Thursday, January 25, 2007
'The Trojan' Suit, and the Future Protection of Troops
There has been a rush in the defense community to improve the current body armor system our troops are using in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although the current ceramic plating/kevlar armor we use today has saved countless lives, there is still a hell of a lot of room for improvement.
Fellow Air Force Dude 'Tumbleweed' sent me a link to this news article on the new full body armor suit a Canadian inventor and seriously kick-ass guy invented. It's called 'The Trojan', and from the looks of it, I'd be pissing my pants if I were an insurgent fighting against someone dressed like this.
Future upgrades may include a beer can holder, IPod jack, and some serious bling for the ladies. After all, what woman can resist a man in uniform?
Odds are it'll probably fail initial testing, but the guy is still a genius. If he can get the backing to perfect this sort of suit, our casualty numbers would plummet. Of course it needs to be comfortable, easily wearable in the desert sun, it can't reduce or limit your ability to see or hear Haji, and it needs to withstand an IED-type of blast. If it can really do all of this, then this guy, who's Canadian, deserves every stink'n medal we can give him as well as every dollar we can throw at him to mass produce it.
Even if it can't hold up initially, I think this guy is on to something. He needs to play with it a little more, but the concept of full-body protection is amazing, and achievable.
Hey Canadian dude, great job. If you can pull this off, every member of the Armed Forces owes you a beer.
posted by El Capitan at 1:54 AM
Reminds me of the descriptions Heinlein used in his novel Starship Troopers! Lousy movie...fantastic book!
Hey you never know...this could go great with the new heat ray gun!
I'm totally having RoboCop flashbacks.2:52 PM
You're right. If that can withstand an IED and be otherwise comfortable and functional, it's outstanding.3:41 PM
This is like yet another instance of science fiction coming true - I wonder what is next...4:37 PM
holy crap this is the coolest post ever...!!!!8:10 AM
That'll up re-enlistment rates. Gotta stay in for at least 20 more years to get that issued. . . it's worth it.8:43 PM
Maybe not yet practical for the Army and Marine rifleman but could it offer more protection for EOD guys?