Improved body armor is on its way to U.S. military
In May 2007, the Army awarded two contracts for the procurement and initial fielding requirement of 230,000 IOTVs. While the initial 230,000 IOTVs were in production, a full and open competitive solicitation for 736,000 IOTVs to complete the Army’s acquisition objective of 966,000 IOTVs was released in November 2007. The request for proposal was delayed at the request of potential bidders. Point Blank Body Armor remains active in competing for the open solicitation.
With the delay, there was a need for a bridge buy of an additional 150,000 IOTVs. Point Blank Body Armor is one of only two companies producing the IOTV and having the U.S. Army-approved ballistic material packages for the IOTV, according to the company.
The Army determined that both companies had the manufacturing capabilities to meet the bridge-buy IOTV production and performance requirements. Point Blank Body Armor, however, was awarded the entire contract based on its best-value proposition, according to the company.
“We are proud Point Blank continues to be the chosen supplier of the U.S. Army and look forward to meeting the requirements of the soldiers who protect our nation.” said Larry Ellis, Point Blank Solutions’ president and CEO. “ … We have a track record of exceeding our customers’ expectations and this latest award will be no different. Our team firmly believes we are positioned to capture awards from not only the U.S. Army, but other customer segments, both domestically and abroad, especially in light of our recent joint venture, with LifeStone Materials.”
Point Blank Body Armor is a subsidiary of Point Blank Solutions Inc. Point Blank Solutions maintains facilities in Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Oakland Park, Fla.; Pompano Beach, Fla.; Jacksboro, Tenn.; and Washington, D.C.