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LTC Marc King
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Good luck with the government. I really think while this is a well intentioned effort and I applaud any veteran who will step up... the fact of the matter is that this solution is a full generation behind what will be required on the modern battlefield against the current and emerging threats. There are more advanced materials beginning to be introduced, lighter, more flexible and with the ability to stop multiple impacts of armor piercing threats. Materials that will allow for the development of armor applications that will protect not only the upper torso but also the extremities in a manner that was not achievable the past. That is where the science is taking us today.
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SrA Nathan Roberts
SrA Nathan Roberts
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LTC Marc King I agree, especially with the "good luck with the government" part. Getting anything past the bureaucracy is a doctoral degree in itself...lol
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LTC Marc King
LTC Marc King
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A1C Roberts ... could not agree more. Over a period of 12 years I supplied about 80% of the current body armor owned by DoD. The author of the original article is right and wrong at the same time. There were many things about the SAPI and ESAPI that those who wore it did not like. But the stats don't lie... Consider that in the VN war we lost 52,000 Killed in action is about a 10 year time frame... fast forward to Afghanistan and Iraq and the total number of KIA's for what is now approaching 14 years has been just over 6,000. Its not just the body armor alone... advances in medical treatment of the severally injured, medical evacuation -- recognition of the critical nature of the "Golden Hour" all play a part. But make no mistake that as long as the upper torso is not penetrated the chances of survival are significantly enhanced. That is the phenomenon that we have been seeing with the technology. Work goes on to make it lighter, and more bullet resistant... because there is nothing more important than bringing our warriors home... alive.
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SFC George Smith
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Great Idea ...
One recommendation...
Look at the Dragon Scale design... using a combination of poly carbonate scales and kevlar weave backing...
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LTC Marc King
LTC Marc King
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SFC Smith... Do you mean Dragon Skin? If so please allow me to set the record straight on the concept. 1. It used ceramic disc's not poly-carbonate... 2. It did not pass environmental testing when subjected to high temp (125F). At the required level of protection (APM2 Armor Piercing/ Level IV) it did not stop two shots -- in fact it failed to stop even one shot in many cases. It failed ballistic testing. At handgun (Level III) it performed well but then again as a combat soldier would you be happy with a hand gun level of protection? Believe me I know these thing because I manufactured the ceramic discs for the product and at one time routed for its success. You are welcomed to check me out on RP and validate my background and interest in this issue.
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