I’ve been following a strange story of the body armor the Army uses to protect soldiers in Iraq, with two podcasts on the subject. Today I read that the Army has issued a change to their RFP for body armor that would be more inclusive of the flexible type of armor that Pinnacle Armor makes, their Dragon Skin product. The due date was moved out a month. Defense Tech reports:
The Army has issued an industry-wide request for a new kind of body armor that can defeat even more powerful rounds than the current ceramic plate and has opened the door for the new armor construction that includes flexible systems many say are more comfortable than today’s vests.
The new armor insert, dubbed “XSAPI,” is intended stop armor-piercing rounds more deadly than the ones the current “enhanced small arms protective insert” can defeat, will weigh less than a pound more than today’s ESAPI and could have more coverage than the rigid ceramic plates currently fielded to U.S. troops in combat.
The Army’s latest solicitation – dated June 20 – marks yet another chapter in the ongoing debate over allegations that the Army has ignored armor technology that could yield more protection and comfort than its current “Interceptor” vest. In May, an NBC investigative report raised questions over whether a certain type of body armor called “Dragon Skin” was stronger than the Interceptor – which is worn by most American troops in the field.
I’m sure this is a result of the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the matter I excerpted in my last podcast. The Congressman wanted to provide an opportunity for Pinnacle to compete, despite their history of innuendo, deceit, and misrepresentation.