US ARMY SUPPLIES NEW HEARING PROTECTION DEVICE
The US Army has fitted soldiers at Fort Drum in New York with the new technologically advanced hearing protection device, called tactical communication and protective system (TCAPS). Accommodating various ear canals in six shapes, TCAPS is designed to minimise training and battlefield-related hearing loss in soldiers, while enhancing their situational awareness, safety, survivability, and mission effectiveness. Rechargeable through solar, alternating current with US standard and international plug/ports, it can completely shut out unexpected and excruciatingly loud noises, such as explosions or overhead flying objects, while maintaining communication fidelity. TCAPS costs about $2,000 per device and is supplied with software, smartphone, instruction manual, warranty, carrying case and other supporting elements. A total of 2,000 units were issued to the soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team. Approximately 4,000 are expected to be in circulation across Fort Drum, with 2nd Brigade Combat Team scheduled to start training with them as early as this month. The device has also been supplied to the soldiers in Fort Bliss, Texas, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, US.