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Armor Express Supports Our Nation’s Law Enforcement, Military and Special Ops Officers in Mission-critical Training at the 2018 Fort Meade Sniper Competition

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

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Central Lake’s Armor Express is proud to be the headlining sponsor of the 2018 Fort Meade Sniper Competition, where police and military counter sniper teams from across the country will come together for five days of educational workshops and exercises focused on strategic training and advancing their skills. The forum, which runs from April 30 – May 4 in Maryland, will also benefit Project Healing Waters, an instrumental veteran’s advocate program.

David Jones, Armor Express’ Director of Federal Sales commented, “We’re excited to join our law enforcement and military officers at Fort Meade this year as they look to gain vital knowledge of the most effective tactics and the latest, innovative tools for sharpening their 21st century skills. We have a great opportunity to engage with the brave men and women on the front lines about the issues they face, their professional development needs, and how we can best support them with the mission-critical equipment and resources they require to perform and be safe. We look forward to a week of immersive and productive workshops that only parallel actual mission deployment.”

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Armor Express is sponsoring the headlining “Long-Range Precision Competition” which will include a maximum of thirty (30) teams representing various elite military and civilian law enforcement and special operations organizations from around the U.S. This event is also co-hosted by members of the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan Area Law Enforcement agencies at the Local, State and Federal levels.

Participants will engage in marksmanship training and will have the opportunity to compete with their peers in various high-powered rifle shooting contests. The Long-Range Precision Competition will provide contestants the chance to exchange ideas around proven techniques and strategies related to counter sniper operations. Further, representative agencies will be able to interact with each other as well as with participating vendors to discuss areas of mutual interest.

During Vendor Day (scheduled for May 3rd), attendees will have an upfront view of Armor Express’ concealable and tactical ballistic systems including the Gen2 Razor™ Level IIIA; hard armor plates for rapid up-armoring such as the Abrams line of rifle plates in Levels III and IV, capable of withstanding today’s rifle round threats; flexible plate carriers; and lightweight Level IIIA ballistic helmets including the VPAM-certified AMP-1 TP from Armor Express and Busch PROtective. The Company’s protective solutions are proudly worn by federal agents in the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as officers at law enforcement agencies nationwide including the Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office and San Francisco Police Dept. and Sheriff’s Office, among others.

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The Fort Meade Sniper Competition tests physical fitness, operational readiness, long distance performance under loud operational conditions, the challenges of engaging long distance moving targets, confidence in dropped or fallen rifles, ability to deal with weather effects encountered during the final firing position, cold bore firing performance, capabilities of built vs. bought rifles, planning and ability assessment during shooting and communicating. Special Patrol Rifle Events, including a 100 Yard Positional Movement Drill, a 100 Yard Moving Targets Drill, an Urban Multi-Position Pursuit Steel Shoot, and the Vendor Display – Shoot Off Tie Breaker will be conducted.

For more info on participation in this and future Fort Meade Sniper Competition events, visit fortmeadesnipercomp.com. View video coverage on YouTube.

Armor Express to Demonstrate its Ground-Breaking Protective Solutions at SHOT Show 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Company will unveil its new Lighthawk™ Tactical brand, with comprehensive, state-of-the-art
ballistic systems, carriers and accessory offerings for the modern-day tactical officer

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, January 18, 2018 — Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is excited to unveil its latest advancements in ballistic packages, carrier designs, hard armor, and duty gear for the Domestic and Federal law enforcement, defense and security markets at the 2018 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). Armor Express will also formally launch its new brand, Lighthawk™ Tactical, demonstrating the hottest innovations in head to toe protective wear for the 21st century tactical officer at Booth #31103. The conference, which is organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, will run from January 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“SHOT Show provides an incredible opportunity for us to fully engage with our customers and partners on what’s most important: saving lives,” said Matt Davis, Founder and President of Armor Express. “We look forward to highlighting the most cutting-edge tactical and concealable solutions the industry has seen, all reflective of our commitment to putting the safety of the men and women who protect our freedoms above all else. We continue to expand our footprint, most notably growing our tactical LE business with the launch of Lighthawk Tactical, which will bring a host of new innovations and greater industry collaboration. As we push advancements in ballistics and carrier designs, there is no better time than now to be front and center with those who rely on our solutions. We look ahead to a productive conference.”

