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.
BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER
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.