The U.S. Army decided to re-purpose legacy body armor vest into the newly-designed Modular Scalable Vest configuration, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The contract, from U.S. Army Contracting Command and announced on Friday, is valued at more than $24 million and covers re-purpose to new body armor configuration, the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV).
The average generation II improved outer tactical vest weighs about 26 pounds. But the new torso and extremity protection system, or TEP, under development now at Program Executive Office Soldier, sheds about five pounds of weight and also adds a wide degree of scalability that commanders can make use of depending on threat level and
In 2019 the Army expects to roll out a new, lighter body armor system. The armor will provide at least as much protection as today”s system, but with more comfort, and greater flexibility to adjust based on the mission, Army officials said. Already, improved ballistics materials have allowed the Army to cut the weight of