Lighthawk Tactical Takes Technology-Driven Body Armor Designs to the Next Level
Expected to be one of the biggest highlights of the show, Armor Express will debut its new Lighthawk Tactical solutions developed with real-world user input and dedicated to the progressive tactical officer. Under the Lighthawk Tactical brand, Domestic and Federal law enforcement officers will benefit tremendously from the latest mission-critical ballistic systems, carriers, hard armor and accessory tools, including the:

Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier: This streamlined, lightweight and modular tactical plate carrier comes in Laser Cut and MOLLE configurations and features the Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) and optional/swappable Cummerbund Wraps (Armor Wrap, M4 Wrap, Utility Wrap).

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Laser Cut Plate Carrier (LCPC): Fits most hard armor plates (certified ICW or Lo Vis special threat) and soft ballistic plate backers. The LCPC meets most needs for patrol, task force, or close protection detail. This lightweight carrier is made with today’s newest and strongest materials.

Hard Armor Shoulder Plate (HASP) Carrier: This advanced, lightweight, ballistic (Level IIIA, III, or III+) shoulder protection plate and carrier is exclusive to Lighthawk. The HASP carrier was engineered with the latest laser cut material resulting in a durable, low-profile and reduced-weight product.

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Agile Canine Vest (ACV): With ground-breaking features like the hidden dynamic cummerbund, shoulder fit adjustments and covered zipper closure, the ACV is a streamlined package allowing the K-9 to move freely with minimal snag points, while offering the best options in ballistic/stab protection.

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Quick Release Dynamic Cummerbund Upgrades: Using cutting-edge technology, Lighthawk Tactical is proud to deliver three cummerbund options for the most discerning operator – the Cobra® Dynamic Cummerbund, Ares® Dynamic Cummerbund, and FirstSpear® Tubes® Dynamic Cummerbund.

Special Response Team (SRT) Belt: The SRT Belt offers an effective and comfortable platform for today’s officer needs. Available in MOLLE and laser cut styles, it comes standard with a padded insert or can be upgraded with a custom ballistic insert. Sizes run from XS-4X.

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NOD’s Garage: This padded case for a helmet-mounted night vision device or related accessories, utilizes the interior space and protection of the operator’s helmet, making the most out of limited loadout space. It includes ID badge and name tape attachment points, along with a removable divider.

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View the innovative Lighthawk Tactical solutions at bit.ly/shotshowproducts.

In addition to these latest offerings, the Company will exhibit under the Lighthawk umbrella, its ‘tried-and-true’ XT 2.0 tactical vest; Tactical Operations Response Carrier (TORC); Busch ballistic helmets certified to VPAM; M1, R1 (rifle-rated) and S1 ballistic shields; and Peraflex System Pouches.

“Lighthawk Tactical is committed to creating and delivering solutions which support the needs of the modern-day tactical professional,” stated Rick Rardon, Director of Carrier Research and Development. “We’re excited to introduce at SHOT Show some of the industry’s firsts and strongest innovations for tactical LE. This is an ideal forum to actively engage with our end-users. Their feedback is instrumental to our product evolution process and we pride ourselves on the Lighthawk brand being mission-ready and second-to-none because we put our customers’ needs at the forefront.”

Within the broader Armor Express portfolio, attendees can look forward to seeing the Company’s latest capability enhancements, including its:

Seraph Gen3 Soft Armor: An incredible armor system that’s thin, light and pliable as a result of the ideal blend of Teijin® Twaron® and Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology.

American Revolution Concealable Carrier: A superior design, while offering maximum comfort, breathe-ability and durability. Low profile shoulder padding adds comfort and weight disbursement.

Hardcore H3 Overt Patrol Carrier: Features a lightweight, low profile architecture with fully adjustable shoulders and waist. It uses BRAVO cut panels for enhanced coverage and a more accurate fit.

