The typical U.S. combat soldier wears 80 pounds of gear in the field. Given the desert and urban warfare conditions in which current campaigns are being conducted and the physical demands of those types of combat, excessively heavy personal gear slows down the wearer and can be a significant contributor to wearer fatigue. Extra weight in ground soldier gear not only detracts from the soldier’s performance, but is also potentially life-threatening.

This white paper describes manufacturing technologies that help reduce weight in ground soldier equipment, including magnesium injection molding, metal injection molding, micro molding and multi-shot liquid silicone rubber molding. Current and potential opportunities for developing weight-saving, high-performance ground soldier gear are also described. View white paper.