Sandia’s Kevlar Gauntlets Tested in Iraq

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The Interceptor OTV body armor vests DID has been covering lately have proven very effective at reducing injuries; indeed, we’ve heard several reports of soldiers who only realized they’d been hit when they got back to base and noticed the bullets their armor had stopped. One side effect has been a big increase in the proportion of arm injuries, however, often damaged beyond repair due to burns and shrapnel penetration from roadside bombs et. al. Now Gizmag reports that a new arm-armour known as the Sandia Gauntlet has now been tested in Iraq, and may offer some help. Of course, as an earlier DID article noted, the simple installation of proper gunshields per the USAF’s M1116 HMMWV, plus a transparent frontal gun shield, would also go a long way toward reducing these injuries. At any rate… Sandia criteria were for a one-size-fits-all design with blunt trauma protection for the hand, wrist and elbow, as well as heat and blast protection. In December, several Sandia Gauntlet sets were given to the 1-82 FA, 1st Cavalry Division out of Ft. Hood, Texas; 515th Corps Support Battalion, 720th Transportation Company; and the US Air Force 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron/CCDE. The gauntlets were then […]

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