3M subsidiaryÂ Ceradyne will provideÂ 177, 000 body armor plates toÂ the U.S. armed forces under aÂ $92.7 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency.
The Minnesota-headquartered company said Wednesday theÂ lightweight “enhanced” small arms protective inserts are embedded into tactical vests in efforts to protect military personnelÂ against small-arms fire.
Cheryl Ingstad, 3M business manager for the advanced ceramics platform for the defense sector, noted that the body armor inserts are also designed to comply with the Defense Department‘s requirements.
Ceradyne is scheduled to begin production and delivery of ESAPI plates within the year.
3M said itsÂ subsidiary has delivered more than two million body armor platesÂ and 100, 000 “enhanced” combat helmets to the U.S. military.