Applied Fiber Concepts and Propper International Awarded New US Navy Body Armor Contract

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Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. and Propper International have been awarded a contract to manufacture the new Naval Security Forces Vest (NSFV) for the United States Navy.

The NSFV, which was awarded through a solicitation from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) for a new ballistic vest designed to protect sailors, consists of a base vest and modular components for tailoring protection levels to defeat multiple ballistic and fragmentation hazards while performing security and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) duties.

We’re proud to partner with Applied Fiber Concepts, one of the industry’s most innovative ballistic protection providers,” said Anderson Ward, Senior VP, Global Supply Chain Operations for Propper. “The sailors who wear this armor can perform their missions with confidence.

Michael Haynes, VP of Business Development for Applied Fiber Concepts, echoed that sentiment:

Providing advanced ballistic protection that can be configured to best fit the mission will allow the brave men and women responsible for keeping us safe to focus on their jobs and feel confident that they are protected.

About the Vests

Applied Fiber Concepts will produce all the Level IIIA ballistic inserts, yoke, and collar assemblies and Propper will manufacture the outer carriers for the one-year contract that has an option for up to four additional years. All the ballistic material included in the NSFV is fully NIJ-certified and tested to perform up to NIJ 0101.06 standards, the highest standard for ballistic protection. Total contract production is projected to reach over 51,000 units.

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  • TheUnspoken TheUnspoken on Apr 13, 2018

    Maybe they didn't... Contracts seem to be "can you make this? Why yes, of course, we will make whatever you like!"

    I wonder where they would use Level IIIA, guard duty in non-hostile locations? MP on bases? I wouldn't think most sailors face a lot of pistol attacks.

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    • Maldoror Maldoror on Apr 15, 2018

      @Audie Bakerson How does it imply otherwise? The DEA, for instance, has an anti-frag requirement for its IIIa ballistic inserts. ("16 grain – V50 shall be no less than 2,080 feet per second.")

      They call 'em "IIIa" -- but they're also tested against, and capable of stopping, frag. In fact, almost by definition, something that is rated IIIa is capable of stopping frag.

  • 22winmah 22winmah on Apr 15, 2018

    Firearms... not knives, flashlights, howtizers, crew served weapons, aircraft, and military body armor contracts!