VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - November 22, 2016) - Mission Ready Services Inc. ("Mission Ready" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: MRS) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Marines Next Generation Body Armor development project (the "Project") for the United States Marine Corps ("USMC"). Following a contract award by the Marine Corps Systems Command ("MARSYSCOM"), the Project was completed on schedule and under budget.
Managed by Francisco Martinez, Chief Technical Officer of Protect The Force ("PTF"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, the two year Project was funded through the Department of the Navy ("DoN") Office of Naval Research ("ONR") Rapid Innovation Fund ("RIF"), the revolutionary combat shirt, the Ballistic Base Layer ("BBL"), is now being readied for field deployment in keeping with the RIF objective to accelerate fielding of innovative technologies into military systems.
Mr. Martinez states, "The Marines Next Generation Body Armor is a Marine-unique development that integrates a number of life saving features. The BBL is a First-of-a-Kind protective combat shirt, specifically tailored to the Marine Corps equipment requirements, that addresses deficiencies identified by injuries recorded through Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. PTF is honored to have been selected by ONR and MARCORSYSCOM to develop the Ballistic Base Layer."
The BBL is a revolutionary armored shirt worn under the Marines Body Armor Vest that integrates modular deltoid, yoke and collar protection into an athletic flame resistant combat shirt. Newly developed breathable fragment protective knits were integrated into the sleeves and lower torso for additional protection against fragments resulting from Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonations.
The Marines Product Manager Clothing Infantry Equipment ("PdM ICE") was the recipient of 100+ prototypes of the BBL and 6 additional prototypes with integrated micro climate cooling tubes.
Mr. Martinez further states, "The PM-ICE technical staff and all the contracting groups supporting the effort were a delight to work with and we are honored to have received their input and support. We look forward to working with the Marines PdM ICE as the requirements for the BBL are finalized and the item is fielded. Additionally, we wish to thank all of our employees, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers for their support in successfully developing the Marines Next Generation Ballistic Base Layer and look forward to continue working with them."
About MCSC & PdM ICE
Marine Corps Systems Command serves as the Department of the Navy's systems command for Marine Corps ground weapon and information technology system programs in order to equip and sustain Marine forces with full-spectrum, current and future expeditionary and crisis response capabilities.
Product Manager Infantry Combat Equipment is a dedicated and proactive team, which ensures all Marines are equipped with the best available material solutions to meet validated requirements, by developing, fielding, and sustaining infantry combat equipment to enhance the performance, capability, survivability, and mobility of Marines.
About Mission Ready
MRSI's mission is to save lives and enhance the performance of military personnel, first responders, and those who protect us by working to ensure they are equipped with the best possible personal protective equipment.
Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Mission Ready has three distinct, synergistic operating divisions:
- Strategic consulting services and manufacturers representation
- Equipment inspection, cleaning/decontamination and repair services of personal protection equipment
- Product research and development
Mission Ready's management team offers over 100 years of combined industry experience and is composed of industry experts in developing products, contracting, and selling to the federal government, first responders and tactical markets through open market procurements, teaming arrangements, and a variety of federal contract tools.
For further information, visit MissionReady.ca.
Mission Ready Services Inc.
(signed "Rod Reum")
President & CEO
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