Army Eyes Adjustable Eyewear for Day, Night Conditions

A soldier assigned to Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park, Fla., prepares to fire a M16A2 at a paper target for a rifle qualification at the MacDill Air Force Base small arms range in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 20, 2016. Soldiers must qualify with their rifle once year to maintain familiarity and proficiency. (Photo by Tracy McKithern/U.S. Army)A soldier assigned to Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park, Fla., prepares to fire a M16A2 at a paper target for a rifle qualification at the MacDill Air Force Base small arms range in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 20, 2016. Soldiers must qualify with their rifle once year to maintain familiarity and proficiency. (Photo by Tracy McKithern/U.S. Army)

As part of its new Soldier Protection System, the U.S. Army plans to field eye protection that adjusts to daytime and night conditions so soldiers won’t have to constantly change eyewear on operations.

Senior Army equipment officials on Wednesday discussed the new body armor system with lawmakers at a hearing before the House Armed Services Tactical Air & Land Forces Subcommittee on the ground force modernization budget request for fiscal 2017.

Army Lt. Gen. John Murray, Army deputy chief of staff, G-8, told lawmakers that soldiers have typically had to carry two pairs of protective eyewear over the last 15 years — one for day and one for night.

“It doesn’t sound like much, but that is a huge deal to not have to physically transition eye protection,” Murray said. “The actual lenses do it for you.”

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