The Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) is a ceramic trauma plate used by the United States Armed Forces.The Kevlar Interceptor vest itself is designed to stop projectiles up to and including 9×19mm Parabellum submachine gun rounds, in addition to fragmentation. To protect against higher-velocity rifle rounds, SAPI plates are needed.
- Ballistic material: Ceramic;Composite
- Protection level is III according to NIJ interim requirements 0101.04.
This plate is designed to achieve NIJ Level III protection and is a “Stand Alone” plate. “Stand Alone” plates are designed and tested to defeat ballistic threats using the plate only.
No ballistic vest is required, as all the ballistic energy and fragments are stopped in the plate. These plates are usually reserved for tactical operations or anti-terrorist work where the ammunition threat is unknown, or if the wearing of a vest is considered too cumbersome.
Bullet proof vests are designed to ‘trap’ and slow bullets down as they attempt to pass through the vest. Bullet Proof Vests come in two different types; hard and soft. The ‘soft’ armors are designed to protect against most handgun and small arms ammunition, whereas ‘hard’ armors are designed to stop high caliber and armor piercing rounds.
The NIJ classifies all armors in the following levels:
|NIJ Level IIa||NIJ Level II||NIJ Level IIIa||NIJ Level III||NIJ Level IV|
|Areal Density||3.5 kg/m||4.2 kg/m||5.9 kg/m||25.9 kg/m||32.5 kg/m|
|.30 Armour Piercing (M2 AP)||x|
- Size Front: 412 X 340 mm ± 5.
- Size Back: 370 X 410 mm ± 5.
- Weight Front: 3.22 Kg ± 0.1.
- Weight Back: 3.75 Kg ± 0.1.
- Multi- Curved
- Cover: Polyester / Cordura