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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – 1st. Lt. Jason Goins, a materials research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, shows a prototype of a new flexible body armor plate. The design makes the use of a ceramic ball matrix encapsulated in foam material, which is then backed with multiple layers of polyethylene sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marisa Novobilski/released)


Flexing in the line of fire: lightweight, flexible body armor for the force of the future

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – 1st. Lt. Jason Goins, a materials research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, shows a prototype of a new flexible body armor plate. The design makes the use of a ceramic ball matrix encapsulated in foam material, which is then backed with multiple layers of polyethylene sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marisa Novobilski/released)

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