PHOTO], this year. This replaced the 1990s era
Interceptor body armor. The MTV, true to its name, provides many protection
options. If troops only want the same level of protection the Interceptor vests
provides, the MTV is about three pounds lighter. But if the side armor, and
several other additions, are included, MTV weighs about a pound more (18
pounds) than Interceptor. With all these options, the MTV costs about $2,700
each. The army has bought 230,000 of the new vests. The U.S. Marine Corps
adopted the MTV about six months before the army did, and spearheaded the new
acceptance of the new armor.
Last year, the U.S. Army introduced new body
army, the Modular Tactical Vests (MTV) [
The MTV adds more protection to the
sides, back and throat. Troops wearing MTV are expected to suffer 5-10 percent
fewer casualties than those wearing the older armor. A precise figure will be
available after users experience several thousand combat hours with the new
armor. MTV is much more user friendly.
It has a quick-release system that enables troops to drop the vest in seconds
in emergencies. This has proved very popular with troops who have been in
vehicle accidents, or just been hit by a roadside bomb. Without the quick
release, they might not have been able to get out of a burning vehicle, or
avoid enemy fire on the vehicle. Medics have also found the quick release a
life saver, enabling them to treat wounds more quickly.
The vest puts more of the weight on the
waist, making it more comfortable to wear. Also included are a lot of nice
little features, like channels for radio and computer wires. There's a rifle
bolster, making it easier to handle a rifle while wearing the vest. The
improved closure system makes it easier to put the MTV on, even after using the
Both army and marines are developing an
MTV replacement, that will incorporate lighter, curved, ballistic plates, that
will cover more of the torso. These next generation vests aren't expected to
enter service for another three or four years.