Gear: Interceptor Body Armor


Interceptor Body Armor

Category: Duty & Tactical Gear
Subcategory: Personal Protection
Average Rating:
(39 Votes)

Interceptor is a type of body armor fielded by the U.S. military. It is more effective than traditional bulletproof vests and is currently replacing a previous version of body armor known as Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops (PASGT). Materials for Interceptor were developed by DARPA in the 1990s and a contract for production was awarded to DHB Industries' Point Blank Body Armor, Inc by the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center.

Member Reviews

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    usafsp12, Sat, 24 Nov 2007 21:13:34 UTC.
    1st review

    Cumbersome and uncomfortable, chaffing the neck continuously. But does it offer fragmentation protection? Yes, so I'll shut up and color.

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    Johnnie513, Sun, 25 Nov 2007 08:33:19 UTC.

    This product deserves this rating because it is a complete life saver.

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    MPdaddy, Sun, 25 Nov 2007 12:47:01 UTC.

    have to agree with the first post, this gear is heavy and cumbersom. it has weak spots on the sides. we even had to wear the DAPS attachments and it was all around uncomfortable. guys wound up leaving parts of the armor in thier tents which defeats the purpose. dont get me wrong it will stop some bullets- only if its worn right.

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    BJJMP, Mon, 26 Nov 2007 00:35:27 UTC.

    I wore it and like MPDaddy said and the other person, it is heavy and it doesn't provide protection 100 percent of the time. They are adding so much to it that it is weighing down the soldier too much, there is a fine line between manuverability and protection... I couldn't even get down in the turret with the new daps i was told to wear.

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    rlh11bravo, Fri, 28 Dec 2007 05:53:31 UTC.

    It will stop just about anything, so for that I give it props. But it is heavy and bulky especially when you have all your ammo attached to it. It gets even heaver and bulkier when you add the side plates and sholder protection. It chafes your neck, and chokes you when you have the throat guard on, it is painful to wear for long peirods of time and absolutly sucks to wear in the heat (like say Iraq).

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    DevilDog_JW, Fri, 11 Jan 2008 02:42:01 UTC.

    I HATED this thing until I went to Iraq

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    jcsaathoff, Fri, 11 Jan 2008 03:39:20 UTC.

    LOL uncomfortable yes... but it was better than the flack jackets we had whent i first came in!

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    PRXD, Tue, 15 Jan 2008 00:27:56 UTC.

    i use over iraq really works and i buy one for me in part because my depart after a year dint issue one for me

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    zipper, Wed, 16 Jan 2008 02:04:43 UTC.

    it saves lives but before it has to be worn right and it has to be hit in the right places but me i would prefer dragonhide armor that stuff can take steel core rounds

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    Simmons_136, Fri, 25 Jan 2008 01:44:40 UTC.

    I don't particularly care for it.....pushed on my bladder too much.......i give it props for the SAPI plates...stopping 7.62 and shanks all but the kevlar only stops second chance vest can stop a .45 and .350 low velocity....... the compnay cares more about quantity than quality......the Army is pretty much the only service using it now....Marines came up with their own and the Air force went to Dragon Skin.......we need to up grade.

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    okc_marine, Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:34:32 UTC.

    i know 2 Marine who were KIA because their flaks failed them. But then again i know Marines whos flaks did their job. It is bulky, cumbersome, some assembly required, now they have side SAPIs for them and the Army has arm covers so these things just get heavier. my neck would usually hurt from the neck yolk, the "nut guard" could cause much pain if your not careful, or if you have people who like to play pranks. even though mine served me good, this system needs a bit more tuning.

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    DocThomas, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 18:04:59 UTC.

    I have to agree with some of the previous poster's on this product. It's cumbersome and uncomfortable and only does a marginal job of stopping bullets and/or shrapnel, but it's also better than nothing.

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    LawdawgTRAV, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 21:12:12 UTC.

    I have to say with having worn a Vietnam-era flak vest upon the invasion of Iraq, the IBA was a God send. It is cumbersome, it is heavy and I really don't care for all of the attachments they have now, as it limits mobility, but I feel very conident and protected when I wore it overseas. Especially after seein an enemy sniper shoot a soldier with a high-caliber rifle at less than 100 meters. The soldier fell and got right back up. The SAPI plates are heavy, but well worth the weight!!!! (Oh and those badgys, yeah they were, um, BUSTED!)

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    Anonymous, Tue, 11 Mar 2008 00:32:41 UTC.

    Survivability vs. mobility. It deffinately works but slows you down. I would prefer a plate carrier and light plates.

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    cmac1973, Thu, 13 Mar 2008 10:07:46 UTC.

    It wroked in Afghanistan

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    usk9af, Mon, 17 Mar 2008 18:19:44 UTC.

