WASHINGTON (AP) — Roadside bombs remain the weapon of choice for insurgents in Afghanistan, and an U.S. company says it's come up with a new way to keep troops safer during the blasts.
At an Army conference this week, TenCate (tehn-KAH'-tuh) showed The AP what it calls the world's first active system to mitigate the blast's effects. The system is attached to the bottom of an armored vehicle. Once its sensors detect an explosion, it analyzes the blast within milliseconds and sets off a downward push if needed to keep the vehicle from flipping into the air -- a big cause of injuries.
The company says independent testing shows the system cut blast injuries by half. TenCate says it has signed a research and development deal with the Army, which says it's always looking for ways to better protect troops.
The Pentagon says more than 60 percent of all casualties in Afghanistan have been caused by roadside bombs.
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