2,000 ft/s) in 1 lb. psf prototype Level IIIA packages. Since steel rounds travel 30 percent faster and don't mushroom out upon impact like a lead bullet, they typically are not stopped by a traditional ballistic package. However, DEFCON enabled a regular IIIA body armor to stop 52 steel rounds with no additional layers, plates, or modification. DEFCON is Berry Compliant and made in ISO 9001 certified facilities.
Safariland body armor models combine the heritage and expertise of American Body Armor®, Second Chance®, SAVVY® and PROTECH® Tactical. In doing so, Safariland offers the most comprehensive line of body armor available in the industry. Safariland NIJ-06 body armor provides law enforcement officers with enhanced performance, durability, comfort and value, which deliver on the company's motto: Together, We Save Lives™.
DEFCON's patented, force dispersion technology offers the best protection for law enforcement and military. Its effectiveness originates from the UNEQUAL® patented composite. The first layer absorbs and converts vibration and impact shock that enters the head or body, the second layer (made with DuPont™ Kevlar®) blocks and redirects the energy, while the third layer is compliant and comfortable to conform to everyday activities. The UNEQUAL technology is versatile, adaptable and durable, meeting the highest standards of military-grade protection.
Safariland, LLC is a premier provider of law enforcement and security products and services, delivering a full-range of customer-specific solutions. Offering many of the world's most recognizable branded products in the public safety market, Safariland is committed to saving lives. For more information about Safariland and its body armor products, please visit www.safariland.com.
About UNEQUAL Technologies
UNEQUAL Technologies is the leading provider of supplemental protection for sports and military. It is a fusion of DuPont™ Kevlar® forged with military grade materials engineered for maximum protection. UNEQUAL's patented technology provides superior shock-blocking properties that may help dramatically reduce impact shock and blunt force trauma generated by law enforcement or military encounters. With more than 66 US and International patents and patents pending, UNEQUAL Technologies has been tested by independent and OEM facilities. In addition, top universities have validated UNEQUAL's effectiveness in reducing blunt force impact. For more information, visit www.unequal.com.