Armor Express, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance protective solutions for the Domestic and Federal Law Enforcement markets, Department of Defense and First Responders, and a 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner for Best Personal/Protective Equipment Product, has been awarded the prestigious Ballistic Helmet contract from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Armor Express received the five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide its Busch PROtective AMP-1 TP ballistic helmet, believed to be the first and lightest composite helmet with VPAM (HVN-2009) certification in the world.
In addition to the DEA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Marshals Service (USMS), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be authorized to purchase the AMP-1 TP helmet as part of the BPA, with various options based on each agency’s mission-critical requirements.
(Introducing the worlds first composite and lightest helmet to achieve the VPAM standard. This helmet offers elite ballistic capabilities, is lightweight and fully modular! Courtesy of RP07 | Werbeagentur | 3D Visualisierungen und Animationen | Filmproduktion and YouTube.)
The Busch PROtective AMP-1 TP is Armor Express’ flagship ballistic helmet, offering the very best head protection with extraordinary stopping power and protection from blunt force trauma, one of the most critical requirements in any ballistic helmet solution.
It provides first-rate protection for tactical law enforcement, anti-terror and specialized police officers who may be exposed to close quarter combat.
The AMP-1 TP helmet system, designed specifically for Federal and Domestic law enforcement and public safety applications, successfully passed the new DEA-FBI Ballistic Helmet Protocol, in addition to already meeting National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level IIIA and VPAM-3 standards.
The AMP-1 TP is constructed of a multi-layer aramid composite, and a patented production technique that creates elite ballistic performance.
Its increased edge and multi-impact capabilities enhance the helmet’s protective area by up to 50% compared to standard ballistic helmets, offering high fragmentation protection.
(Learn More. Courtesy of Armor Express and YouTube.)
The new Protocol, released in 2019, focuses on real-world ballistic performance, including improved penetration testing, hot & cold severe conditioning, less than 1-inch edge protection, and significantly limiting energy transfer during a ballistic event.
With the outdated NIJ helmet standard dating back to 1981, the 2019 DEA-FBI Ballistic Helmet Protocol has been widely recognized by law enforcement organizations worldwide as the new de-facto gold standard.
“Harnessing state-of-the-art technology and extensive research & development, we were able to deliver the ballistic helmet that met the mission-critical needs of the DEA, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and ATF,” explains Scott Wyatt, President of Busch PROtective USA.
“In collaboration with Armor Express, we met with numerous high-performing teams, all with unique missions, to offer a world-class helmet system with the goal of unparalleled safety.”
“This award reinforces the desire to provide the very best to our public safety professionals and challenge the status quo on acceptable ballistic performance.”
(See a brief interview with Scott Wyatt, President of Busch Protective USA, regarding their VPAM helmets and how they relate to NIJ helmets. Courtesy of Sigma Safety Corp. and YouTube.)
The Busch AMP-1 TP helmet system, already deployed by U.S. Marshals, other Federal agencies, and a number of prestigious tactical law enforcement departments is known for its superior ballistic performance, modular accessories, and availability in numerous operation-ready configurations.
Busch Helmet Accessories Include:
Busch PROtective USA now offers the lightweight DEA-FBI Ballistic Helmet Protocol certified solution, mission-configured in over 11,000 combinations, and specifically tailored to any department’s needs to include rails, NVG shroud, speed-connect visor system, bungees, VELCRO® and custom covers.
“We are very excited about this award and with this BPA now secured, officers and agents can get high-performing ballistic head protection,” added Jim Henderson, Chief Executive Officer.
“We look forward to meeting the mission-critical requirements of the DEA, FBI, USMS, and ATF under this award, and have several more innovative helmets that will meet the needs of other Domestic and Federal Law Enforcement end-users.”
“Safety remains our #1 priority and our commitment to drive innovation and find the best solutions for our customers will never stop.”
The DEA had a requirement for High Cut and Mid Cut ballistic helmets, along with alternate suspension kits, for use by Special Agents.
Further, having a ballistic helmet that meets the DEA and FBI Ballistic Helmet Testing Protocol was paramount to the agencies’ needs, one specifically designed to reduce blunt force trauma injuries caused by back face deformation.
In addition to the DEA and FBI protocol, the AMP-1 TP had already met National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level IIIA and VPAM-3 standards.
Armor Express Brings Home the Gold in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards
Best Personal/ Protective Equipment Product
Special Assignment Unit (SAU) Plate Carrier
*Armor Express was also recognized as a 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.
The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program drew an overwhelming response from industry leaders with a record high number of corporate and government nominations received, as well as record breaking ‘ASTORS’ Presentation Luncheon Attendees, with top firms trying to register for the exclusive high – end luncheon and networking opportunity – right up to the event kickoff on Wednesday afternoon, at the ISC East registration!
Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!
The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, and Desktop Alert.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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