The Soldier Protection System (SPS) is the Army’s next generation Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) system. SPS is a modular, scalable, tailorable system designed to defeat current threats at a reduced weight in comparison to the Army’s existing PPE. The SPS is based on the parallel development of five subsystems.

The Vital Torso Protection (VTP) includes lighter-weight Enhanced Small Arm Protective Inserts/Enhanced Side Ballistic Inserts (ESAPI/ESBI) as well as the X Threat Small Arms Protective Inserts (XSAPI)/X Threat Side Ballistic Inserts (XSBI) for deployers.

The Torso and Extremity Protection (TEP) is further comprised of multiple components to include the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV), the Ballistic Combat Shirt (BCS), the Blast Pelvic Protector (BPP) and the Load Distribution System (LDS).

The Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) will include a 5 percent-lighter-weight helmet system comprised of helmet/maxillofacial and passive hearing protection with increased blunt impact performance.

The Transition Combat Eye Protection (TCEP) will include ballistic protective eyewear capable of transitioning from light to dark and dark to light in less than one second, providing a 10 percent increase in fragmentation. This capability aids Soldiers in a combat environment to move rapidly in varying light conditions.

The Integrated Soldier Sensor System (ISSS) will include a multifaceted sensor system capable of measuring heart rate, temperature and hydration levels, and will include a data retrieval system.


SPS increases the warfighter’s lethality, mobility and modularity by optimizing Soldier protection while effectively reducing weight with the latest technologies and managing all lifecycle aspects of personal protective equipment. SPS replaces the capability of multiple current systems to provide the Soldier with an overall 10 percent weight reduction. SPS provides the Soldier with multiple levels of ballistic protection tailorable to a broad range of missions. This modular, scalable approach increases Soldier survivability and mobility and contributes to increased force protection.



    VTP achieves 8-14 percent weight reduction over the current plates
  • ESAPI and XSAPI sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL and Small Long
  • ESBI and XSBI sizes: 7x8 inches, 6x8 inches and 6x6 inches
  • Weight: ESAPI, 5 pounds; ESBI, 2.03 pounds; XSAPI, 5.5 pounds; XSBI, 2.39 pounds


      TEP achieves 26 percent weight reduction over current soft armor vest/plate carrier
    • Number of sizes: MSV, 15; BCS, 6; BPP, 4; LDS, 5
    • Weight (medium size): MSV, 6.19 pounds; BCS, 2.89 pounds; BPP, 1.68 pounds; LDS, 2.3 pounds


  • 3QFY15: VTP Milestone (MS) C, entering Production
  • 3QFY15: TEP MS C, entering Production
  • 3QFY15: Live Fire Testing
  • 3QFY15: Initial Operational Test and Evaluation


  • 4QFY16: Full-Rate Production Decision for VTP and TEP
  • 4QFY16: Full and Open Competition Award for VTP and TEP
  • 1QFY17: IHPS MS C, entering Production
  • 1QFY17: TCEP MS C, entering Production
  • 2QFY17: ISSS MS C, entering Production




Engineering & Manufacturing Development Contractors:

  • IHPS: Ceradyne, Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA), Gentex Corp. (Carbondale, PA), Revision Military Ltd. (Essex Junction, VT)
  • TCEP: AlphaMicron (Kent, OH)
  • ISSS: BAE Systems (Phoenix, AZ), Georgia Tech Research Institute (Atlanta, GA)
  • Low-Rate Initial Production Contractors:

    • VTP: BAE Systems (Phoenix, AZ), Ceradyne, Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA)
    • MSV: Bethel Industries (Jersey City, NJ), Hawk Protection (Pembroke Pines, FL), KDH Defense Systems (Eden, NC)
    • BCS: Carter Enterprises, LLC (Brooklyn, NY), Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. (Pompano Beach, FL), Short Bark Industries (SBI) (Vonore, TN)
    • BPP: Bethel Industries (Jersey City, NJ), Hawk Protection (Pembroke Pines, FL), KDH Defense Systems (Eden, NC)
    • LDS: Carter Enterprises, LLC (Brooklyn, NY), Revision Military Ltd. (Essex Junction, VT)