FRAGMENTARY ARMOR KIT
PACKAGING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Because of CIMA's strong background with military contract jobs and packaging/crating armor kits, the company was selected to package Frag 5 Armor Kits, including the design and construction of custom containers. The production run involved 13,200 packaged kits to be shipped for installation on HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle aka Humvee) series vehicles in combat zones.
The US Army's Fragmentary Armor Kit program was developed as a follow-on to the Add-On-Armor program that had begun in 2004. This followed the increasingly apparent vulnerability of US military wheeled vehicles to insurgent attacks in Iraq, mainly those using improvised explosive devices. These vulnerabilities had been observed in vehicles intended for combat and those intended for combat support and combat service support.