Level III Body Armor | Level 3 Body Armor
The first level of protection against rifle rounds is Level III body armor. To be classified as Level III, plates must be able to withstand six shots from a 7.62x51 NATO round traveling at 2780 ft/s. They are also capable of countering AK 47 rounds.
Hard rigid plates commonly made of ceramics, polyethylene, steel, or titanium are used for this armor protection level. They usually have a back-lining of pressed laminate which enhances its resistance power.
Advantages of hard armor
- Extremely bullet-resistant – ideal for heavy combat
- Can be worn externally – this eases some of the inconvenience associated with hard armor
- Unlike the concealed vest, it is not required to be worn all the time – it is easier to take on and off as needed
Disadvantages of hard armor
- Short lifespan
- Easily detected
- Uncomfortable (certainly in hot/warm weather) and bulky
- Increases the overall weight of safety gear
- Can hurt the wearer in case they slip, fall, role on the ground, or are in a crouching position
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