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ICW3U™ Level III+ UHMWPE SAPI

SERIOUS PROTECTION WITH TRIVIAL WEIGHT

Lightweight rifle protection for optimized and advanced body armor systems

Specially designed from advanced UHMWPE composite, the plate in conjunction with soft armor panels offers protection from most common rifles as 12% less weight than the stand-alone alternative.
The shape mimics the chest and the back curvature, giving optimal comfort.

Fight For Every Gram

Classified as an ICW (In Conjunction With) plate, to reach the highest protection level, this plate should be used in combination with NIJ 0101.06 Type IIIA soft-armor backbone. Utilizing the protection of said soft-armor, ICW plates can be made thinner and lighter than their stand-alone counterparts. Specifically for use in soft-armor lined vests/carriers, this plate helps you save weight, and increase mobility.

Adapt To Your Environment

Our armor plates cover a wide range of ballistic threats from handguns to high-powered rifles – find which protection level suits your needs.

In Conjunction With Level IIIA insert
7.62×51 FMJ M80
5.56×45 FMJ M193
5.45×39 MSC 7N6 (AK-74)
7.62×39 MSC 57-N-231 (AK-47, AKM)

Tested in NIJ-accredited and DSTU certified laboratories independently.

Shock Absorption

Unlike traditional solutions, our ballistic plates are designed to absorb the kinetic kick delivered from a bulled by engulphing the projectile and simultaneously eliminating ricochet. This means you can keep fighting even after taking multiple hits.

Advanced Armor Materials

Your armor could save your life, so know it like the back of your hand. Utilizing a unique UHMWPE molding technique, our ballistic plates backbones are on the bleeding edge of body armor – ensuring maximum durability and protection with the lowest weight.

Stay Lightweight

Despite offering uncompromising protection, this armor plate maintains a thickness of only 0.66” and a weight of 2.1 lbs (S size). These impressive standards put less strain on the body, helping reduce the weight of your rig and increase mobility.

Multi-curve Design

Designed to mimic the human body, our 3D multi-curved design incorporates both horizontal and vertical curvature. This results in better overall comfort, mobility, and weight distribution – making your vest feel lighter and more accommodating.

Features

  • 1.Priced per plate
  • 2.Remarkably thin and light with optimized weight/protection/price ratio
  • 3.12% lighter than STA models of equal protection level
  • 4.In conjunction with Type IIIA soft armor backing protects against high-penetration rounds including 7.62×63 AP M2, 7.62×54 API B-32 (Dragunov)
  • 5.Can be used for both the chest and the back
  • 6.Advanced lightweight composite of UHMWPE (2.09 lbs for S)
  • 7.Same composite is available as side plates and shoulder plates
  • 8.SAPI/ESAPI cut with 4 sizes
  • 9.3D multi-curved body shaped
  • 10.Available as ICW (in conjunction with) and STA (Stand Alone) design
  • 11.Multi-hit capability for over 6 shots
  • 12.Independently tested in an NIJ-accredited laboratory for NIJ Standard 0101.06, as well as certified laboratories according to DSTU 8835:2019 against Soviet/Russian ammunition

Tech specs

Ballistic performance

In Conjunction With Level IIIA insert
7.62×51 FMJ M80
5.56×45 FMJ M193
5.45×39 MSC 7N6 (AK-74)
7.62×39 MSC 57-N-231 (AK-47, AKM)

Use trauma pad to reduce BFD <44mm

Testing

This product has been independently tested in NIJ-approved laboratory according to the NIJ Standard 0101.06, as well as certified laboratory according to the DSTU 8835:2019 against Soviet/Russian ammunition.

Armor composite

Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)

Shape

SAPI/ESAPI

Curvature

Multi-curved in 3D axes

Capabilities

Multi-hit, minimum 6 shots

Danielle Santo
27 Jan 2021
By far my favorite plates in the world. They are exceptionally thin and light, and you can wear them with the soft panels in a PC, or simply over an inner vest. This makes it easy to deploy in seconds.
Benjamin Christiansen
27 Jan 2021
This is a must-have for police work of any kind. You can keep the plates in the car and only pull them over your vest when you need the extra security.
Daniel Steppton
10 Dec 2020
Just the deal I was looking for. Keep up the good work.

