Defence technology and equipment supplier Avon Rubber (AVON) has won a body armour contract that could be worth up to $333m over its three and a half year term.

The contract, with the US Defense Logistics Agency, will see the UK business provide enhanced body armor plates, effectively bullet-proof protection for military personnel.

The first order is anticipated shortly, with deliveries expected to commence in early 2021. Avon Protection would invest up to $5m in capital expenditure across financial years 2020 and 2021 to obtain product approvals and to expand production capacity.

The framework contract works to an initial 18-month duration but has scope for two 12-month extensions. The base contract had a minimum value of $19m.

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These body armor plates were a legacy product of 3M's Ceradyne ballistic-protection business, which Avon Rubber bought at the start of this year (2 January).

'The successful award of this contract triggers $3m of the contingent consideration payable to 3M under the terms of the acquisition, as announced on 7 August 2019’, the company said. ‘Additional contingent consideration will become payable on receipt of orders under this contract, with the maximum total contingent consideration payable to 3M being $25m,' it added.

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Issue Date: 25 Mar 2020