QinetiQ Group secures $84 million U.S. Army contract for next-gen bomb suits

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QinetiQ Group secures $84 million U.S. Army contract for next-gen bomb suits
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Defense technology firm QinetiQ US, a subsidiary of London-listed QinetiQ Group, announced on Monday that it has secured an $84 million contract with the U.S. Army. The five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement involves the delivery of over 700 Next Generation Advanced Bomb Suits (NGABS) to replace the existing 20-year-old Advanced Bomb Suit (ABS).

The NGABS is designed to provide enhanced protection for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) soldiers during operations involving the identification, rendering safe, and disposal of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other explosive threats. The new suits offer 360-degree ballistic protection and significantly improve situational awareness through advanced technology enhancements, including a low/no light operation integrated capability provided by a Modular Sensor Suite (MSS) and Heads Up Display (HUD).

Shawn N. Purvis, President, and CEO of QinetiQ US, expressed pride in the partnership with the U.S. Army, highlighting that the initiative embodies mission readiness. Steve Iwicki, Executive Vice President over QinetiQ US' space initiatives and Defense Technologies and Solutions portfolio, emphasized the company's commitment to enhancing soldier experience through increased mobility and survivability in the construction of the suit.

The contract was awarded by Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment (PM SPE), a product team of Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier's Soldier Survivability (SSV) program office based at Fort Belvoir, VA. PM SPE is tasked with improving force lethality and mobility by optimizing Soldier protection and effectively serving as the Lifecycle Manager for all personal protective equipment (PPE).

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