Craig International Ballistics will deliver locally manufactured soft body armour to the ADF under an initial $1 million contract.
The contract will see the ADF receive 750 soft armour inserts to replace in-service armour.
“Craig International Ballistics is able to deliver this technology through the innovative use of new materials,” Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said. “The Australian Army will be the first military in the world to be issued body armour made with this new Kevlar material.”
According to Defence, the new armour will deliver greater levels of protection and be significantly lighter than the current soft armour.
Craig International Ballistics employs around 35 people and has been producing Australian-made body armour systems since the late 1990s.