3M to provide body armour plates to the US DoD 41905161

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3M to provide body armour plates to the US DoD
The US Department of Defence has contracted Ceradyne, a 3M company, to supply body armour plates. The Defence Logistics Agency is the awarding body of the USD92.7 million contract. A total of 177,000 pieces will be delivered to the US Armed Forces, starting from this year.
3M to provide body armour plates to the US DoD
Body armours have saved soldiers' lives on many occasions. In the photo US soldiers try the Improved Outer Tactical Vest, which has been fielded since 2008 (Photo: US Army)

The plates’ type is the Lightweight Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts (ESAPI). They are inserted into outer, modular tactical vest, providing torso protection against small-arms fire.

Until now, Ceradyne has supplied the US DoD with more than 2 million body-armour inserts and 100,000 enhanced combat helmets.

Cheryl Ingstad, 3M’s Business Manager of Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, said on the occasion of the new contract award: “3M is pleased to win this contract, and we are honored to provide body armor for the U.S. military. We continue to make it our mission to leverage innovation in advanced materials science and the manufacturing process to deliver highly engineered body armor that meets the exacting quality standards of the U.S. Department of Defense. We never forget that the primary purpose of every body-armor plate is to save the life of the military member who wears it.”