Mis­sion Ready to pro­vide cold weather gear to U.S. Army

Stockwatch Daily - - INDUSTRIALS & MATERIALS - Mr. Jef­fery Schwartz re­ports

MIS­SION READY Ser­vices Inc. has been awarded a con­tract to pro­duce next-gen­er­a­tion cold weather gear pro­to­types for the U.S. Army based upon govern­ment fur­nished de­signs un­der so­lic­i­ta­tion num­ber W911QY-17-R-0041. The sin­gle fixed price con­tract awarded to Pro­tect the Force (PTF) — a wholly owned sub­sidiary of Mis­sion Ready — is for the pro­duc­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 130 each of an ex­per­i­men­tal cold weather jacket and trouser in ap­prox­i­mately six sizes with a re­ceipt date no later than Dec. 1, 2017, for a win­ter 2017-2018 lim­ited field user eval­u­a­tion.

The U.S. Army Nat­ick Sol­dier Re­search, De­vel­op­ment & En­gi­neer­ing Cen­ter (NSRDEC) is con­duct­ing a front-end anal­y­sis un­der the cold tem­per­a­ture and Arc­tic pro­tec­tive sys­tem (CTAPS) project. CTAPS is a sol­dier head to toe cloth­ing en­sem­ble with mi­nus 65 to plus 45 F en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. The CTAPS ob­jec­tive shall im­prove the cold weather sol­diers’ sur­viv­abil­ity, mo­bil­ity and lethal­ity po­ten­tial in the fewest num­ber of cloth­ing lay­ers with in­creased util­ity that al­low sol­diers to con­fig­ure the cloth­ing pro­tec­tion to match their ac­tiv­ity any en­vi­ron­ment con­di­tions from mi­nus 65 to 45 F.

Tech­ni­cal anal­y­sis to date has iden­ti­fied per­for­mance gaps and is now ex­am­in­ing new tech­nol­ogy and de­sign im­prove­ments to quan­tify ca­pa­bil­ity ad­vance­ments over the U.S. Army’s 2000-era Gen­er­a­tion III ex­tended cold weather cloth­ing sys­tem (Gen III). PTF will pro­duce con­cepts and make rec­om­men­da­tions for im­proved per­for­mance and/or man­u­fac­tura­bil­ity of the govern­ment de­sign as ap­pro­pri­ate on an ex­per­i­men­tal cold weather jacket and trouser to quan­tify what ad­vance­ments can be achieved in the Gen III Layer 5 soft­shell jacket and trouser.

Jef­fery Schwartz, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Mis­sion Ready, said: “The great minds within our com­pany con­tinue to raise the bar for tech-cen­tric, de­fence-re­lated in­no­va­tions. This award is a tremen­dous win for the com­pany in that it pro­vides a highly cred­i­ble medium for the com­pany to fur­ther prove its in­no­va­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties by dis­rupt­ing an­other crit­i­cal in­dus­try, on a very high level, through the pro­duc­tion of this next gen­er­a­tion cold-weather tech­nol­ogy.”

The U.S. govern­ment has fur­nished the com­pany with de­tailed tech­ni­cal draw­ings and graded pat­terns for the rec­om­mended jacket and trouser de­sign as well as a list of re­quired ma­te­rial com­po­nents with source in­for­ma­tion, and any spe­cific construction re­quire­ments that may not be in­cluded in com­mer­cial gar­ment sewing prac­tices. NSRDEC has not pro­vided a de­tailed per­for­mance spec­i­fi­ca­tion and is re­ly­ing on the com­pany to fab­ri­cate the gar­ments based upon its ex­pe­ri­ence con­struct­ing mil­i­tary gar­ments and us­ing its best com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion and in­spec­tion prac­tices.

Mis­sion Ready’s chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer, Fran­cisco Martinez, said: “The U.S. Army grow­ing needs in up­grad­ing their cold-weather uni­forms is an im­por­tant life sav­ing pro­gram for our sol­diers. Par­tic­i­pat­ing as the sole com­pany in this key pro­to­typ­ing ef­fort is a val­i­da­tion point of the vi­sion that we set for Pro­tect the Force early in 2017, and a mo­ment of pride for the ex­tremely ded­i­cated and tal­ented team of em­ploy­ees in both Bos­ton, Mass., and Jacks­boro, Tenn. We look for­ward to work­ing with the army and with our sup­pli­ers in this key ef­fort.”

The find­ings from this ef­fort and other con­cepts from in­dus­try shall lead to a com­plete in­te­grated cloth­ing en­sem­ble for win­ter 2019 field test­ing. The FY19 field test re­sults shall in­form the re­quire­ments and ac­qui­si­tion en­ti­ties of CTAPS ca­pa­bil­ity ad­vance­ments to de­ter­mine if U.S. Army full-scale de­vel­op­ment and field­ing will be pur­sued.

We seek Safe Har­bor.

Karen Bax­ter con­densed this news re­lease (karenb@stock­watch.com).

Mark Bishop, Vi­tor M Fon­seca, Peter N Fuller, Paul Emer­son Litch­field, Rod­ney Wayne Reum

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