(Oct. 4, 2019) The U.S. Marine Corps announced last week that the Pocomoke City company Hardwire has been awarded a multi-year $42.7 million contract to manufacture and supply the ballistic protection for the Marines for the next five years.
“The Marines are one of the most feared and effective fighting forces in the world, and with Hardwire’s soft armor – the lightest, thinnest protection available – they become even faster and more capable,” said Hardwire CEO George Tunis.
The Gen III soft armor offers the last layer of ballistic and fragmentation protection for the Marine user.
The Hardwire soft armor manufacturing process is unique in the soft body armor industry. It presses the armor materials with millions of pounds of force at precise temperatures and then softens the material into flexible layers similar to softened leather.
This process produces a fabric of sorts that transfers incoming projectile energy onto a greater area, resulting in less trauma for the wearer.
The high degree of automation in the manufacturing process also improves cost effectiveness by, among other innovations, not using a single sewing machine like older, out-of-date armor producers, Tunis said.
“Our armor is up to 50 percent lighter and 65 percent thinner than older Kevlar®-based systems, but most importantly, we consistently stop the threats that our Marines face while still lightening their equipment load,” he said.
Hardwire has been in the armor protection and military vehicle design business for almost two decades, providing armor for vehicles, aircraft, boats, personnel, and infrastructure.