The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award for Enhanced Small Armor Protective Inserts is for three years. The initial delivery order, worth $127 million, is to be completed by 2013.
"We are extremely pleased to receive this multiyear ESAPI award and its initial delivery order," said David P. Reed, Ceradyne's president, North American Operations.
"We believe that this contract was, at least in part, awarded to Ceradyne based on our technology, in-place production capacity, past performance and our vertical integration strategy.
"Our ability to produce the starting ceramic powders, hot press the high-quality ceramic plates and finally assemble the armor system has a long track record of success and should serve Ceradyne and particularly our fighting men and women well as we go forward."
The plates will be used by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and U.S. Air Force.
Ceradyne develops, manufactures and markets advanced technical ceramic products and components for defense, industrial, energy, automotive/diesel and commercial applications.