The U.S. Navy will soon begin the first tests on its newest body armor -- the Naval Security Forces Vest.

The Navy awarded a $30.4 million contract to KDH Defense Systems, Carter Enterprises and Applied Fiber Concepts on Feb. 7, according to an award notice posted on

The new ballistic vest "consists of a base vest and modular components for tailoring protection levels to defeat multiple ballistic and fragmentation hazards while performing security and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection," according to an April 9 press release from Applied Fiber Concepts and Propper International, a subcontractor for AFC.

The Naval Security Forces Vest features Level IIIA ballistic inserts; an outer carrier; and yoke and collar assemblies, according to the release. Full Article