SpecOps forces are testing a combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear.
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The search area known as Arrowhead Ridge, or Hill 281, was the site of fierce battles.
The Army is close to approving a lightweight body armor plate with a "shooter's cut" to provide greater mobility in combat.
The Army's multi-component Soldier Protection System body armor features hard-armor plates designed to stop rifle rounds.
The new plates will be fielded in addition to the enhanced small arms protective insert (ESAPI) plates now in use.
The Marine Corps awarded a $59.4 million contract to make the armor inserts for the service's new plate carrier.
Army officials want to make soldiers' body armor up to 30 percent lighter.
Commanders could soon give Marines the OK to wear body armor that weighs up to 40 percent less than their current plates.
The document draws on reports that have estimated soldiers carried an average of 119 pounds apiece in Iraq and Afghanistan.