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Hard Armour Plate - NIJ Level III+ (3) SS109

Hard Armour Plate - NIJ Level III+ (3) SS109
Our Price:  £199.00(Exc. 20% VAT)(£238.80 Inc. VAT)

Model:  HAP-MAX1ICW-118


Immediate Dispatch, Subject to Stock Availability

  • Award Winning solution for Innovation in Personal Protection (CTSS)
  • In-Conjunction-With works with soft armour backing (sold separately)
  • 250 x 300 x 18mm
  • 1.7 KG 
  • Independent testing to NIJ level III (3) 7.62 x 51mm NATO Ball FMJ (9 shot test)
  • Independent testing to 5.56x45mm SS109 rounds (9 shot test)
  • Stops the notorious AK47 bullet
  • Drop tested
  • Water, oil and vibration resistant
  • Temperature, altitude and pressure stable
  • Wrapped in black ballistic nylon  
  • Easy wipe clean finish
  • 10 year protection guarantee 
  • 1 year workmanship warranty 

BA-1 Ultra Covert Body Armour - VestGuard Data Sheet 2016.pdf

Bulk Purchases             

  • Please contact our sales team to discuss your requirements on +44 (0)1621 816614 or contact us 


Images for illustration purposes only, and may vary in design from the product shown. 

All product information and guarantees are subject to VestGuard standard terms and conditions 

What do our Symbols mean?

VestGuard manufacture products to specific threat levels according to the threats our customers will face in their daily lives. 

To make life easier for customers we have identified the threats using a range of symbols for easy referencing


Stab and Knife Protection

Protection against knives and edged weapons. The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 


Spike and Needle Protection

Protection against spikes and needles. The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 


Blunt Force Trauma Protection

Helps to minimise effects from punches, blows, kicks and other blunt force trauma attacks. 

Explosion and Fragmentation Protection

Explosions and fragments from IEDs and dynamite are a common threat in hostile environments and demining missions. The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol.


9mm Pistol Handgun Protection

A popular weapon across the world, and easily available and concealable in clothing. The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 

.357 Magnum Handgun Protection

A powerful weapon, and like the 9mm easily available and concealable in clothing. The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 

.44 Magnum Handgun Protection

The most powerful handgun currently available in the World and a difficult round to stop.  The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 

7.62 x 51mm NATO Ball Rifle Protection

A common weapon used in common warfare and denotes this product conforms to NIJ level III ballistic protection standard. The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. . The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 

7.62 x 39mm AK47 Rifle Protection

A notorious weapon and the most commonly available in the world. This is the popular choice for press and security as the one to stop with their body armour in hostile environments. The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 

5.56 x 45mm SS109 Rifle Protection

Encountered in the heat of battle, the SS109 is a formidable round because it is slower than a standard bullet which makes it harder to stop. The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 

7.62 x 63mm 30.06 Armour Piercing Sniper Rifle Protection

This round can kill from over a mile away and can eve penetrate tank armour and denotes this product conforms to NIJ level IV ballistic protection standard, the highest standard currently available on the market. This round can be stopped and VestGuard can stop it in a plate just 17mm thick . The level of protection is indicated in the table below the symbol. 

Ballistic Standards

All ballistic products made or supplied by VestGuard UK are manufactured in accordance to the standard which has been identified in the product description. We use independent accredited test facilities to regularly test our products to ensure they continue to meet the very latest standards required by our customers, with many products under test conditions often outperforming the standards. Our products are designed to protect our customers and have been developed and verified through in-house, independent and customer testing for over 15 years.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

This is considered the most widely used internationally recognised standard. The standard covers protection against small handguns and anything up to armour piercing rifles. The standard is used for body armour, helmets and other armour solutions on the market, such as vehicle armour and shields.

This standard is split into levels of protection designated by roman numerals.

NIJ level II (2) Small handgun protection
NIJ level IIIA (3a)  High velocity handguns
NIJ level III (3)      Rifles
NIJ level IV (4)     Armour piercing rifles
Threat Level Bullet Calibre and Type Image Bullet Mass Impact  Velocity
      (grains) ft/s m/s
NIJ level II (2) 9mm FMJ RN      124 1205 367
  .357 Magnum JSP 158 1430 436
NIJ level IIIA (3a)  9mm FMJ RN  124 1430 436
  .44 Magnum SJHP 240 1430 436
NIJ level III (3)      7.62x62mm NATO FMJ (M80 Ball)  148 2780 847
NIJ level IV (4)   .30 calibre AP M2 30.06 166 2880 878

UK Home Office (CAST)

The UK standards are set by the Home Office for the protection of police and government bodies. Adopted by many security and private companies in the UK, the protection covers a full range of threats including handguns (HG), edged weapons like knives (KR), needles, spikes (SP) and rifles (RF). The higher the threat the higher the number, i.e. HG1, HG2.

Performance Level
Bullet Mass



9mm FMJ
0.357 Magnum SP FN Remington

8.0g (124 grain)
10.2g (158 grain)


365 +/-10
390 +/-10


9mm FMJ
0.357 Magnum SP FN Remington

8.0g (124 grain)
10.2g (158 grain)


365 +/-10
390 +/-10


9mm FMJ
0.357 Magnum SP FN Remington

8.0g (124 grain)
10.2g (158 grain)


430 +/-10
455 +/-10

Protection Levels 

Energy Level E1

Maximum Penetration at E1

Energy Level E2
Maximum Penetration at E2
KR1  24  36 20*
SP1  24 0* N/A N/A
KR2 33 7 50 20*
SP2 33 0*  N/A N/A


This is the military standard for ballistic protection & armour solutions for military applications.

