Thursday, August 19, 2010

BAE Systems Receives $9.6 Million Order for MOLLE Equipment from Defense Logistics Agency

BAE Systems has been awarded a $9.6 million follow-on order from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to produce Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE).

“MOLLE provides soldiers with more options over former systems”

.The MOLLE system is comprised of a variety of load carrying equipment including vests, backpacks, pouches, pockets and hydration systems. MOLLE is the primary field equipment system developed by and for the U.S. Army and is configurable for specific mission requirements.

“MOLLE provides soldiers with more options over former systems,” said Greg Kraak, Director of Military Programs for BAE Systems’ Personnel Protection Systems business. “Soldiers can configure the removable pockets and pouches according to their preference; and the overall MOLLE system provides comfort to the user with its heavily padded shoulder straps and adjustable waist and shoulder belts designed to accommodate various torso sizes.”

The $9.6 million order is the first follow-on order against a $131 million second year option that DLA exercised in May of this year. The original three-year contract was awarded in 2008, and has a potential total value of $374 million.

Since the program’s inception, BAE Systems has delivered more than two million MOLLE sets to support American servicemen and women throughout the world.

MOLLE production will take place at BAE Systems’ facilities located in McKee, Kentucky and Jessup, Pennsylvania.

BAE Systems is a leading provider of soldier protective and load carriage 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.

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