The Advanced Bomb Suit (ABS) is a full body ensemble that leverages new material technology and design to improve protection, comfort, and ergonomics. To minimize weight and maximize flexibility, fragmentation protection is provided at various levels, specific to body regions, based on wounding potential. Blast overpressure protection is provided to the front of the thorax. Impact protection is provided to the head and spine. Heat and flame protection are provided by flame resistant materials. The suit includes an ice-based cooling system to extend mission duration. A hand protection module provides increased protection. The system can be taken off in less than 30 seconds. All ballistic inserts are removable to facilitate laundering and repair. The system is equipped with provisions that allow for future communications, performance, and capability upgrades.
– July 10, 2012