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Britain displays new military gear

July 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

LONDON, July 22 (UPI) -- Britain's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, with industry and academia, have displayed equipment to reduce the load burden on dismounted soldiers.

The exhibition took place at Defense Equipment and Support's headquarters in Bristol.

"Reducing the burden on the dismounted solider is a priority," said British Col. Peter Rafferty, team leader for the Individual Capability Group at DE&S.

"We work closely with our partners within Dstl, as well as in academia and industry, to identify and develop technologies which we think will meet this need, effectively turning today's technology into tomorrow's fielded equipment."

On show was equipment from an array of different organizations that could aid Britain's armed forces -- from composite armor plating to new ways of reducing the size of cumbersome batteries, including woven fabrics that can hold an electric charge.

Also on display was a new unmanned ground vehicle and examples of how using different materials for assault rifles, ammunition and their clips can make big savings on weight.

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