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Fragmentary Armor (Frag) Kits

Program History

O'Gara-Hess and Eisenhardt Armoring Co. of Fairfield, Ohio was awarded on 23 June 2006, a $40,341,786 modification firm-fixed-price contract for the Objective Frag Kit #5 and Objective Frag Kit #5 field kits. Work would be performed in Fairfield, Ohio and was expected to be completed by 31 July 2006. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 10 April 2000. The Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan was the contracting activity.

O'Gara-Hess and Eisenhardt Armoring Co. of Fairfield, Ohio, was awarded on 25 August 2006, a $36,802,362 modification to an undefinitized contract for production of Frag Kit #5 Field Kits. Work would be performed in Fairfield, Ohio and was expected to be completed by 28 February 2007. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 10 April 2000. The US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan was the contracting activity.

O'Gara-Hess and Eisenhardt Armoring Co. of Fairfield, Ohio was awarded on 1 September 2006, an $18,401,181 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for an Increase of Funding on Frag Kit #5 Field Kits from 50 percent to 75 percent of the ceiling price. Work would be performed in Fairfield, Ohio and was expected to be completed by 28 February 2007. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 10 April 2000. The US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan was the contracting activity.

O'Gara-Hess and Eisenhardt Armoring Co. of Fairfield, Ohio was awarded on 22 September 2006, a $137,397,656 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Frag Kit #5 Field Kits. Work would be performed in Fairfield, Ohio, and was expected to be completed by 28 February 2007. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 10 April 2000. The US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan was the contracting activity.

AM General LLC of South Bend, Indiana was awarded on 1 November 2006, a $21,776,843 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for purchase of Frag #5 retrofit kits. Work would be performed in South Bend, Indiana and was expected to be completed by 31 December 2007. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 17 July 2000. The US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan was the contracting activity.

O'Gara-Hess and Eisenhardt Armoring Co. of Fairfield, Ohio was awarded on 31 January 2007, an $82,261,752 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Objective Frag #5 Kits for the Up-Armor High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles. Work would be performed in Andover, Massachusetts and was expected to be completed by 30 April 2009. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 30 June 1999. The US Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama was the contracting activity.

In spring 2007, at a new center at Camp Liberty, Iraq, soldiers worked hard to up-armor M1114 Humvees with the newest and highest level of protection available: Frag 5. Soldiers worked 12-hour shifts turning out about 10 Humvees per day. Their mission was to fully strip Humvees of all prior armor, add the new Frag 5 kits and hand them back to the units as quickly as possible.

AM General SPLO of South Bend, Indiana was awarded on 14 May 2007, a $23,098,788 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for Frag 5 Field Kits for the M1152A1 and M1165A1 vehicles. Work would be performed in South Bend, Indiana and was expected to be completed by 31 December 2007. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 17 July 2000. The US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan was the contracting activity.

It was reported in May 2007, the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Pegasus, responded to a request for mechanical support during the ongoing installation of nearly 1,800 Frag 5 kits, which replaced key elements on all up-armored vehicles in Afghanistan. Four Soldiers, 2 from 122nd Aviation Support Battalion, Task Force Atlas, and 2 from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force Talon, provided assistance to the Army Material Command for the previous 2 months. The M1114 up-armored armament carrier and the M1151 enhanced armament carrier were both going through this change-over. The Frag 5 kits were designed to provide additional protection for the troops while they were out on convoys. The extra armor was capable of withstanding fragmentation from the detonation of improvised explosive devices and the impact of small-arms fire.

O'Gara Hess and Eisenhardt of Fairfield, Ohio was awarded on 20 July 2007, a $9,089,786 modification to a firm-fixed-price contract for M1116 and M1145 Frag Kit Packages. Work would be performed in Fairfield, Ohio and was expected to be completed by 31 December 2007. Contract funds would not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This was a sole source contract initiated on 10 April 2000. The US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Michigan was the contracting activity.

The 820th Security Forces Group received 18 HMMWVs outfitted with the safest and thickest armor modifications, known as Frag 5 in late 2007. The Frag 5 kit was the latest and most protective set of add-on armor protection then installed on the $216,000 vehicles.

AM General LLC of South Bend, Indiana was awarded on 22 October 2008, a $6,878,864 firm fixed price contract for Frag 5 kits and kits parts providing for essential improvement of the Frag 5 kit, resulting in overall survivability enhancements from Improvised Explosive Devices. Work would be performed in Mishawaka, Indiana with an estimated completion date of 31 December 2009. One bid was solicited and one bid was received. TACOM in Warren, Michigan was the contracting activity.

The Frag 7 kit was designed to be both safe and effective for soldiers conducting patrols, convoy security and missions throughout the battlefield. Soldiers would not need any additional training to use the components of the Frag 7 kit, although they would be reminded to adhere to local commanders' guidance when conducting combat operations. The Frag 7 kit was begin fielding in the second quarter of 2009 as of February 2009.

On 26 February 2009, BAE Systems announced that it had received an order to provide 5,685 Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) Window kits from the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The kits were a featured component in the Army's Frag 7 kit being fielded to enhance the safety and performance of the up-armored M1151 HMMWV. The estimated total value of the contract was $45 million. The patent-pending VEE Window technology enabled soldiers to quickly exit the vehicle in the event of an emergency, such as a rollover or accident, by releasing and pushing out the front window. With few moving parts, the VEE Window required minimum maintenance, a very low life-cycle cost and could be installed in the field by trained Army and Marine maintenance crews. This contract raised the total Army orders for VEE Window kits to over 12,000, with more than 4,000 kits already shipped for the up-armored M1114 and M1151 HMMWVs.

The Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center rolled out the newest armor kit to protect warfighters on 8 May 2009. The Frag 6 kit, also known as the Interim Frag Kit (IFK or IFK6) was designed to provide protection against the increasing use of Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) experienced in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This kit included supplemental protection in the Frag 1 and 2 areas, as well as new armored doors. Frag Kit 6 was intended primarily for Up-Armored HMMWVs and MRAPs.

On 24 August 2009, BAE Systems announced it would supply Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) windows for new production M1151 HMMWV under a contract with AM General. The patent-pending VEE Window technology enabled soldiers to quickly exit the vehicle in the event of an emergency, such as a rollover or accident, by releasing and pushing out the front window. The simplicity of the design required no additional training for soldiers. The total potential value of this indefinite deliver/indefinite quantity contract was up to $89 million. The VEE Window was part of the Army's Frag 7 kit, which was a set of survivability upgrades to already fielded M1151 HMMWVs.

This contract raised the total orders for VEE Window kits to more than 29,000, with more than 10,000 kits already shipped for the up-armored M1114 and M1151 HMMWVs. The VEE Window technology was adaptable to many tactical up-armored combat vehicles, including Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles or Marine Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements.




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