BAE Systems Receives $35 Million U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Order for Tactical Vests

  BAE Systems Receives $35 Million U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Order for
  Tactical Vests

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JESSUP, Pa. -- December 10, 2012

BAE Systems has received a $35 million order from the U.S. Defense Logistics
Agency (DLA) for the production of tactical vests equipped with body armor.
Improved Outer Tactical Vests (IOTV) include both soft-armor ballistic inserts
and hard-armor plates, which provide Soldiers with lighter weight, advanced
features and increased mobility in the field.

The Improved Outer Tactical Vests use both soft-armor ballistic inserts and
hard-armor plates to pro ...

The Improved Outer Tactical Vests use both soft-armor ballistic inserts and
hard-armor plates to provide Soldiers with lighter weight, advanced features
and increased mobility in the field. (Photo: BAE Systems)

"This tactical vest is a necessary and life-saving piece of equipment for the
Soldier,” said Eric Gavelda, director of Warfighter Protection at BAE Systems’
Protection Systems business. “The vest helps shield vital organs and protect
against a variety of battlefield threats. Our ultimate goal is to help our
warfighters return home safely to their families.”

The IOTV is the most widely deployed bullet and fragmentation protection soft
armor system for the Department of Defense. Since 2007, BAE Systems has
produced more than 800,000 outer tactical body armor vests for U.S. troops
serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.

DLA Troop Support ordered the vests as part of a four-year contract issued in
March, which could reach a cumulative value of $267 million. BAE Systems has
thus far received a total of $83 million under the contract. Production will
occur at the company’s Jessup, Pennsylvania facility, and this order is
scheduled to be complete by October 2013.

BAE Systems Protection Systems is a leading provider of Soldier protective and
load carrying equipment in the United States, producing a significant portion
of the nation’s body armor, tactical vests, combat helmets and load carrying
systems. The company is focused on the design, development and production of
leading edge survivability products. Its integration of advanced materials
into manufacturing, rigorous product testing and field trials support BAE
Systems’ focus on the men and women who serve in the armed forces.

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