Marines will soon have a tougher, more lightweight protective helmet that will be produced by 3M.
The Star Tribune reports the Maplewood company won an $80 million contract to manufacture and supply 77,000 of the rugged helmets to the U.S. Marine Corps. The helmets will offer 50 percent more protection than Marine helmets currently in use.
3M begins delivering the helmets this fall, and Marines are scheduled to get them early next year.
The Business Journal reported that the helmets will be produced by 3M's Ceradyne division. The company bought Ceradyne for $860 million last October. The Costa Mesa, Calif.-based company makes advanced ceramics for industrial and military applications.