Making a combined $95 million in deals, BAE Systems will provide the Army with anti-ballistic vests and taillight camera systems for MRAP vehicles, the company announced today.
The U.S. Army has ordered 60,000 Improved Outer Tactical Vests, making up $35 million of the deals. BAE has already produced 800,000 of the vests for U.S. troops across the globe.
Greg Kraak, director of U.S. military programs for BAE Systems’ Personnel Protection Systems business, said the IOTVs provide more mobility and comfort than the previous Army-issued vests.
“What’s especially innovative about the IOTV is with just one tug of the quick-release system, the vest and body armor can instantly be removed, providing medics with immediate access to an injured soldier,” he said.
The remaining $60 million will go to BAE for the Army purchase of 5,286 Check-6 taillight camera systems, which allow those inside armored vehicles to see around them in all weather and visibility conditions.