U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Orders More BAE Systems Armored Vests

  U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Orders More BAE Systems Armored Vests

AUSA 2013

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- October 21, 2013

The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has awarded BAE Systems approximately $60
million in orders to produce additional tactical vests equipped with body
armor. Known for protecting a soldier’s vital organs, the company’s Improved
Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) has become an equipment piece of choice for the
U.S. Army.

BAE Systems' Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), known for protecting a
soldier's vital organs, has ...

BAE Systems' Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), known for protecting a
soldier's vital organs, has become an equipment piece of choice for the U.S.
Army. (Photo: U.S. Army)

"The third-generation design of the IOTV, which the Army adopted last year,
provides the soldier with a number of benefits, including a 10 percent weight
reduction in the armor system,” said Eric Gavelda, director of Warfighter
Protection at BAE Systems. “This helps the soldier stay agile, and supports
the Army’s mission to provide lighter, more efficient equipment.”

Among its features, The IOTV is designed to be compatible with a number of
equipment pieces. These include Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment,
hard and soft body armor inserts, and the Tactical Assault Panel — all
manufactured by BAE Systems.

Since 2007, BAE Systems has produced more than 900,000 outer tactical vests
and armor systems for U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the
world. The new orders are part of a four-year contract issued in March, which
could reach a cumulative value of $267 million. The company has so far
received more than $140 million under this contract.

The vests will be produced at the company’s Jessup, Pennsylvania and McKee,
Kentucky facilities. The new orders are scheduled to be complete by December
2014.

BAE 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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