USMC Interceptor Multi-Threat Body Armor System Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI)
The USMC INTERCEPTOR Multi-threat Body Armor System consists of a base vest -the Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) and Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPIs). The SAPIs upgrade the OTV to provide additional protection from rifle-fired threats. The OTV alone provides fragmentation and 9mm bullet protection and replaces the Personal Armor System - Ground Troops (PASGT) vest currently fielded. OTV and SAPI are each available in five sizes, XS through XL.
The SAPI plates consist of a ceramic plate backed by multiple layers of a non-woven fabric film. The combination of materials produces a plate that can defeat rifle-fired rounds (5.56mm and 7.62mm) while minimizing back face signature. A protective covering prolongs plate life and minimizes spall in the event of a ballistic impact. At 4-lbs., a SAPI is 50% lighter than Ranger Body Armor while offering equal protection. The complex curvature of the plate optimizes anthropometric compatibility when worn in the front or back pocket of the OTV.
The INTERCEPTOR System has been in production since 1999 under a five-year contract awarded by Natick contracting to Simula Safety Systems of Phoenix, AZ. In FY04, DSCP will competitively award a new contract for completion of acquisition objectives and on-going sustainment.
Last Update: 28 December 2003