By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
June 16, 2015
Last updated on 6/17/15.
A company called Tactical Revolution has a very interesting lightweight tactical armor plate mounting system for machine guns and anti-materiel/sniper rifles (and possibly other lightweight weapons platforms) called the AJAX Armor System (AAS), and it looks like a winner. DefenseReview (DR) recently got to see how the whole thing works at NDIA SOFIC 2015 (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference 2015), thanks to one Timo Tervola, who took us through the system, which was mounted on a FN M240 7.62mm NATO MMG/GPMG (Medium Machine Gun/General Purpose Machine Gun) at the Source One Distributors (SOD) booth.
Mr. Tervola, Tactical Revolution’s presdent, was eager to show us all the system’s details, including the modular QA/QD (Quick-Atach/Quick-Detach) Mil-Std-1913 mounting system that allows the operator/shooter to attach the lightweight tactical hard armor plates to the weapon (gun) in seconds. Just attach the mount to the weapon using the large thumb screw, slide the plate right on, and pop the plate right out for your instant hard-armor protection–or as Tervola puts it, an “instant up-armored weapons platform” with armor plates on both sides of the gun. Bing, bang, boom, easy as pie.
The plates mounted on the gun at the show can both withstand six (6) impacts of M80 ball 7.62x51mm NATO ammo fired from a distance of 50 feet (essentially CQB/CQC distance), and can even stop a .338 Lapua Magnum round from 100 meters out, according to Tervola. In the second video (first video below all of DR’s other photos), you can see the reciprocating aspect of the AJAX armor system on impact. The video was shot with a high-speed camera, so it’s in super slo-mo. The AJAX plate mount’s reciprocation attenuates/mitigates the bullet’s impact and enhances the armor plate’s protective capability and the shooter’s performance under fire.
The Tactical Revolution AJAX Armor System appears to be very well designed, and gives a machine gunner or sniper very real and immediate anti-rifle hard armor protection that’s both quick and convenient to mount and use. Defense Review was particularly impressed with the system’s seemingly very high quality of materials and manufacture, and the system’s overall visual design aesthetic, which is simple-yet-sophisticated. The AJAX Armor System with the 7.62mm NATO-rated plate we saw and handled at the show weighs in at 4-4.5 lbs per side, or 8-10 lbs total, “so it’s more for fixed firing positions, stationary platforms, defensive fortification, for vehicle-mounted platforms, and so forth,” says Tervola.
You can see in the video below just how fast and easy it is to attach and detach the plates to the gun.
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