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Armed Forces: Defence Equipment

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent improvements have been made to the personal protective equipment for armed forces personnel in active theatres. (250026)

We have recently introduced enhancements to the fit of Osprey body armour which have improved user manoeuvrability. Additionally, a system which allows troops to wear front and back Osprey plates without the soft armour jacket has just been introduced. This system is used by troops who require extra mobility or are operating in confined spaces.

The need to improve personal protection in response to developing threats is continually assessed. Further improvements to body armour and helmets are being developed and are planned to be introduced later this year.