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Level IV Body Armor

Level IV Body Armor

Level IV Ceramic Armor

Predator Armor Level IV plates are constructed from a ceramic and aramid fiber blend and provide protection against armor piercing rifle rounds. Like all of our products they are manufactured in the USA and are tested in an NIJ approved lab to assure they meet or exceed the NIJ Standards. These provide ballistic protection capable of stopping NIJ level IV threats. Protect yourself with the highest rating of personal body armor available on the market.

What Does Level IV Body Armor Plates Stop?
Level IV armor provides the highest stopping capabilities available for personal body armor. Level IV body armor will stop large caliber and armor piercing threats, up to .30-06 M2AP rounds.
 NIJ testing is performed at 15 meters, at that distance our level IV plates will stop not only the M2 AP round but also: 7.62x39, 7.62x51 (M80), 5.56x45 (M193 and M855). If you are looking for maximum protection then Level IV plates are your best option.

The chart below outlines the stopping capabilities of Level IIIA, Level III, Level III+ and Level IV body armor.



























Ceramic Body Armor Construction
Ceramic plates are the most common type of level IV body armor. The plates are made from a combination of a ceramic strike face with a backer made of aramid fibers or ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). 
 
There are three main types of ceramic materials used for the ceramic strike face: Alumina-oxide, silicon carbide, and boron carbide. Alumina-oxide is the heaviest and least expensive ceramic used. Silicon carbide is next on the list. It is harder than Alumina-oxide but softer than boron carbide. It is also more expensive than alumina-oxide. Boron carbide is the hardest material of the three and the most expensive. It is used on lightweight level IV plates. Boron carbide is very expensive in comparison with alumina-oxide.
 
The backer is made by pressing aramid or UHMWPE fibers. These materials are layered up and pressed under heat and pressure to create a solid lightweight plate. This same process is used for stand alone Level III armor options. Check out our Level III Poly plate. This type of armor is very lightweight and has great stopping capabilities. This process is also used for ballistic helmets.

Ceramic body armor works by breaking the round upon impact. The round is then caught within the backer plate. The ceramic strike face and backer help disperse the energy from the round and limits backface deformation as well. This combination allows the plates to stop high powered rifles and also armor piercing rounds.

Is Level IV Body Armor Heavy?
The weight on Level IV plates can vary quite significantly. This is due to the different make up of each plate. First you have the ceramic strike face. Depending on what material is used the weight will vary. Then you also have the backer material. There are a lot of different aramid fibers and also UHMWPE materials that can be used. Each will have different stopping capabilities, weight and price.

Armor Protection Ratings & NIJ Standards
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