The armor can be adjusted in multiple ways to fit better and allow soldiers to move faster and more freely.
The Army has been working to update its soldier protection system for women and men who are smaller in size.
SpecOps forces are testing a combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear.
Coming your way in 2020.
The Army is close to approving a lightweight body armor plate with a "shooter's cut" to provide greater mobility in combat.
The Army's multi-component Soldier Protection System body armor features hard-armor plates designed to stop rifle rounds.
The new plates will be fielded in addition to the enhanced small arms protective insert (ESAPI) plates now in use.
The Marine Corps awarded a $59.4 million contract to make the armor inserts for the service's new plate carrier.
Army officials want to make soldiers' body armor up to 30 percent lighter.
Commanders could soon give Marines the OK to wear body armor that weighs up to 40 percent less than their current plates.
Service members will get a 5.2% pay raise come January under the compromise annual defense bill unveiled Wednesday night.
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