Save Lives One Plate At A Time

1 decade 6 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, March 27 2007 Mar 27, 2007 Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:50:44 PM CDT March 27, 2007 in News

Senator Frank Barnitz wants the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Army National Guard to recommend that Missouri troops use the armor.

Missouri resident Richard Labrash and his partner began working on this new armor plating called zouline almost three years ago. The main goal of Zouline is to save more Missourian and American lives.

"We have a very heartfelt sadness when we see our soldiers and people die over there and we think we can keep that from happening. I think that we can save lives," said Richard Labrash.

Democratic Senator Frank Barnitz says Missouri could be a leader in the nation for better protection of soldiers, and that's not the only benefit.

"If we can start this company off and expand this company, and grow manufacturing of such a product, it can't do anything but benefit the economics of this state," said Barnitz of Lake Springs.

In the demonstration, Zouline was the only armor to withstand the shots. The rounds went right through a one inch steel plate and thick concrete

"The 50 caliber armor piercing round go right through that and kill what was on the opposite side of that. It is frightening to know that our troops don't have that much protection," said Barnitz.

Labrash says Zouline's capabilities far outdo what is currently being used by the military.

"People who have loved ones in service who are concerned about their safety, need to urge their representatives, their legislators, their senators, to expedite the deployment of this armor to the battlefield," said Labrash.

The owner didn't have an exact price range for the armor plating, but did say the cost of the Zouline armor would be less expensive than what the military is currently using.

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