Beretta Awarded Multi-Year U.S. Army Contract

January 18, 2008

ACCOKEEK, Md., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Today Beretta announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract by the U.S. Army to provide M9 pistols to servicemen and women as part of the government requirement to ensure the operational safety and readiness of our U.S. armed services worldwide.

The contract initially purchases 25,403 M9 pistols with deliveries starting in June 2008 and continuing until February 2010. The U.S. Army also reserves the right to purchase additional M9 pistols as needed to meet their needs. The M9 pistols will be manufactured at the Beretta facility located in Accokeek, Maryland.

“Beretta is always honored to assist the Armed Forces in protecting the country and meeting its firearms needs,” stated Jeff Reh ,Vice-General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp. “The Beretta M9 pistol remains the most reliable and well-tested handgun in the U.S. military inventory, with tests resulting in an average of only one malfunction every 20,500 rounds fired.”

Beretta U.S.A. Corp. has supplied the Beretta M9 pistol as the standard sidearm for the U.S. Armed Forces since 1985.

In 2005, Beretta U.S.A. Corp. received 13 contracts for M9 pistols and component parts from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. Many of the U.S. Army contracts were multi-year contracts lasting five years, from which over $31 million dollars in purchase orders have since been issued to Beretta U.S.A. Corp.

In addition to producing the celebrated M-9 pistol, the official sidearm of the five branches of the US Armed Forces, Beretta also outfits law enforcement agencies across the United States and international forces spanning every continent.