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Spartan Armor Systems® Offers Complete Ceramic Body Armor Line with Hercules Product Line

Spartan Armor Systems®’ Hercules ceramic body armor rises to higher standards than other plates on the market while offering a competitive price point.

Tucson, Ariz. (January 2023) – Spartan Armor Systems®, manufacturers of American-designed and made body armor, tactical gear, and targets, now offers a complete ceramic body armor line with its Hercules Ceramic Body Armor. Manufactured exclusively in its state-of-the-art facility in Tucson, Arizona, Spartan Armor Systems’ brought production in-house to meet its superior quality standards and low lead times. The Hercules product line includes the Hercules Level IV Body Armor, the recently announced Hercules Lite Level III+/RF2 body armor, and the Hercules Xtreme Multi-Hit Ceramic Level IV (formerly the Ares Level IV plate).

The Hercules Lite RF2 Level III+/RF2 rated armor plate offers balanced protection and performance in a standalone plate. It is engineered to stop M80 BALL as well as advanced non-armor piercing threats, namely M855. The Hercules Lite provides full edge-to-edge coverage in a SAPI medium 9.5×12.5 in. design, weighing in at just 4 lbs. per plate with a 1 in. thickness.

The Hercules Level IV body armor plate is rated to stop armor-piercing rifle rounds up to .30-06 M2 AP. Weighing in at just 6.9 lbs. per plate, the Hercules Level IV is noticeably lighter than most level IV ceramic body armor plates available. With full edge-to-edge 10×12 in. coverage and Advanced Compound Curve design, the Hercules Level IV body armor is ideal for operators in need of maximum protection and comfort. Designed using Spartan Armor’s Advanced Compound Curve (ACC) feature, Hercules is a true multi-curve design providing the wearer with the most comfortable fit out of any ceramic body armor plate on the market today. This advanced ergonomic design is especially important during extended duty engagements, typical of law enforcement, military, and security operations.

The Hercules Xtreme Level IV ceramic body armor plate is Spartan Armor System’s toughest and lightest level IV plate yet. With a boron carbide strike face and UHMWPE backer, the Hercules Xtreme Level IV is a military-grade plate that has been laboratory tested and proven to defeat 3-4 impacts of .30-06 M2AP armor-piercing rounds. Boron carbide is one of the hardest materials known to man; however, it is lighter than other softer ceramics such as aluminum oxide, which is used in most civilian-grade body armor.

Spartan Armor Systems’ Hercules Specifications:

  Hercules Level IV Body Armor Plate Hercules Lite RF2 Level III+/RF2 Rated Armor Plate Hercules Xtreme Level IV Ceramic Body Armor Plate
Threat Protection: Armor Piercing Rifle Rated Up To .30-06 M2 AP Rated for M80 BALL and M855 Rated for 3 – 4 shots of .30-06 M2AP
Material Composition: Ceramic and UHMWPE Ceramic and UHMWPE Boron Carbide Ceramic and UHMWPE
Plate Size: 10×12 in. 9.5×12.5 in. 9.5×12.5 in. ESAPI
Protection Area: 10×12 in. 9.5×12.5 in. 9.5×12.5 in.
Weight: 6.9 lbs. 4 lbs. 6.1 lbs.
Thickness: 1.1 in. 1 in. 1.2 in.
Curve Profile: Advanced Compound Curve Multi Curve Multi Curve
Cut: Shooters Cut Shooters Cut ESAPI Medium (Shooters Cut)
Armor Type: Stand Alone
Exterior: 1000D Condura® with Embroidered Logo
Warranty: Guaranteed against manufacturer defects five years from the date of purchase.
Origin: Made in the U.S.A – Manufactured by Spartan Armor System® in Tucson, AZ.

Spartan Armor Systems offers the lowest lead time at only two to five business days to ship an order. Free shipping on orders of $199 or more.

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About Spartan Armor Systems®:

Spartan Armor Systems’ mission is to provide first responders and civilians with the affordable, reliable body armor protection they deserve. Spartan Armor Systems is one of the premier body armor and tactical gear suppliers in the United States, with high-quality armor plates, body armor, reactive targets, and more. Spartan Armor Systems specializes in NIJ-compliant body armor and manufactures ceramic & steel level III, level III+, and level IV threat protection. Their state-of-the-art facility in Tucson, AZ allows Spartan Armor to manufacture high volumes of body armor, resulting in some of the lowest lead times in the industry.