We were doing some house cleaning today and came across a few pics of our very first NIJ body armor carriers. The design was inspired by the rugged, steep and high altitude mountains of Afghanistan. These carriers were built to take the lighter LE cut NIJ style armor and put it in a light weight cordura carrier that could support front and back 10×12 hard plates with increased abrasion resistance.
These carriers are still in use today and were the most advanced carrier on the market at the time. The heavy duty side elastic concept allows the user the flexibility and manoeuvrability while wearing hard plates.
Here is an early pic of the BCS OTV carrier still a favorite for guys looking to convert the three piece IBA Interceptor armor into a two piece low profile design: