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Redefining Performance Excellence


KDH Defense Systems, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of American-made custom solutions for body armor. Building on its legacy of innovative, market-leading ballistic technologies for the U.S. Department of Defense, the company designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance body armor for military, federal government and law enforcement agencies.

Focusing on consistent delivery of innovative, high-quality products that exceed customer expectations, KDH is a fully integrated manufacturer and a leading designer and supplier of superior quality military and law enforcement soft body armor. Years of advanced research, scientific development, technical precision, and manufacturing excellence are built into each one of our products. Relentless human engineering, the application of superior patented fabrication, and exceptional ballistic performance distinguishes body armor manufactured by KDH Defense Systems from all other armor manufacturers.


Body Armor – Use, Care & Maintenance

Uploaded on Dec 7, 2011

The essence of the KDH brand is communicated through thousands of U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps military servicemen and women, as well as federal, municipal and local law enforcement agencies who depend on KDH Defense Systems to provide them with the very best in life-saving ballistic protection while simultaneously allowing for comfort, mobility, functionality and operational performance. Our dedicated American manufacturing team proudly meets the most exacting standards in the industry.

Our History

USMC1Proud Manufacturer of the U.S. Army’s IOTV, U.S. Marine Corps’ IMTV And Plate Carrier System

Dave Herbener founded KDH Defense Systems in 2003 to provide law enforcement, federal agencies and the United States Department of Defense with the highest quality American-made body armor available in today’s continually evolving protective apparel market.

Throughout his career, Dave has applied innovation, creativity and passion to all his business efforts. He has led large and diverse organizations through all phases of business evolution including growth, consolidation and turnaround efforts. He has introduced new products, developed successful marketing strategies, and displayed entrepreneurial skills while managing many successful organizations.

Today, KDH Defense Systems prides itself not only on exceptional design expertise, but also in continuous process improvement. KDH Defense Systems remains steadfastly focused on its mission of engineering and manufacturing superior life-saving products, utilizing the highest standards of quality control with unparalleled customer service.

KDH_logo_sm Videos and Demonstrations

The Gun Writer TV episode 31: Testing KDH Defense System’s body armor

Published on March 1, 2016

This video shows a live-fire systems test of the KDH Fearless Plate Carrier System including the Level III NIJ Speed Plate.

KDH Fearless Plate Carrier Product Demonstration

Published on March 1, 2016

This video highlights the key features of the KDH Fearless Plate Carrier System including the quick-release function.

KDH Speed Plate

Published on Dec 11, 2015

Single & Multi-Hit Test of KDH Defense System’s Stand Alone Trauma Plate.

SHOT Show 2013: KDH’s Transformer Armor System

Published on Jan 23, 2013

POLICE contributor A.J. George spoke with KDH Defense Systems’ Paul Larkin, the national director of sales, about the company’s Transformer Armor System, a modular concealable body armor system that can be configured for various missions.

KDH Transformer Armor System Overview

Published on Jun 3, 2013

KDH Defense Systems: Brief overview of the new Transformer Armor System

Measuring Instructions For Concealable Armor

Published on May 16, 2012

Body armor is one of the most important investments you and your agency make sure it fits correctly:

• Measuring Instructions for Male Concealable Armor
• Measuring Instructions for Female Concealable Armor

Body Armor – Use, Care & Maintenance

Uploaded on Dec 7, 2011

Body armor is one of the most important investments you and your agency will ever make in helping protect you. To get the most out of your body armor, it is important to not only be sure your vest fits properly, but also to properly maintain your vest…