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ARLINGTON, Va. — Soldiers in Afghanistan are going to get lighter body armor later than expected.

In May, the Army tested 24-pound body armor, hoping to begin fielding the new armor late last month, said Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller, head of Program Executive Office Soldier.

The Army now expects to receive the armor from vendors within 45 days. After a period of testing, the armor is expected to begin reaching troops in mid-December.

“The challenge was the Army was having a hard time figuring out what was their requirement: How many did they need; how many did they want, and that took actually a little longer than anybody anticipated,” Fuller said.

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