Ballistic Floatation Vest – Neptune


Hard Shell offers a Vest called Neptune I Floatation Vest. It is a versatile Level III-A ballistic vest designed to protect the user from ballistic threats and drowning as well. Equipped with advanced technology this vest comes with Flotation Collar allowing the user to be safe from drowning. Also, the carrier is made with Front and Backplate pouches which can accommodate additional plates of Size 10″x12″, which will enhance the protection of Vest.

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Ballistic Floatation Vest 

The Neptune I model offers a tactical ballistic protection solution for users working on or around the water. It was designed keeping in mind the maritime security personnel or naval users, who require maximum protection with the flexibility of a standard tactical vest. Utilizing the BALCS cut style of soft armour, providing front, back and side protection; the Neptune Floatation vest also has a detachable floatation collar with manual and automatic inflation. The Neptune I will provide the water-based operator peace of mind while operating on vessels in hostile waters.


  • Custom cut NIJ 0101.06 Level IIIA Soft armour.
  • Comfortable Padding Front / Back and Shoulders.
  • Allowance for 10”x12” Hard armour Panels of Level III, Level III+ & Level IV.(fitted is HAP Pockets).
  • Allowance for Ballistic Material inserts to be used with ICW (Is Conjunction With) Hard armour Plates.
  • Air Mesh for improved airflow around the body of the wearer.
  • Front to back wrap around ballistic protection.
  • Adjustable side closure design.
  • 4 size adjustment straps.
  • Externally and Internally adjustable Waistbands to secure the vest to the wearer.
  • Detachable Floatation Collar, Inflation time, less than 5 seconds.
  • Minimum 24 hours floatation duration, 150N Buoyancy each from both the CO2 cylinders.
  • Available in PU Coated Hardwearing Nylon Fabric, Cordura and Cotton fabric in a range of colours.

Specification for Floatation Device

  • Inflation time ≤ 5secs
  • Floatation Duration ≥ 24 hours
  • Buoyancy ≥ 150N x 2
  • Buoyancy loss after 24 hours ≤ 5%
  • CO2 Weight: 33grams x 2
  • Ambient temperature for use : -30ºC to +65ºC

Protection Level

  • SAP protects against 9mm Projectile as per NIJ Level IIIA.
  • Can be upgraded to NIJ LEVEL III, III+, IV, depending upon the HAP used.


  • Washable outer cover
  • Transfer soft armour protection from one carrier to another

Optional Accessories

  • BP Vest bag/Carrier
  • HAP’s

Coverage Area

Size Coverage Area
Small 0.278m2
Medium 0.32m2
Large 0.36m2
X- large 0.41m2
XX-large 0.47m2


  • Outer Cover + Sap Large Size + Floatation Device Approx. 5 kg (for large)
  • Tolerance: ± 5%


  • 5 year performance warranty on SAP.
  • 1 year for the floatation device.
  • 10 years performance warranty on Hard armour Panels.
  • 1 year performance warranty on Outer Carrier.
    (Subject to usage conditions).

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the use of Neptune I floatation vest?

    The Neptune I vest is designed to provide tactical ballistic protection to maritime security personnel and naval users operating in and around the water. It provides the flexibility of a standard tactical vest, with maximum protection provided through the BALCS cut style soft armor, covering the front, back, and sides.

    Can Neptune I floatation vest accommodate hard armor panels?

    The Neptune I vest integrates seamlessly with specifically designed HAP pockets that accommodate 10”x12” hard armor panels of Level III, Level III+, & Level IV, reinforcing its adaptability to varying threat levels.

    Is Neptune I floatation vest adjustable for different body sizes?

    Yes, the vest’s adaptable design incorporates an adjustable side closure system and four size adjustment straps tailored for a comfortable fit for users of all body sizes and shapes.

    What is the weight of Neptune I floatation vest?

    The combined weight of the outer cover, SAP, and floatation device is approximately 5 kg for the large size, striking a balance between providing robust protection and ensuring wearability for the user during extended use.

    Can Neptune I floatation vest be worn over a uniform?

    Yes, Neptune I floatation vest can be worn by officers over their uniforms, allowing for a seamless integration and prompt deployment.

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