Thursday, May 23, 2024

US Army awards contract to QinetiQ for newest bomb suits

British defense technology group QinetiQ has announced that its US subsidiary was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army for the Next Generation Advanced Bomb Suit, or NGABS, the latest development in Army bomb suit technology.

According to a press release, QinetiQ US has been awarded a 5-year IDIQ contract for $84 million to deliver the Program of Record Next Generation Advanced Bomb Suit (NGABS) for Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment (PM SPE).

Under this contract QinetiQ US will deliver over 700 NGABS suits to the U.S. Army. The NGABS replaces the twenty (20) year old Advanced Bomb Suit (ABS) and will provide enhanced protection to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Soldier in daily operations to identify, render safe, and dispose of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other explosive threats. The NGABS increases EOD Soldier readiness to respond to evolving threats by providing them with 360 degree ballistic protection and drastically increasing situational awareness through technology advancement in its low/no light operation integrated capability provided by a Modular Sensor Suite (MSS) and Heads Up Display (HUD).

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“NGABS is a great program for us to partner with the U.S. Army on as it embodies the type of mission readiness that we are enthusiastic about helping our customers be equipped with”, said Shawn N. Purvis, President, and CEO of QinetiQ US. Enabling the PM SPE team to be equipped with what it needs to provide enhanced protection for various situations globally that ultimately leads to increased survivability of the force is an honor, and we are proud to do it.”

“The EOD Soldiers have one of the most life-threatening jobs in the military and we are honored to partner with the U.S. Army PM SPE to provide the technology and hardware that will protect these soldiers so they can complete their missions safely and securely”, said Steve Iwicki, Executive Vice President over QinetiQ US’ space initiatives and our Defense Technologies and Solutions portfolio. “Our team has worked diligently to enhance the NGABS soldier experience through increased mobility and survivability in the construction of the suit.”

Located at Fort Belvoir, VA, Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment, a product team of Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier’s Soldier Survivability (SSV) program office, is charged with improving the lethality and mobility of the force by optimizing Soldier protection and effectively serving as the Lifecycle Manager for all personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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