Later this year the Army will test a lighter-weight body armor vest as part of its head-to-toe soldier protection system program and conduct a full test of the entire system by this fall as they prep the new gear for deploying units.
And soldiers will get new eye protection that includes a transitioning lens for sunglasses.
That’s according to the recently released annual report from the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation for the Defense Department. It provides a detailed overview of Army, Navy and Air Force programs. The Army section contains two dozen systems with reviews and recommendations.
The whole kit consists of four main subsystems — torso and extremity, vital torso, head and eye protection.