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Bridport's Amsafe wins huge MOD contract
BRIDPORT’S AmSafe has won a £10.6 million MOD contract to protect army vehicles from rocket propelled grenades.
They won the contract following an international competition and the company’s Tarian system was one of three solutions selected for a programme of rigorous testing and trials, including live firing and vehicle field trials.
The contract includes the supply of several hundred Tarian kits for vehicles serving in Afghanistan.
The contract will be completed by the end of 2013.
The Tarian has been deployed and proven on vehicles in Afghanistan since May 2009, and as QuickShield bar armour repair kits, fitted to vehicles to replace damaged bar armour, since April 2011.
Neal McKeever, sales and marketing director at AmSafe Bridport Ltd, said: “AmSafe Bridport is delighted to have won this significant contract for the UK MoD.
“This contract win demonstrates that Tarian is the rocket propelled grenade (RPG) protection technology of choice to meet armed forces requirements for effective RPG protection that is light weight, operationally effective and affordable.”
He said the system was so successful because Tarian is an extremely strong textile net manufactured from high-tenacity fibres.
The nets are attached to vehicles using innovative flexible mounts that enable the system to withstand harsh vehicle operating conditions without sustaining damage, he added.
The system is 98 per cent lighter than traditional armour.