Wednesday, April 04, 2007

New body armor weighs less, covers more

The Army will start fielding a new protective vest this month that weighs less, covers more and fits better than the bulky body armor soldiers wrestle with today.

Reacting to complaints from the battlefield, Army equipment officials last summer set out to redesign the current Interceptor vest to create one easier to maneuver in while carrying heavy combat loads.

The effort also focused on perfecting something new: an “emergency quick release” feature so soldiers can get out of their armor quickly to escape battlefield hazards such as drowning.

Read the rest at Army Times