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XSAPI ceramic body armour order for Ceradyne

Ceradyne : 01 April, 2009  (Application Story)
Government order for body armour for military personnel amounts to $77 million
Ceradyne has received a delivery order for approximately $77 million for XSAPI ceramic body armour plates. Ceradyne will begin shipping this XSAPI production release in the second quarter of 2009 and expects to complete the order in the fourth quarter of 2009. The release was issued under the $2.37 billion five- year ID/IQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) contract announced earlier in October 2008. The Company also announced it has successfully completed all First Article Testing and associated lot testing on its related ESAPI and XSAPI designs.

This approximately $77 million initial XSAPI production order replaces the $73 million XSAPI production order announced by Ceradyne on October 9, 2008; that order was subsequently withdrawn when a competitor protested the award.


David Reed, Ceradyne President North American Operations, commented: "We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this XSAPI contract. Although it was delayed, we intend to ship this release in its entirety in calendar 2009. Our large installed industrial base should allow us to provide the Army its XSAPI requirements with on-time deliveries and high quality. We believe that our track record on ESAPI and our vertically integrated strategy; ie, from powder to final product, has been instrumental in our winning over 70% of the government's needs.

"This new armour system was designed by Ceradyne's extensive ceramic, polymer and ballistic research team here in Costa Mesa and Irvine, California. The XSAPI design is the most robust ballistic protection available to our services personnel. It not only stops the most lethal 'X' ballistic threats, but also defeats other threats that the former ESAPI and SAPI systems were designed to address as well."

Reed further commented: "During the balance of 2009, our engineers and senior staff will be working with the military to more clearly define battlefield threats and deployment plans through the year 2013."
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