Ceradyne , Inc. located in Costa Mesa, Ca is a highly diversified and vertically integrated business specializing across a number of sectors including aviation, automotive, electronics, defense and several others. Vertical integration means that the company has control of its raw materials and supplies giving the company full control over its manufacturing and quality control. Its ballistic plates are used throughout the SOF community.
Ceradyne has committed resources to design and develop DEFENDER® ceramic based armor solutions from body armor to LTAS government tested and approved vehicle armor. There have been and continues to be multiple companies that supply armor solutions to the DoD and SOF but none are distinguished by their ability to react to new requirements and surge production demands like Ceradyne.
SOF uses Ceradyne body, side and shoulder armor, which provides up to NIJ Level III+ when worn with soft armor. They also produce a special operations side plate that delivers NIJ Level IV protection without the use of soft armor inserts. Plates produced come in a variety of sizes and cuts to accommodate swimmers.