Adept Armor completes the world’s first modular bulletproof vest system

Adept Armor’s Storm System side plates and Dragoon™ plate carrier offer great comfort and versatility.

Adept Armor, an armor systems engineering company, has just released new side plates to complete the Storm System of bulletproof vests. The Storm System: Foundation Side Plates are modular, stackable 6 x 6” single curve side plates that accommodate different threat levels through the use of removable faces. These R400 Single Curve Side Plates are designed to be used in conjunction with the Adept Armor Torso Plates. They are made of UHMWPE structured fiber composite, rigid foam with a water resistant nylon cover.

While side plates are often said to be bulky and awkward to wear, the new Storm System: Foundation Side Plates, available today, are ultra-light at just 0.85lbs and slim at 0.9”. Rated NIJ Level III, the side plates feel easy to wear, yet offer considerable protection against rifle threats, including:

  • 7.62x51mm M80 ball
  • 5.56x45mm M193
  • .223 remington
  • 7.62 x 39mm PS Type Ball
  • 5.45x39mm 5N7 ball
  • And more!

Although these Storm System: Foundation side plates are not rated for the 5.56x45mm M855/SS109, they are Storm System plates, meaning they are designed to be compatible with a range of future modular contact faces, which will carry the plaque to level IV and potentially even beyond. It is compatible with all carriers that accept 6 x 6” side plates. If a carrier does not accept side plates but has a MOLLE cummerbund, the new Adept Armor Dragoon Side Plate Pouches will work just fine. MSRP $152.00.

Along with Storm System: Foundation Side Plates, Adept Armor is also launching its new Dragoon™ Plate Carrier, a lightweight plate carrier designed to really maximize versatility. It can be used comfortably overtly or covertly, can be safely and conveniently adapted to a wide variety of armor plating systems, and is compatible with the widest range of accessories.

When it comes to plate carriers, there are generally two types: covert and open. Undercover luggage racks can be hidden under clothing, but have an extremely limited feature set, while open luggage racks, which are fully featured and much more robust, are at the same time unavoidably bulky. The Dragoon Plate Carrier bridges the gap between both types of plate carriers and offers the best of both worlds. Inspired by its namesakes, the light mounted infantrymen of the early modern period, who, in their roles as skirmishers, scouts, ambushers and raiders, were forced to strike a delicate balance between firepower and extreme mobility, the Dragoon is a lightweight, ultra-low-profile, yet fully configurable license plate carrier that comes with all the bells and whistles one would expect from an open-top carrier.

As a covert transport, the Dragoon excels. It’s exceptionally thin, has low-profile, slippery surfaces, features removable high-density padding instead of bulky all-over padding, and has no buckles or quick-release mechanisms that can imprint or snag under clothing. It securely fits very thin plates such as 0.2″ Storm Titanium. It is also IR treated, lightweight and extremely hydrophobic so its wet weight is nearly identical to its dry weight.

As an open carrier, the Dragon works just as well. It was designed to be effective as a robust and durable building platform. With rugged materials, top-notch workmanship and stitching, a concealed admin pouch, cable guides, and low-profile laser-cut MOLLE on nearly every surface, the Dragoon can be configured to meet the specific requirements of any mission. .

The Dragoon Plate Carrier accommodates bulky plates just as well as it carries thin, low-profile armor plates, as its plate pockets are extremely adaptable. It is suitable for use with plates ranging from SAPI S to SAPI L, including 10 x 12” plates that do not correspond to a SAPI side, shooter cut plates and swimmer cut plates. This includes plates of virtually any thickness, up to and including 1.5”. It works exceptionally well with the Adept Armor Storm System, as it is able to fit the Foundation, a top armor plate, and an additional trauma pad.

Made in Bohemia, Czechia, the Dragoon Plate Carrier is made from European and American materials with durable 500D Cordura construction. It features comfortable, lightly padded shoulder straps with hydration/cable pass-through and a Velcro panel on the outer surface for mounting additional IR tags, patches, and banners. It’s lightweight at just over 1.5 pounds when fully set up with the cummerbund. MSRP $220.00.

In keeping with the modularity and versatility that were heavily prioritized in the design of these products, Dragoon Side Plate Pouches are removable and snap everybody plate carriers comfortably and securely with a MOLLE cummerbund. Like the Dragoon Plate Carrier, these side plate bags are rugged, lightweight, IR compatible, and versatile. They contain no unnecessary padding and were designed for heavy use and elegant shape. As designed for use with the Storm System: Foundation side plates, alone or stacked, can hold side plates from 0.2″ to 1.33″ thick. They can also be used with non-ballistic training plates that are heavier than typical side plates. These 6 x 6” Side Plate Pouches, combined with the appropriate set of plates, significantly increase protection against small arms threats. MSRP $64.00.

Adept Armor celebrates the launch of these three new products by offering a promotional bundle at a discounted price. This pack will include two Storm System: Foundation Torso Plates, two Storm System: Foundation Side Plates, and two Dragoon Side Plate bags. This limited edition bundle is valued at $859.00 and can be purchased here:

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About Adept Armor:

Adept Armor is an industrial design and materials engineering firm focused on developing technologically advanced body armor solutions for the world’s elite fighting forces. A pioneer in the development of new systems based on titanium, ceramics and UHMWPE, Adept spearheads technological development in the armor sector and produces uncompromising armor for special circumstances.