Project Manager Soldier Equipment

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PM Soldier Equipment provides items crucial to the lethality, survivability, health, safety, sustainability and comfort of the soldier. It supports the soldier with a variety of equipment, from highly advanced night vision and other technology to basic soldier equipment. Products include state-of-the-art personal and unit equipment, such as manportable laser technologies for illuminating, pointing, range-finding and designating targets; ballistic and fragmentation protection; and technologically advanced tactical and environmental protective clothing that enhances survivability. Soldier Equipment also procures communications equipment, individual airdrop equipment and individual chemical protective gear. Several representative programs are listed below.

Each new generation of Body Armor is designed to increase protective capability and stop or slow down fragments and reduce the number of wounds. The latest version, Interceptor body armor (IBA), was designed to replace the interim small arms protective overvest (ISAPO) and the personnel armor system ground troops (PASGT) vests.

IBA is modular, multiple-threat body armor composed of economically designed front and back plates and an outer tactical vest (OTV), compatible with the modular lightweight load-carrying equipment (MOLLE). The OTV weighs 8.4 pounds without plates and protects against fragmentation and 9 mm rounds. The smallarms protective insert (SAPI) plates can withstand multiple small-arms hits. Total system weight is 16.4 pounds, which is nine pounds lighter than equivalent protection provided by the PASGT/ISAPO combination. Attachable throat and groin protectors provide increased protection, and webbing attachment loops on the front of the vest allow soldiers to tailor loads to meet mission needs.

Specialty body armor, such as the combat vehicle crewmen's (CVC) fragmentation protective undergarment, provides mounted crewmen protection against fragmentation in their particular environment. The CVC undergarment consists of four removable eight-ply ballistic protective inserts, two each in the front and back, enclosed inside an olive green carrier.

Body armor set, individual countermine (BASIC) is designed to protect individuals during mine-clearing operations. It consists of boots, trousers and face shield, and is used in conjunction with the standard body armor and Kevlar helmet.

The survival armor recovery vest insert and packets (SARVIP) provides fire-resistant protection for Army aircrew members. The SARVIP is a two-component system, consisting of a survival vest and hardbody armor. The vest is made of raschel knit and Nomex fire-resistant fabric and has 10 outer and two inner pockets. The vest provides a means for attaching life preserver units, a protective mask blower and includes a rescue/lift strap. The hardbody armor provides ballistic protection from .50-caliber, armor-piercing ammunition; it is compatible with AlRSAVE.

Helmets provide ballistic protection to the head, temple, ear and neck areas against fragmenting munitions without degradation to the soldier's field of vision, stability and hearing. …