While the standard front and back armor plates provide life-saving protection for its wearers; in actual battle, this has been proven not to be enough. It was discovered that many injuries could been avoided if people had worn armor plates that covered other parts of their body, other than their chest and back.
To further show the significance of the side plates, in the military ans law enforcement many of injuries were from attacks that hit the sides of the body armor. In most cases, an attacker already knows that soldiers most likely wearing a bulletproof armor around their chest and back but not on their sides.
These plates provide additional protection especially for combat ready soldiers, hostage rescue teams or a police tactical team like the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. This body armor side plates also useful to bomb disposal teams in order to provide a more complete protection from shrapnel and smaller fragments from hand grenades.
These 8 by 8 inches (20cm by 20cm), single curve ballistic ceramic side plates are capable of stopping a bullet by deforming in into a flat or mushroom shape and dispersing the associated energy throughout the body. The single curve of the plates ensures that it is able to tightly hug your body and slightly decreasing the level of conspicuousness of the plates.
These ceramic side plates have undergone different strength tests in order to ensure their level III protection. They have also passed through production quality control measures and inspections to ensure that the plates are of the highest quality.