About DKX

DKX Advanced Manufacturing is the hard armor division of Phalanx Defense Systems, LLC headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. Our transition to the Florida headquarters began in December of 2014 and was completed February 2nd, 2015. We remain committed to driving the next generation of armor products, delivering product on time, and offering the best value in the industry.

Why DKX Armor

  • In-House R & D, testing and manufacturing creates a short path from concept to market.
  • Strong support for OEM customers as well as distributors.
  • Strict process standards & controls ensure consistency & the best products possible.
  • An experienced team committed to driving the next generation of armor plate technology.
  • Our R&D focuses on armor plates and ballistics, not pressing industrial and commercial products.
  • Purpose built presses to exclusively press armor plates.
  • Press that exceeds material manufacturers minimum pressure suggestion.
  • MAX is more than a byline. We strive to squeeze the maximum performance out of our material, processes and products.


Below are some of our products. Click on a thumbnail image for more information about a product.

  • DKX Max III - NIJ 0101.06 CERTIFIED!
  • DKX Max IIIA Pistol Rated Armor Plates
  • Phalanx Defense Systems

Product Videos

Below are some of our product videos. Click on a thumbnail image to view that specific video.

  • Nutnfancy Blowing Up Armor
  • DKX 3A - FN57
  • DKX Max III vs. AR500 Steel Spall Test
  • Liberty Civil Defense Ammunition test
  • Courtesy of Nutnfancy Project
  • Courtesy of Nutnfancy Project
  • MAX III Plate



Professional Firearms Instruction - Utah AWB Prepper - Florida
Critical Safety Equipment - Florida Ravelin Group - Illinois
  A.S.H. Tactical - Virginia COC, LLC - Wisconsin

 BH Tactical Outdoors - California K5 Tactical - Colorado
 Tactical Products - Canada Cold Fire Defense - Alabama


MAC Pro Shop- Missouri

Mission Tactical - Texas
Mission Spec - Kansas PNW Arms - Idaho


California Tactical - California


The Safe House - North Carolina
Shellback Tactical - California Tactical Armory Systems - Washington



  • Thanks again for all your help with my order.  The dkx plates are so light compared to what I currently have it should be like they are not even there. 

  • I can't tell you how happy and impressed I am with your customer service.  I didn't think it was really your responsibility to swap the plate for me, but you made it happen, and I think that was really cool of you.  I'm about to take my first tactical classes at Talon Defense.  Be sure that I will brag on you guys every chance I get.  I'll be getting a set of rifle plates from you guys in the future. Take care, and thank you again!!!

  • I received your plates today.  Everyone including myself loves them so far.   I will be talking to my command staff about potential orders soon.  Thank you.

  • Clyde, I recieved my plate carrier.........THIS THING IS AWESOME!!! Wow, I can't believe the quality and fit and finish of this carrier.  I have posted it on my FB pages along with the plates-   A very happy customer and I will recommend these to whomever asks me about them-  All of my friends are shooters and preppers/ LEO and Military as well so I should get some interest.  I will refer you anyone asks.  I love the versatility with everything being removable!!  AGAIN JUST AWESOME!! Keep up the great work!!

    Thanks so much 

  • I love the plate.  It replaced my HEAVY plate in my raid vest. I am with the County Sheriff's Office... My lower back thanks you!!!!!

  • Just in case the others never tell you... 

    You are awesome. Thanks so much for what you do. 


  • Why is the Max III so buoyant?

    The Dyneema polyethylene ballistic material that comprises the majority of the plate is approximately neutral in buoyancy and the trauma mitigation materials in the plate are positively buoyant. The result is approximately 2.4 pounds of positive buoyancy.

  • Who Tests DKX plates?

    To achieve the The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) certification, DKX plates have been tested at an independent lab and the results reviewed and approved by NIJ. DKX employs state of the art manufacturing processes and controls to insure consistent high quality products.

  • What is the RFEV chip in DKX Max III plates?

    The RFEV (Radio Frequency Embedded Verification) chip is a very short range RFID chip that can be used for inventory management or to verify the serial number of the plate in the event that the label is damaged. The chip has an extremely short range and the only information that it contains is a unique 12 digit number that ties to a serial number in the DKX records. The chip contains no personal information about the plate or its user and can only be read from up to about two inches away.

