The US Air Force (USAF) Life Cycle Management Center (AFCMC) Female Fitment Program Office has awarded a contract to develop body armour for female troops.

TSSi secured the contract to produce the Aspetto ‘Mach V’ system that is said to be the best solution in terms of price, effectiveness and fitment.

Finding uniform and gear optimised for female members is an initiative of Air Force Chief of Staff.

The Female Fitment Program Office was created to identify related problems and associated solutions. It conducted multiple laboratory and field assessments.

Partnering with the Air Force Security Forces Center in San Antonio, the AFCMC aims to develop an armoured plate carrier system with appropriate form, fit and function, simultaneously protecting female troops during missions.

Deliveries of the first product are expected later this year.

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AFMC commander General Arnold W Bunch Jr said: “This is a perfect example of Air Force Materiel Command getting feedback from the field and delivering the airforce we need to the warfighter.

“I’m proud of the team pulling together to do what is right for our airmen. They deserve gear that offers the protection they need while allowing them to complete their mission.”

AFLCMC’s Human Systems Division will assess, evaluate and acquire new body armour for Security Forces Defenders and other female airmen.

Specifically designed for a female body, the armour will minimise exposure to risks.

Female Fitment Program manager Major Saily Rodriguez said: “Our female airmen had gaps due to poor fitment issues. The new gear fits properly, which improves protection and offers better comfort for gear that has to be worn in difficult environments and conditions.

“The feedback during our field assessment was overwhelmingly positive. This is something our airmen want because it offers a great benefit to their health and safety.”