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MSA's TRP3A Templar™ Body Armor Among First To Meet New NIJ Standard

Pittsburgh-based MSA, a manufacturer of safety equipment, has announced its new TRP3A Templar™ Ballistic Package body armor is among the first to meet the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) new performance standards that were established in July 2008. TRP3A Templar protects law enforcement personnel against modern-day ballistic threats including .357 SIG and 44 Magnum rounds.

NIJ's new standard features heightened testing requirements for all levels of ballistic protection. To meet the standard, ballistic protection products must tolerate extended wear as well as more rounds of gunshots, withstand higher-velocity projectiles; and meet more stringent limitations for blunt-force indentation than were mandated in the previous standard. Body armor packages are divided into five classes according to the levels of ballistic protection: Levels IIA, II and IIIA ballistic packages are soft, concealable body armor, with IIIA offering the highest protection level; and Levels III and IV packages are hard, tactical body armor often used in SWAT operations.

MSA's TRP3A Templar body armor is classified as a level IIIA protection package. It features the company's patent-pending design and Paraclete® ComforTech Reinforcements, which reduce armor weight and offer more flexibility compared to other ballistic vests.

MSA plans to soon have a full NIJ-compliant product line featuring a variety of ballistic protection materials including DuPont™ Kevlar®, Teijin Twaron®, Honeywell Gold Flex® and DSM Dyneema®.

June 23, 2009