Hard Core FE: This is the first Fire and EMS-specific carrier to safely address a one-size-fits-most application with consideration of comfort, movement and ballistic protection.

OCS UVIR: This lightweight, external body armor is designed to go over a uniform shirt. It protects the Fire/EMS personnel from handgun threats as part of a Unified Violent Incident Response (UVIR) team.

Tactical Outer Garment (TOG): This scalable, tactical armor system offers advanced features, including National Molding® Back Release System, developed specifically for Dept. of Homeland Security agents.

Other industry-proven products such as the Halo, Razor, Vortex, FMS, Gemini, and Taurus soft armor packages; the Revolution concealable carrier; and Traverse overt patrol carrier with latest Dress configuration will also be on display at the Armor Express booth.

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In conjunction with the Lighthawk Tactical premiere, Armor Express is honored to support the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) foundation in a fundraising drive throughout the week at the Company’s Booth #31103. As a ‘thank you’ to donors, the AE team will be gifting top quality swag items highlighting the Lighthawk Tactical brand. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the booth – while supplies last – and support an amazing cause and organization. Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help survivors rebuild their shattered lives. For more information, please visit www.nationalcops.org.

Mr. Davis continued, “2018 ushers in a new beginning as Armor Express merged with KDH Defense Systems, combining forces to create one of the largest body armor and protective solution providers in the world. Together the companies will proudly serve our Domestic and Federal law enforcement agencies and U.S. Armed Forces, leveraging best practices and creating a winning formula for our protectors and partners. We are excited by what the future holds and look forward to building long-lasting alliances for years to come.”

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Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems Merge, Creating one of the Largest Manufacturers and Distributors of Body Armor and Protective Solutions Worldwide

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, January 11, 2018 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express“), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is proud to announce that it has officially merged with KDH Defense Systems (“KDH”). By joining forces, the Companies now serve the U.S. Armed Forces, Department of Defense, Federal and Domestic law enforcement professionals, and various international agencies across the world.

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Since Armor Express was founded in 2005, it has been one of the leading suppliers of concealable and tactical body armor systems to Law Enforcement, with a distribution network spanning the United States and select international markets. The Company has also expanded in recent years, becoming one of the largest providers of protective solutions to Federal Law Enforcement, on the heels of recent contract wins with the Department of Homeland Security and other prestigious Federal agencies. Similarly, KDH is one of the prime manufacturers of protective gear for the Department of Homeland Security and has several contracts with other Federal agencies, in addition to its long-standing heritage as one of the largest suppliers of body armor systems to the U.S. Armed Forces. Since KDH was founded in 2003, it has produced various versions of the Outer Tactical Vest (“OTV”), Improved Outer Tactical Vest (“IOTV”), Soldier Plate Carrier System, ATPC Spear system, Modular Scalable Vest (“MSV”), Light Air Warrior System (“LAWS”), Ultra Low Visibility Concealable Body Armor (“ULV-CBA”), and other related products and accessories. Today, KDH is believed to be the largest provider of body armor to the U.S. Armed Forces.

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It was also announced today that James R. Henderson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Praesidium, the Holding Company that owns both Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems. An industry veteran with over 30 years of operational and financial experience, Jim also served as Chief Executive Officer of Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. and was instrumental in the Company’s expansion and growth with the U.S. Armed Forces, Domestic and Federal Law Enforcement, and internationally. He also was responsible for fostering strategic partnerships with supply chain and technology leaders, while working with the industry to optimize performance and deliver the highest quality solutions to our protectors.

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Commenting on today’s news, Mr. Henderson stated, “The combination of Armor Express and KDH is a win for the industry and the thousands of end-users who rely on both companies’ life-saving protective solutions. Manufacturing capacity, ballistic R&D and carrier design capabilities are significantly enhanced, and the platform for growth has never been stronger. The opportunities to continue to partner with leading fiber, fabric, material and component companies are limitless and together, Armor Express and KDH will drive innovation and deliver the highest-performing body armor systems in the industry. We look forward to working with our partners and exploring ways to improve further.”

