The effectiveness of body armor and helmet?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by vashstampede, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. cavtrooper

    cavtrooper Member

    I deployed to OIF1,with antique Viet Nam era body armor,and was on a thin skinned vehicle.I would've welcomed some more modern armor.We had much better body armor on my last tour.
  2. aghart

    aghart Former Tank Commander Moderator


    In the 1980's British troops in Northern Ireland started to get ceramic plates that fitted into the front and back of their "flak jackets" Tests showed that they would stop a typical AK47/M16 round. The plates only covered limited vital area's, but they worked.
  3. Interrogator#6

    Interrogator#6 Active Member

    I saw a Kevlar helmet at the 82nd Airborne Div. Museum at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA. This helmet showed an impacted slug from a combat (Grenada) situation, proving that the helmet saved the soldier's life. This was circa 1985.

    Perhaps the rifle which fire that slug was not at point-blank range of only 30 feet.

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