BAE Systems Unveils Ultra Lightweight Warrior Soldier System with up to 35 Percent Weight Savings

PARIS, France — Specif­i­cal­ly engi­neered for the way troops fight today, BAE Sys­tems’ Ultra Light­weight War­rior (ULW) sys­tem of inno­v­a­tive body armor is designed to offer adapt­able pro­tec­tion and dra­mat­ic weight sav­ings for sol­diers.

ULW Equipment Set
ULW Equip­ment Set
ULW equip­ment set with hel­met, vest/carrier, ful­ly packed load car­ry­ing equip­ment and body armor

The ULW sys­tem, shown for the first time at the Eurosato­ry defence exhi­bi­tion in Paris, draws heav­i­ly from lessons learned in cur­rent glob­al con­flicts.

“Real life com­bat in Afghanistan and Iraq helped to shape ULW’s devel­op­ment,” said Joe Colt­man, Vice Pres­i­dent with BAE Sys­tems’ Secu­ri­ty & Sur­viv­abil­i­ty busi­ness. “Over the years, as new threats have emerged, a soldier’s pro­tec­tion lev­el has like­wise had to increase, trans­lat­ing into more and heav­ier equip­ment. The ULW sys­tem pro­vides the scal­able, mod­u­lar pro­tec­tion that sol­diers require, but up to a 35 per­cent weight sav­ings when mea­sured against com­pa­ra­ble sol­dier equip­ment,” added Colt­man.

ULW focus­es on five key prod­uct areas includ­ing hel­met, vest/soft body armor, armor plates, load car­ry­ing equip­ment, and an inte­grat­ed pow­er sup­ply. While each sep­a­rate piece of equip­ment offers dis­tinct fea­tures and ben­e­fits, such as a recharge­able, inte­grat­ed pow­er sup­ply strate­gi­cal­ly designed to be worn with­in the bal­lis­tic vest, and a quick-release mech­a­nism that pro­vides faster actu­a­tion and eas­i­er assem­bly, the real val­ue asso­ci­at­ed with ULW is in how the indi­vid­ual pieces work togeth­er for the sol­dier.

“What ULW pro­vides to the armed forces is options,” said Sean Mar­tin, Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Direc­tor for BAE Sys­tems’ Per­son­nel Pro­tec­tion Sys­tems busi­ness. “ULW is a flex­i­ble, mod­u­lar sol­dier equip­ment plat­form that can be mod­i­fied a num­ber of ways, and pro­vides mul­ti­ple mis­sion-spe­cif­ic options. Its ergonom­ic design fea­tures new, lighter weight advanced mate­ri­als, which pro­vide greater com­fort and need­ed mobil­i­ty with­out sac­ri­fic­ing pro­tec­tion.”

ULW is com­plete­ly cus­tomiz­able and can be tai­lored to suit vir­tu­al­ly any require­ment for sol­dier equip­ment.

“For years, troops around the world have been ask­ing, ‘when will we have lighter body armor?’ ” added Colt­man. “With ULW, we think we’ve got the answer. It’s the most advanced sol­dier equip­ment sys­tem in the indus­try today, deliv­er­ing the most options to the armed forces while still pro­vid­ing the right lev­el of pro­tec­tion for any giv­en mis­sion might require.”

ULW is sched­uled for rig­or­ous user tri­als in the Unit­ed States.

Because of its glob­al appli­ca­tion, BAE Sys­tems is unveil­ing ULW simul­ta­ne­ous­ly at dual venues — in Europe, at Eurosato­ry, and in North Amer­i­ca, at the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Forces Indus­try Con­fer­ence (SOFIC).

BAE Sys­tems’ Secu­ri­ty & Sur­viv­abil­i­ty busi­ness is a leader in pro­tec­tion, secu­ri­ty and sur­viv­abil­i­ty sys­tems. It is a tech­nol­o­gy leader in light­weight mate­ri­als, includ­ing com­pos­ites, ceram­ic and trans­par­ent armor tech­nolo­gies; inte­grat­ed vehi­cle armor sys­tems; vehi­cle and air­craft sur­viv­abil­i­ty com­po­nents and acces­sories; and sol­dier pro­tec­tion equip­ment, sold to the U.S. gov­ern­ment, oth­er gov­ern­ments and oth­er defense con­trac­tors.

About BAE Sys­tems
BAE Sys­tems is a glob­al defence, secu­ri­ty and aero­space com­pa­ny with approx­i­mate­ly 107,000 employ­ees world­wide. The Com­pa­ny deliv­ers a full range of prod­ucts and ser­vices for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced elec­tron­ics, secu­ri­ty, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions and cus­tomer sup­port ser­vices. In 2009 BAE Sys­tems report­ed sales of £22.4 bil­lion (US$ 36.2 bil­lion).

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact

Jen­nifer Robin­son, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 513 341 4073 Mobile: +1 513 833 5389

Peter Edwards, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +44(0)1252 384029 Mob: +44(0)7540 629857

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