FAQ

Are prices listed for a single plate?

Yes.
This allows you to choose different plates for the front and the back, as well as order multiple plates from the setting screen.

How do I determine the size of the armor plate?

By measuring your chest circumference.
With standard sizes (S, M, L, XL), it is made to cover your lethal zones on the torso (heart, lungs, kidneys) without extending further due to weight. To make the correct choice, you can use the Size Chart in the Tech Specs or the Determine Size at the settings screen on the top of the page.

Are the same plates used for the front and the back?

Yes.
The UARM™ ICW3U™ hard plates are ergonomically designed to fit equally well on the front and on the back.
Additionally, there are specialized hard plates that are made for the shoulders (ICW3USH™) and the sides (ICW3USP™).

What is the advantage of ICW3U over steel armor plates?

The most significant advantage is the absence of ricochet, as it protects both the operator, their comrades, as well as the environment of the team from secondary damage and injuries. Also, the ICW3U is significantly lighter than any steel plate of comparable size.

Q: Does the armor plate experience the backface deformation effect?

A: Yes.
As well as any armor plate, the ICW3U™ has some backface deformation. You can always use the EVV™ Exchangeable Vest Ventilation that reduces such effect to virtually zero by simultaneously improving comfort.

What is the shelf life of armor plates?

Officially, 5 years.
The date is calculated from the manufacturing label on the back of the plate. While good maintenance and handling can preserve the plate ballistic capabilities for longer, we will only guarantee five years from manufacturing.

Do armor plates lose their protective properties after expiration?

Not instantly.
Due to chemical processes and oxidation occurring inside the composite material, the anti-ballistic capabilities of the armor plate will slowly deteriorate over time. After five years, we no longer guarantees the same level of protection and you should renew your plates as soon as possible.

How many hits can an armor plate withstand?

Armor plates are tested under the NIJ standard to withstand up to 6 consecutive hits. While that number can be greater, we can’t guarantee that result.

Is it possible to use an armor plate that has been hit by a bullet?

It is not recommended.
You may continue operations with a damaged armor plate due to composite materials that, when damaged, only a tight zone of the armor fails. Undamaged zones still offer ballistic protection. However, you will need to replace the armor plate after the mission as further use is prohibited.

Why is the weight of the armor important?

Especially over extended missions, every pound counts. Because the ICW3U is significantly lighter than the alternatives, that weight can be used for other types of gear such as ammo or med-packs, or serve to lighten the load in general and make the operator more agile and less fatigued over time. Finally, lighter gear reduces the medical impact of carrying heavy loads on the spine and lower back, reducing the chance of chronic pain and injury.

Is it NIJ Certified?

This product has been independently tested in NIJ-accredited laboratories according to the NIJ Standard 0101.06, as well as certified laboratories according to DSTU 8782:2018. against Soviet/Russian ammunition.

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Threats

In Conjunction With Type IIIA backing

7.62x51 FMJ M80
5.56x45 FMJ M193
5.45x39 MSC 7N6 (AK-74)
7.62x39 MSC 57-N-231 (AK-47, AKM)

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Threats

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Protection level

Type III - NIJ 0101.06
Level 3 - DSTU 8782:2018

Threats

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5.45x39 MSC 7N6 (AK-74)
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Level 3 - DSTU 8782:2018

Threats

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5.45x39 MSC 7N6 (AK-74)
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Protection level

Type III - NIJ 0101.06
Level 3 - DSTU 8782:2018

Threats

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7.62x51 FMJ M80
5.56x45 M193
5.45x39 MSC 7N6 (AK-74)
7.62x39 MSC 57-N-231 (AK-47, AKM)

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7.62x54 API B-32 (Dragunov)
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5.56x45 M855A1
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5.56x45 M855A1
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