For Immediate Release
January 22, 2021
Innovative Design Offers Lightest, Thinnest Ballistic Panel Protection Available
Jacksonville, Florida – Safariland®, a brand of The Safariland Group®, a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, announced today the next generation of Hardwire® Ballistic Panels. Hardwire optimizes the strength of compressed Dyneema fibers to create the thinnest and lightest level II and IIIA ballistic panels available.
“The collaboration between Safariland and Hardwire will continue to bring advanced armor protection to end users,” James Duncan, VP/GM of Armor for Safariland said. “This strategic relationship incorporates the thinnest, lightest and highest performing armor panels into our state of the art tactical and concealable vests. Hardwire is an exceptional company that shares Safariland’s vision, and together we are learning how to maximize the effectiveness of armor and how to protect those who serve.”
“Hardwire’s advanced ballistic properties afford the bullet’s shock wave more time to spread out before getting to the body,” George Tunis, CEO of Hardwire LLC, said. “The panel is 100% Dyneema, but it’s more than material alone that makes it work. It’s the Hardwire process and strategic layering of the materials that results in game-changing performance. We use a bullet’s own rotation and exploitable weaknesses to shock the projectile into submission. Meaning, the bullet doesn’t attack the vest, the vest attacks the bullet.”
The second generation Hardwire Ballistic Panel offers the thinnest profile available in soft body armor while weighing just .51 and .68 pounds per square foot for level II and IIIA, respectively. This minimalist design allows for Hardwire Armor to be worn all day without interfering with routine tasks. Hardwire panels stand up to a range of special threat rounds above NIJ standard and the technology was originally developed for use by the elite U.S Special Operations Command and Marine Corps.
Safariland Armor continues to lead through innovation and design that sets the standard in ballistic protection. By continuing to bring cutting-edge body armor designs to market, Safariland provides its customers with high-performance, life-saving armor systems.
By combining Safariland’s proprietary ballistic panel shapes with carrier systems designed to maximize both comfort and protection, this next generation Hardwire ballistic technology takes ballistic protection to a new level. These new Hardwire Level II and Level IIIA ballistic panels will be available for use in all of Safariland’s concealable and tactical vest designs and platforms.
The partnership between Safariland and Hardwire offers a new standard in shock dissipation physics, momentum transfer efficiency, and ultimately, ballistic protection. Taking a round should not be the end of the fight. With the goal of enhanced survivability and minimized injury, Safariland and Hardwire are designed to save the lives of first responders.
About Safariland Armor
Safariland® Armor continues to set the standard in ballistic protection by continually developing cutting-edge body armor designs to provide its customers with high-performance, life-saving armor products. With a focus on advanced engineering and production techniques, the Safariland Armor brand is known for its proprietary designs and use of next generation materials to develop the thinnest, lightest, most advanced ballistic protection against a wide array of standard and special threats. For more information, visit www.safariland.com/safariland-body-armor.
The Safariland PROTECH® line offers industry-leading tactical gear most coveted by tactical teams throughout the world. The product line includes a wide selection of field proven and cutting-edge products including ballistic shields, armor plates, helmets, and other accessories for unparalleled head to toe protection. For more information, visit www.safariland.com/products/body-armor/ballistics. Safariland is a part of The Safariland Group family of brands.
About The Safariland Group
The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland® Armor, Duty Gear and Communications, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Hatch®, Med-Eng®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives®”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.
For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com.
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About Hardwire LLC
Based in Pocomoke City, Maryland, Hardwire, LLc is known for solving some of the most challenging military and defense problems in the United States and around the world. For over a decade, Hardwire has designed, manufactured, and delivered armor and protective systems for vehicles, aircraft, boats, personnel and infrastructure. Hardwire’s breakthrough technologies provide critical protection to warfighters, law enforcement professionals, and everyday citizens. For further information, please visit hardwirellc.com.
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