Production of both IHPS helmet systems and ESAPI
components is expected to start next year.
ceramic armour plates, worn by US soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, are inserted into outer modular tactical vests to provide torso protection against small arms fire.
The Army's in-house laboratories for years have been trying to develop new, lighter materials to replace ESAPI
plates, but no breakthroughs have occurred so far.
(front and back pair) NSN 8470-01-520-7360 (X-SM)
As a rule, to fit properly, the ESAPI
should be the same size as the vest.
plate protects against multiple hits from small arms threats," said Don Dutton, vice president and general manager of Protection Systems at BAE Systems Support Solutions.
Designed to provide a wide range of protection, ESAPI
plates provide multiple hit protection from small arms projectiles.
plates are said to offer protection from .
Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps with enhanced small arms protective inserts -- sometimes referred to by the acronym ESAPI
-- and referring to the ceramic plates inserted into body armor.
To date, we have not received additional delivery orders for either XSAPI or ESAPI
against the remaining $2.
announced it has received its first delivery order covering two months of 2013 ESAPI
requirements totaling over $14 million.
NASDAQ: CRDN) received an $8 million ESAPI
(Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts) order which is expected to be shipped in the first quarter of 2010.