BOX 2-1ArmorWorks, Inc.—Body Armor in Iraq

Technologies developed from SBIR-funded research efforts were used in the design of Small Arms Protective Inserts (SAPI) Body Armor Plates used in the Interceptor Vest currently being worn by U.S. service men and women in the Middle East. ArmorWorks has been awarded more than $50 million in contracts from the Army and Marines to produce SAPI plates for body armor, making them a leading producer for the U.S. military. To date, some 350,000 SAPI plates have been produced for the Department of Defense.

ArmorWorks also manufactures vehicle armor. The company’s SBIR research contributed to the design of HMMWV and add-on armor kits for trucks currently in use in the Middle East. The vehicles armor produced by ArmorWorks has a number of valuable features for the battlefield, including easy installation (requires no vehicle modification or special tools) and field configurability (contains simplified installation to allow for reconfiguration for specific missions). ArmorWorks recently received another $30 million contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to produce and deliver Kevlar inserts to protect U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan against small arms fire.

SOURCE: DoD SBIR Success Stories, <>.

From: 2, Findings and Recommendations

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National Research Council (US) Committee for Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program, Policy and Global Affairs; Wessner CW, editor.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2009.
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