    This has helped me on more than one occasion. Can get heavy and is rather hot but allows full mobility.

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    rghstkcwby, Tue, 01 Apr 2008 02:05:06 UTC.

    this go thot & heavy while in Irag but sure saved a few lives!!

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    wolfghost35m, Wed, 02 Apr 2008 18:30:40 UTC.

    Worn by myself and some of the FINEST people in the country.... US Army.. uncomfortable and some times a pain in the butt.... but if you wanna come home you best take care of her cuz she'll get you there

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    SSchmitz, Tue, 15 Apr 2008 04:26:44 UTC.

    And its a great work out.....

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    tazbury, Mon, 05 May 2008 21:28:59 UTC.

    This vest saved my life 3 times in Iraq. I f I were not wearing it I would not be writeing this review. This system realy works well.It might be a little bulky, but it will get you back home to your loved ones.

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    musker412, Mon, 12 May 2008 01:56:23 UTC.

    Would ya rather sweat or bleed? Hot and heavy, but I seen 'em stop some fast movers!!!

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    Buddylaw, Thu, 26 Jun 2008 08:33:51 UTC.

    Not bad until they start adding on all of the extras that were after thoughts. The underarm protection and all of that. I prefer the IOTV that we are getting now. But the inerceptor works.
    That is really all the discussion should be about the rest is just comfort issues.

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    shepherdg, Fri, 27 Jun 2008 09:48:06 UTC.

    Hot, uncomfortable, and cumbersome are all great ways to describe it. And I can agree but it works. The Air Force didnt go to Dragon Skin armour. I wish.

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    Browneye120, Fri, 11 Jul 2008 07:27:52 UTC.

    Heavy, uncomfortable and doesn't breathe. But MOLLE straps help to place mag pouches and stuff where I want them to be and it protected me from high velocity lead poisoning.

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    aztrooper, Mon, 21 Jul 2008 16:07:40 UTC.

    Heavy and uncomfortable, however, I have seen soldiers who lived because of theirs. I wouldn't go into combat without armor

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    OS441, Thu, 24 Jul 2008 22:00:22 UTC.

    This product has saved mine and several fellow soldiers lives.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 09 Aug 2008 13:38:29 UTC.

    heavy and uncomfortable but it works and brings you back home.

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    jasonlovell, Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:28:17 UTC.

    i like this i have one of my own

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    patmrey, Sat, 13 Sep 2008 13:01:59 UTC.

    It works that is why i would recomend it

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    jd000, Mon, 27 Oct 2008 05:04:04 UTC.

    I wore this in Iraq and it became like wearing a tshirt. I keep it and my class iv plates in my warbag if I ever need more than my duty vest.

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    JamesPolk, Thu, 06 Nov 2008 04:33:48 UTC.

    it's hot, it's heavy, But it well save your life!!

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    sportsman77, Sun, 30 Nov 2008 16:16:06 UTC.

    I love this stuff. I used it in Afghanistan and seen some guys take some nasty hits and still live. A little on the heavy side but it is worth it.

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    zjmazey, Thu, 19 Feb 2009 21:10:09 UTC.

    This is some of the best body armor on the market. I used it in the Corps and it served me well. I have seen it save many lives. A friend and I got a hold of some ballistic panels from this vest and shot the crap out of them. The front panel that we shot soaked up 27 rounds ranging from .22lr to .45acp from distances of 20m to point blank. Some of the rounds were +P. This armor defeated every single shot.
    I would trust my life to this vest without hesitation.

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    Big_Spence, Sat, 21 Feb 2009 15:40:39 UTC.

    Great attachments for shrapnel like the groin and throat protector. I gave it a 5 star rating because now there are side plate attachments to protect them guts.

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    fast_supra250, Wed, 04 Mar 2009 03:56:52 UTC.

    The best body armor product that the military has used so far. Well at least on a large scale anyways. Never had any problems with it. I was able to add whatever I need to on it for added protection as well as wear my plate carrier over it with extreme comfort. Easy to modify if you need to be a little more tactical in a combat environment. For instance taping over the velcro and adding fastec clips.

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    Bulldog136, Thu, 02 Apr 2009 20:30:24 UTC.

    Liked it much better than that new piece of junk.

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    Prestidge, Thu, 11 Jun 2009 20:07:58 UTC.

    Although it is a bit heavy and cumbersome like others have posted, it is life saving!

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    Anonymous, Mon, 20 Jul 2009 04:23:44 UTC.

    Not comfortable by any means, but does the job.

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    irishsoldier313, Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:13:31 UTC.

    I was wounded 3 seperate times in Iraq, an the reason i'm alive and walking is cuz of that armor, i have a piece of shrapnel everywhere the vest wasn', not comfortable by any means, but i never used the collar piece either or the crotch plate, those really got in the way, but other than that, i wouldn't ask for anything better!

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