In March, our COO walked the vest fabrication production line and found that LDC has the capacity to produce 7,800 vests within 4 weeks (more if overtime/surge production is authorized). The fabrication process uses elements of lean operations to ensure that it can scale quickly when required.
Currently, the bottleneck on both sides of the manufacturing chain is due to low raw material inventory. With enough raw material, LDC will have the capacity to produce over 5,000 vests per day by April 5. The vests currently weigh 9 kg, however, future production will produce 7 kg vests. During testing, the steel plates took 5 hits of 5.45×39 7n10 ammunition (common to AK-74). Another test took 5 hits of 7.62×54 LPS ammunition (common to Dragunov rifle and PKM machine gun).
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