BAE Systems Receives $15.8 Million Order for XSBI Side Body Armor

PHOENIX, Ari­zona — BAE Sys­tems has received a $15.8 mil­lion award from the U.S. Army for the pro­duc­tion and deliv­ery of side bal­lis­tic insert plates, also known as XSBI hard body armor.

XSBI hard body armor inserts are worn on the inside of a Soldier’s vest to pro­tect against a vari­ety of bal­lis­tic threats. The pro­tec­tive plates, worn on both sides of the tor­so, offer greater bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion over soft armor alone and are ful­ly qual­i­fied by the U.S. Gov­ern­ment to meet the military’s rigid require­ments and spec­i­fi­ca­tions. BAE Sys­tems first intro­duced the SAPI plate in 1998 and has pro­duced more than 1 mil­lion hard body armor inserts, includ­ing XSBI and Enhanced SAPI, under mul­ti­ple Depart­ment of Defense contracts. 

“We look for­ward to pro­duc­ing and deliv­er­ing addi­tion­al XSBI plates to the Army,” said Greg Kraak, direc­tor of warfight­er equip­ment for BAE Sys­tems’ Pro­tec­tion Sys­tems busi­ness. “These plates offer increased pro­tec­tion on the bat­tle­field, and will help pro­tect the lives of the brave men and women serv­ing our country.” 

This $15.8 mil­lion order is part of a pre­vi­ous con­tract award­ed to BAE Sys­tems in Sep­tem­ber 2010. The most recent award brings the total con­tract val­ue to approx­i­mate­ly $50.6 mil­lion. Pro­duc­tion is being per­formed at BAE Sys­tems’ Phoenix, Ariz. facil­i­ty, with deliv­er­ies sched­uled through Feb­ru­ary 2012. 

BAE Sys­tems is a lead­ing provider of Sol­dier pro­tec­tive and load car­ry­ing equip­ment in the Unit­ed States, pro­duc­ing a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the nation’s body armor, tac­ti­cal vests, com­bat hel­mets and load car­ry­ing sys­tems. Not only is the com­pa­ny focused on the design, devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of lead­ing edge sur­viv­abil­i­ty prod­ucts, its inte­gra­tion of advanced mate­ri­als into man­u­fac­tur­ing, rig­or­ous prod­uct test­ing and field tri­als sup­port the company’s focus on the men and women who serve in the armed forces. 

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please contact:

Heather Rus­sell, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 602 643 7260 Mobile: +1 602 373 8625

BAE Systems 

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