The innovative A3 body armor from Armored Republic is a tough, lightweight plate that combines polyethylene and alloy to produce a formidable level 3 plus-rated armor offering. This armor plate combines the best of both armor types; absorbing fragmentation while being able to stop mild steel core rounds such as 5.56x45MM, M193 Ball and M855- as well as 7.62x51MM NATO Ball.
The A3 plate comes in at 4.6 lbs, 0.7” thick, and is pending NIJ approval for 0101.06 certification (all tests passed). This plate is lighter than monolithic steel plates and the lightest plate in our Alloy Series. While this body armor's primary usage is for a plate carrier, it can also be inserted into a laptop pocket in one of our Phoenix or Firebird armored backpacks for added lightweight, rifle-rated protection.
One plate: more advantages than ever before.
A winner-take-all mentality applied to armor: The curved A3 - Alloy Composite Body Armor minimizes the compromises one must make when choosing armor by emphasizing the strengths of two different armor types: polyethylene and steel. Historically, these two materials have been separated and contrasted with an either-or mentality. The A3 removes that completely by using each in one plate.
The A3 armor plate's steel strike face provides a higher level of protection than a PE plate alone. It's able to stop the most common variants of 5.56x45MM such as mild steel penetrator M855 "Green Tip", M193 Ball and 7.62x51MM NATO M80 Ball. The polyethylene backer provides a lightweight backing that can absorb a round after the steel mitigates the impact. More Protection. Thinner. Lightweight. This FragLock™ coated armor plate can stop steel penetrator rounds like the M855, is 30% thinner than our PE armor at only 0.7", and weighs only 4.6 lbs.
All this comes in an ergonomic design to wrap around your chest and back. The patent-pending Alloy Composite Technology is an innovation you’ll find only at Armored Republic, and we’re proud to present it to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What will level 3 body armor stop? The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) rates level 3 body armor protection at 6x shots of 7.62x51mm @ 2,780 FPS from 51' away. Our AR500 Armor® Heritage plate and our UHMWPE (Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene) P2 plate are both rated to stop this threat.
- What is a level 3+ plate and what is it rated? Level 3+ indicates a protection rating that meets and exceeds the NIJ level III rating. Unfortunately, since level III+ is not a regulated threat level, this only means the plate can hold up to level III AND specific additional threats specified by the manufacturer NOT covered under the NIJ 0101.06 listing. Level 3 plus performance is going to vary from model and manufacturer. Most manufacturers use 3+ to denote the coverage of all 5.56 threats. For example, our A1, A2, and A3 plates are all III+ but have slightly different velocities at which they can handle 7.62x39, 5.56x45, and 7.62x51. The variable factors at which a III+ plate can perform are usually going to be defined by the materials used and the plate weight.
- Why is polyethylene (PE) used in body armor? Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene or UHMWPE or PE for short is a lightweight super strong polymer that began its journey in life as lightweight sails for yachting competitions. The material (at the time referred to as Dyneema) was used because of how lightweight and rip-resistant it was. When UHMWPE is cut and pressed into varying thicknesses, it is capable of deforming and encapsulating ballistic projectiles. The pro of this armor is it is the lightest-weight rifle-rated protection on the market at only 3.3 lbs. The cons of this armor, if polyethylene is the only material used, are due to the unique nature of this armor's stopping capabilities, steel core ammunition such as the 5.56 M855 “Green tip” can potentially punch through, along with its steeper cost to manufacture.
Material: Alloy, polyethylene & polyurea cover
Protection: 7.62x51mm NATO M80 Ball, steel-jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147gr) and a velocity of 2,780 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s). Special threat protection against M193, M855 and 7.62x39mm PS Ball
Capability: Edge-to-edge multi-hit protection
Dimensions & Compatibility:
10" x 12"
- Weight: 4.6 lbs
- Thickness: 0.7 inches
- Plate Carriers: Testudo, Valkyrie & Invictus
Shelf life: 5 years
Manufactured: United States (pending NIJ approval for 0101.06 certification (all tests passed))
1 x A3 Armor Plate