BAE Systems said on Tuesday that it received contracts valued at $18 million to provide the United States Department of Defense with hard armor inserts for battlefield soldiers.
"The body armor is designed with the specific purpose of stopping armor-piercing bullets," Ashoo Agarwal, a quality engineer at BAE Systems, said. "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."
The hard armor inserts increase torso protection on the battlefield, and are worn in addition to outer tactical vests.
The United States Defense Logistics Agency for Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts issued a contract for $10.2 million. The U.S. Department of Defense placed an order for an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity of SPEAR BALCS inserts for up to $6 million. A $500,000 research and development contract was issued from the U.S. Marine Corps for Enhanced Concealable Small Arms Protective Inserts.
The hard armor inserts are tested by the U.S. government through physical, environmental and ballistic testing, and are fully qualified.
BAE Systems has made more than 1.2 million hard armor inserts for the Department of Defense since 1998.