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US Army to Field 100 Female Cut Gen III IOTV for 101st Female Engagement Teams

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Early this Fall, the US Army will field 100 Female Cut Gen III IOTV for the 101st Airborne Division’s Female Engagement Teams serving in Afghanistan.

The female version features a slightly different cut to accommodate differences in body shapes.

BCS IOTV Carrier

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Beez Combat Systems just released their IOTV carrier line. Just like their previous OTV carriers, the new IOTV carriers accepts issue armor. The BCS IOTV carrier supports the Gen1 and Gen2 US Army IOTV issue body armor in a lighter and simpler body armor carrier system. The IOTV carrier has mounting webbing which makes it fully configurable to support issue groin protection, lower back protection, deltoid protection and neck-throat protection. Internal front and rear plate pockets support SAPI plates.

The IOTV carrier is available in three versions (IOTV cumber, IOTV molle, IOTV LBAV) and in multiple colors which allows the individual to quickly utilize issue armor. Colors – Multicam, A-TACS, Coyote, Ranger Green, Khaki, OD and Black. The carriers are not quick-release.

Point Blank Awarded IOTV Contract

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Apparently, the BIG one has been awarded. Almost prematurely ahead of any formal Army announcement Point Blank Body Armor, Inc. issued a press release late yesterday declaring that they have been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Army REDCOM Acquisition Center. This is for an as yet undisclosed portion of the production of up to 736,000 Improved Outer Tactical Vests and 253,000 Deltoid and Axillary Protection Systems (“DAPS”) under the “IOTV Main Buy” – Solicitation W91CRB-07-0079.


This award comes on the heels of a much smaller award in July for 65,000 IOTVs to fill an immediate need. Repeated delays of the “IOTV Main Buy” award have hit the armor industry hard, forcing layoffs so it will be welcomed as a sign of a longer-term turn around for that industry.

Jim Henderson, Acting CEO of Point Blank Solutions stated, “This is a major milestone for our Company as we believe we are one of only a few companies that can produce the IOTV and DAPS for the US Army over the next five years. We have been a chosen provider of the US Armed Forces for years and look forward to continuing to meet their requirements. While no additional awards have been made and competition continues to be fierce, we are confident that the steps we have and continue to take to improve our operations and manufacturing capabilities will position us as the best value, low cost provider in the industry.”

“The recognition and faith bestowed by the Army also reinforces our industry position as a leading, ballistics provider and should add incremental value for our Company and our shareholders,” Henderson concluded.

Once the formal Government announcement comes we will update this story as according to Point Blank’s own press release, they have been selected as a “chosen supplier” indicating that others may also be awarded.

Russ Innovations Incorporated – Flak Vest Hangers

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

I have seen a lot of guys building Rube Goldberg contraptions to air out their armor after a mission. I recently ran across Russ Innovations’ design. They offer a hanger designed to not only dry the vest between uses but provides a handy way to store it or configure it for use.

Russ Innovations Flak Vest Hanger

The hanger on the right is slightly larger and designed for full military armor.

Russ Innovations Flak Vest Hanger

As you can see from the side view, the design allows for ample air circulation and the hanger can be hung up or opened like an easel.

Russ Innovations Flak Vest Hanger Side view

The price is reasonable and it is warrantied for 25 years from the date of purchase. Available from

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