Ceradyne, a wholly owned subsidiary of 3M, has secured an additional contract to continue delivering its ballistic helmet of the future to the US Army.
The new integrated head protection system (IHPS) uses advanced materials, and features ultramodern design and add-on accessories that provide the soldiers with enhanced comfort and improved protection to carry out modern missions.
Valued at $34m, the current additional deal will take the total IHPS contract value of the US company to more than $52m.
3M Defence Advanced Ceramics Platform global business manager Cheryl Ingstad said: “This order reinforces the army’s confidence in 3M to design and produce the IHPS, which is so advanced, it sets a new global standard for head protection.”
The highly technical IHPS has been designed specifically to provide the US Army with a lighter ballistic helmet featuring passive hearing protection and improved blunt-impact performance.
The IHPS project is a part of the army’s next-generation Soldier Protection System (SPS) programme, which focuses on maximising soldier protection while reducing total equipment weight.
The ballistic helmet helps protect the soldiers against modern battlefield threats, such as powerful rifle projectiles and handgun bullets.
In order to ensure increased protection, the system can be equipped with different accessories, such as mandible, visor, night vision goggle attachment, rails and a modular ballistic applique.
The delivery of the helmets by 3M will begin early this year and expected to continue throughout the year.