PHOENIX, March 16 (UPI) -- A four-year contract to produce tactical armored vests and their components has been given to BAE Systems by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.
The initial $48 million in orders are expected to be completed by February 2013. The total value of the contract orders could reach approximately $267 million over the four-year life of the award.
"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 contract includes Outer Tactical Vests with soft body inserts and Improved Outer Tactical Vests.
BAE Systems is a leading provider of protection gear -- helmets as well as vests -- and load carrying equipment for U.S. troops.