VestGuardSize Guide


Inches (cm)

Body Armour Chest

Body Armour Waist




34-38 (86-96)

28 (71)

20.5-21.2 (52-54)

8 (20.3)


38-43 (96-109)

32 (81.3)

21.2-23.2 (54-59)

9 (22.9)


43-46 (109-116)

36 (91.4)

22.5-24.8 (57-63)

10 (25.4)


46-48 (116-122)

40 (101.6)

24.8-25.2 (63-64)

11 (27.9)


48-50 (122-127)

44 (111.8)


12 (30.5)


50-52 (127-132)

47 (119.4)




52-53 (132-135)

51 (129.4)



Body armour - Please take into account the clothing that will be worn during typical duties when choosing your body armour

Helmet – Take measurement from the forehead and extend the tape all the way around your head 

Gloves – Using your strongest hand wrap tape between thumb and forefinger and around your whole palm. Make a loose fit


Hard Armour Ballistic Plates

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NIJ Level III (3) (AK47) . . . . . Hard Armour Plate

£149.25 ex VAT
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Super Lightweight Protection

As the lightest plate in the VestGuard MAX Hard Armour Plate Range, the MAX-3 NIJ level III (3) weighs just 1.2 KG and is naturally buoyant neutral.

This next generation Hard Armour Plate is manufactured using high grade ultra-high molecular polyethylene capable of stopping some of the most common and deadly weapons in the world, when used with VestGuard Soft Armour Panels.

VestGuard has tested and confirmed the ballistic stopping capabilities of this plate to the NIJ 0101.06 ballistic test standards. With low back face trauma recorded (Maximum allowed by the NIJ is 44mm) each plate can stop up to 6 shots of the AK47, M80 NATO Ball, or other high-powered rifle ammunition listed further down this page.

Benefits of the MAX-3 NIJ level III Ballistic Hard Armour Plate

Multi-hit performance : The MAX-3 is able to maintain performance even after being hit by multiple rounds

Angle shot performance : All VestGuard Hard Armour Plates have been designed to defeat and contain angle shots, reducing ricochet dangers to nearby allies.

Edge shot performance : The MAX-3 provides the same level of protection right to the edge of the plate providing maximum protection area to weight ratio.

Backface deformation : Independent ballistic testing has confirmed the MAX-3 Hard Armour Plate performs well within the NIJ test requirements.


VestGuard Hard Armour Plates are compatible with any VestGuard Tactical class outer body armour covers.

VestGuard MAX-3 Hard Armour Plates works as part of a complete solution, and will require NIJ level II, NIJ level IIIA, HG1 KR1 SP1, or HG2 KR1 soft armour backing to achieve the level of protection stated.


VestGuard would recommend this plate to travellers in high threat locations such as Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Please feel free to contact VestGuard sales team to discuss any other location threats.

This plate can be used by maritime customers working around saltwater conditions.

Bulk Purchases

For larger quantities please contact the VestGuard sales team +44 (0) 1621 816614 or email us at


This plate is typically available from stock - We cannot always confirm stock is available at time of purchase - Please contact the VestGuard sales team if your requirement is urgent to ensure stock is available.

Bulk purchases can typically be met within 3-4 weeks of order


Product Model Number


Standard Plate Size

250 x 300 x 18 mm

Standard Weight


Protection Level

NIJ level III (3)

The MAX-3 Ballistic Hard Armour Plate will provide protection against the following ammunition under standard NIJ test requirements

7.62x63mm 180gr, SP
7.62x54mm 147gr, FMJ
7.62x54mm 180gr, FMJ
7.62x51mm 148gr, FMJ - NIJ level III (3) Test ammunition
7.62x39mm 150gr, FMJ
5.45x39mm 054gr, FMJ
5.56x45mm 055gr, FMJ

This plate also provide Fragmentation protection from blasts and explosions to NATO STANAG 2920


100% high molecular polyethylene


Single curved ergonomic design

Multipurpose front or back protection

Shooters cut corners


Black Nylon finish

Key Features

Compatible with any VestGuard Tactical class Body Armour

Buoyant Neutral (floats in water)

Drop tested to 1.8m


Easy wipe clean finish

Do not use bleach or corrosive cleaners on this product

Do not put in a washing machine, hand clean only

Do not submerge in water intentionally


Maximum capacity is up to 4000 units per month  


10 years ballistic performance under standard wear and tear conditions

1 year workmanship



*Specifications are based on standard manufacturing standards and a tolerance of up to 6%

See VestGuard standard terms and conditions for more information about product gurantees and manufacturing tolerances.

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