Armor Express to Supply Marines with Gen III Ballistics Valued at $59M

2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Program Finalist the Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier, from Armor Express, is a streamlined, lightweight and modular tactical plate carrier.
2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Program Finalist the Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier, from Armor Express, is a streamlined, lightweight and modular tactical plate carrier.

Armor Express, a leading manufacturer of high-performance armor solutions and a Finalist in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, has been awarded a multi-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the Marine Corps Systems Command.

USMC Contract #: M67854-19-D-1509 was competitively procured as a total small business set-aside, with a potential value of $59.4 million.

Armor Express, under the terms of the award, will provide up to 65,469 Plate Carrier Generation III – Soft Armor Inserts and data reports, with production expected to be completed by October 2023.

“It is our extreme honor to be chosen by the U.S. Marine Corps for this prestigious award, and we thank them for the trust they have placed in us,” said Jim Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of the holding company that owns Armor Express, as well as KDH Defense Systems, upon receipt of the award.

Jim Henderson
Jim Henderson

“We also commend ongoing efforts by the U.S. Armed Forces to develop lighter body armor systems, while improving the modularity and flexibility of plate carriers deployed in the field.”

“It is the servicemen and women who ultimately benefit, and all of us at Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems, stand ready to deliver.

“With the recent contract extensions KDH received for the Modular Scalable Vest and Blast Pelvic Protection, along with this most recent ballistic protection award for Armor Express, we have secured over $140.0 million of potential business with the U.S. Armed Forces over the past two months.”

(Learn More about Armor Express. You know the bad days, the call you’d rather not get, the doors you wish you didn’t have to open. We’ll be there, ready to take the hit. So after that one moment.. you’ll be able to get back up.Courtesy of Armor Express and YouTube.)

“Working in tandem with our supply chain and technology partners, it remains our goal to provide all customers with the most advanced, lightweight and comfortable protection, supported by unparalleled delivery and service,” added Henderson.

Armor Express intends to leverage the manufacturing capabilities of KDH Defense Systems and will produce the ballistic armor at KDH’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Eden, North Carolina.

Armor Express Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier

The Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier is a streamlined, lightweight and modular tactical plate carrier.

It comes in Laser Cut and MOLLE configurations and features the Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) and optional/swappable Cummerbund Wraps (Armor Wrap, M4 Wrap, Utility Wrap).


  • Bottom loading front and rear rifle plate pockets, with expandable 4-way stretch

  • Removable Cummerbund with Accessory Wrap

  • Concealed, side release buckle system kit

The SAU was designed based off the core values and beliefs of what Lighthawk Tactical stands for. Our design team worked with end-users, conducted multiple field tests, and continued to make modifications until the SAU was built right.

  • Available in MOLLE or Laser Cut platform

  • Quad Ventilation Liner (QVL) System

  • ID Tag Attachment Points

  • Reinforced drag strap

  • Removable sling catch

  • Advanced shoulder pads

  • Front kangaroo pouch

  • Streamlined shoulder strap system

  • Utilizes alpha sizing system

Armor Express works closely with a number of Federal and domestic law enforcement agencies across the country as well as around the world which includes but is not limited to those noted below, in order to develop and deliver the most innovative soft and hard armor solutions to their officers.

2018 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Program Finalist the Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier, from Armor Express, is a streamlined, lightweight and modular tactical plate carrier.

  • The U.S. Marshals Service

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  • Inland Revenue Service

  • The San Francisco Police Department and Sheriff’s Department

  • The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office

  • The Jamaican Constabulary Force, and

  • Mexico’s municipal police agency

We are honored to serve the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day, and stand ready to exceed their force protection requirements with the highest-performing, most flexible and comfortable equipment that provide unparalleled safety and peace of mind.

(Learn More about Armor Express. Richard Davis invented concealable body armor in 1971. He shot himself over 200 times to demonstrate the effectiveness of the product. Armor Express continues the legacy today, continuing to innovate within the armor industry – and they still stand behind their product – just as Richard did. Courtesy of Armor Express and YouTube.)

Armor Express Named a Finalist in 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.

2017 ASTORSThe 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, Armor Express is competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Personal/Protective Equipment Solutions.

To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East.

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon

Over 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included representatives from:


  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission
  • State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Leaders in Private Security

The highlight of the 2018 AST Homeland Security Awards Season will be the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon to honor Nominees, Finalists and Winners on November 14, 2018 at ISC East 2018 at the Jacob Javits Exhibition Center in New York City.

Good luck to Armor Express on becoming a Winner of the 2018 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!

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Join us in Recognizing these Industry-Leading Firms for their Outstanding Product Development  Achievements, Exciting New Technologies and Innovative Education Programs to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.

Take advantage of this exclusive luncheon opportunity to Invite your Guests, Clients and Show Visitors to a lovely & affordable plated meal event in the heart of New York City, for a Fabulous Networking Opportunity!

Exclusive luncheon and networking opportunity at ISC East 2018.
Take a break from the Show and Join Us for this Exclusive Luncheon and Networking Opportunity at ISC East 2018.

ISC East is the Northeast’s largest security industry event and your ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon registration includes complimentary attendee access to the show.

Already Exhibiting and/or Attending the 2018 ISC East Conference?

Join us to meet the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning Company Executives & Government Agency Representatives.

Register today for the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon on November 14th, in New York City and give yourself & your clients a break from the show!

Gourmet luncheon choices available per person, or reserve a table – make an Impression on your Guests and Receive an Exclusive Discount Opportunity.

To Learn More about the AST 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program and Luncheon, please contact Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at: or call 732.233.8119 (mobile) or 646-450-6027.