Applied Fiber Concepts and Propper International Awarded New US Navy Body Armor Contract

St. Charles, MO – Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. and Propper International have been awarded a contract to manufacture the new Naval Security Forces Vest (NSFV) for the United States Navy.

The NSFV, which was awarded through a solicitation from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) for a new ballistic vest designed to protect sailors, 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 (AT/FP) duties.

“We’re proud to partner with Applied Fiber Concepts, one of the industry’s most innovative ballistic protection providers,” said Anderson Ward, Senior VP, Global Supply Chain Operations for Propper. “The sailors who wear this armor can perform their missions with confidence.”

Michael Haynes, VP of Business Development for Applied Fiber Concepts, echoed that sentiment. “Providing advanced ballistic protection that can be configured to best fit the mission will allow the brave men and women responsible for keeping us safe to focus on their jobs and feel confident that they are protected.”

Applied Fiber Concepts will produce all the Level IIIA ballistic inserts, yoke, and collar assemblies and Propper will manufacture the outer carriers for the one-year contract that has an option for up to four additional years. All the ballistic material included in the NSFV is fully NIJ-certified and tested to perform up to NIJ 0101.06 standards, the highest standard for ballistic protection. Total contract production is projected to reach over 51,000 units.

What we do…

Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. (AFCI) is an OEM/Private Label manufacturer of bullet-resistant armor systems and other tactical products for law enforcement, military, and private security personnel. We provide Body Armor & Tactical Gear made in USA.

AFCI’s Founder and President/CEO, Alex F. Cejas, has been designing, manufacturing, and selling body armor for more than 20 years.  AFCI designs the armor systems, engineers the ballistic protection panels to various threat levels dictated by the National Institute of Justice, the US Military, and international specifications, and AFCI markets and sells its products through formal supply agreements signed with manufacturers and distributors of armor outer shells who choose not to make their own armor panels.  The company plans to build its partnerships with a manufacturer and distribution network by developing brand awareness and superior ballistic performance at competitive prices. AFCI intends to market its line as an alternative to existing bullet-resistant product lines, and differentiate itself by marketing strategies, high performance and quality, and high brand awareness.

Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. is located in a HUBZone in Hialeah, FL.  Over the years, one philosophy has remained consistent:  Quality first; every hero’s life is precious, and every life-saving product we produce is made with the utmost attention to detail and quality.

AFCI’s strategy is to continue to expand and grow the business by expanding its product offerings and becoming one of the premier suppliers of protective tactical gear to the military and law enforcement communities.

What’s New?

  • AFCI is in the process of certifying its first armor models in compliance with NIJ Standard 0101.06.
  • AFCI utilizes its own in-house state-of-the-art ballistic test range to develop the highest quality armor systems.

“Customer satisfaction is our hallmark.  Protecting heroes is our duty and passion.”

  • Exemplary service.
  • Competitive prices.
  • Unparalleled reliability.
  • These are the qualities we bring to our customers –guaranteed

Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. boasts more than 20 years of experience producing quality armor and tactical gear for the US military and law enforcement professionals.

Applied Fiber Concepts, Inc. is the first manufacturer in the soft body armor industry to achieve certification/registration for the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standard.

In the News

The Miami Herald

It weighs less than a book and can stop a bullet. It’s a backpack option at Miami school.



NOVEMBER 03, 2017 6:27 AM

In the arsenal of school-sponsored security measures, metal detectors, ID checks and security cameras are practically second nature. A bullet resistant backpack insert? Not so much.

At Florida Christian School, a private, nondenominational Miami-Dade school serving students from preschool to high school, that could be changing. The school has started offering parents the opportunity to buy a $120 piece of ballistic armor to turn students’ backpacks into potential lifesavers.

“It’s just a tool,” said George Gulla, the school’s head of security. “I’d rather be prepared for the worst than be stuck after saying ‘Wow, I wish we would’ve done that.’”

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