NEWPORT, Vt. — A Vermont company has won a U.S. Army contract worth up to $98 million to produce lightweight next-generation combat helmets for soldiers.

Revision Military said Tuesday it will manufacture the helmets at its Newport facility and the work could generate 50 to 100 jobs.

CEO Jonathan Blanshay said Revision has dedicated significant resources "to set a new standard for lightweight helmet design and performance." The five-year contract is for up to nearly 294,000 helmets.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said there was intense competition for the project. The helmets will protect soldiers from ballistic impacts, the lawmaker said, and be more comfortable because of their 24 percent lighter build.

Revision Military says it has delivered 1.1 million helmets to the U.S. military and 300,000 internationally.