  • Will DKX armor absorb water?

    No. The entire plate assembly is constructed of materials that will not take on water, even if submerged.

  • How does temperature affect DKX armor?

    Testing conducted by DSM, the manufacturer of Dyneema, shows no significant reduction in ballistic performance in the temperature range between -40 degrees F and +160 degrees F. Per the label instructions, do not expose DKX armor to temperatures above 175 degrees F.

  • What is Dyneema®?

    Dyneema® is respected as the global premium brand for ultra high weight polyethylene fiber. Dyneema® is light weight and renowned as "The World's Strongest FibreTM". So what makes Dyneema® so special?

    High Strength: On a weight for weight basis, Dyneema® is 15 times stronger than steel wire.

    Light Weight:  Dyneema® also has a Specific Gravity of 0.97 which means it floats in water.

    Water resistant: Dyneema® is hydrophobic and does not absorb water, meaning it remains light when working in wet conditions.

    Chemical resistance: Dyneema® is chemically inert, and performs well in dry, wet, salty and humid conditions.

    UV Resistant: Dyneema® has very good resistance to photo degradation, maintaining its performance when exposed to UV light.

  • What does NIJ Certification mean?

    The National Institute of Justice (N.I.J.) is a part of U.S. Department of Justice. Under the N.I.J., the Law Enforcement and Corrections Standards and Testing Program was established to set minimum performance standards for law enforcement equipment, thus setting national standards for police body armor. These standards have been updated and revised through the years to meet the ever increasing threat to police officers. Because of these standards, U.S. made body armor is the most advanced and effective armor in the world today. The current N.I.J. 0101.06 standards are fully endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chief of Police, the Police Executive Research forum, and the Technology Assessment Program Advisory Council.

    For further information on the National Institute of Justice, please visit their website at http://www.justnet.org or to request additional testing information write to:

    National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center
    P.O. Box 1160
    Rockville, MD 20849-1160

    N.I.J. Standards

    Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor
    N.I.J. Standard 0101.06

    Stab Resistance of Personal Body Armor
    N.I.J. Standard 0115.00

  • What does level III armor mean?

    To meet the current NIJ 0101.06 standard, level III hard armor certification requires that the plates shall be tested in a conditioned state with 7.62 mm FMJ, steel jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147 gr) and a velocity of 847 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2780 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). No perforations are allowed in 6 shots per plate and the amount of bacvk face signature must be 44 millimeters or less.

  • What does level IIIA armor mean?

    NIJ doesn't currently certify level IIIA hard armor, but DKX tests its level IIIA armor against the same threats as those required by NIJ 0101.06 standard for level IIIA soft armor.  Those threats are the .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr) and a velocity of 448 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1470 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with.44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 gr) and a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).  Again, a back face signature or 44 millimeters or less must be achieved.

  • What does level IV armor mean?

    Type IV hard armor or plate inserts shall be tested in a conditioned state with a .30 caliber armor piercing (AP) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8 g (166 gr) and a velocity of 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).

  • Can we sell to civilians?

    We Sell ONLY to Law-Abiding Adults

    A felony conviction makes possession of Body Armor illegal under federal law and in many states. By buying body armor from us, you certify that you are law-abiding, of adult age, and have no felony convictions. We do not sell to felons or minors, and it is against the law for a felon to possess Body Armor under both federal law (unless required by your employer, see, Sec. 931) and is also illegal under state law in many states.

    Residents of Connecticut:

    Are prohibited from buying Body Armor unless the sale is face to face (or unless the buyer is a police officer, Police Department, or military).

  • What are ITAR regulations?

    Level III and IV armor (Rifle Plates) fall under the jurisdiction of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and is subject to the export control laws of the U.S. Government. Export or retransfer of Rifle Plates by any means to any foreign end user, or for any other end use, whether in the U.S. or abroad, without the written approval of the U.S. Department of State, is prohibited.

  • Can DKX ship out of the USA?

    Yes, but we have to follow ITAR regulations.   Please visit the Department of State website for more information on ITAR regulations.


  • Does DKX armor stop all piercing rounds?

