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MN01: New Body Armor Model added to Second Chance® Monarch® Series

February 26, 2010
Jacksonville, Florida

Safariland, a BAE Systems line of business, announced today that it has released another armor model that satisfies the requirements of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) new Voluntary Body Armor Compliance Testing Program under NIJ Standard-0101.06 (NIJ-06).

The release of the MN01 Type IIA introduces the Monarch Series as part of the Second Chance brand. The MN01, tested against the 9mm & .40 cal. threats, is an affordable solution that provides comfort and performance within a Type IIA vest.

The MN01 is a hybrid design of multiple types of ballistic-resistant material, accented by Curv® technology and high performance Honeywell® ballistic material. Safariland’s application of Curv® technology along the sternum, spinal cord and lower torso in the armor design helps provide increased blunt trauma protection, while Honeywell’s Gold Shield® is a shielded aramid that increases ballistic performance, along with improved chemical, environmental and water resistance.

The NIJ introduced the Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor NIJ Standard-0101.06 to establish minimum performance requirements and test methods for the ballistic resistance of personal body armor in order to improve performance so that officers receive adequate protection against those threats likely faced over the next decade. According to the new NIJ-06 standard, body armor must now be able to defend against increased velocities of ammunition calibers to better reflect current street threats and law enforcement duty weapons. These new performance requirements are critical components to improving the life-protecting equipment being used by law enforcement.

All Safariland armor models are certified using NIJ approved size templates C1 and C5, which allow for production of the widest range of sizes. Safariland’s body armor models combine the heritage and expertise of American Body Armor®, Second Chance®, SAVVY® and PROTECH®. In doing so, Safariland offers the most comprehensive line of body armor available in the industry.  Safariland’s NIJ-06 body armor provides law enforcement officers with enhanced performance, durability, comfort and value, which deliver on the company’s motto: Together, We Save Lives™.

About Safariland
Safariland, LLC is a premier provider of law enforcement and security products and services, delivering a full-range of customer-specific solutions. Offering many of the world’s most recognizable branded products in the public safety market, Safariland is committed to saving lives. For more information about Safariland and its body armor products, as well as information on the new NIJ-06 standard, please visit www.safariland.com.

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).

For further information, please contact:
Marsha Mathias
Manager, Communications
Safariland
Marsha.mathias@baesystems.com
Tel: +1 904 807 4951


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