BAE Systems to supply combat helmets to USMC
BAE Systems is to produce lightweight combat helmets for the US Marine Corps (USMC) following the award of a $28 million order. The order is an option on an existing contract issued in 2010, bringing the cumulative value of the contract to approximately $56 million.
BAE Systems first produced the lightweight combat helmet in 2012. The lightweight helmet is fully certified to meet rigorous standards for ballistic, structural and non-ballistic impact testing set by the US Army’s Aberdeen Test Center. It represents the latest model in USMC helmets since the Personnel Armor System Ground Troops helmet was replaced in 2003.
Eric Gavelda, director of Warfighter Protection at BAE Systems Protection Systems, said: ‘This lightweight helmet is a sophisticated design engineered to meet the Corps’ protection requirements for bullets and fragmentation.’
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