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Female fighter pilots test modified ATAGS “G-suit”

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) —

Five female fighter pilots tested a modified version of the Advanced Technology Anti-Gravity Suit Oct. 26-30.

ATAGS is a proven design and a critical life support item that protects aircrew members from the effects of high-G forces during maneuvers in fighter aircraft, but the ATAGS design, which has been in use since 2001, was developed primarily for standard men’s body types. Pilots who are shorter or have smaller or hard-to-fit body types often struggle to properly adjust the G-suit to fit well due to a limited range of adjustability in the standard sizes.

Directly tasked by the secretary of the Air Force, engineers and subject matter experts at Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and AFWERX set out to address priority shortfalls in female specific aircrew equipment and gear, to include ATAGS. Instead of creating a new product altogether, experts determined modifications could be made to the current ATAGS design to better fit women and various body types.

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U.S. extends another large sale of military hardware, jet pilot training to Taiwan

The Trump administration has approved a $500-million package of services and parts for F-16 fighter jets for Taiwan in the latest sign of stronger bilateral relations. If approved by the U.S. Congress, this package will enable Taiwan to upgrade older jets to fend off any attacks from the more militarily powerful China with a swift response, defense analysts say.

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