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BAE reports new orders for body armor

BAE reports new orders for body armor
Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, gives a soldier assigned to Forward Operating Base Ghazni a thump on his body armor as he thanked him for his service and sacrifice on August 15, 2011. UPI/Michael O'Conner/USAF | License Photo

PHOENIX, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Additional hard armor inserts for tactical vests worn by U.S. troops are being produced by BAE Systems under contracts worth nearly $18 million.

"The body armor is designed with the specific purpose of stopping armor-piercing bullets," said Ashoo Agarwal, a quality engineer at BAE Systems. "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."

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Among the recently issued contracts is a $10.2 million order from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency for Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts; an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract worth as much as $6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for SPEAR BALCS inserts and a $500,000 research and development contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for Enhanced Concealable Small Arms Protective Inserts.

The hard armor inserts -- worn inside the fronts, backs, and sides of outer tactical vests – have been fully qualified by the U.S. government in physical, environmental, and ballistic testing, BAE Systems said.

The number of inserts to be provided was not disclosed.

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