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A sniper on the way to a mission in full body armour with all the attachments in place. He wears protective goggles, knee pads and lower body panels. (US DoD)

plosive Devices) which could cause serious injuries, it became normal for troops to go on patrol in full body armour. UN peace-keeping forces standardised on the type of body armour that was required and various manufacturers have adapted various designs to suit particular applications. Essentially, modern body armour consists of an Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) and two Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) ballistic plates. The OTV features a carrier shell, and three main ballistic panel inserts (left and right side panels, and a rear back panel), which are made with a finely woven Kevlar KM2 fibre. These two parts of the vest are both bullet and heat resistant. The soft ballistic panels are produced in five different sizes (S-XXL), which are installed into their respective pocket on the OTV carrier shell. The OTV is tested to stop a 9mm 124-grain bullet at 426m/s) with minimal deformation and has to have a V-50 (minimum bullet velocity for EDR - September / October 2015

Body Armour a 50 per cent chance of penetration) of roughly 465m/s. This means that a bullet has to be travelling faster than 500m/s for it to have more than a 50 per cent chance of breaking through the armour panel. Suits also have a PALS webbing grid on the front of the OTV which accommodate the same type of pockets used in the Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) backpack system. This allows a soldier to tailor-fit his MOLLE and body armour system with China has the capable whichin is now various pouches whichType are99held an extremely entering quantity (US DoD) strong bond. Manyproduction. off-the-shelf (OTS) tactical items can also be accommodated with fixtures on the OTV and the strong large handle on the back just below the collar can be used to drag a wounded person to safety in an emergency. Soldiers in most NATO forces use a similar body armour system and a set of comprehensive instructions are issued to enable the wearer to understand where all the various attachments are located. The standard vest has various additional sections, which are clearly illustrated in the instruction booklet to show where they are to be attached. These include the shoulder guards, cummerbunds, brassards, full and half collars, blanking panels and waistbands. A set of straps for ancillary items is also included. Various pouches, for water bottles, ammunition, smoke grenade, first aid, communications and

A small group goes out of their compound to carry out a routine patrol: all wear upper body armour and carry pouches and/or backpacks. (Franรงois Prins)

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