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Armed Forces: Body Armour

Volume 717: debated on Monday 1 March 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking following the Osprey Assault body armour not passing safety testing, to ensure that members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces are provided with protective body armour. [HL2041]

We are continually seeking ways to improve the protection provided to our Armed Forces personnel, and body armour is part of a constant scientific development process.

A contract was let to manufacture Osprey Assault body armour plates. These were to offer the same ballistic protection as the Osprey plate but of a slightly thinner design. This contract is being reviewed because after testing we found the plates did not meet our stringent standards. No Osprey Assault plates were ever issued to troops.

The current Osprey plates, which are second to none in the world, continue to be issued with the more comfortable Osprey Assault covers to form the Osprey Assault body armour system.