Ceradyne receives $77 million order

Ceradyne Inc. has received a $77 million delivery order for ceramic body armor plates that will be shipped to the U.S. military later this year.

The order, which was announced Tuesday, is part of a $2.4 billion, five-year contract awarded in October 2008.

The lightweight armor is worn by U.S. forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places.

It is made at Ceradyne plants in Lexington and California, where the company is based. Ceradyne's stock is listed by Nasdaq as CRDN.