3M to Supply Enhanced Combat Helmets to United States Marine Corps

  3M to Supply Enhanced Combat Helmets to United States Marine Corps

              77,000 helmets to be delivered starting this fall

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- September 10, 2013

3M announced today its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ceradyne, Inc., has been
issued an $80 million delivery order with the United States government to
supply 77,000 Enhanced Combat Helmets and associated spare parts to the U.S.
Marine Corps. This contract is an outcome of the joint procurement program led
by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army to improve head protection for
Marines and Soldiers. The Enhanced Combat Helmets designed by Ceradyne, Inc.
are the only helmets that have been tested and passed using Director of
Operational Test and Evaluation protocols, and will be manufactured at
Ceradyne’s facility in California.

Enhanced Combat Helmet designed by Ceradyne Inc., a 3M company. (Photo:
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Enhanced Combat Helmet designed by Ceradyne Inc., a 3M company. (Photo:
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The newly-designed Enhanced Combat Helmets provide improved ballistic and
fragmentation protection over any fielded helmet in history. That was proven
through extensive testing in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps and the
Army. While the helmet design is equivalent in weight to the current fielded
helmets, it provides an average 50 percent improved ballistic protection over
helmets currently in use. The helmet also is compatible with all
currently-used components of infantry combat equipment.

“3M is pleased to win this significant contract,” said  Mark Colin, vice
president and general manager, 3M Advanced Ceramics Platform. “We have the
scientific know-how to supply our U.S. forces with the best helmets on the
market to protect the lives of our warriors.”

According to the Marine Corps, the requirements for the Enhanced Combat
Helmets proved to be a tall order. Working in collaboration with the United
States Army, the Corps needed to maintain all the characteristics of its
lightweight helmet and add enhanced ballistic protection from selected
small-arms ammunition and fragmentation. In addition, the helmets had to meet
the Army’s need for advanced combat, and be compatible with other components
of infantry combat equipment such as body armor systems, protective goggles,
night vision equipment and a camouflage fabric helmet cover.

Ceradyne, Inc. has begun helmet production for delivery beginning this fall
and will be fielded to deploying Marines in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.
3M also makes combat hearing and respiratory protection, body armor and
communications systems for the U.S. forces.

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About Ceradyne, Inc.
Ceradyne develops, manufactures, and markets advanced technical ceramic
products and components for defense, industrial, energy, automotive/diesel,
and commercial applications. In many high performance applications, products
made of advanced technical ceramics meet specifications that similar products
made of metals, plastics or traditional ceramics cannot achieve. Advanced
technical ceramics can withstand extremely high temperatures, combine hardness
with light weight, are highly resistant to corrosion and wear, and often have
excellent electrical capabilities, special electronic properties and low
friction characteristics. Additional information about the company can be
found at www.ceradyne.com.

3M and Ceradyne are trademarks of 3M Company.

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