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Army equipment officials awarded a contract Oct. 9 for 58,000 armor plate carriers in an effort to lighten heavy loads soldiers carry in Afghanistan.
KDH Defense Systems Inc. beat out Eagle Industries, MSA Paraclete and Tactical Assault Gear to supply soldiers with a lightweight alternative to the current-issue Improved Outer Tactical Vest, which weighs about 33 pounds, Brig. Gen Peter Fuller, commander of Program Executive Office Soldiers said.
KDH is located in Johnstown, Pa., which is in the state’s 12th Congressional district and home to Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the pow