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Ballistic Performance Of Soft Armour

The internationally accepted standard for the performance of bullet resistant armour is the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)01.0104. This standard specifies four soft armour levels as shown below.

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MIL STD 662
NIJ 0101.04
NIJ 0106.01

LEVEL AMMUNITION

BULLET MASS
(grains)

VELOCITY
(m/s)
SHOTS 90 DEGREES
SHOTS 60 DEGREES
MAX TRAUMA (mm)
HG1 .357 Mag Norma 19107
158
375 - 395
4
2
25
9mm DM11A1B2
124
350 - 370
4
2
25
HG2 .357 Mag Norma 19107
158
440 - 460
4
2
25
9mm DM11A1B2
124
415 - 435
4
2
25
.44 Mag R44MG2
240
430 - 460
4
2
25
RF1 7.62X51mm L2A2
144
815 - 845
3
0
25
SG1 12ga Winchester 1oz slug
437
410 - 460
1
0
25

ANTI-STAB STANDARDS

Impact Energy Strike 1
Impact Energy Strike 2
Level Police Standard
Test Weapon
Joules
ft/lbs

Penetration
Max (mm)

Joules
ft/lbs
Penetration
Max (mm)
Anti-Slash 3 inch Bowie Knife (L113)
25
18.4
5
Not Tested
6 inch Bowie Knife (L104)
5
KR1+SP1 Engineered Blade (P1/B)
24
17.7
7
36
26.5
20
Engineered Spike (SP/B)
Nil
Nil
KR2+SP2 Engineered Blade (P1/B)
33
24.3
7
50
36.8
20
Engineered Spike (SP/B)
Nil
Nil
KR3+SP3 Engineered Blade (P1/B)
43
31.7
7
65
47.9
20
Engineered Spike (SP/B)
Nil
Nil


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