CNN military analysts say that a new material used by the US military to help it protect against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) could be more effective than a metal plate that was deployed last year in Afghanistan.
The military has been using titanium plates, which are made from a combination of steel and titanium, to protect vehicles, tanks, planes and ships against improvised explosives.
But they have been under scrutiny for the durability of the material and for its impact on the environment.
The US Army has been testing titanium plate armor for about two years and says it is a more durable, lightweight and energy-efficient alternative to metal plates that are being used.
The armor has been tested on a variety of vehicles, including Humvees, military helicopters, military vehicles and other armored vehicles, according to the US Army.
The new titanium plate, called a tritium plate, is the military’s answer to the metal plate it is testing, said Sgt. Major Scott J. Deutsch, a spokesman for the Army’s Operational Test & Evaluation Command.
The military says it’s a much more cost-effective option than the metal plates it is using, he said.
The tritia plate is made from the mineral tritite, which is a mix of silicate and tungsten.
It is a type of mineral used in welding and other chemical reactions.
Titanium is a hard metal.
It’s also a non-metallic metal, meaning it doesn’t possess an inherent metallic properties.
It has a relatively low melting point and a relatively high surface area.
But that does not mean it doesn the armor has no ability to shatter and cause serious damage.
In its tests, the Army has used a tritiium plate to protect an Army vehicle from improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In recent years, the US has been expanding the use of military equipment, including new armored vehicles.
The Army is testing new versions of its Humvee, the Humveel, as well as the F-16 fighter jet and the Apache attack helicopter.
But the military has said that the metal armor plates deployed last summer in Afghanistan, the first deployment in that country since 2004, were not a good choice.
“We don’t think that it’s worth it for us to deploy the same kind of armor on every vehicle that we have, to the same degree,” said Lt.
Col. David M. Denniston, the chief of military operations in Afghanistan at the Pentagon.
“I don’t want to see any more equipment deployed in Afghanistan than we need to deploy it,” he added.
But critics of the use and cost of the armor say that the new tritius plate is not strong enough.
“The problem is that tritiium is not a lightweight material,” said Matt D’Andrea, a senior defense analyst at the American Institute of Architects.
“There are two ways to make it.
You can make it as strong as steel, but it’s not that strong,” D’andrea said.
“Or you can make a stronger material and make it light, but you don’t get the same energy efficiency.”
He added that the armor is vulnerable to the effects of IEDs because it is made of a combination “of metal and a plastic that’s much softer than the hard metal.”
The armor is a critical component in the US combat force’s battle plans against the Taliban, the most powerful armed insurgent group in Afghanistan — the Taliban are the Taliban’s allies in the war.
The Pentagon is also looking into whether to deploy a tritoneium plate in other parts of the world, such as in the United Kingdom, Italy, and France.
The Defense Department has said it plans to test the armor in Iraq, as the U.S. is trying to help Kurdish forces recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
The Armor is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) armor research program.
DARPA has been working to develop armor that could be deployed against IED attacks in the future, according, to DARPA.
The program has also been exploring ways to use lightweight materials to help protect against attacks on the homeland and global stability.
In 2013, DARPA awarded a contract to work on a titanium plate for the U,S.
The Army says the armor would be able to absorb a significant amount of energy.
“For an average human, the kinetic energy of an impact with a tritonium plate is about 10 kilojoules (kJ) per gram of material,” DARPA’s J.A. Lees said in a statement.
“This amount of kinetic energy can be a major contributor to the damage to the vehicle.”
The Army said that it expects to have a prototype ready for deployment in early 2018.
The testing will take place at an Army base in California.