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Second Chance® Armor Marks Historic Milestone: 1,000 “Saves”

May 11, 2007
Central Lake, MI

Georgia Police Officer is 1,000th to be Saved by a Second Chance Vest

Second Chance Armor, part of the BAE Systems Products Group, announced today it has reached an unprecedented milestone in the body armor industry – its bullet-resistant vests have now saved the lives of 1,000 law enforcement professionals.

Second Chance focuses on one objective – saving lives – and Second Chance has done just that, helping to save the lives of more than 1,000 law enforcement officers since its founding in 1970. One of the first body armor manufacturers to use Kevlar in its ballistic vests, Second Chance is a leader in developing all-woven aramid concealable vests by combining comfortable and wearable designs and construction with proven ballistic materials such as Kevlar® and Twaron®.

The milestone was reached on March 22 when a police officer from Acworth, Georgia was shot in the chest during a traffic stop. According to the Acworth Police Department, Officer James Van Alstine’s Second Chance vest “absolutely, without a doubt” saved his life.

Second Chance has been tracking its documented “saves” since 1972, and is observing a quarter-century of providing superior protection to the law enforcement community. “We’re dedicated to saving lives. And being able to say that we have saved 1,000 officers, which we believe is more than any body armor manufacturer in history, is quite a milestone,” said Mark Zucco, senior brand manager of Second Chance Armor, Inc. “Second Chance employees are working every day to save the next 1,000 lives of those who wear our product.”

According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police DuPont Kevlar Survivor’s Club, there are 3,003 documented “saves” total throughout the body armor industry. A “save” is defined as an incident when body armor has prevented its wearer from being disabled or killed. “We are proud to report that Second Chance is responsible for 1,000 ‘saves,’” said Zucco. “We are fully committed to providing law enforcement officers with vests that are manufactured of the highest quality, and this milestone shows the value of that enduring commitment.”

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded $31.4 billion in 2007.

For further information, please contact:

Jason Schneider, The Dalton Agency
Tel: +1 904 398 5222 ext. 2312

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