Hatch® Introduces Handler™ Animal Handler Gloves with Increased Durability and Protection

Temecula, CA February 06, 2008

Hatch®, part of the BAE Systems Products Group, announces today the introduction of the new Handler™ Model HK9100 Animal Handler Glove designed for the unique rigors of canine and/or equestrian work.

A leading supplier of premium gloves and other protective gear serving the law enforcement, military medical and commercial markets since 1968, Hatch develops task-specific products by combining field test data and consumer feedback with years of design and fabrication experience. Every Hatch glove is tested five times before it leaves the production floor, and is subjected to rigorous quality and safety assurance tests similar to those conducted by the National Institute of Justice and the European Committee for Standardization.

The Handler HK9100 Animal Handler Glove was also rigorously tested in the field with K-9 handlers around the world to help ensure the unique design features offer some of the best protection available.

Built for durability, the new Handler Model HK9100 Animal Handler Glove features Sure-Grip® palm patches forged at an angle to serve as reinforcement at abrasion points where routine leash or rein work can wear other gloves down very quickly. A snug fit provides the increased dexterity and sensitivity needed for frisking, searching and weapon control, while the patented Cut-Ring allows for optional removal of the glove’s trigger finger for greater control without unraveling the remaining edge.

Offering the “second skin” tactility and flexibility of high quality semi-aniline goatskin leather, the new Handler Model HK9100 Animal Handler Glove also employs high-density foam for exceptional palm and finger protection. The neoprene back also provides a flexible fit that stretches to work in tandem with the hook and loop closure system to keep the glove firmly yet comfortably in place.

The Handler Model HK9100 Animal Handler Glove is available in black in sizes S-XXL with an MSRP of $37.00.

For more information about Hatch, please visit www.hatch-corp.com.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is the premier global defence, security and aerospace company delivering 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. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.

For further information, please contact:

Reese Riggle, The Dalton Agency
Tel: +1 904 398 5222 ext. 2331