    No. Most gear selected for potentially life threatening situations are always scaled with pluses and minuses columns. While DKX Max III plates DO NOT stop AP rounds, one has to balance the risks and benefits of competing products. Some points to consider are: weight, buoyancy, ability to stop multiple hits (of rated ammo); strength and integrity if dropped or mishandled, etc.

  • Does DKX offer plate carriers?

    There are many manufactures sewing plate carriers. Several of them are very good. DKX offers its customers several options for carriers that fit DKX Max III and IIIA plates perfectly.

  • How do the plate carriers fit?

    There are two considerations for fitment of DKX plates. 1-plate fit to the carrier and 2-carrier fit to the user. DKX plates are standard sizes, 10x12 or smaller through custom request. 10x12 is typically the civilian/LE standard and fits most people in the medium and large/XL size range.

    DOD carriers that fit DKX Max III plates best are sized large or XL.

  • Off shore vs. US-made carriers?

    Many offshore made products are of questionable quality for serious users. A few off shore manufactures are making decent products. Off shore products vs. US made are typically a clear balance of price vs. quality and for some buyers, a loyalty to red, white, and blue. For occasional users, a good off shore carrier may suffice. For professionals or users that will subject their gear to real world harshness, US materials and US manufacture is usually preferred.

    The carriers DKX offers are built in the US and from US materials, with exceptional warranties and are designed for professionals.

  • How does the body armor work?

    Any body armor works only if worn. Most armor that is heavy or cumbersome is easily left “unworn”.

    Wearable armor is usually divided into two types, hard and soft. Soft armor is usually rated up to IIIA and can stop many hand gun rounds. Soft armor is usually more form fitting and is often worn under clothing. Hard, light, thin trauma plates can usually be added to critical chest area to enhance protection.  Hard armor can be built to withstand rifle rounds and have several ratings established by NIJ (National Institute of Justice/ DOJ).  Hard armor is often worn in plate carriers externally. Some hard armor is inexpensive and heavy (and potentially dangerous…i.e. steel plates); some armor may be rated to higher ammunition threats (level IV) and is rated to stop armor piercing rounds.

    WARNING: Beware of armor plates that are not rated at the newest NIJ 0101.06 rating OR plates that are rated as ICW plates and only meet standard when worn “in conjunction” with soft armor.

    DKX Max III plates are durable, droppable, take multi hits (of rated ammo), don’t spall, are VERY light, and are buoyant. DKX plates have a 7 year warranty.

    DKX Max IIIA plates stop virtually all handgun rounds. Combined with our light weight carrier, two IIIA plates and a carrier weigh 3.2 lbs.

News & Events

  • April 17, 2014
    Guns and Tactics Blog

    To read this blog, click here.

  • June 27, 2013
    DKX Armor: Lightweight Armor Plates for Cops

    To read this article, click here.

  • June 27, 2013
    Dyneema® receives the Soldier Technology Award

    DKX Armor is made from the Dyneema material and on behalf of Chris Fitzgerald at DSM Dyneema, we are proud to share with you the recent reception of the coveted Soldier Technology Award. For more information please click here.

  • May 16, 2013
    Steve Camp performs shooting test on our armor.

    (Full test and summary can be found by clicking here.)

    Steve Camp, from the Revelin Group, performed his own shooting test on our armor. Our DKX plates are a Level III multi-hit stand-alone plate. The 30-06 is above the Level III Standard and, as you can see from Camp’s extreme test, it performed marvelously.

  • May 16, 2013
    February 1st, 2012: Las Vegas Shot Show Update
  • May 15, 2013
    The 2013 SHOT Show was a huge success!

    Here is video from the 2013 SHOT Show, which was held on January 15-18, 2013 in Las Vegas.

    In order to view this video, you need to download and install the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Follow these steps to download and install the player:

    1. Bookmark this web page
    2. Go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and follow the instructions
    3. Re-open your browser and return to this bookmarked page
  • May 15, 2013
    February 1st, 2012: Clyde Caceres Joins The DKX Team

    We're excited to announce that Clyde Caceres has joined the DKX team. Clyde brings over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales. Read more about the DKX team.

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Fax: (352)-672-6922


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