BAE Systems has been awarded a four-year U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) contract to produce tactical bulletproof vests equipped with soft body armor for men and women of the armed services who serve in harm’s way. The vests hold hard-armor plates and soft-armor ballistic inserts, which provide Soldiers with advanced protection. The Improved Outer Tactical Vests offer Soldiers lighter-weight equipment with advanced features and increased mobility in the field.
“This award reinforces our position as a valued partner in the body armor market,” said Don Dutton, vice president and general manager of Protection Systems at BAE Systems Support Solutions. “DLA continues to see demand for sustaining these life-saving products, as well as the value and quality that all of our equipment affords.”
The four-year contract, awarded by DLA Troop Support, covers the production of Outer Tactical Vests and Improved Outer Tactical Vests, plus associated components.
The company has received an initial $48 million in orders, which are expected to be completed by February 2013. The total value of the contract orders could reach approximately $267 million over the next four years.
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. Not only is the company focused on the design, development and production of leading edge survivability products, but its integration of advanced materials into manufacturing, rigorous product testing and field trials support the company’s focus on the men and women who serve in the armed forces.
BAE Systems Support Solutions, based in Rockville, Md., provides a range of products and services to meet needs in readiness and sustainment and operational support across the land, aviation, maritime and C4ISR domains, supporting the U.S. Department of Defense and federal agencies. Support Solutions is also a leading non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion company, serving the U.S. Navy and other maritime customers.