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Afghanistan and Iraq: Defence Equipment

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what standard issue equipment each soldier deployed to (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq receives; and at what cost per soldier in each case. (193407)

The following list shows standard personal equipment, which is typical of that issued to British Army personnel when deploying to either Iraq or Afghanistan. The total cost of this equipment amounts to around £2,500 per individual.

The actual equipment an individual is supplied with will vary dependant on the role of the soldier, the time of year in which they deploy and whether they have previously been supplied with any of the listed items. Neither does the list include any other items an individual may need on a particular deployment which were supplied to them, for example, as part of their “initial issue” kit.


Lightweight Desert Jacket

Desert Trousers

Desert Combat Smock


Desert Shorts

Desert T-shirts

Rank Slides

Desert Helmet cover

Desert Combat Gloves

Desert Hat

Desert Sandals

Combat underwear

Mk6A Helmet

General purpose belt

Hot weather shirts

Warm weather safety boots

Lightweight Desert Combat boots

Combat ear protection

Pad Knee/Elbow Desert

Thermal Sleeping Mat


Op Travel Bag

Thermal Mug

Shelter Sheet Desert

Bag Shelter Sheet

Insect Net Protector (Mos Net) Bed

Cover Rucksack Small (Pouches)

Cover Rucksack Large

Spectacles Combat (Sunglasses)

ID Discs

Goggles Combat

Eyewear Prescriptive Lens Fitment

Washing net

Warm Weather Sleeping Bag

Compression Sack

Liner Sleeping Bag

Vest Tactical Load Carrying

Head Net Insect

30 Litre Patrol Pack


Rag Sweat Desert

Snap Link Rappeller

MK12 General Purpose Binocular

Silva compass

General Service watch

SA80 A2 Individual weapon (Magazine and Sling cleaning Kit)

Right Angle torch


Enhanced Combat Body Armour

First Field Dressing




Insect Repellent

Foot Powder

Entrenching Tool Hand

Personal Medical Kit

NBC clothing

Operational Medical Record Card