DFNDR Armor Level III+ C Stand-Alone Rifle Rated Plates (Pair) for ICEPLATE EXO®
DFNDR Armor Level III+ C Stand-Alone Rifle Rated Plates (Pair) for ICEPLATE EXO®
DFNDR Armor Level III+ C Stand-Alone Rifle Rated Plates (Pair) for ICEPLATE EXO®
DFNDR Armor Level III+ C Stand-Alone Rifle Rated Plates (Pair) for ICEPLATE EXO®
DFNDR Armor Level III+ C Stand-Alone Rifle Rated Plates (Pair) for ICEPLATE EXO®

DFNDR Armor Level III+ C Stand-Alone Rifle Rated Plates (Pair) for ICEPLATE EXO®

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[ OVERVIEW ]


What is the difference between Level III+ C and Level IV hard armor plates and which ones should I buy?

We selected these DFNDR Armor Level III+ C stand-alone rifle rated plates specifically for use with our ICEPLATE EXO® ultralight ventilated plate carrier for elite military, law enforcement and freedom-loving citizens. This sku is for existing ICEPLATE EXO® customers who only need to purchase DFNDR Armor Level III+ C Medium Hard Plates. To purchase a complete ICEPLATE EXO® Armor Package, click here.

Each Package Includes:

The DFNDR Armor Level III+ C rifle rated hard armor plates are independently tested to NIJ protocol 0101.06. Designed with a multi-curve profile to provide an ergonomic and comfortable fitting armor system that is intended to wear against your body all day. Combined with a light weight of just 3.1 pounds per plate to reduce fatigue, DFNDR Armor® Rifle Rated Body Armor is equipped with a state of the art Trauma Mitigation Base to minimize the energy of an impact dramatically. 

Tested at muzzle velocities which are listed in the ‘threat profile’ table below and describes the rated ammunition this armor system will defeat. DFNDR Armor® is engineered with the highest grade of ballistic materials; Fiber-Lite Laminate, an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) bound with a resin matrix to make it a hard stand-alone armor system and equipped with Spall-Tek to further reduce spall and deflection of projectile fragments. This armor can be inserted into almost any plate carrier but is fully optimized for our ICEPLATE EXO® Ultralight Ventilated Plate Carrier.

  • Proudly Made in the United States of America
  • Multi-Hit Protection
  • 1.1 Inches Thick
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds per plate
  • Priced Per Pair
  • Stand-Alone System

We selected these DFNDR Armor Level III+ C stand-alone rifle rated plates specifically for use with our ICEPLATE EXO® Ultralight Ventilated Plate Carrier for Elite Military, Law Enforcement, and Freedom-Loving Citizens. This sku is for existing ICEPLATE EXO® customers who only need to purchase DFNDR Armor Level III+ C Medium Hard Plates. To purchase a complete ICEPLATE EXO® Armor Package, click here.

[ SPECIFICATIONS ]


Here is how Level III+ C and Level IV armor plates stack up against each other in terms of specifications:


DFNDR Level III+ C

DFNDR Level IV

Hesco Level III

Hesco Level IV

Price

$410pp

$550pp

3402 $370, 3800C $455, 3800 $580

4400 $220, 4601 $630, 4800 $1490

Weight

3.1lbs

5.8lbs

3800 2.2lbs, 3800C 2.4lbs, 3402 3.2lbs

4800 4.9lbs, 4601 6.4lbs, 4400 7.9lbs

Ammo Defeats

.308, 7.62x51, 7.62x39 PS Ball Russian, 7.62x39 Mild Steel Core Chinese, 5.56x45

7.62x63 AP M2, 7.62x63 JSP, 7.62x54 R-L, 7.62x54 R-LPS, 7.62x54 R-B-32 API, 7.62x51 Steel Jacket M80, 7.62x39 API, 7.62x39 PS, 7.62x39 MSC, 7.62x39 Ball, 5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109

5.56x45 M193, 7.62x39 M67, 7.62x51 M80, 7.62x39 m43. 3800 and 3402 also stop 7.62x63 JSP

5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109, 7.62x39 M67, 7.62x51 M80, 7.62x39 m43, 7.62x63 JSP, 7.62x54R LPS, 7.62x39 API, 7.62x54R B-32 API, 7.62x51 M61, 7.62x63 AP M2. 4601 and 4800 also stop M855A1 and M80A1

Size

1.1”

1.1”

3402 1.22”, 3800C .95”, 3800 1.05”

4400 .83”, 4601 1.18”, 4800 1.04”

Material

Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber

Crystalline Ceramic Strike Face, proprietary System Structural Reinforcement technology, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber

Ceramic Composite

Ceramic Composite


[ USE CASES FOR DFNDR LEVEL III+ C PLATES ]


Military & Law Enforcement: Our DFNDR Armor Level III+ C plates are a great fit for law enforcement officers and soldiers entering an environment that calls for better than level IIIA protection but doesn’t want to compromise mobility. Meeting NIJ requirements for ballistic resistance, these plates provide the necessary protection against rifle threats encountered in the line of duty. The multi-hit capability of these armor plates ensures that the user remains protected when facing repeated fire – a critical factor in high-threat scenarios. 