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Matt Davis, founder of Armor Express and Dave Herbener, founder of KDH, will both serve as President of their respective organizations, reporting to Mr. Henderson. Manufacturing of Domestic and Federal body armor will continue to be performed at Armor Express’ facility in Central Lake, MI and KDH will continue to produce on its Military, Government and Federal Law Enforcement contracts at its manufacturing facility in Eden, NC.

Armor Express Selected by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for State-of-the-Art Protective Equipment

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, October 30, 2017 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, announced today that the Company has been chosen to equip U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with its cutting-edge ballistic-resistant vests. The multimillion dollar order will be delivered over a five-year period.

“Building on our previously announced awards from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including for Customs and Border Protection as well as the Internal Revenue Service, the latest purchase order for Immigration and Customs Enforcement is another major opportunity for Armor Express to support the essential agencies within Homeland Security,” stated David Jones, Director of Federal Sales. “Federal agents at large face increasing demands and threats in preserving public safety, and protecting them is our #1 priority. The Armor Express team has worked closely with DHS to supply a variety of concealable and tactical ballistic systems and we’re honored to collaborate with ICE to ensure officers have the most innovative and reliable protective equipment to meet their mission-critical needs.”

Armor Express will support ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and Enforcement and Removal Operations units with concealable and tactical outer garment carriers paired with its advanced Razor™ Level IIIA ballistic system, along with assorted pouches and carry bags. Personnel from the Federal Protective Service (FPS), formerly a department of ICE, will also benefit from a similar delivery order. Both ICE and FPS were looking for robust and flexible coverage to fulfill department requirements and after an extensive assessment, determined that Armor Express could best meet uniformed standards for ballistic performance, design and engineering specifications, and overall reliability.

Armor Express’ Razor™ ballistic system which is NIJ-, FBI- and DEA-certified, as well as special-threats tested utilizes the revolutionary Force Multiplier Technology from DSM Dyneema® and Twaron aramid from Teijin. Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology fuses breakthrough polymer science, next generation fiber technology, and unique uni-directional engineering to deliver V-50 performance that is unparalleled. Both the concealable and tactical vests with Razor™ armor offer extreme flexibility and stopping power.

With more than 20,000 employees in over 400 offices in the United States and 46 foreign countries, ICE is tasked with enforcing federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety. The agency is devoted to operational directorates including Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a critical investigative arm of DHS which combats criminal organizations illegally exploiting the U.S.’ travel, trade, financial and immigration systems, as well as Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), which is tasked with arresting and removing aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the U.S. illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of the nation’s immigration laws and its border control efforts.

FPS is the police division of the National Protection and Programs Directorate of DHS. The agency is charged with protecting and delivering integrated law enforcement and security services to facilities owned or leased by the General Services Administration (GSA), which spans over 9,000 buildings and their occupants.

In related news, Armor Express was also selected to outfit federal agents assigned to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). IRS officers will receive both concealable carriers and tactical outer garment carriers, each encompassing Razor™ Level IIIA ballistic panels, along with assorted pouches and carry bags.

Scott Wyatt, Vice President of Sales concluded, “These latest awards expand Armor Express’ core business within the U.S. Federal market and represent our continued leadership in developing and delivering breakthrough armor solutions for federal, as well as state and local enforcement agencies. We take great pride in making a difference – protecting Government personnel who work tirelessly to protect us every day – and look forward to driving advancements that ensure all officers return home safely.”

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Armor Express Awarded Five-Year ID/IQ Hard Armor Contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, October 11, 2017 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, announced today that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has awarded the Company a five-year, multimillion dollar Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for its state-of-the-art plate armor.

“We are excited about this latest hard armor award and are honored to outfit the dedicated officers of CBP with ballistic plate solutions that offer the modularity, protection and size options for special threats they may encounter,” stated David Jones, Director of Federal Sales. “We continue to make it our mission to develop and deliver highly-engineered personal protection equipment – both hard and soft armor solutions – backed by revolutionary material science and innovative designs that meet the quality and performance requirements of the various branches of the Department of Homeland Security. We are committed to ensuring all officers have the most reliable equipment so they can perform at the highest level and with peace of mind knowing that their armor keeps them safe.”

