OUR MILITARY HERITAGE

Since the 1980s, The Randolph Aviator has been the standard-issue eyewear to U.S. military pilots. The glasses are built to precise military specifications—MIL-S-25948, to be exact, a 20-page document consisting of some of the most rigid manufacturing specs around.

BUILT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE U.S. MILITARY

 

1978 – Randolph produces eyewear as a subcontractor for the U.S. military.

1982 – The United States Air Force contracts Randolph to produce the HGU-4/P Aviator sunglass as the part of the standard-issue uniform.

1990, Desert Storm – The Department of Defense contracts Randolph to produce 70,000 optical inserts annually for the M17 chemical-biological mask, used during Operation Desert Storm. When the D.O.D. requests an accelerated delivery of optical inserts, Randolph works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet wartime demand. Randolph delivers 200,000 units before the conclusion of Desert Storm. Not a single unit is returned due to quality issues. An Air Force colonel personally visits the Randolph factory to thank its employees for the patriotic and timely support of the Armed Forces and presents the Chairman of Randolph Engineering with a Certificate of Appreciation.

2000 – Randolph wins its first contract for the Frame of Choice (FOC) spectacle program, which provides the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and NASA with an alternative to standard-issue military spectacles.

2017 – Randolph continues to produce the HGU-4/P for the U.S. Army and Navy and air forces worldwide. The company also maintains the Frame of Choice contract, now in its fourth five-year term.

STANDARD-ISSUE TO THE U.S. MILITARY SINCE 1982

 

With a tireless work ethic and endless determination, our founders built Randolph into an elite eyewear manufacturer, eventually winning a contract to produce military-spec aviator sunglasses for the U.S. Air Force – a contract we hold to this day.

MADE IN AMERICA.
COMMITTED TO AMERICAN JOBS

 

Throughout Randolph’s history, our family-owned New England factory has honored its commitment to American jobs and manufacturing—even as other sunglass companies began moving their operations offshore in the 1980s. We are proud to be the only remaining metal eyewear manufacturer in the USA.

MORE CHOICES FOR THE MILITARY

 

By joining forces with our NATO countries, Randolph has been providing a wide variety of RX frames to the men and women who serve since 2000. Now, those same military-issued specs that support our troops are available to the general public.