Danger Room: Smile! U.S. Troops Cover Up With New ‘Facial Armor’

17.05.12

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by ROBERT BECKHUSEN

Robert Heinlein’s 1959 novel “Starship Troopers” presents a futuristic war fought by heavily armored infantry, that when suited up, makes you look like a “big steel gorilla.” Today, the U.S. Army and Marines are edging closer to the Mobile Infantry of Heinlein’s world by reportedly taking an interest in armored face shields.

The Army hasn’t made the shields part of its standard kit — not yet. But, according to Military Times, it has deployed thousands of them, and is looking to buy 160 more, with potentially 2,000 more shields to follow. The Marine Corps, meanwhile, is “keeping tabs on the Army’s plan to test face shields,” and is looking at “gear that will protect Marines’ faces.” Currently, individual Marines deployed to Afghanistan pay for face shields on their own — the Corps has so far not ponied up the money to field the shields.

Read the rest at Danger Room.

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