12:00 AM, November 3, 2010
ATK announced today that its Eagle operation has received an $18.5 million sole-source, follow-on contract from Marine Corps Systems Command to produce Scalable Plate Carrier (SPC) components and spare parts with soft armor ballistic protection to help Marines lighten their load. The company received its first contract for SPCs in 2007, following an Urgent Universal Needs Statement from the USMC to deliver plate carriers. The SPC system spare parts and components will be manufactured at the company's Lares, Puerto Rico and Fenton, Missouri facilities. The SPC system works in conjunction with BAE's soft armor ballistic package and provides the Marines with a lightweight, yet effective body armor solution that supports an overall effort to lighten the load of U.S. Marines. Production is already underway and deliveries are expected to be completed in early 2011. "The SPC system provides troops with protection they need while lightening the load they carry into the field," said Ron Johnson, President of ATK's Security and Sporting group. "We remain flexible in order to deliver affordable innovation to support U.S. Marines and the mission at hand."