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MSA to help develop next-gen combat helmet

PITTSBURGH, July 22 (UPI) -- MSA announced it has been contracted to support the development of the next-generation Enhanced Combat Helmet for the U.S. Marine Corps and Army.

U.S. company and safety equipment provider MSA was contracted by the Marine Corps Systems Command to work on phase I of the Enhanced Combat Helmet ballistic helmet project.

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The ECH is being developed for use by the Marine Corps and Army as a next generation of the Advanced Combat Helmet currently in use.

"We're extremely pleased the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army have chosen MSA to participate in the ECH program," William Lambert, MSA president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"This is an exciting and rewarding project for MSA, and we're proud to be associated with a program focused on raising the level of protection for our fighting men and women in uniform."

MSA officials also announced the company received a contract to deliver its self-contained breathing apparatus system to the U.S. Coast Guard and has been selected to supply Army bases with respiratory protective technologies under deals worth $6 million.

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