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.