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Scalable Body Armor Carrier System


Modular body armor system allows exchange of soft or hard panels based on situational needs

Traditional body armor used by law enforcement is usually worn under an officer’s clothes and contains handgun-rated ballistic panels. As the levels of violence and threats have increased, the wearing of armor externally (outside the uniform) has become much more prevalent, along with the use of rifle rated ballistic plates. These threats directly affect U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers and Agents. In response, CBP’s Law Enforcement Safety and Compliance Group designed a novel modular body armor system that can quickly be configured to increase comfort, mobility, versatility, and threat capability configurability. The system is worn over a uniform and can carry either soft handgun-rated armor panels, hard rifle-rated ballistic plates or both. Officers can add or remove these components with relative ease providing an improved level of flexibly to achieve optimal level of protection and comfort. This will reduce the weight carried, heat retention, and extra bulk when the wearer determines that wearing both soft and hard armor simultaneously is not appropriate or necessary.

This system can also be worn in traditional law enforcement and military applications.

Technology Category Emergency Prevention & Response
Stage of Development Prototype
Inventor David Bak
US Patent number US511.150.054; US11,353,292
Partnerships Sought License
DHS Component U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Contact Information T2C@hq.dhs.gov

For a more detailed description download the PDF below.

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Scalable Body Armor Carrier System PDF 1.14 MB 08/09/2023
Last Updated: 09/05/2023
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