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Combat Body Armour

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has undertaken to assess the impact of newly developed combat body armour on the frequency and severity of injury to combat personnel. (116677)

[holding answer 22 January 2007]: The development of current and future types of body armour has been and continues to be supported by a wide range of research and analysis. This includes: biomedical research focusing on armour placement and coverage, as well as the medical treatment of casualties; the assessment of the protective properties of individual materials; and the use of war-gaming models to determine overall combat effectiveness of particular body armour designs. No specific data has been collated to determine scientifically the success of new designs in reducing injury and saving lives. Anecdotal evidence, however, points clearly to the effectiveness and popularity of these systems.