US ARMY SUP­PLIES NEW HEAR­ING PRO­TEC­TION DE­VICE

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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.

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