Army Orders Body Armor Inserts From 3M Subsidiary; Cheryl Ingstad Comments

soldier-equipment-c4isrCeradyne, a subsidiary of 3M (NYSE: MMM), will continue to supply additional lightweight body armor inserts to the U.S. Army under a $34 million contract modification.

The modification was awarded through the service branch’s Soldier Protection System Vital Torso Protection program and is intended for the low-rate initial production of 28, 000 pieces of ceramic-based armor plates designed to protect the body from small arms bullets, 3M said Tuesday.

“We’ve made it our mission to leverage innovation in advanced materials science to reduce the weight burden carried by soldiers, ” said Cheryl Ingstad, business manager of advanced ceramics platforms for defense at 3M.

3M expects Ceradyne to complete deliveries of the body armor in 2016.

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