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Ballistic Armour and Protection


In conjunction with UK manufacturer the Subrosa Group works to meet high British quality standards, along with further and sometimes more exacting standards worldwide.  We pride ourselves on the supply of long lasting, quality products.

Standard identification
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. Our products are ISO accredited and we work to this standard 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
Subrosa Group supplies to many government and military forces across the world. Our vests must therefore conform to military specifications for material quality, manufacturing quality and longevity.

The Subrosa ballistic vest boasts a specialist outer cover which is 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 Standard

  • Abrasion Resistance (12kPa)
  • 200,000 rubs
  • BS ENISO12947-2:1999
  • Tear Strength
  • 100 N Minimum
  • BS ENISO13937-3:2000
  • Tensile Strength
  • 1200 N Minimum
  • BS ENISO13934-1:1999
  • Colour Fastness
  • Level 4 Re Colour Change Level 3 Re Staining
  • BS ENISO105-E04:1996

Ballistic Standards
Subrosa ballistic vests conform to the very latest ballistic standards required by our customers. Our products are designed to protect our customers and have been developed and verified through in-house, independent and customer testing.

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
  • 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 and HG3.

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. Subrosa ballistic armour and helmets all have a V50 rating.

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