Prior to the August 2007 acquisition by BAE Systems, Armor Holdings, Inc., built a reputation as a leading manufacturer and provider of specialized security products; training and support services related to these products; vehicle armor systems; military helicopter seating systems, aircraft and land vehicle safety systems; protective equipment for military personnel; and other technologies used to protect humans in a variety of life-threatening or catastrophic situations.
Its products and systems are used domestically and internationally by military, law enforcement, security and corrections personnel, as well as governmental agencies, multinational corporations and individuals.
In April of 2006, Armor Holdings was named a FORTUNE 1000 company, and in September, the company became the third fastest growing company in the U.S. on Fortune's 100 Fastest Growing Companies list.
Since its incorporation in 1996, the company completed 26 acquisitions and integrated the acquired businesses into its three business units: Aerospace & Defense Group, the Products Group and the Mobile Security Division. These three units will be integrated into BAE Systems as Mobility & Protection Systems, BAE Systems Products Group, and Mobile Security.
Mobility & Protection Systems
The Mobility & Protection Systems line of business, which generated revenues of $1.2 billion in 2005, provides advanced survivability systems to U.S. and international military forces, as well as major aerospace and defense prime contractors. The group has pioneered many of the survivability products that the U.S. military relies on—Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) plates, Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE), the Up-Armored HMMWV (UAH) and the Cockpit Air Bag System (CABS). The line of business employs about 2,200 people with more than 850,000 square feet of space in 14 locations throughout the United States.
BAE Systems Products Group
The BAE Systems Products Group generated revenues of $309 million in 2005. It manufactures and sells a broad range of high quality equipment marketed under brand names that are known in the military and law enforcement communities. Products manufactured by this division include concealable and tactical body armor, hard armor, duty gear, less-lethal munitions, anti-riot products, police batons, emergency lighting products, forensic products, firearms accessories, weapon maintenance products, foldable ladders, backpacks and specialty gloves. The Products Group has approximately 1,700 employees in eleven manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico.
The Mobile Security division generated revenues of $106 million in 2006. It manufactures and installs armoring systems for commercial vehicles to protect against varying degrees of ballistic and blast threats. The business provides armor for a variety of commercial vehicles, including limousines, sedans, sport utility vehicles, commercial trucks and cash-in-transit vehicles. Its customers include U.S. federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, foreign heads of state, multinational corporations, and high net worth individuals and cash-in-transit operators. Mobile Security has approximately 1,042 employees in eight manufacturing facilities located in United States, Latin America, and Europe.