PHOENIX --- BAE Systems has received $43 million in orders from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for production of Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) Core Rifleman sets, Ruck sets and components.
MOLLE is the primary field equipment system developed by and for the U.S. Army and each set incorporates a load-bearing vest, pockets, backpacks and a hydration system. The MOLLE system is a highly adaptable platform that enables soldiers to carry equipment and supplies critical to their mission.
“The MOLLE system minimizes unnecessary injury to our armed forces personnel by allowing weight to be carried more effectively and safely through a system that better distributes load on the user’s torso,” said Joe Coltman, vice president of Personnel Protection Systems for BAE Systems. “The MOLLE system continues to be evaluated by government customers against other load carriage systems and continues to demonstrate it is the premier load carriage system in use today.”
The $43 million DLA orders are part of a $374 million multi-year contract awarded to BAE Systems in June 2008. To date, approximately $171 million of that contract has been obligated.
Production for MOLLE equipment will be completed at facilities located in Arizona, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee with deliveries scheduled for completion by November 2009.
BAE Systems has produced over 1.5 million MOLLE sets over the last four years. Employing nearly 1,800 employees at its Personnel Protection Systems’ facilities in Arizona, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, BAE Systems’ Security & Survivability is a leader in protection, security and survivability systems for land, air and naval applications. It is a technology leader in light weight materials, including composites, ceramic and transparent armor technologies; integrated vehicle armor systems; vehicle and aircraft survivability components and accessories; and soldier protection equipment, sold primarily to global military customers and other defense contractors.
BAE Systems is the premier global defense, security and aerospace company delivering 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. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (U.S. $34.4 billion) in 2008.
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