The United Shield range of ballistic shields incorporates the latest high performance materials technology and versatile handle systems that have been ergonomically developed over a number of years. They are available in a range of standard and bespoke sizes, and in a number of different protection levels. The shields are maneuverable, lightweight and ergonomically designed to ensure maximum protection for operators in all tactical situations. Their multifunctional handles enable the shields to be used by both left and right handed people, and can also incorporate two additional handles to allow them to be held with the forearm vertically. The handles are robust, and collapsible for ease of use and storage, or fixed, depending on customers requirements.