#AAC25 Women Soldiers to test female-specific body armor

#AAC25 Women Soldiers to test female-specific body armor

By JD Leipold WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 19, 2012) — Today, both male and female Soldiers wear body armor that has been designed for men. But the Army plans to field to women next summer a new type of body armor, designed for them, that will be shorter in the torso with more customized adjustments specific to the female form. Until that happens, the 14 percent of the Army who are women will continue to wear one of the 11 sizes of the Improved Outer Tactical Vest, or IOTV, that are worn by their male counterparts. Following anthropomorphic sizing and fitting studies overseas, and also at Fort Bragg, N.C., […]

#AAC25 XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

#AAC25 XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement system may lose ‘X’ by next August

By C. Todd Lopez WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 9, 2013) — The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement weapon system is now in development. But by this time next year, the system may have moved into low-rate initial production and if so, will lose the experimental “X” prefix. Lt. Col. Shawn Lucas, the PEO Soldier program manager for individual weapons at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., said the XM25 is currently in the “engineering and manufacturing development phase,” not yet ready for fielding. “That’s where we are developing the subsystems, which would be the weapon, the fire control, and the programmable ammunition,” he said. “[We are] integrating it all to work together […]

#AAC25 Nett Warrior to connect Soldiers to each other, leaders

#AAC25 Nett Warrior to connect Soldiers to each other, leaders

By C. Todd Lopez WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 15, 2010) — The Army christened the new Ground Soldier System June 14 with a name that honors World War II Medal of Honor recipient Col. Robert B. Nett. The system, now in development, will be lighter and more advanced than the current Land Warrior Strike system now being used by a brigade in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to officials at Program Manager Land Warrior. The next generation of the system will now be called “Nett Warrior.” The Army made the naming announcement during a ceremony in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes on the Army’s birthday. Col. Wil Riggins, program manager for […]

#AAC25 RFI equips 200,000 deploying troops

#AAC25 RFI equips 200,000 deploying troops

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, April 10, 2009) — Col. Patricia Ryan expected an uphill climb last spring when, as a lieutenant colonel, she volunteered to deploy to Kuwait to oversee the Rapid Fielding Initiative’s staging and fielding facility operations in Kuwait and Afghanistan. After all, she was an MP, and by no means a logistician. Only a week later, she ranked her job as the assignment of a lifetime. “You can’t help but love coming to work every day,” said Ryan, a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, just before her return to the States last fall. “Soldiers are aware that […]

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2009) — The Army is poised to introduce a plate-carrier vest to provide Soldiers more lightweight gear in the challenging operational environments of Afghanistan. An $18.6 million contract for 57,000 plate carriers was awarded Oct. 8, to KDH Defense Systems. The fielding schedule calls for the first plate carriers to be delivered to the Army in December after testing and be fielded to Soldiers soon thereafter. Deliveries under the contract are to be completed in March 2010. Program Executive Office Soldier has worked closely with the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, North […]

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

#AAC25 Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Oct. 15, 2009) — The Army is poised to introduce a plate-carrier vest to provide Soldiers more lightweight gear in the challenging operational environments of Afghanistan. An $18.6 million contract for 57,000 plate carriers was awarded Oct. 8, to KDH Defense Systems. The fielding schedule calls for the first plate carriers to be delivered to the Army in December after testing and be fielded to Soldiers soon thereafter. Deliveries under the contract are to be completed in March 2010. Program Executive Office Soldier has worked closely with the U.S. Army Infantry School, the Army Test and Evaluation Command, North […]

#AAC25 Airborne School graduates first class of T-11 jumpers

#AAC25 Airborne School graduates first class of T-11 jumpers

By Tiffany Nabors, The Bayonet FORT BENNING, Ga. — By the time 2nd Lt. Charles Lesperance, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, handed his static line to the jumpmaster, March 16, prior to his first Airborne jump, he said his nervous anticipation had faded. “The first day (we were scheduled to exit), we got rained out,” he said. “That added to the nerves, but when I sat down on the plane (the next day), the nervousness disappeared because I knew I was about to do it.” That moment, he said, gave weight to each of the 10 days of Airborne training prior. After sounding off the one-minute warning to jumpers behind […]

#AAC25 Improved Outer Tactical Vest

#AAC25 Improved Outer Tactical Vest

By Debi Dawson, PEO Soldier FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, April 2, 2007) – The Army continues to upgrade body armor to increase protection from bullets and fragments, and soon will field the Improved Outer Tactical Vest to Soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. The IOTV meets Program Executive Office Soldier’s goals of providing Soldiers with the most advanced protective gear available while also improving comfort and mission effectiveness. “The IOTV is more than three pounds lighter than the current OTV, but provides an equal level of protection over an increased area,” said Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, Program Executive Officer Soldier. “This vest epitomizes our continuous efforts to […]

#AAC25 CROWS arrives in Iraq to keep gunners inside, out of sight

#AAC25 CROWS arrives in Iraq to keep gunners inside, out of sight

By Pfc. Jerome Bishop, Army News Service The first group of 35 remotely-operated weapons for mounting on top of Humvees arrived in Iraq recently and the systems were divided among military police, Special Forces, infantry and transportation units. The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station, or CROWS as they are known, provide crews the ability to locate, identify and engage targets with better accuracy and improved range, while keeping the gunner inside, protected by the vehicle’s up-armor. The technology used on the CROWS is a variation of the remote-controlled crew-served weapons system already used on combat vehicles like the Bradley fighting vehicle and the M-1A1 Abrams tank. “We will be fielding, […]

#AAC 25 PEO Soldier details notable achievements

#AAC 25 PEO Soldier details notable achievements

By PEO Soldier Activated in April 2002, PEO Soldier develops, acquires, fields and sustains affordable, integrated, state-of-the-art equipment to improve Soldier dominance in Army operations today and in the future. It manages 450 programs and products that provide warfighters with the best available equipment, training and capabilities so that they’re ready for anything they encounter across the full spectrum of military operations—offensive, defensive, stability and civil support. Six months after activation, PEO Soldier developed the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI), which aimed to equip all deploying Soldiers with enhanced capabilities for overseas operations. RFI—the Army’s largest equipment fielding effort since World War II—supplements unit and Soldier equipment with state-of-the-art modernization items […]