MoD Testing "Blast Pants"

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  1. Newsbeat's discovered an urgent move is underway to get groin protection for British troops in Afghanistan.

    The MoD's told Newsbeat they've been carrying out extensive testing on designs.

    It's after reports of a big increase in the number of serious injuries to this area of the body, mainly from roadside bombs.

    Newsbeat reporter Debbie Randle tested out a pair of pants designed to protect troops' groins from things like roadside bombs. See how they compare to a normal pair of boxers.

    Video here: BBC - Newsbeat - Soldiers' 'blast pants' tested at firing range

    Protecting knackers from crackers?
  2. Red Route have been making kevlar lined jeans for bikers for some time now, good to see lateral thinking.
  3. My immediate reactions regards cooling: Does being kevlar lined mean that they don't let heat out so easily? And thus does one sweat more? Meaning everyone's danglies would be safe in the event of an explosion, but in the event of no explosions they just get lots of chaffing and live an additionally uncomfortable time.

    It'll no doubt keep the WAGS happy though.
  4. Watching that round hitting those skiddies had me wincing, even if they stop penetration of the round there will be a hell a lot of bruising and in the right place could still leave the wearer lacking in that area.
  5. a 920 m/s or so kick in the balls...

    and 'blast pants' they might stop a round penatrating but how about a blast?
  6. New slant on an old idea. The US had similar problems during the Vietnam war and came up with these BUAER Flak Shorts
  7. did they wear them bare? ouch more like flak thong...

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    anyone got any gen on how the trials of these went and are they on call to get issued dont mean to sound like a fanny but im giving it a serious amount of thought.

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