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

About KDH

Quality & Innovation

Our Mission

ISO Certification

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.

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.

Headquartered in Eden, North Carolina, a region with a rich history in the U.S. Textile industry, KDH Defense Systems' ISO 9001 certified manufacturing facility currently consists of 139,000+ square feet of armor cutting, sewing and ballistic design operations, as well as product development, sales and administration. The Eden facility resides in Rockingham County.


Our Facility

The only line we blur is the one between form and function. Our American-made custom body armor bridges the gap between comfort and performance because our customers wouldn’t have it any other way. Genuine innovation that raises the bar of performance so that our law enforcement officers and military servicemen and women can do the same.

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.