U.S. Department of Defense Selects Trusted Supplier to Provide Legacy CBRNE and Extreme Cold Weather Footwear
Landover, MD (March 31, 2021) – AirBoss Defense Group (ADG), the global leader in survivability for the assured mobility, healthcare, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) communities, is announcing that it has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at up to $15.1 million by the U.S. Department of Defense for the manufacture and sale of up to 56,7000 pairs of Extreme Cold Vapor Barrier Boots (ECVBB), commonly referred to as “bunny boots.” The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support will administer this three-year contract and deliveries are expected to begin immediately.
In addition to the ECVBB contract, the company is pleased to announce that it has received a $7.9 million order from the Department of Defense for the Molded AirBoss Lightweight Overboots (MALOs), as part of an IDIQ contract previously announced in September of 2019. This follow-on order reaches the maximum value of the original base contract for up to 600,000 pairs of MALO boots to $26.7 million.
Patrick Callahan, CEO of AirBoss Defense Group said, “The ECVBB contract and the MALO boot order acknowledge our company’s capability to provide highly specialized survivability solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense. ADG is proud to remain the trusted supplier of protective footwear to servicemembers stationed around the globe who require essential equipment to ensure mission success in extreme environments. The U.S. government has selected ADG solutions to protect and allow warfighters, frontline healthcare workers, first responders, and security personnel to meet a wide variety of challenges. We are pleased to continue supplying our specialized footwear to ensure readiness and survivability.”
The ECVBB is a legacy boot used by the United States Armed Forces. These robust, waterproof rubber boots are rated to perform in the coldest of weather conditions (-20 to -65 degrees Fahrenheit), with a liner-free interior retaining warmth by layering up to one inch of wool and felt insulation between two vacuum-tight layers of rubber. The ECVBB was originally designed at the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Center in Natick, MA during the Korean War for military expeditions in extreme cold weather environments. The proven warmth and durability of the ADG ECVBB has made these boots the extreme cold weather footwear of choice for the U.S. Department of Defense.
The MALO was originally designed and developed to provide superior physical properties and protection compared to CBRNE overboots then in service. It is made with an injection-molded specialty polymer, an easy to decontaminate material that offers superior protection against CBRNE threats, and integrates with currently fielded CBRNE Suits. The MALO has been broadly adopted worldwide and is used by more than 40 countries.
About AirBoss Defense Group (ADG)
ADG is a growing survivability company that provides military, law enforcement, medical providers, industrial providers and first responders with a diverse portfolio of protective equipment that spans the entire survivability spectrum. AirBoss Defense, an ADG brand, is a recognized world leader in rapid deployment negative pressure isolation shelters, CBRNE protective equipment, medical protective equipment, and personal respiratory protective products. AirBoss Defense’s emergency response and personal protective equipment is utilized by the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, FEMA, CDC other government agencies, and private companies.
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