AJAX Armor System Overview

Tactical Revolutions has published a video showing how their AJAX armor system works. Last year I posted an article about the armor.  In this new video you can see how the armor is installed, deployed and removed. There is also slow motion video of bullet strikes on the plates. The video also shows examples where this armor system would best be utilized.

Here is a picture of the armor folded.

Ajax armor folded

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • ManBear

    Hanz Zimmer called… He wants his music back

  • Rich Guy

    I like the idea, I really do….

    But.. uh.. Isn’t the 249 heavy enough?

    • John

      Better than getting shot in the face.

      • 2wheels

        I bet if you issued these to actual SAW gunners out in the field they’d all end up sitting in a box on the FOB somewhere because no one would want to bother humping that extra weight.

    • USMC03Vet

      Over the years they’ve shaved off some weight. What you’re seeing there isn’t the typical M249 being carried any longer. The lighter and more maneuverable m249 with the weights probably weight as much as the older standard m249.

    • spotr

      The General/Admiral asks – What does it cost?

      The Sargent/Lieutenant asks – What can it do?

      The infantryman/operator asks – What does it weigh?

      • Kurt Akemann

        May I please use that line? With attribution, of course.

        • spotr

          Kurt, Google – jeff bacon cartoons.

          I saw this in a cartoon many years ago so it is not an exact quote. I remember it because it was so accurate in its satire. The author of the cartoon was Jeff Bacon – Cartoonist for the US Naval Institute “Proceedings” magazine and several other military media outlets.

  • Mickey R

    Somebody’s been playing too much Army of Two…

  • If you ever stuck that on M240 when I was in I would take them off and beat you to death with them.

    • The 240 isnt exactly meant to be a run and gun weapon, lol.

      • are my comment not posting wtf?

        • uisconfruzed

          Nope, no one hears you

          • BaconLovingInfidel

            Weird. You responded to an invisible post.

          • uisconfruzed

            I’ve got ESPN

  • Vitsaus

    Current state of the industry

    1. Get idea thats been around since WWI
    2. Paint it FDE
    3. Market it as innovation
    4. Get made fun of on TFB
    5. ?
    6. Profit.

    • LazyReader

      7: Sell to civilians
      8: Federal Government tries to pass a law banning them
      9: Sales skyrocket before ban goes into place.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Neat system and it’s a great idea in general but I think that it would probably be more useful for vehicle mounted and static defense situations where the extra weight won’t matter. Then again, the plates are bit small for static defense and vehicles so they’d need to be scaled up a bit for those applications.

  • Ethan

    How on earth did they take such a simple concept and manage to make it so incredibly complicated? That thing’s got more moving parts than a lot of handguns..

    That said I like the idea – well for stationary applications anyways. The carrying this thing around while you’re humping hills all day idea seem a bit far fetched..

    • whskee

      If I had to take an educated guess, without the moving parts things would fracture when struck. The energy has to go somewhere if it’s hit so I think the movement gives it some ability to absorb and deflect the energy enough to withstand the hit without it getting wrenched apart. Just a guess.

      • uisconfruzed

        It appeared it happened at1:08

      • Phil Hsueh

        I agree, the plates moving back would definitely help mitigate the force of the impact probably allowing you to use thinner/lighter plates than you would if you made them rigid. I also think that’s it’s for the gunner’s benefit as well, less impact going into your shoulder from when the round hits.

    • Bob

      That’s what I was thinking. The plates are heavy enough, but the mechanisms look like they are… well, less than high-speed, low drag, to use a tacticool term.

  • Lance

    Make a heavy weapon alot heavier.

  • JackedUpOnMTD

    I’m not sure who thinks this stuff up… I carried the M249 for 13 months in Iraq, and to add the ajax system on top of everything an infantry saw gunner has to carry you are just going to hinder him not help him. Just my thoughts from the the enlisted point of view

  • Russian Roulette

    As soon as someone buys one for their AR-15 the ATF will move to ban it. Get yours now! 🙂

  • uisconfruzed

    At 1:08 it appears it breaks with a hit.

  • Zebra Dun

    Hmmmm, Most Light automatic weapons are targeted by the enemies RPG’s upon opening fire.

  • CommonSense23

    So guessing the guys who designed these never thought about shooting at night.

  • Core

    I used to carry a fullsize M60 for a roving 12 hour watch; 200rds inbox, armor, comms, non-lethal determent, and additional 200rds, and M92, plus snacks. My job was to shoot down low flying planes, patrol craft, and unauthorized tourrists. I remember my Marine friends roving them around in Bahrain pre 9/11. Just sayin..