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Canadian DND Exercises $33M Ballistic Helmet Contract With NP Aerospace

Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) has issued full options on a $33 million combat helmet contract with Canadian armour technology manufacturer, NP Aerospace.

The contract is for supply and delivery of the CM735 lightweight ballistic helmet and spare components over a seven-year period.

NP Aerospace has supplied combat helmets to the Canadian DND since 2015. The CM735 helmet is designed and manufactured using advanced composite technology to deliver greatly improved ballistic and fragment protection with a weight reduction of25 percent from the CG634 helmet. Its structural design also helps avoid severe injury from back face deformation and impact to the head when hit by fragments and bullets.

James Kempston, CEO, NP Aerospace, comments: “We are honoured to continue to supply our ballistic helmets to the Canadian Armed Forces and are proud of our long-standing partnership providing the highest quality body armour. This contract is among many with Canada which has allowed us to innovate and enhance our global product offerings. The next generation technology within the CM735 helmet, for example, has benefited the development of our composite spall liner which is now used in military vehicles across the world.”

NP Aerospace manufactures a range of full and high cut helmets as part of its Lightweight Armoured Soldier Architecture (LASA®) portfolio. The CM735 composite helmet shell has a weight of less than 920 grams (32 ounces) while providing ballistic protection against fragments and NIJ Level 3A handgun rounds. Its low weight significantly improves user performance while reducing fatigue. The LASA portfolio also includes hard body armour plates and shields for a range of threats including covert operations as well as various rifle bullets.

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