WATCH | Parents are sending their kids to school with more peace of mind knowing they are protected with bulletproof panels inside the kids' backpacks. The extra advantage is that these panels only weigh as much, or even less, than a textbook.
One of the leading manufacturers for this new line of civilian body armor is DFNDR Armor based in Ventura, California. We were able to get an exclusive look into their facility and speak to the guys in charge.
DFNDR sells backpack armor in several different-sized options and that sell for $150 to $190 for handgun protection. They also offer more robust rifle armor for backpacks, and all of their products are designed for multi-hit protection.
"Military Grade. American Made." DFNDR Armor is a subsidiary of ENGENSE Armor Systems, an armor design company specializing in creation and development contracts with the U.S. military, law enforcement, and private security agencies.
This is what sets DFNDR Armor apart from its competitors. DFNDR Armor is built upon the stringent specifications of the systems that have been developed for the U.S. government. Not only does DFNDR manufacture its products in California, it also houses its own ballistic testing lab to ensure 100 percent accuracy in its products.
President and CEO Dave Fernandez runs DFNDR Armor with pride. It's a family business. His father, Dr. David Fernandez, had a Ph.D. in nuclear physics and worked for NASA and other government agencies to develop armor systems.