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RMA Armament – 4.4 Pound ALPHA Armor Series Level IV Plate

At just 4.4 pounds, RMA Armament’s newest plate is a real lightweight. They claim the new ALPHA Armor Series Level IV Plate is the lightest on the market.


CENTERVILLE, IA – September 29, 2016 – RMA Armament is proud to announce the latest edition to its armor family, the ALPHA Armor Series Level IV (model #1199) hard armor plate. Weighing just 4.4 pounds, it is the now the world’s LIGHTEST plate in its class.

RMA’s latest product offering further displays it’s strength as the world’s best research and development team in the hard armor market. Having already developed the strongest armor plate in world, the R&D team at RMA now adds the lightest level IV hard armor solution to its resume in support of police and military personnel around the globe.

“To say that I’m excited about our latest level IV plate would be quite the understatement,” said RMA CEO Blake Waldrop. “Our primary goal with every new product is to provide the highest quality protection while balancing cost, weight, thickness, speed, and strength.

“Some members of our law enforcement and military communities require the strongest level IV plate in the world while others need the world’s lightest level IV plate, which gives them better mobility while still providing the highest level of protection. Now, you can get both from RMA. Our plates provide peace of mind to the officer or operator allowing them to do their job effectively and stay protected during any type of mission.”

In testing at the NIJ certified Oregon Ballistic Laboratory, RMA’s Alpha Armor Series Level IV (model #1199) defeated a single round of .30-06 armor piercing ammunition from 50 feet, registering a back-face signature of just 35.58 mm. For compliance to the NIJ 0101.06 level IV standard, a hard armor plate must defeat single .30-06 M2AP round with a BFD of less than 44 mm.

The model #1199 level IV plates are now available for pre-order at www.rmadefense.com as well as www.shellbacktactical.com.


  • NIJ Compliant 0101.06 (Defeats 7.62×63 M2AP rounds)
  • 10” x 12”, Single-Curve, Shooter’s Cut
  • 4.4 lbs. (1.9kg)
  • Silicon Carbide Composite
  • Patented Tile Array Design
  • Made in the USA

RMA Armament, Inc, is a privately held Veteran-owned small business that designs, manufactures and markets NIJ certified hard body armor plates at its production fortress in Centerville, IA. To learn more, visit our website at: www.rmadefense.com.

RMA Armament SRT Hard Armor Plate – Level IIIA+ and 2 Pounds

RMA Armament’s new SRT (Special Rifle Threat) Hard Armor Plates weigh just 2.05 pounds each and are rated IIIA+ (stand-alone). The single curve, 10×12″, shooters-cut plates are made from UHMWPE material which is why they are so light in weight.

To put that 2 pound weight in context, I have IIIA+ ceramic plates that weigh more than twice as much at just under 5 pounds each… and those used to be considered pretty light weight plates!

Click HERE and HERE to view PDF information sheets on these plates.

SRT Plates Front Small SRT Plate Bottom Profile Small

From RMA Armament:

Rock Island, IL – July 21, 2015 – In the midst of a breakout year RMA Armament, Inc., is proud to announce the Special Rifle Threat (SRT) stand-alone hard armor plate, its latest armor solution. Rated at IIIa+ according to the National Institute of Justice’s 0101.06 standard, this SRT plate was manufactured to bridge the gap in ballistic standard, weight requirement and price point between its IIIa hard and soft armor and level III rifle plate counterparts.

RMA’s SRT hard armor plate is designed to provide multi-hit protection against some of the most common high speed rifle rounds in the world today – the 7.62×39 (M67 Lead Core), 6.8×43 FMJ and .556×45 ball rounds.

Most impressive is that this SRT plate – comprised of UHMWPE material – can stand up to a ballistic beating of the aforementioned nature while weighing just 2.05lbs, which is just a fraction of the weight typically needed to defeat such high velocity rounds.

“We are extremely pleased with the development of this incredibly lightweight, yet world-class, life-saving armor,” CEO Blake Waldrop comments. “RMA was initially tasked by a foreign government to produce this armor product. And after the outstanding reception it received upon its design, and outstanding test results, we immediately knew that this was a product we needed to bring to the masses.

“We’re no doubt proud of our SRT plate and its life saving ability in relation to .556 and 7.62×39 caliber rounds.”

Like RMA’s Level III and IIIa hard armor plates, the SRT is also highly buoyant, making perfect sense for maritime operators who need a high level of protection.

– Special Threat, Multi-Hit Tested by an NIJ Certified Laboratory
– Special Rifle Threat Stand-Alone
– Constructed with Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
– Single Curve
– Shooter’s Cut
– Positive Buoyant
– Waterproof
– Made in the USA


– 10″ x 12″

– 2.05 lbs (.93kg)

– Thickness: 0.56″

Located in Rock Island, Illinois, RMA Armament, Inc., was founded by former U.S. Marine and police officer Blake Waldrop in October of 2011. After the tragic loss of a Marine friend, Waldrop fully understood the need for truly reliable life-saving body armor. Since its founding, RMA has been focused on the R&D and manufacturing of body armor to bring to the men and women of the US Department of Defense, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as foreign military. RMA uses only the highest quality materials in its armor products to ensure that the men and women who protect this great nation are protected against any potential threat imaginable.

Adam Ruff: (309) 283-1054

RMA Armament, Inc.

1479 Gillespie St., Suite 303

Rock Island, IL 61201

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