EXCLUSIVE: Army Delays New Body Armor Test

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Here's a story we're posting tomorrow morning at Military.com, but I thought I'd give DT readers a little preview. It's like manna from heaven: an M4 story and a body armor story all in one week!

FROM TOMORROW MORNING'S MILITARY.COM FRONT PAGE:

The Army has opted to delay testing of new body armor designs that can stop powerful armor piercing bullets and vests that contain flexible plating much like the controversial Dragon Skin armor.

Citing industry requests, the Army's top gear buyer told Military.com the test firing on so-called XSAPI and FSAPI armor would be held off until March 2008.

"Some body armor manufacturers told us they needed a little more time to get long-lead materials and to test new designs before they could submit them to us," said Brig. Gen. Mark Brown, head of the Fort Belvoir, Va.-based Program Executive Office Soldier.

Brown said the new armor designs would likely be tested at Aberdeen Test Center, Md., beginning in March and finished up by June. Testing on the new designs was previously set to begin last fall.

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-- Christian

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