Monday, October 20, 2014

Armor

There is still improvement needed in body armor.  Armor is still too hot, it needs to be cooler.  A few years ago the Army was testing a portable fan system or portable air conditioner to blow cold air under a vest.  Something like this might work if it were very cheap, very reliable and very small.

Armor needs to be more flexible.  It can be difficult to bend over or to bring your arms to the front as when firing a pistol from the isosceles position when wearing armor.  These are important movements to be able to make and I also wonder about the stopping effects of armor that is bent and being hit from the edge.

Armor is still uncomfortable, the heat and stiffness really contribute to armor being uncomfortable.  Working an 8 to 12 hour shift or longer with armor on is no fun.  Even if it is a slow shift and you don't move around much, it is still chafing.  Wearing armor over a rash or sunburn can really be very painful and maddening.  We still need better armor; that's what the SGT Says.

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