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RTS Tactical RICO Special Operations Vest with Level IIIA Soft Armor

RTS Tactical RICO Special Operations Vest with Level IIIA Soft Armor

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FX770 Commander Relentless


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The RTS Tactical RICO Special Operations Vest with Level IIIA Soft Armor sets the standard for elite protection. Ideal for Special Operations, SWAT, Entry Teams, and Tactical Operations, it features a unique 4-point QR buckle system for rapid donning and doffing. This vest boasts a side-loading plate design to minimize weight and includes a full 360 Laser Cut Load Bearing MOLLE platform, accommodating SAPI Plates and hard armor inserts, making it mission-flexible. The overlapping soft armor design adds an extra layer of security, and it's Cummerbund soft armor compatible.

Comfort is paramount, with an industry-leading spacer mesh backing and upgraded shoulder support for stability. Weighing only 1.42 lbs per sq. foot, RTS Tactical’s FX770 NIJ 0101.06 Level IIIA Armor is an industry leader in lightweight armor, made in the USA with Dupont Kevlar™. With roomy chest pockets, a full-size cell phone pouch, and removable Epic Shoulder Pads, it's the ultimate choice for elite protection in dangerous situations. Be fearless, be protected.


NIJ Standard-0101.06 Level IIIA will protect against a variety of small arms fire, including rounds from a 9 mm, .44 Magnum, .357 Magnum, .357 SIG



Shelf life & Warranty – 

  • RTS Tactical provides the following warranties on the RICO Special Operations Vest:
  • 5 Year manufacturer’s shelf-life warranty on all ballistic panels.
  • 2 Year warranty on all carriers.

In addition, RTS Tactical will replace the armor at no cost if your armor is wounded in the line of work. 

FIT GUARANTEE – RTS Tactical guarantees the fit of your RICO Vest. If your vest does not fit correctly, return it in original condition within 30 days of delivery and we will exchange your vest.


  • .4-point QR buckle system for fast donning and doffing.
  • Unique side loading plate design for easy reduction of weight in the field.
  • Full 360 Laser Cut Load Bearing MOLLE platform for mission-specific configuration of pouches and accessories.
  • SAPI Plates front, back, and side Hard Armor compatible:

- S: 8”x10” front and back inserts

- M: 10”x12” front and back inserts

- L: 10”x12” front and back inserts

- XL: 11”x14” front and back inserts

- 2XL: 11”x14” front and back inserts

  • All sizes are compatible with 6X8 side plate inserts.
  • Full soft armor coverage overlapping design as well as Cummerbund soft armor compatible
  • Best in the industry Spacer mesh allows you to wear your plate carrier for long periods without discomfort.
  • Upgraded shoulder support.
  • Compatible with RTS Tactical Interchangeable front load out flaps and configurations.
  • Roomy chest pocket for full-sized phone, pens, and critical documents.
  • Built-in Full-size cell phone pouch under the cummerbund.
  • Removable Epic Shoulder Pads
  • Compatible with multiple RTS Tactical Soft Armor and Hard Armor Packages.

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  • QR Buckle System

    Our Quick Release Buckle System redefines agility and speed. With seamless mobility and lightning-fast donning and doffing, it sets the standard for rapid deployment.

  • Laser-Cut MOLLE

    Our mission-specific and adaptable 360 Laser Cut load-bearing MOLLE platform harnesses cutting-edge technology to deliver unmatched stability and top-tier durability for your most critical operations.

  • Interchangeable Loadout

    The Interchangeable Load-Out System Offers Mission-Specific Configurations And Allows Users To Easily Swap Out Front Load Out Flaps To Instantly Adapt To Any Mission Environment, Enabling Them To Remain Agile And Ready For Action.

  • Breathable Mesh

    Our breathable spacer mesh material ensures maximum comfort and airflow, even during extended wear. Stay cool and dry on the job, performing at your best in any environment.


At RTS Tactical, we created the RICO Special Operations Vest to provide elite forces with unbeatable protection. We're committed to ensuring our Heroes, like Special Operations, SWAT, and Tactical Teams, can confront danger Confidently and fearlessly 

Our vest offers quick donning and mission-specific flexibility with its 4-point QR buckle system and laser-cut load-bearing MOLLE platform. We prioritize user comfort, evident in its spacer mesh backing and upgraded shoulder support for extended wear.

Made in the USA with Dupont Kevlar™, our armor delivers top-tier lightweight protection. With this vest, we empower our Heroes, leaving no room for compromise.


RTS FX770 NIJ 0101.06 Level IIIA Soft Armor Insert

  • 100% DuPont™ Kevlar
  • NIJ Standard-0101.06 such as 9mm, .40, .45, and .44 magnum
  • Lightweight
  • NIJ Standard Level IIIA Body Armor
  • Concealable with Everyday Attire
  • Compatible with the RTS Tactical Premium Plate Carrier
  • Arial Density: 1.42 lbs/sq ft
  • 5 Years Shelf life
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs

Internal Cumberbund

  • Improved Fit and Mobility: The internal cummerbund ensures a secure, snug fit that facilitates unrestricted movement during critical operations.
  • Enhanced Stability and Support: The cummerbund delivers added stability to the vest, preventing unwanted shifting and reducing the risk of equipment interference.
  • Better Weight Distribution: With the added support of the cummerbund, weight is evenly 
  • Customizable Fit: The internal cummerbund is adjustable, which allows officers to create a custom fit that delivers both comfort and functionality.

