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Aug 18, 2011 4:11 PM by Matt Stafford

Army: No known case of body armor failing

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top army general says he knows of no case in which the military's body armor has failed to do its job in protecting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. William Phillips, the army's chief weapons buyer, says that means no case in which the armor failed to stop a round of ammunition that it was designed to defeat.

Phillips held a Pentagon press conference Thursday to answer any worries that the protective gear could be defective or unsafe. The Defense Department's inspector general has reported that the Army didn't fully test the bullet-blocking plates in some body armor in early years of the wars.

 

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