OSU profs developing new body armor for soldiers

Wednesday, December 15th 2004, 4:32 pm
By: News On 6

College professors in Oklahoma have developed some new gear for soldiers that could save lives in the war zone.

The military asked professors at Oklahoma State University to develop new body armor for US troops.

One of the big problems they are facing in Iraq right now is roadside bombs. The only real protection troops have for their bodies are Kevlar vests and helmets, so, the OSU professors developed armor that will protect soldier’s arms and legs too.

US Army Sgt Ryan Wallace: "I have a buddy that almost lost his leg due to shrapnel and it was barely hanging because of a roadside bomb and I believe if he had something like this he would have a lot more of his leg and actually have use of his leg.”

Sergeant Wallace says the armor is light-weight and easy to move around in. They developed two prototypes that the military is now evaluating in Boston.