Full Quick Release System

  • Improved Safety: The  RICO Tactical Vest's 4-way quick-release feature allows for swift removal in emergencies, reducing the risk of injury or harm.
  • Superior Comfort: The seamless design of the quick-release mechanism ensures a smooth and effortless transition between on and off, eliminating the discomfort and irritation of traditional plate carriers.
  • Enhanced Mobility: The Quick Release allows for greater agility and flexibility in movement, essential for tactical operations that demand quick reflexes and swift maneuvers.
  • Ergonomic Design: The Quick Release feature is integrated into the design of the  RICO Tactical Vest, ensuring a seamless and intuitive pulling mechanism that can be activated with minimal physical effort.

Hard Armor Compatible

  • Increased Protection: A tactical vest with added hard armor provides enhanced protection against high-powered rifle rounds, shotgun blasts, and stab wounds - making it an essential piece of equipment for law enforcement.
  • Versatility: With the option to add or remove hard armor panels, our RTS Tactical RICO vest offers maximum flexibility, allowing officers to tailor their protection to the specific needs of each mission.
  • The hard armor is inserted from the side in order to make it easy to remove the armor without having to remove the vest.

Load Out Capable & Laser Cut Bonded Material

  • Versatility: The ability to easily change load-outs allows the wearer to customize their gear according to mission requirements, allowing them to adapt to different situations in the field. This increases the versatility of the RICO Tactical Vest 
  • Efficiency: A removable and changeable loadout allows soldiers or law enforcement officers to switch out equipment quickly, saving valuable time in dangerous situations. Being able to make rapid adjustments to their gear can mean the difference between life and death in certain circumstances.
  • Lightweight: Laser-cut plate carriers have less material than their traditional counterparts, which reduces overall weight. This decreases the effort required for the wearer to move, providing a more efficient maneuverability in high-stress situations.
  • Enhanced Durability: The RICO Tactical Vest features laser cut materials that are more durable than those with traditional Cordura Nylon. The laser-cut edges help prevent fraying and tearing, which can be detrimental to the overall carrier's functionality during Tactical Operations


We’ve worked with over 1,000 satisfied law enforcement departments, and growing.

Sumter County Sheriff's Office

‘’Thank you to RTS Tactical for the quality and functionality of their recent shield purchase, citing confidence and efficiency for officers.” They plan to turn to RTS Tactical for future needs, expressing gratitude for the invaluable impact on their team

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office

‘’RTS Tactical delivers top-notch service and supplies over 40 Medium-Level III+ Special Threat Mini Shields.” The Police Chief endorses RTS Tactical, emphasizing their commitment to officer safety and recommending them for reliable and effective equipment.

Seagoville Police Department

‘’We recently invested in RTS Tactical's Ballistic Shields, impressed by their quality and professional service. The enhanced safety and confidence these shields provide make a crucial difference for our officers in high-stress situations. We highly recommend RTS Tactical for Tactical Gear and Ballistic Products’’.

Chattanooga Police Department

Chattanooga PD's Lt. Rusty Morrison praises RTS Tactical's Level lll+ Rifle Shields for operational satisfaction, resilience, and ideal weight, balance, and maneuverability. “The seamless integration of 70 shields highlights their compatibility with evolving policing needs, backed by RTS Tactical's responsive support”.


What is included with the RICO Special Operations Vest?

The vest includes the FX770 Level IIIA Soft Armor panels and features, as described in the product description.

What sizes are available for this vest?

The vest comes in various sizes to accommodate different body types. Please refer to the size chart for more details.

Is this vest compatible with hard armor plates?

Yes, this vest is compatible with SAPI Plates (front, back, and side) and can accommodate 6x8 side plates for enhanced protection.

What is the spacer mesh backing for?

The spacer mesh backing enhances comfort during extended wear, allowing you to use your plate carrier for longer periods without discomfort.

Are the Epic Shoulder Pads removable?

Yes, the vest comes with removable Epic Shoulder Pads designed for maximum comfort during long operations.

What is the roomy chest pocket for?

The vest features a roomy chest pocket for storing items like full-sized iPhones, pens, or critical documents.

Does it come with a cell phone pouch?

Yes, the vest includes a built-in full-size cell phone pouch under the cummerbund for convenient storage.

Is this vest compatible with other RTS Tactical Armor packages?

Yes, this vest is compatible with multiple RTS Tactical soft armor and hard armor packages, providing flexibility for different mission requirements.

Is free shipping available for this product?

Yes, we offer free shipping for the RICO Special Operations Vest within the contiguous United States.

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