Modern Chest Plates
Modern rifle-resistant chest plates either fit in an existing body armour system (usually in conjunction with a soft body armour jacket) or are stand-alone. Most chest plates currently in production have a relatively flat (Small Arms Protective Insert) ‘SAPI’ style shape and are not regarded as comfortable.
Manufacture of these plates in UHMWPE requires large high capacity presses with expensive metallic tooling. Tooling investment and the challenges associated with the deep 3D geometry of ergonomic armour are preventing progress in the armour industry.