BAE Systems Receives $28 Million Order to Produce U.S. Marine Corps Lightweight Helmets

  BAE Systems Receives $28 Million Order to Produce U.S. Marine Corps
  Lightweight Helmets

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JESSUP, Pa. -- February 14, 2013

BAE Systems has received a $28 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps for
the production of lightweight combat helmets. The lightweight design, first
produced by the company in 2012, represents the latest model in Marine Corps
helmets since the Personnel Armor System Ground Troops helmet was replaced in
2003.

The lightweight helmet, produced by BAE Systems, is fully certified to meet
rigorous standards for b ...

The lightweight helmet, produced by BAE Systems, is fully certified to meet
rigorous standards for ballistic, structural and non-ballistic impact testing.
(Photo: BAE Systems)

“This lightweight helmet is a sophisticated design engineered to meet the
Corps’ protection requirements for bullets and fragmentation,” said Eric
Gavelda, director of Warfighter Protection at BAE Systems Protection Systems.
“This order allows us to continue production well into 2014.”

The lightweight helmet is fully certified to meet rigorous standards for
ballistic, structural and non-ballistic impact testing set by the U.S. Army’s
Aberdeen Test Center. This new order is an option on an existing contract
issued to BAE Systems in 2010. The cumulative value awarded thus far under the
contract is approximately $56 million.

The lightweight helmet is produced at the company’s Jessup, Pennsylvania
facility. The Jessup facility also produces the Army’s Advanced Combat Helmets
and Combat Vehicle Crewman Helmets. Since 1986, more than 800,000 of BAE
Systems’ helmets have been fielded to U.S. Marines and Soldiers.

BAE Systems Protection Systems is a leading provider of military 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.

www.baesystems.com

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BAE Systems
Heather Russell
Office: 602-643-7260
Mobile: 602-373-8625
heather.russell@baesystems.com
 
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