More BAE Systems Body Armor Headed to Warfighters on the Battlefield

  More BAE Systems Body Armor Headed to Warfighters on the Battlefield

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- December 3, 2013

For more than four decades, BAE Systems has partnered with customers worldwide
to develop affordable, practical solutions to protect warfighters in harm’s
way and bring them home safely. Under several recently issued contracts valued
at a total of nearly $18 million, BAE Systems will continue to provide hard
armor inserts for soldiers on the battlefield.

Hard armor inserts are worn inside the fronts, backs, and sides of outer
tactical vests and provide ...

Hard armor inserts are worn inside the fronts, backs, and sides of outer
tactical vests and provide advanced torso protection against increased threats
on the battlefield. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“The body armor is designed with the specific purpose of stopping
armor-piercing bullets,” said Ashoo Agarwal, a quality engineer at BAE
Systems. “Our team of engineers works hard to ensure every plate we make meets
a rigorous set of requirements and standards. This commitment to quality helps
protect warfighters around the world.”

Among the contracts issued is a $10.2 million order from the U.S. Defense
Logistics Agency for Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts (ESAPI); an
Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract award for up to $6 million
from the U.S. Department of Defense for SPEAR BALCS inserts and a $500,000
research and development contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for Enhanced
Concealable Small Arms Protective Inserts.

Hard armor inserts are worn inside the fronts, backs, and sides of outer
tactical vests and provide advanced torso protection against increased threats
on the battlefield. They are fully qualified by the U.S. government through
arduous and independent physical, environmental, and ballistic testing.

Since 1998, BAE Systems has produced more than 1.2 million hard body armor
inserts, including ESAPI and other SAPI derivatives, under various Department
of Defense contracts. BAE Systems manufactures body armor at its Phoenix,
Arizona facility. Deliveries on these orders are expected to be complete by
April 2015.

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BAE Systems
Heather Russell
Tel: 602-643-7260
Mobile: 602-373-8625
heather.russell@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com/us
 
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