or the good stuff the US Army doesn't want its soldiers to wear.
Here on FutureWeapons they test a normal set of Dragon Skin flexible body armor with 5.56, 7.62, and 9mm rounds. They even detonate a fragmentation grenade beneath this body armor. What is amazing is the lack of penetration of any bullets or fragments. Though if I was that soldier and I just fell on a grenade, the force of the explosion probably just busted up my chest and I would be a candidate for Medivac. Still it is pretty amazing. It is also nine minutes long.
And it is a fact the United States Army will not allow soldiers to personally buy this armor before they deploy. The United States Marine Corps will allow Marines to buy this armor at their own expense, hence we have this family raising cash to buy Dragon Skin for their son and his men. The United States Air Force placed a $4.7 million contract to buy some Dragon Skin body armor in 2006. The United States Secret Service uses Dragon Skin body armor. But the US Army wont let its soldiers buy it themselves. Aberdeen Proving Grounds tested Dragon Skin against Level IV threat levels and found it "surpassed all current industry standards" and "set standards" leading to a "classified protocol," according to the Army.
From Defense Review comes this: Defense Review also viewed a letter from ATC [Aberdeen Testing Center] containing information that proves that SOV/Dragon Skin did NOT fail any U.S. Air Force test or requirement, as has been stated by certain parties in the U.S. Army. We viewed the relevant information ourselves.
Again from Defense Review: "The MIL-STD SOV-1000 and 2000 Level III flexible body armor systems will defeat the following rifle rounds that normally fall into the Level IV category, and all lesser threats.
7.62 x 39 mm 125 GR, steel case mild steel core - 2300 - 2700 fps.5.56 x 45 mm 65 GR, M855 (SS109 Green tip) - 3250 - 3900 fps."
The price of Dragon Skin versus Interceptor might be a factor along with Army resistence to something not invented by them. The basic vest costs about $2,000 while the whole Interceptor body armor system costs just over $1,000. I must admit I do have a bias against Natic Laboratories, they invented the MRE.
The Democrats could have scored some serious 'We Care' points with HR 1591 if they included directions for the US Army to buy this armor. But so far I have not found any such line item in that Bill. The Republicans of the previous Congresses also dropped the ball. Also note this fight has been happening for years without this popping up on the MSM radar scope. I think its time for something to be done.