BAE Systems has unveiled a new line of body armor, the Scalable Soldier Protection System, at last week’s Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.
The armor, made up of a vest, plate carrier and load-bearing belt, is designed to be flexible and adjustable from full combat to fully concealed in less dangerous situations. The materials are lighter in weight than most other body armor and have a quick-release mechanism to decrease time spent putting on or taking off the piece.
BAE has also developed a version of the armor for female soldiers, which delivers the same protection while increasing comfort and is tailored to women’s body shape.
“It’s not enough to just offer individual body armor components to our soldiers today,” said Val Horvatich, director of advanced programs at BAE Systems’ Personnel Protection Systems business. “The individual components have to be able to work together as a system, and not get in the way of a soldier’s mobility. With SSPS, we’ve created a next generation and a true body armor system that not only enhances mobility and proper weight distribution, but allows soldiers to configure the system any way they want, to meet any requirements.”