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40 Percent Light Plate Coming

40 Percent Light Plate Coming 24 June, 2019

The Corps is gearing up to field its new lightweight body armor plates, designed to be worn in the low intensity or counterinsurgency style conflicts. Nearly 40 percent lighter body armor coming to Marines in 2020. On Friday the Defence Department announced the Navy awarded a nearly $216 million contract to Point Blank Enterprises for the purchase of the new lightweight plates.
Maj. Ken Kunze, a spokesman for Marine Corps Systems Command, told Marine Corps Times that the Corps expects to kick off fielding the new plates during the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 and complete by 2023. The new body armor plates will protect “against the preponderance of likely threats while improving mobility” and will reduce the hard body armor weight burden on Marines by 38 percent, Kunze said.

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