Under the terms of the contract, Armor Express will provide its NIJ 0101.06 Level III front, back and side armor plates custom-designed to support the needs of CBP. Made in the USA, the plates were developed in conjunction with strategic partner, Hesco, and engineered to provide ultimate protection, ease of mobility and speed when encountering fast paced special-threat situations. Built with some of the strongest composite materials created in partnership with Honeywell Spectra Shield® technology and using next-generation processing techniques, these exceptionally thin and lightweight plates enable the user to leverage weight savings, without compromise in operational protection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations – with more than 60,000 employees – and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S., while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity. The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.

Scott Wyatt, Vice President of Sales for Armor Express continued, “This latest purchase order for Customs and Border Protection is testament to DHS’ continued trust in our field-tested and industry-proven solutions. We look forward to greater collaboration with the department as our success is only possible by the input received from actual end-users. We will continue to drive innovation to safeguard the life of every officer who wears our body armor.”

For more insights on the Company’s plate offerings and all other body armor solutions, go to the Armor Express website at www.armorexpress.com.

Armor Express Secures Contract with U.S. Marshals Service to Outfit Officers with AMP-1 TP VPAM-certified Ballistic Helmets

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, September 13, 2017 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is proud to announce that the U.S. Marshals Service has awarded the Company a contract to outfit Officers in the Western District of Virginia with its latest helmet innovation, the Busch AMP-1 TP ballistic helmet certified to the VPAM standard.

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the country. The agency regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.

“We are honored to support this crucial branch of Federal Law Enforcement and stand ready to service their requirements,” stated David Jones, Director of Federal Sales. “We worked to ensure they have the most reliable, high-performance head gear. The Armor Express team understands the enormous danger that USMS officers face when dealing with the most violent fugitives and offenders, and having state-of-the-art protective equipment is of critical importance. We look forward to growing our partnership through the development and delivery of life-saving armor solutions that enable our men and women in uniform to do their job and return home safely.”

Introduced in early 2017, the Busch PROtective AMP-1 TP helmet is certified to VPAM (HVN-2009), the Gold Standard of ballistic testing within Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and brings first rate protection to tactical law enforcement, anti-terror and specialized police officers who may be exposed to close quarter combat and increased risk of being shot within the head region. The helmet is constructed of a multi-layered aramid composite, using a patented EBSP method – a unique production technique that creates elite ballistic capabilities previously attainable only in Titanium helmets.

Weighing an average of 3.6 pounds, the AMP-1 TP is able to stop ballistic threats as close as .78” from the edge and multiple shots on a small surface area. Its increased edge and multi-impact capabilities enhance the helmet’s protective area by up to 50%, compared to standard ballistic helmets. For the risk of taking multiple hits at close range, another key protective element is the helmet’s ability to transfer and dissipate energy around its shell, thereby reducing blunt force trauma. The helmet’s EBSP process counters this threat, thereby significantly reducing the energy transfer to the skull to less than 25 joules. VPAM’s extremely high testing requirements measure back-face deformation, ensuring when the helmet is hit by an incoming round, there is minimal energy transferred from the helmet shell to the user’s head. Further, the AMP-1 TP offers high fragmentation protection of more than 2,034 f/s, according to STANAG 2920.

The helmet comes with a unique rail-system with speed-connect system (SCS) technology, advanced protective padding system certified to the EN 397 (impact/shock attenuation standard), wheel dial for ultimate uni-sizing flexibility, and protective bag. The ‘uni-size’ feature is instrumental, helping departments with typical limited budgets to remove the cost of having to purchase multiple units based on individual fit. The special rail-system with speed-connect system (SCS) gives the wearer even more tactical and modular protective capability. The modular protective visors with varied protection levels (Blunt Impact, Fragmentation, or 9mm/44Mag) can be added/removed from the helmet within seconds, without ever having to take off the helmet – providing the benefit of always being protected. Additional accessories include the NVG 3-hole shroud, helmet cover (black or green color), helmet Velcro kit, helmet counter weight kit, visor protective cover and side-rail adaptor. The AMP-1 TP helmet comes in black, green and sand colors.