Security Personnel: The DFNDR Armor Level III+ C plates offer a balance between high-level rifle protection and the mobility needed for various security tasks. Their compatibility with different plate carriers, including the ICEPLATE EXO® Ultralight Ventilated Plate Carrier, makes them a flexible choice for security teams needing a reliable ballistic plate that can withstand special threats while maintaining a low profile.

Civilians: For civilians seeking protection in unpredictable environments, these bullet-resistant plates provide peace of mind with their rifle-rated protection. The ergonomic multi-curve profile of the plates makes them suitable for everyday wear without compromising comfort. 

LEVEL III VS LEVEL IV PLATES

When choosing your body armor, it’s important to understand the distinctions between Level III and Level IV plates. Both are classified as hard armor plates but cater to different threat levels. Level III plates are tested to withstand 7.62mm lead-core rifle ammunition, commonly used in AK-47s, making them suitable for protection against high-velocity threats. Bullets with a steel penetrator like the M855 green tip may penetrate through Level III armor. On the other hand, Level IV plates are designed to stop armor-piercing rounds up to 30-06 AP, providing an even higher protection rating.

Level III+ plates, such as the DFNDR Armor Level III+ C, position themselves uniquely between Level III and Level IV plates. They offer enhanced protection that exceeds standard Level III specifications, capable of handling additional special threats like green tip rounds. These plates offer the unencumbered benefits of lightweight Level III with a higher protection level that is more comparable to Level IV plates. For a deeper understanding of how these levels compare, we invite you to consult our comprehensive Body Armor Levels Guide.

OUR LEVEL III+ PLATES ARE BUILT FOR THE ELITE USER 

DFNDR Armor’s Level III+ C plate is not just engineered for any user but for elite professionals and highly-prepared citizens. This armor plate is not for the faint of heart, as it’s designed to meet the rigorous demands of military personnel, law enforcement agencies, and high-risk security environments. Each plate offers multi-hit capability, ensuring that it can protect against repeated fire from rifle rounds, a vital feature in high-stakes situations.

For the ultimate tactical setup, pair these plates with ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Plate Carrier. This combination maximizes protection and mobility, making it an ideal choice for those who require reliable ballistic armor in intense tactical situations.

WHY CHOOSE QORE PERFORMANCE FOR YOUR LEVEL III+ PLATES?

At Qore Performance, we are committed to Building A Superhuman Future.® Each Level III+ plate is a testament to our dedication to innovation and quality. Designed with the end-user in mind, these plates are proudly made in the United States and embody the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

These armor plates are perfectly compatible with ICEPLATE EXO® Plate Carrier, ensuring a seamless fit that enhances performance without sacrificing comfort. Choosing Qore Performance means investing in top-tier, high-performing armor products that you can trust to protect your vital organs and keep you safe in even the most demanding tactical situations.

FAQS

Yes, these level III rifle plates are designed to be compatible with standard plate carrier sizes. However, they are specifically optimized for use with ourICEPLATE EXO® Ultralight Ventilated Plate Carrier, ensuring the best fit and performance when used together. Compatibility with other carriers may vary depending on the specific design and size requirements of those systems.

National Institute of Justice level III plates are classified as hard armor, not soft. They are specifically designed to stop rifle rounds, which are more powerful than handgun rounds and other small arms fire. Unlike a trauma pad, which is used for impact absorption and does not offer ballistic protection, level III plates are designed to stop high-velocity rifle rounds. These plates are much stronger and more durable than soft armor!

A multi-curve profile in body armor plates offers enhanced comfort and a better fit compared to single curve designs. This is because multi-curve plates are shaped to more closely match the contours of the wearer's body, leading to improved mobility and less discomfort during extended use. This ergonomic design can be particularly beneficial in high-movement or tactical situations.

***IMPORTANT: Subject to U.S. law. No international shipping permitted.***

DFNDR Armor is designed and manufactured by DFNDR Armor in Camarillo, CA. ICEPLATE EXO® is designed, manufactured and fulfilled in our Knoxville, TN USA HQ from US materials. US and International Patents Pending.

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Nobody Important (Saint Paul, US)
Perfect pairing for the IcePlate EXO

I felt the need to upgrade my plates recently since I live not too far from the locations of civil unrest and have a government job that requires me to go closer to the madness from time to time. (Level IIIA wasn't going to cut it - whether it was my soft armor or my IIIA hard plates.) The DFNDR Level III plates fit perfectly in the EXO, are light enough that I can move quickly when needed, conform perfectly with IcePlate, and will stop any realistic ballistic threat I would encounter. These plates are superior in every way to the cheaper, heavier, and non-NIJ certified plates you can find elsewhere. I hope to never put these to the true test, but I'm confident that they'll do exactly what they're designed to do - help keep me on the right side of the ground.

Thanks Qore for partnering with a solid company and helping me stay just a little safer. And thanks for shipping these out the same day I placed my order. You guys are AWESOME!