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October 16, 2012
Military tailors body armor for female troops

The military is introducing new body armor to provide women with increased protection on the battlefield. Developing the gear, which is tailored for the female form, resulted from concerns among female soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division.

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A current priority for armies across the world is reducing the weight of body armor and other PPE used by troops in combat. The goal is to find new materials and composites that offer enhanced protection with less weight.

For example, the U.S. Marine Corps is trying a new helmet that offers 6 percent more protection and the ability to stop 9mm rounds. It weighs in at 3 pounds, about a half-pound lighter than the previous Kevlar helmet.

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