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The Cupola Protective Ensemble (CPE) is designed to protect U.S. forces in Iraq from the blast overpressure and fragmentation effects of rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) while manning crew-served, weapon-ring mount cupolas on military vehicles such as HMMWV, 5-Ton Truck and Stryker Armored Vehicles.
The CPE is a modified countermine ensemble
with a blast and fragmentation protective
visor, trousers, jacket, front and rear blast plates, and an upper torso cooling system. The CPE is worn over the standard Interceptor Body Armor, extending protection
to the head, neck, face and extremities.
The integrated cooling system offsets heat effects. A contoured Kevlar neck guard provides protection for neck and temporal lobes. The CPE consists of the following:
• Base jacket
• Sleeves (left and right) with rigid composite
inserts (forearm and bicep)
• Blast plate assembly – chest and groin
• Rear blast plate
• Pants and integrated groin protector (IGP)
• Removable explosive ordnance disposal collar
• Optional neck/nape guard
• Visor System worn with PASGT or ACH helmet
• Hand Guards