(31 Dec 2004)
1.Various shots of body armour
2. SOUNDBITE:(English), James Thagard, Professor at Florida State University
"Approximately 75 to 80 percent of the soldiers die from flying debris. If we can help to reduce the injuries associated with flying debris that occur to the arms and the legs, this is definitely a big step in helping the soldier."
3. Body armour
4. SOUNDBITE:(English), James Thagard, Professor at Florida State University
"You see them missing their arms and their legs and to know that the technology that you''re working on could potentially help to eliminate some of these loss of limbs, I mean, it''s just, it''s definitely something I''m proud to be a part of."
5. Pan to body armour
6. SOUNDBITE:(English), James Thagard, Professor at Florida State University
"I believe within the next three to six months, we''ll be ready to begin the field testing, get the feedback from the soldier, make any necessary changes to the material, to the fit, to the aesthetics of it and start looking to actually produce this stuff for use in Iraq."
7. Various of body armour
Researchers in Tallahassee, Florida, USA, are developing a new kind of body armour to help protect troops in Iraq.
Professor James Thagard at Florida State University is creating lightweight armour to cover soldiers'' arms, shoulders and legs.
He says he has developed a special ballistic recipe for layers of plastic and fabric.
The end result is even stronger than the new requirements for bulletproof vests.
The challenge is to make the material tough, but also comfortable.
The armour is among the first produced to help protect soldiers'' limbs, rather than just their head and torso.
Thagard says that kind of protection is crucial in war.
At least 9,981 U.S. troops have been wounded in action in Iraq, according to the Pentagon.
They survive due to the armour covering their chest, head and body, but many are badly maimed, with loss of limbs or facial injuries.
Thagard plans to field test the new body armour at military training facilities in the coming months.
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