Armor Holdings Launches World's First SUV And Commercial vehicle Armour System To Protect Against IED Attacks

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  • Rebrands its world leading commercial vehicle armouring business as CENTIGON

Armor Holdings, Inc (NYSE: AH), a leading manufacturer and distributor of security products and vehicle armour systems serving the US$1,100 million military, law enforcement, homeland security and commercial market, announced the launch today of the IE-Defense System™, the world’s first SUV and commercial vehicle armour system, to protect against attacks from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The IE-Defense System™ is a unique multiple threat system that can be applied to various commercially-available Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and other passenger vehicles, which account for US$620 million of the global vehicle armouring market.

It protects the vehicle’s occupants against an IED attack and subsequent attack by assault rifle with armour-piercing bullets. 75 per cent of attacks on vehicles involve IEDs rather than bullets, so the system has been tested to withstand high-energy fragments up to 20mm, typically the largest fragment from a roadside bomb.

Dr Tony Russell, Chief Technology Officer for Armor Holdings, Inc, said the launch of new
IE-Defense System™ underscores Centigon’s commitment to leading technology and to responding to the global security threat.

‘As IED attacks have become more commonplace, particularly in Southwest Asia, a growing number of government officials, private contractors, NGOs, private individuals need protection.
IE-Defense System™ is a major step towards neutralising the threat many of these people have to face every day,’
Dr Russell added.

Armor Holdings, Inc is also introducing a new single brand, CENTIGON, for its armoured vehicle business, to better leverage its combined global capabilities in the marketplace and to present a unified face to customers around the world, Gary Allen, its new President, announced.

The new company combines the commercial vehicle armouring operations of the Armor Holdings Mobile Security Divisions, including AMS - France (formerly LABBE), AMS - Germany (formerly TRASCO) and O’Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt (USA and Latin America).

In 2004, Armor Holdings’ Mobile Security Division had sales of US$125 million and armoured approximately 1,400 commercial vehicles worldwide. Centigon’s global leadership is driven by its fundamental commitment to research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E). Centigon spends more annually developing and testing new technologies than any other company in the industry.

14 September 2005 Staff

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