3M announced today its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ceradyne, Inc., has been issued an $80 million delivery order with the United States government to supply 77,000 Enhanced Combat Helmets and associated spare parts to the U.S. Marine Corps. This contract is an outcome of the joint procurement program led by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army to improve head protection for Marines and Soldiers. The Enhanced Combat Helmets designed by Ceradyne, Inc. are the only helmets that have been tested and passed using Director of Operational Test and Evaluation protocols, and will be manufactured at Ceradyne’s facility in California.
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