ISDEF 2017- Saintpro Ballistic Arm Shield

    Safe Intelligent Products (Saintpro) is a Swedish security products company that was founded in 2012 by a Swedish security professional. At ISDEF 2017 in Tel Aviv the company displayed some of their new products (out for almost a year now, but currently spotlighted), and mainly of interest to TFB is their forearm ballistic shield within the Saint Shield X3 series, specifically the DX3 (NIJ standard IIIA TT 7,62×25 MSC Flat) and DX3+ (NIJ III plus AK 7,62×39 MSC Flat) systems. These ballistic shields take a different approach to shield systems in general, being able to be attached to a user’s forearm or kept in a nylon holster that can be mounted to a belt. To be deployed, one attaches the folded panels to their forearm and then rips a velcro latch that instantly deploys the two panels around the center one that is attached. With this system, a user can gain ballistic protection up to 7.62x39mm, within a somewhat more mobile and configurable platform than a full ballistic shield. Similar concepts have been experimented with, but none focusing on such a mobile platform as this one.

    From Saintpro-

    Ideal for vulnerable professions standard equipment
    A unique patented “foldable” shield with a combination of light weight, mobility and a non-provoking protection.

    It provides less space, while folded.
    • In your vehicle
    • Carried in a holster
    • Carried on the arm (folded).

    2 free hands available.
    • Making it difficult to grab hold of
    • Can be tilted if necessary

    This video displays the system working, from the companies website-

    And if you understand French, there is a somewhat in-depth video review of the arm shield-

    Interestingly enough there is a similar product that uses a Kevlar material behind a nylon covering. This isn’t a plate however and thus can’t stop as much as Saintpro’s does. In addition, it is also meant as more of a full shield instead of a forearm piece. In addition, take a look at the backpack shield that we reported on earlier.

    This video rounds up all of their products very nicely, to include their extraction system. The idea for a sort of heavy lift lanyard that is quickly deployable has been in the minds of Infantrymen and Law Enforcement ever since the tactical world really took off. However, there has never been an operational requirement for one. Although I like that Saintpro is bringing their version to market, from the videos it just appears that it takes too long to deploy on a casualty.


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