For more insights on the Busch AMP-1 TP helmet, along with all soft and hard armor solutions, visit the Armor Express website at www.armorexpress.com.

Armor Express Awarded Major Contract with Florida’s Orange County Fire Rescue Department to Outfit Firefighters and EMS Officers with Personal Protection Equipment

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Hundreds of first responders to benefit from state-of-the-art body armor, including ballistic resistant vests and helmets certified to NIJ requirements and tested against special threats

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, June 8, 2017 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is pleased to announce today that the Company has been awarded a contract with the Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) in Florida to outfit Officers with its advanced HardcoreTM SU carrier and QuantumTM Level IIIA armor featuring ballistic cummerbund inserts for full wrap-around protection. Additionally, Armor Express will provide OCFRD with its high-performance BUSCH AMP-1 E Level IIIA ballistic helmet, featuring uni-size capability.

“We are very excited by this incredible opportunity with Orange County Fire Rescue and our vital partnership to ensure that their firefighting, rescue and medical emergency officers have the most reliable personal protective equipment required,” stated Rex McGrath, Armor Express’ Channel Manager for Fire/EMS. “As the largest fire and rescue agency in Central Florida, serving roughly 1,000,000 citizens and visitors and responding to more than 119,000 service calls annually, we’re honored to support OCFRD with advanced body armor solutions. We’re committed to addressing the unique needs of their first responders, who often don’t know what level of threat they’re responding to. These men and women put their lives on the line every day when there’s a crisis and they ensure our communities are safe. In turn, we stand ready to safeguard them.”

Under the terms of the contract, Orange County Fire Rescue purchased 350 ballistic armor systems and helmets respectively, along with 160 carry bags for proper equipment storage. The award is sponsored in part by the County and by a grant from the Office of the Medical Director.

“Given the extensive history of fire and EMS response to active shooter events, from 1999 at Columbine High School to the Pulse nightclub tragedy last year, and ongoing events throughout the nation and the world, Orange County Fire Rescue is ensuring our first responders are properly equipped and prepared to safely respond and render care to those impacted by violent incidents in our community,” said Chief Otto Drozd III. “All positions on field response units are now equipped with ballistic vests and helmets. Crew members are authorized to deploy the vests and helmets any time they determine there is a risk of violence or explosive threats. When crews are dispatched to a Potentially Violent Situation (PVS), our new procedures require they don the vests and helmets prior to response.”

The equipment has been issued department-wide, and it has already been put to use. First responders from Orange County Fire Rescue recently arrived on scene in ballistic equipment to a deadly workplace shooting. “With the equipment deployed on responding crews, we were prepared to provide victims with the best chance of survival,” continued Chief Drozd.

OCFRD selected Armor Express’ HardcoreTM SU carrier which accommodates soft concealable body armor, while external plate pockets give the first responder the option of adding hard armor protection at any time. It is intended for use as an external garment—worn visibly over a uniform, for example, and consists of two primary components—the BALLISTIC PANELS and the TACTICAL CARRIER or “outer shell”. The Hardcore SU has a lightweight, low profile design with fully adjustable shoulders and waist; it is designed not to hamper the movements required while rendering first aid and extraction. The Dynamic Cummerbund System allows the user to breathe and move much more efficiently. The shoulder strap geometry offers enhanced ergonomics and the liner shell material uses 3D spacer mesh for improved heat, moisture and debris dissipation. The plate pocket offers MOLLE webbing for modularity and optional attachments.

Paired with the Hardcore SU carrier, Armor Express’ QuantumTM Level IIIA ballistic package will provide OCFRD officers with the kind of robust protection leveraged by numerous federal law enforcement agencies. The armor is ideal for firefighters and EMTs in need of a light, flexible, yet sturdy solution. Viewed as a workhorse in the industry, the Quantum is capable of stopping special threats such as the 5.7 x 28 Sporting Round (both Level II and IIIA) and the 5.7 x 28 Lead Free. It is also uniquely certified to the Department of Defense’s standards for fragmentation protection.

