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Protective Eyewear maker ESS to supply goggles to British MoD

Sep '05
The British Ministry of Defense (Defense Clothing Integrated Project Team) awarded 'Contract No. DC3ESL/5185 for the Supply of Protective Eyewear' to Eye Safety Systems Inc (ESS) of Sun Valley, Idaho, via its U.K. agent, EPS U.K. Ltd.

The four-year contract, announced July 7, 2005, is for the supply of the ESS Advancer V-12 goggle and the ESS ICE 2.4 spectacle. An urgent initial delivery of 28,000 units was completed in August for British troops deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. The next delivery, also 28,000 units, will be made in October.

The decision was the result of a three-month solicitation, which itself was the culmination of more than 15 months of careful trial, evaluation and development. The MOD required a single manufacturer to supply both ballistic military goggles and spectacles, along with an interchangeable prescription insert. Project Director, Major John Stoddart, commented, 'They went through a challenging and rigorous selection process from which ESS was selected to provide protective eyewear for British Forces personnel who are deployed on Operations in extremely demanding and dangerous environments.'

ESS produced a unique combination of impact protection, anti-fog technology, interchangeable lenses (smoke, clear and amber), Rx compatibility and integration with existing equipment (helmet, NVG and weapon sight). 'They are delighted that ESS is supporting the British MOD with the supply of eye protection,' said Stoddart.

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