Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense awarded USD 21.5m contract to manufacture APOBS

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) has announced it has been awarded a USD 21.5m contract with the US Army to manufacture the man-portable Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS), the company said.

The initial delivery order contract is for the first year´s APOBS deliveries, with follow-on options for up to USD 320 million. The systems will be manufactured at EBAD´s Graham, Kentucky facility.

The APOBS is a joint DoD platform for the US Army and the United States Marine Corps. The one-shot linear demolition charge system is used for breaching of surface and buried land mines, wire obstacles, and other impediments, and is set up and deployed in minutes by a two-person team.

Connecticut-based Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) manufactures reliable defense and space energetic solutions. The privately-owned company was founded in 1836, initially developing linear explosive products used for mining.