The United States plans to improve the body armor provided
to troops in Iraq.
The Defense Department has sent modification kits that would increase the
protection provided by the Interceptor Body Armor. The upgraded body armor has been
provided to U.S. troops in Iraq to enhance protection of the
throat and groin.
[On Monday, Iraqi insurgents killed eight U.S. marines in two separate
incidents in Iraq's Anbar province, Middle East Newsline reported. Another 13 people were killed and 15
were injured in a suicide attack at an entrance to the Green Zone in
The Deltoid and Axillary Protector was designed in response to the
complaints of troops that the body armor did not protect vital body parts.
The Pentagon obtained deliveries of the Interceptor Body Armor in 2000 and
replaced an 11.8 kilogram vest deployed in the early 1980s and upgraded a
The new IBA vest weighs 7.45 kilograms and contains attachments for
throat and groin protectors. The vest was meant to protect against light
Point Blank Body Armor and Second Chance manufacture the components of
the outer tactical vests. Armorworks, Ceredyne, Cercom ForceOne and Simula
produce the plates for the vests.
In May 2004, Point Blank Body Armor was awarded a contract for 50,000
Deltoid and Axillary Protector sets. Six months later, another 10,000 sets