Additionally, OCFRD personnel will benefit from the BUSCH AMP-1 E Level IIIA helmet. This ACH/MICH-shaped helmet is made of aramid fibers in a composite matrix. It features fragmentation protection and is tested to V50 > 2130 f/s (650 m/s) 17gr. Another significant feature of the BUSCH AMP-1 E helmet from Armor Express is its uni-size capability, which will enable OCFRD to address the multiple sizing needs of its broad staff in a single solution – making it an extremely affordable option.

In related news, Chief Drozd’s proposal to establish a clear, concise, operational standard to guide fire and emergency service response to active shooter events and other violent incidents was accepted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council. The new Technical Committee for Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response begins meeting this month. The committee will establish criteria for all components of emergency response, including ballistic equipment.

McGrath concluded, “Our work with the Orange County Fire Rescue team is a big step in Armor Express’ commitment to working more closely with the Fire & EMS markets and expanding product and service reach to agencies that are depending on personal protection more than ever before. First responders are facing increasingly dangerous environments with the rise of active shooter/mass casualty incidents. On June 12, we will be reminded of the Pulse nightclub attack and remember all those who were lost. We will also acknowledge the important lessons learned and re-affirm Armor Express’ pledge to supporting communities and the first responders who answer the calls for help. Through our continued investment in next-gen armor systems and protection technologies, we will continue to bring the peace of mind they deserve.”

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Armor Express Launches Next-Generation Protective Solutions for the Global Fire and EMS Markets

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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Armor Express launched its comprehensive offerings for first responders at the 2017 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, May 22, 2017 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, announced the expansion of its advanced ballistic systems, carriers, helmets, rifle plates and other related accessories to support the growing need for personal protection by Fire and EMS officers.

“This is a significant step in our commitment to broaden product and service reach to key sectors that rely on innovative body armor solutions certified to meet the most demanding requirements. Among these sectors are Fire and EMS where now, more than ever, firefighting, rescue and medical emergency personnel are facing increasingly dangerous environments and finding themselves in harm’s way,” stated Rex McGrath, Armor Express’ Channel Manager for Fire/EMS. “Building on our successes and lessons learned in Law Enforcement, we are actively investing in R&D and next-gen systems and technologies to bring to market the highest-performing, most versatile and comfortable ballistic armor that safeguard all first responders.”

Firefighters and EMTs have long been taught to operate at a safe distance from potentially violent incidents and await word from law enforcement that the area is secured. That paradigm is now shifting with the rise of active shooter/mass casualty incidents (AS/MCI), as seen with the Columbine High, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary, San Bernardino Inland Regional Center and Orlando nightclub attacks, as well as the World Trade Center and Boston Marathon bombings. Sadly, we are all too aware of the headlines highlighting how much our emergency officers are at risk (Firefighter Shot, Killed in Maryland; Another Seriously Wounded; New York EMT Shot and Killed by Patient). With the entry into unsecured areas known as warm zones, more departments are looking closely at body armor to protect their officers. They recognize the growing need to provide the proper equipment and training to first responders who may face ballistic or explosive threats while needing to quickly triage, treat and extricate the wounded.

Armor Express is focusing its resources on U.S.-made solutions that offer the highest level of flexibility, mobility and stopping power that today’s firefighters and EMTs need. Considering that most jurisdictions do not supply all of their first responders with armor and that budgets are limited for purchasing equipment, the Company is collaborating closely with departments to meet their core requirements. Using guidelines like that of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Armor Express has developed packaged solutions for the head and body, including Level IIIA ballistic vests, special outer carriers, Level IV hard armor plates that are capable of withstanding rifle rounds (used in more than 25 percent of active shooter incidents), and Level IIIA ballistic helmets.

Multi-compliant Ballistic Armor Protects First Responders in the Line of Fire

Among the latest products demonstrated at FDIC this year Armor Express’ advanced ballistic systems certified to the most stringent standards, including the NIJ Standard-0101.06, FBI and DEA protocols, and special threats testing.

