HEBRON, Ohio, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. troops will be wearing lighter combat helmets from ArmorSource LLC next year, the Ohio company said.
The company reports the helmets, which are 4 ounces lighter than current helmets, will be produced for the military under a 2-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract from the Department of Defense that is worth more than $92.68 million.
"We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this LW ACH [Lightweight, Advanced Combat Helmet] order," said Yoav Kapah, chief executive officer of ArmorSource.
"This helmet is a significant step forward for our soldiers. It provides improved ballistic head protection while reducing the overall soldier load. We take great pride in supporting our troops, and we're honored that ArmorSource has been selected to partner with the DOD on this initiative."
Deliveries of the lighter helmets will begin in the third quarter of next year.
ArmorSource describes itself as the largest ballistic helmet manufacturer in the country, producing as many as 500,000 helmets a year at its120,000 square foot facility
Additional employees will be hired as a result of the contract, the company said.