Xena body armor inspires US Army in creating new combat suit for their female troops

By on Jul 11, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

The US military is reportedly now developing a new body armor suit for their female troops inspired by the battle costume used by Lucy Lawless in her 90s American-New Zealand TV series “Xena: Warrior Princess“, which is being expected to provide better protection for them.

Lucy Lawless as Xena, the Warrior Princess
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According to Christian Science Monitor on Monday, July 9, 2012, which first reported the news, the Xena body armor style of uniform for women in the US Army is being considered as a challenge; but may take years in the making, considering that it will have more curves in the chest and hips and will have narrower shoulders.

As noted in the report, the US military started to have an idea to improve the body armor of their women soldiers back in 2009, when lady troops of the 101st Airborne division were sent to war and said that they had concerns with their protective gears, noting that they were not comfortable using them on their daily tasks.

“It rubbed on the hips, and the vests were too long in the front, so that when you had female soldiers climbing stairs or climbing up a hill or a tree, or sitting for a long time in a vehicle, that would create pressure points that in some instances could impact blood flow and cause some discomfort.” Lt. Col. Frank Lozano, who helps in developing the new female body armor, was quoted in the report.

Apparently, a US Army test has been conducted earlier which made into conclusion that poor fit of the body armor on female soldiers ‘made it difficult for them to properly aim their weapons and enter or exit vehicles’ and also ‘affects combat effectiveness’.

However, Lozano noted that a Xena body armor kind of battle gear could be twice as heavy as the usual suit and that the process of making one may involve “unique chemical designs” to create metal plates that are quite lighter and can conform to various body shapes, with the US Army now testing eight additional sizes.

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