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Vermont firm receives $2 million defense award

Made in Vermont: Revision head protection system with ergonomic retention system and multi-purpose front mount (left) and the fully integrated head protection system with ballistic visor and high-threat mandible guard (right).

Made in Vermont: Revision head protection system with ergonomic retention system and multi-purpose front mount (left) and the fully integrated head protection system with ballistic visor and high-threat mandible guard (right).

— Revision officially marks its expansion into the Soldier Systems helmet business with a significant three-year contract to develop the U.S. Army’s next-generation head protection system.

The $1,990,340 award is for Revision to continue the design, development and demonstration of a modular and scalable headgear system for mounted and dismounted soldiers, and to mature it to a Technology Readiness Level 6.

The new system is intended to provide impact protection improvements over current generation helmets and the integration of electronics and power. It will also allow soldiers to tailor their protection level and operating equipment to the specific mission at hand.

This new helmet design will integrate a trauma liner, communication system, heads-up display, CBRN mask and enhanced night vision goggles. The fully integrated and fully modular system will also feature a visor and mandible guard option designed to provide better blunt force, blast and ballistic protection than a helmet shell alone.

Revision’s contract announcement comes at a pivotal time in the company’s history.

In late 2010, the company announced an official corporate name change—from Revision Eyewear Ltd. to Revision Military Ltd.—to encompass its new head protection business. In June, the company began operations at its new, Composite Center of Excellence and later this fall, the company expects to launch Batlskin™, its first generation, fully integrated, modular soldier protection system.

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