Some 100 people packed the factory floors of Revision Military in Newport on Thursday to celebrate a $98 million combat helmet contract with the U.S. Army.
Jonathan Blanshay, the CEO of Revision, said the contract is a boon for the local economy and the company’s growth. Competition for the contract, which was awarded in March, was intense, he said.
“It was a very competitive tender, and the people in here pulled it off,” Blanshay said.
The contract is the biggest Revision has landed and requires the company to make the U.S. Army up to 293,870 combat helmets through 2022. Blanshay said the high tech helmets are nearly a quarter lighter than the headgear used by soldiers now and will reduce the overall weight by a half pound. The company has spent years developing materials that provide ballistic protection and improve the comfort of the helmets. Revision’s Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II will be available for use in 2018. Read more