1. Which armour?
The selection of armour is defined by the operational needs of the user. A method of evaluating armour before contract will determine what is appropriate. The application of an international standard such as the National Institute of Justice [NIJ] is normal. The NIJ standard specifies all aspects of the evaluation procedure, by adopting this procedure pre and post contract tests can be repeated, more importantly competing armours can be accurately compared and the most appropriate selected thereby saving costs and weight.
2. What sizes are available?
The normal chest size range is:
36" - 39"
(91 - 99cms)
39" - 42"
(99 - 107cms)
42" - 45"
(107 - 114cms)
45" - 48"
(114 - 122cms)
Other sizes are available to special order.
3. What Standard Colours are Available?
UK Woodland Camouflage
4. Is Ballistic SAP [Soft Armour Panel] also Anti-Stab?
The stitching design of Ballistic Soft armour is not a "close stitch" in order to trap the deformed bullet in it's fabric web. The point impact from a knife thrust has a higher kinetic energy and will therefore penetrate normal ballistic fabric. NIJ Level IIIA will afford limited protection only and stop such threats as Stanley Knife slash attacks or blunt instrument thrusts. Anti-Stab Armour is very closely stitched to protect against the knife. Vital organ areas need to be further protected by the use of the Anti-Stab lightweight plate.
5. Are there standards for anti-stab inserts?
Yes. Standards have been introduced, a specific type of blade with an energy impact of 42 joules defines the UK PSDB standard. In general terms this means that a person weighing 75-85 KGs striking the armour with a "Bowie" type knife.
6. Can the LBA designs be varied?
Yes, but only when large contracts are negotiated. The company has a policy of standardising the product range in order to maintain costs at competitive levels and in order to meet delivery schedules on time.
7. What is blunt trauma?
Blunt trauma is the measurement of the impact of a bullet on the body when the bullet or projectile has been successfully stopped in either SAP or HAP. The landed bullet will 'push' the armour into the body, the 'depth of the indent' the bullet creates is measured, 'blunt trauma' is this measurement. The NIJ standard has determined an acceptable level of blunt trauma as 44mm. The construction and calibre of ammunition other than those defined in NIJ will create different levels of trauma. Certain ultra lightweight SAPs require the addition of lightweight 'trauma pads' that further reduces the effect. LBA International Limited armours have a very low trauma impact measurement and do not require additional pads fitted.
8. Can SAP and HAP be used again after an attack?
Any attack against SAP or HAP armour will reduce the 100% effectiveness of the armour, the damaged panel should be replaced at the earliest opportunity. During operations this may not be practical and there are many reported instances of armour continuing to be effective after a serious attack.
9. How many attacks can HAP [Hard Armour Plate] sustain?
The NIJ evaluation procedure is a basis for evaluating performance. For example, a NIJ level 3 HAP must stop six 7.62 x 51 NATO Ball shots at no less than 5cms from each shot and no less than 7.6cms from the edge of the HAP. A target pattern permits this test to be conducted accurately. A level 4 NIJ HAP must stop one shot of 30.06 AP [armour piercing] ammunition. It is acknowledged that ballistic tests ' in laboratory' conditions differ entirely from operational demands, the buyer has the choice of changing the test procedure, by doing so the construction of the armour could change resulting in increased costs and weight.
10. Are there restrictions on the sale of these products?
Yes, is the simple answer. LBA International Limited is a UK company and observes the export licence demands of Her Majesty's Government. Obtaining an export licence can take time, the Company understands these procedures and will request the Buyer to provide specific documentation such as an End User Certificate in order to process the application as quickly as possible.
11. Can I become an Agent?
Yes, providing certain formalities are checked and that there is no exclusive LBA International Agent operating in your country. Please apply direct to the Managing Director for further discussion.