Ceradyne Gets Special Body Armor Order
In a previous DID article covering SAPI and ESAPI inserts for the US Military’s Interceptor body armor, Ceradyne, Inc. was mentioned. That firm recently received orders totaling $14.6 million for its lightweight ceramic armor systems: approximately $12 million for certain elite U.S. fighting units and $2.6 million for the U.S. Marine Corps. Approximately $1.56 million of the above orders are for specially designed body armor, shaped to protect other areas of the body in addition to the chest and back.
These new orders are separate from the contracts for SAPI and ESAPI Interceptor body armor inserts. Shipments are expected to commence in October 2005 and be completed by August 2006.