• The FMS™ IIIA is a strong choice for any first responder. This universal and cost-effective package is designed to be robust, offering extreme stopping power in an active shooter scenario. At the same time, the armor’s lightweight construction makes it comfortable for wearers.
• The Quantum™ IIIA is another strong ballistic system utilized by numerous federal law enforcement agencies and is ideal for firefighters and EMTs in need of a light, flexible, yet sturdy solution. It is uniquely certified to the Department of Defense’s standards for frag protection.
• The Vortex™ IIIA combines strength, comfort, and performance in a single package at an incredible value. This soft ballistic can stop some of the most advanced rounds. Flexible and pliable features balanced with lightweight qualities, make it great for both concealed and tactical usage.

Versatile Carriers Meet the Demands of Today’s Volatile Environments

Armor Express launched new and enhanced outer carriers

• The Outer Carrier System – Unified Violent Incident Response (OCS-UVIR) for Fire/EMS uses alpha sizing, making it adjustable to fit multiple officers. The UVIR offers 360-degree coverage with Level II or IIIA soft ballistic armor.
• For the first responder who never really knows what threat they might face, the Hardcore FE Carrier is ideal. The external carrier’s ‘one-size-fits-most’ feature keeps purchasing costs at bay and provides soft and hard armor options in a single shell. It enables more efficient movement for triage and victim extraction.
• The redesigned Med Vest is a comfortable external vest created specifically for emergency officers. This low-profile, side-opening solution includes high-vis reflective bands for safety in low light situations and can accommodate concealable armor panels. It also features an internal front plate pocket for hard armor protection.

Additionally, AE included a Rapid Base Plate Carrier which offers a simple and modular solution for any active shooter scenario, as well as the lightweight Laser Cut Plate Carrier (LCPC), designed to fit most hard armor plates for certified to low visibility special threats.

New Hard Armor Accessories Deliver Unparalleled Lightweight Protection

Armor Express has several innovative hard armor plates and helmets (both ballistic and non-ballistic), which bring an entirely new benchmark in protection of the head and body. These will be showcased at FDIC as well.

Plates:
Notably, the Company’s Harrier III+ SA Single Curve Plate is ideal for emergency officers who require modularity, protection and size options in one package. First responders can rapidly up-armor with this plate if there’s a rifle threat while remaining agile due to its low weight. A full line of other protective rifle plates is also available.

Helmets:
A helmet will complete the ballistic protective equipment kit, including the AEX10 PASGT and AEX25 ACH helmets which provide Level IIIA protection against handgun rounds. The AMP-1 E RTF helmet is also certified to protect against fragmentation and handgun Level IIIA threats while offering the flexibility, performance and comfort options for retention and padding that reinforce end-user confidence. In addition, the AMH-2 SAR (non-ballistic) helmet offers multi-impact protection for search and rescue applications.

For more information on Armor Express’ protective solutions for the FIRE and EMS markets, please visit bit.ly/AE_Fire_EMS.

McGrath continued, “We were very excited to debut Armor Express’ cutting-edge protective wear for the Fire/EMS community at FDIC 2017. Our team looks forward to engaging with customers and distribution partners to drive greater innovation in soft and hard armor systems that save lives. We have an incredible product lineup which features our strongest and lightest ballistic packages; most adaptable carriers; and hard armor solutions that deliver critical protection, performance and comfort benefits that agencies need and can afford. The public expects our firefighters and EMTs to help in a crucial time of need; the appropriate training with law enforcement as well as wearing body armor will help emergency responders to meet this expectation.”

About Armor Express
Armor Express is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor systems. Founded in 2005, the Company has grown to become one of the largest providers of soft and hard armor products and accessories, serving the domestic and Federal law enforcement market, U.S Military and America’s allies around the world. Through its strategic partnerships with technology innovators and its unwavering commitment to advance research & development, the Company’s customers benefit from state-of-the-art protective solutions and best-in-class service. For more information, please visit www.armorexpress.com.