Fears for U.S. Army bullet-proof vests over poor tests

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Courtney Richardson/Released) Fears…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Courtney Richardson/Released)

Fears were raised Thursday that five million inserts added to bullet-proof vests given to US troops, currently fighting in two wars, may not meet standards due to poor testing, a Pentagon report said.

The inserts made of synthetic fibers known as Kevlar or ceramic are meant to halt small caliber projectiles or other shrapnel.

They were manufactured between 2004 and 2006 by seven firms in a contract worth some $2.5 billion, according to the Pentagon’s inspector general.

“The Army lacks assurance that 5.1 million ballistic inserts acquired through the seven contracts provide appropriate protection,” the report said.

“We determined that ballistic testing and quality assurance for Interceptor Body Armor inserts did not have proper controls to ensure that the ballistic inserts met contract requirements.

Source: AFP

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  • Jeff

    I think when it comes to these ballistic vests its really the same issue a lot of manufacturing runs into. When the production rate is stepped up, in much the way it has with the two wars, quality control can’t always keep up with demands. Its not that there is any more sub-par vest being made; its that many more are making it out the door. This is a serious problem for the military because it is so reliant on industries without enough non-military commercial manufacturing.

  • David Wurz

    Those in charge of the contracts should be fired and All the vests need to be batch tested.

  • Z

    Go figure, more equipment bought by the Army that is sub-par