VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – April 04, 2017) – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE: MRS) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Protect The Force Inc. (“Protect The Force” or “PTF”), has been awarded a contract with Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (“Natick”) for the development of an Electrician’s Impact Safety Vest (“EISV”) to be used by sailors on surface and submarine vessels.
PTF’s successful submission followed a solicitation by Natick for a 3-phase delivery of EISV’s with technology and functionality integrations including excellent mobility and flexibility, arc flash and impact protection — afforded by the selection of specific materials — and physical features to allow for extraction in the event the user becomes injured and incapacitated.
Leveraging a US Government design, PTF will develop the initial prototypes for expert-user field evaluation prior to production, and subsequent delivery, of 75 final prototypes in accordance with the Statement of Work. All costs associated with the development and delivery of the EISV prototypes will be funded by NSRDEC including USD $28,500.00 fee to be paid to Protect The Force for its efforts in bringing the EISV to the commercialization stage. The prototypes will be produced at PTF Manufacturing, the Company’s 22,000 square-foot rapid prototyping facility in Jacksboro, TN which currently manufactures a full range of products dedicated to the tactical and defense industry including tactical outerwear, canine armor products, bomb suits/blankets, riot control protection, carriers, textiles with integrated electronics and ballistic panels.
Francisco Martinez, PTF’s Chief Technology Officer states, “We have had the privilege of pioneering technology with Natick since 2012 — impacting the industry with outstanding innovations — and we are very excited to once again collaborate with Natick and support this critical project with the uncompromising quality and professionalism that has become synonymous with PTF-Natick collaborations.”
Performed by the Innovations team at its Boston, Massachusetts-based lab, Protect The Force has partnered with the US Government on previous emerging product development efforts — including the US Army Ballistic Combat Shirt and US Marines Ballistic Base Layer — and believes its past performance and strategic proximity to Natick has positioned the Company well to respond to government solicitations and will continue to be advantageous going forward.
“This project is a key development for the Company as it further expands our portfolio and scope of expertise into the industrial safety domain,” states Jeff Schwartz, CEO of Mission Ready. “We are proud to be able to certify the prototypes we will be delivering as Berry Compliant — a US Government requirement for textile-based product procurements — with respect to the materials and the manufacturing process; both made and performed in the United States of America.”