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Interceptor Body Armor - Protecting Soldiers In Combat

Vests guard against bullets, shrapnel and fragmentation in war zones worldwide.

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Updated July 18, 2011

Interceptor Body Armor is a light weight bullet proof vest used to protect U.S. soldiers in combat.

Worn Over The Torso

Interceptor Body Armor protects soldiers against bullets, projectiles, shrapnel and explosions in trouble spots such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The body armor is camouflaged – jungle or desert – and worn over a soldier’s torso to shield vital organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys. The Interceptor Body Armor entered service with the U.S. military in 2007 and replaced older bullet proof and fragmentation vests.

The Interceptor Body Armor system consists of an Outer Tactical Vests with two smaller ballistic plates inserted inside for protection against bullets and shrapnel. The Interceptor is also made using a tightly woven Kevlar fiber that is durable enough to stop deadly bullets from piercing a soldier’s body. The Interceptor Body Armor is heat resistant and capable of stopping a nine millimetre bullet that is traveling at 1,400 feet per second.

Expensive Procurement

Over the past decade, the U.S. military has spent about $300 million on new body armor for the U.S. military. Each Interceptor Body Armor costs about $500 to purchase. The U.S. Marine Corps has ordered more than 10,000 of the bullet proof vests to protect soldiers in combat zones around the world. As of 2011, the vests were in the process of being upgraded to a new variant that includes additional ballistic plates for greater protection and enhanced survivability.

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