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ARLINGTON, Va. — The maker of Outer Tactical Vests for the Army and Marines has been awarded $33.2 million in contracts to provide more body armor to U.S. troops, according to DHB Industries Inc.

DHB Industries has announced that its subsidiary Point Blank Body Armor Inc. has received an $18.8 million order from the U.S. military and a $14.4 million order from a military contractor for extra body armor.

The contract from the military is for throat and groin protection and was issued by the Defense Logistics Agency, said Capt. Jeff Landis, a Marine Corps spokesman.

In November, the Marines and Army announced they were recalling 18,425 vests made by Point Blank that did not meet certain ballistic criteria. The recall only affected the vests, not the Small Arms Protection Inserts, or SAPI plates.

The vests purchased under a Marine Corps contract between March 1999 and September 2001, and then the Army bought vests under the contract and determined the vests needed to be recalled, officials said.

Representatives for Point Blank Body Armor and the Defense Logistics Agency could not be reached for comment by deadline Wednesday.

An Army official said on Wednesday that soldier protection is the Army’s highest priority.

“In this case, there are a limited number of contractors for these products and, as with all contracts, we require strict quality assurance,” the official said.


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