STANAG 2920: The adoption of standards for ballistic protection levels and testing relates typically to the levels of fragmentation protection that vests offer. The technical details are complicated but the results are identified as a V50 rating in metres or feet per second. VestGuard armour and helmets all have a V50 rating. 


Quality Standards

ISO 2001:2008 Standards

ISO is a world renowned quality management system which all companies should follow to ensure exacting quality procedures are met to provide the best product to customers. VestGuard is ISO accredited and we work to this procedure every day to provide consistently high quality products to our customers.

CE Marking Standards

CE marking is a mandatory conformity for products placed on the market in the European Union. With CE marking on our products we declare that these products conform with the essential requirements for body armour supplied to civilians and government agencies. Our vests have performed to ‘excellent’ standards for ergonomics, comfort and protection. CE marking is a legal requirement when purchasing body armour for civilian use.

Military Standards

VestGuard supply to many government and military forces across the world. Our vests must conform to military specifications for material quality, manufacturing quality and longevity.

The VestGuard outer covers are designed to endure extreme use and weather conditions. Manufactured using highest quality materials, each cover must comply with the following performance requirements.

Performance Requirements


Test Standards

Abrasion Resistance (12kPa) 200,000 rubs BS ENISO12947-2:1999
Tear Strength 100 N Minimum BS ENISO13937-3:200
Tensile Strength  1200 N Minimum BS ENISO13934-1:1999
Colour Fastness Level 4 Re Colour Change
Level 3 Re Staining
BS ENISO105-E04:1996


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Shipping Services

VestGuard UK offers a fast and efficient delivery service to all our customers. We aim to dispatch orders as quickly as possible, with most orders dispatched the very same day or the following working day if items are available from stock. 


UK Delivery

Delivery Method Estimated Leadtime  Shipping Handler Time of Arrival
Standard 1-5 working days Royal Mail 9am-5.30pm
Express 1 working day Courier 9am-5.30pm
Pre12 Express 1 working day Courier 9am-12pm
Saturday Express Next Saturday Courier 9am-5.30pm

If an order is required urgently, please telephone us for stock availability.


UK Delivery Terms

  • We are dependent on our couriers to deliver goods in a timely manner.  It is out of our control and we cannot guarantee any delivery times however our team are always happy to assist in the event there is a question about delivery. 
  • In the event that you are not present to receive your order, the agent will leave a card identifying that they have tried to deliver the goods. Royal Mail deliveries can be collected from your local post office within seven days. Couriers will attempt to deliver your items once. You can contact them to arrange a re-delivery date or collect from their local depot.
  • We cannot be held responsible for any items lost due to misinformation provided so please ensure the delivery details are accurate. You will require proof of identify when collecting any package.


Buying online

It is very easy to buy online from our website. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

  1. Add your purchases to the checkout
  2. Step 2  Click the checkout button and check the contents of your basket
  3. Create or Login to your account
  4. Select the method of delivery you would like
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions and proceed through to payment
  6. Sit back and wait for your products to arrive.

Please note for security reasons we can only accept deliveries to the card holders registered address


Large Orders and Tenders

Contact VestGuard sales team if your requirement is for a larger number of units. We will provide you with a quotation based on your rerquirements. 

Lead-time based on 100-1000 units is approximately 4-6 weeks from confimed date of order. 


International Orders

VestGuard website is not able to accommodate deliveries out of the UK due to the nature of our products however all our products are available for sale to customers in every country.

Contact VestGuard UK by phone +44 (0)1621 816614 or by mail to purchase products for international delivery. Some items are subject to UK export controls, which we will advise you of when you contact us.

VestGuard can manufacture 1 - 100,000 units of body armour. Typical lead times for larger orders is 4-6 weeks.

We offer delivery methods by air, road and sea.

VestGuard is an Internationally recognised brand name with over 500,000 units sold worldwide to customers in all sectors.

VestGuard supply products to over 8000 customers in 50 different countries. We aim to meet any requirement quickly and to a high standard.


Become a VestGuard Agent

If you would like to become a VestGuard agent or stock VestGuard products in your country please contact Oliver Lincoln, Managing Director, at to discuss the opportunity.




Sizing Guide

Measuring for Body Armour

(Please consider the clothing that will be worn during typical duties in your body armour)

  Chest Waist / Stomach Front length Back Length
  Inches (cm) Inches (cm) Inches (cm) Inches (cm)
Small 34-38 (86-96) 26-30 (66-76) 13 (33) 17 (43)
Medium 38-43 (96-109) 30-34 (74-86) 14 (35) 18 (46)
Large 43-46 (109-116) 34-38 (86-96) 15 (38) 19 (48)
XL 46-48 (116-122) 38-42 (96-107) 16 (40) 20 (51)
XXL 48-50 (122-127) 42-46 (107-117) 16.5 (42) 20.5 (52)
XXXL 50-52 (127-132) 46-50 (117-127) 17 (43) 21 (53)
XXXXL 52-53 (132-135) 50-53 (127-137) 17.5 (44) 21.5 (54)

Measuring for Helmets and Gloves

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

  Minimum Head Circumference Hand Circumference
  Inches (cm) Inches (cm) 
Small 52-54 (20.5-21.2) 8 (20.3)
Medium 54-59 (21.2-23.2) 9 (22.9)
Large  57-63 (22.5-24.8) 10 (25.4)
XL 63-64 (24.8-25.2) 11 (27.9)
XXL   12 (30.5)


Size Guide (body armour, protective helmets and gloves) 

Measurement Sheet (female body armour and helmet)

Measurement Sheet (male body armour and helmet)





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