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Light Body Armour Component Order From Marines

ATK : 03 November, 2010  (Application Story)
ATK has responded to an order form the Marine Corps for Scalable Plate Carrier components with soft armour ballistic protection
ATKs Eagle operation has received an $18.5 million sole-source, follow-on contract from Marine Corps Systems Command to produce Scalable Plate Carrier (SPC) components and spare parts with soft Armour ballistic protection to help Marines lighten their load. The company received its first contract for SPCs in 2007, following an Urgent Universal Needs Statement from the USMC to deliver plate carriers. The SPC system spare parts and components will be manufactured at the company's Lares, Puerto Rico and Fenton, Missouri facilities.

The SPC system works in conjunction with BAE's soft Armour ballistic package and provides the Marines with a lightweight, yet effective body Armour solution that supports an overall effort to lighten the load of US Marines. Production is already underway and deliveries are expected to be completed in early 2011.

'The SPC system provides troops with protection they need while lightening the load they carry into the field,' said Ron Johnson, President of ATK's Security and Sporting group. 'We remain flexible in order to deliver affordable innovation to support US Marines and the mission at hand.'
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