C2- Ceramic Body Armor

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For maximum protection against a high-grade military threat, our C2 - Ceramic Body Armor is the best option the market can provide: This Armored Republic level 4 body armor rated plate provides single-hit protection and is tested to the NIJ’s proposed 0101.07 standard as an RF3 plate, which is the highest protection listed. This protection rating means the plate can stop a .30 caliber Armor Piercing bullet, with a mass of 10.8g, at speeds of up to 2,880 ft/s. The U.S. Military designation for this is an M2 AP.

In addition to the higher level IV protection level, this ceramic C2 armor plate has several other advantages: Its shape and backface deformation resistance, patented ergonomic cut, and proprietary FragLock™ coating

Ceramic fractures into itself when hit, mitigating projectile fragmentation at the risk of creating spalling. It also allows for less backface deformation and thus helps prevent the injuries caused by the bullet’s blunt impact. It is also a bit lighter than some steel options.

Finally, the C2 ceramic body armor is also sprayed with a FragLock™ coating unique to Armored Republic plates. Armor is often liable to both eroding from the elements and fragmentation when hit by a bullet. FragLock™ helps solve both these problems, protecting the plate from the elements as well as protecting you from fragmentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is ceramic better than steel armor?  There are pros and cons to both armor types. Which armor is better depends on which is the right armor for your needs. Steel is a smart choice for those who are preparing for threats we actively face in the United States, who want to keep costs to a minimum (steel is cheaper than ceramic), and who want armor that is very durable and requires little to no maintenance. Ceramic is a good choice for those who are anticipating an environment where explosives or large-caliber armor-piercing rounds could occur and cost or low shelf-life is not an issue.
  • Is ceramic body armor fragile?  Ceramics most well-known weakness is its brittle composition which is due to how it is manufactured. Ceramic is susceptible to hairline cracks (even ones you cannot see unless you x-ray your plate) from it being tossed into a trunk or being dropped on the ground.
  • Is ceramic armor better than Kevlar? Ceramic armor is better than Kevlar if you are looking for the best rifle-rated protection from a single threat. This means ceramic armor is going to perform better than Kevlar to stop up to a single armor-piercing M2 30-06 round. If your threat assessment deems handguns to be your biggest threat, and you need to conceal armor under clothing, Kevlar is a far more practical option. Lastly, keep in mind that Kevlar is used in conjunction with all ceramic plates to prevent spalling.

Material: Ceramic, with FragLock™ Coating

Protection: .30 caliber armor-piercing (AP) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8g (166gr) and a velocity of 2,880 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s).

Capability: Single-hit protection

Form: Curved

Dimensions & Compatibility:

  • 10" x 12"
    • Weight: 7.5 lbs
    • Thickness: 0.75" 
    • Plate Carriers: Testudo, Valkyrie & Invictus

Shelf life: 5 years

Manufactured: United States


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