From more powerful body armor to better tasting food, these technologies in development aim to improve the life and safety of military service members.
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A four-year effort at the Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) has resulted in a fully integrated headgear system that offers soldiers more protection and comfort than before. The Helmet Electronics and Display System-Upgradeable Protection, or HEaDS-UP, reduces the logistic footprint of combat helmets for ground soldiers, Don Lee, a NSRDEC project engineer, said in a written statement. "Right now, mounted soldiers have two helmets. So if they dismount from the vehicle, they're supposed to swap helmets."
With HEaDS-UP, both mounted and dismounted soldiers can use one helmet. The Army has developed two modular headgear concepts that include technologies such as see-through and projected heads-up displays, improved ballistic materials, and communications. The headgear also features eye, face and hearing protection.
Image credit: David Kamm, Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center