General Purpose Defender Vest


Defender Vest is an Overt Vest and a baseline model of Hard Shell’s Body Armour product range. It is designed in a way that it meets all the basic requirement of soldiers in war field or battle field. Basically this is a perfect choice when the simple solution is required with protection against Level- III-A which can be upgraded based on requirement.Nij Tested products Available with bespoke solutions for bulk orders along with 5 year warranty banner.

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Bullet Defender Vest

Our defender vest is a baseline model which offers overt protection but provides comparable coverage and protection to our other products in the advanced armour range. With custom cut Ballistic soft armour it is designed to answer the basic needs of the soldier. Available in a range of colours and sizes, the defender is the perfect choice where a simple solution is required.


  • Custom cut NIJ 0101.06 Level IIIA bulletproof vest Soft armour.
  • Allowance for 10” by 12” Hard armour Panels of Level III, Level III+ & Level IV (fitted in HAP Pockets).
  • Allowance for Ballistic Material inserts to be used with ICW (In Conjunction With) Hard armour Plates.
  • Front to back wrap around ballistic protection.
  • Adjustable side closure design.
  • Size adjustable straps.
  • Available in PU Coated Hardwearing NylonFabric, Cordura, Cotton Fabric in range of colours.
  • Externally and Internally adjustable Waistbands to secure the vest to the wearer.
  • Air Mesh for improved airflow around the body of the wearer.
  • Sturdy Drag strap on Rear of Vest.

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 0.26 m2
Medium 0.29 m2
Large 0.35 m2
X- large 0.38 m2
XX-large 0.44 m2


  • Outer Cover + Sap Approx. 3 kg (for large)
  • Tolerance: ± 5%


  • 5 year performance warranty on SAP.
  • 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 protection level of Defender Vest?

    This Defender Vest offers NIJ Level III-A ballistic protection, making it a powerful barrier against a variety of possible threats.

    Can the protection level of Defender Vest be upgraded?

    Yes, the vest's adaptability makes it simple to upgrade by adding various hard armor plates, giving users the choice to upgrade to NIJ Level III, III+, or IV protection levels as needed.

    Is Defender Vest lightweight?

    Yes, the lightweight structure of the vest allows for free movement without compromising the protective qualities needed in a variety of settings.

    Are there color options available for Defender Vest?

    Yes, a variety of color variations are available for Defender Vests to accommodate different operational scenarios. At Hard Shell, the color options include black, desert camouflage, desert tan, jungle print, and many more. Personnel can maximize effectiveness by customizing their outfit to meet mission requirements.

    Are there size options available for Defender Vest?

    Yes, Defender Vests are available in a range of sizes to fit a variety of body shapes. Standard sizing charts let people choose the right fit by using measures like chest, waist, and inseam. During tactical operations, comfort and mobility are enhanced by size customisation.

    Additional information


    Urban Camouflage, Black, Desert Camouflage, Desert Tan, Digital Desert Camouflage, digital olive green, Jungle Print, Multi Camouflage, Olive Drab, Olive Green


    Small, Medium, Large, X Large, XX Large


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