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Ceradyne Receives $77 Million XSAPI Body Armor Order (posted 4/1/09)

April 1, 2009
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Ceradyne, Inc. recently announced that it has received an approximately $77 million delivery order for XSAPI ceramic body armor plates. Ceradyne will begin shipping this XSAPI production release in the second quarter of 2009 and expects to complete the order in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The release was issued under the $2.37 billion five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract announced in October 2008. The company also announced it has successfully completed all First Article Testing and associated lot testing on its related ESAPI and XSAPI designs.

This approximately $77 million initial XSAPI production order replaces the $73 million XSAPI production order announced on October 9, 2008; that order was subsequently withdrawn when a competitor protested the award. Ceradyne books as orders only actual releases with firm delivery dates. Therefore, this release of approximately $77 million will become part of the company’s backlog and not the $2.37 billion five-year ID/IQ contract.

“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this XSAPI contract,” said David P. Reed, president of North American Operations. “Although it was delayed, we intend to ship this release in its entirety in calendar 2009. Our large installed industrial base should allow us to provide the Army its XSAPI requirements with on-time deliveries and high quality. We believe that our track record on ESAPI and our vertically integrated strategy (i.e., from powder to final product) has been instrumental in our winning over 70% of the government’s needs.

“This new armor system was designed by Ceradyne’s extensive ceramic, polymer and ballistic research team here in Costa Mesa and Irvine, California. The XSAPI design is the most robust ballistic protection available to our American fighting men and women. It not only stops the most lethal ‘X’ ballistic threats, but also defeats other threats that the former ESAPI and SAPI systems were designed to address as well.

“During the balance of 2009, our engineers and senior staff will be working with the military to more clearly define battlefield threats and deployment plans through the year 2013.”

Visit www.ceradyne.com for more information.

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