Applied Fiber Concepts and Propper Int. Awarded New US Navy Body Armor Contract

Navy Seaman John J. Sabal, from Bensalem, Pa., is assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7
Applied Fiber Concepts and Propper Int. Awarded New US Navy Body Armor Contract

St. Charles, MO-( Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. and Propper International have been awarded a contract to manufacture the new Naval Security Forces Vest (NSFV) for the United States Navy.

The NSFV, which was awarded through a solicitation from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) for a new ballistic vest designed to protect sailors, consists of a base vest and modular components for tailoring protection levels to defeat multiple ballistic and fragmentation hazards while performing security and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP) duties.

“We’re proud to partner with Applied Fiber Concepts, one of the industry’s most innovative ballistic protection providers,” said Anderson Ward, Senior VP, Global Supply Chain Operations for Propper. “The sailors who wear this armor can perform their missions with confidence.”

Michael Haynes, VP of Business Development for Applied Fiber Concepts, echoed that sentiment. “Providing advanced ballistic protection that can be configured to best fit the mission will allow the brave men and women responsible for keeping us safe to focus on their jobs and feel confident that they are protected.”

Applied Fiber Concepts will produce all the Level IIIA ballistic inserts, yoke, and collar assemblies and Propper will manufacture the outer carriers for the one-year contract that has an option for up to four additional years. All the ballistic material included in the NSFV is fully NIJ-certified and tested to perform up to NIJ 0101.06 standards, the highest standard for ballistic protection. Total contract production is projected to reach over 51,000 units.

About Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc.

Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. was founded in 2015, as a spinoff from Ibiley Manufacturing Corporation. AFCI has established itself as a government contractor as well as an established OEM/Private Label manufacturer of NIJ certified soft armor. AFCI has quickly become one of the most competitive soft armor insert sub-contractors in the United States. This has become the company’s focus and a key to Applied Fiber Concepts success. AFCI produced thousands of military and law enforcement armor products for some of the most widely recognized customers, including the United States Marine Corps. Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. (AFCI) is a Florida Corporation with headquarters located in Miami, Florida. AFCI is a registered Small Business with its manufacturing facility located in a HUBZone.

About Propper

Propper has made tactical gear with a purpose for over 50 years, since their first U.S. Navy contract in 1967. Today, Propper designs and manufactures professional level tactical apparel and gear for military, law enforcement and public safety professionals, and civilians, whether in the service, on the job, or off for the weekend.

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Dave, you are right, but I believe this armor has a plate pocket for a 3 or 4 level ballistic plate. Having worked a lot of military body armor contracts, most of the military spec’s include special threat testing for fragmentation as well.

Dave in Fairfax

Why level 3A? Why not level 3 or higher? Unless you are dealing with stick-up men, rifles are a probability.
3A makes sense as covert armor if you’re a lawyer arguing in court and worried about someone sneaking a handgun into the room, but if you are in a situation where rifle fire is likely, it seems like a poor idea.