NSRDEC-Developed Body Armor Saved Lives in the Battle of Mogadishu

Army scientist and engineers work hard to keep our Soldiers protected whether it’s designing new types of body armor like the “Ranger Body Armor” worn 25 years ago during the Battle of Mogadishu or the new armor currently worn today.

The Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center developed Ranger Body Armor (pictured here) that was used and helped save lives during the Battle of Mogadishu, which took place 25 years ago on Oct. 3-4 1993. The battle was the subject of journalist Mark Bowden's book Black Hawk Down, which was later made into a movie with the same name.

October 23, 2018 | Source: U.S. Army, army.mil, 5 Oct 2018, Jane Benson

On the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu, Matt Daly -- who currently works in the Research, Development and Engineering Command Soldier Center's Soldier Protection and Survivability Directorate at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center -- reflected on his time at NSRDEC years ago as a captain in the Army and the role NSRDEC played in the development of the body armor used in the Battle of Mogadishu, which took place on Oct. 3-4 1993.

One of Matt’s duties while working at NSRDEC was to support the Ranger Body Army Project and design a new improved armor from what was commercially available.  Prior to fielding the Ranger Body Armor, no Army units had individual body armor as it was considered too expensive to outfit every Soldier in every combat arms unit.  NSRDEC succeeded in timely developing the new body armor.