New protective clothing bound for troops in Afghanistan
The final phase of the MOD’s pelvic protection system will be issued to troops on the front line in Afghanistan in the next few months along with a new Personal Clothing System.
The Pelvic Protection System is designed to mitigate the effects of explosions on the front line.
With Tiers One and Two already in use, the third and final phase of the system will provide additional support to balance personnel’s personal safety with the necessary comfort and manoeuvrability they need to undertake operations.
Tier One is worn as underwear, manufactured from scientifically-tested ballistic silk that provides an initial level of protection to mitigate against the effects of blasts, including shrapnel.
Tier Two is a second layer of detachable pelvic body armour, worn by troops when carrying out higher risk tasks outside the wire.
The final tier of the system consists of ballistic knee-length shorts, designed for use by troops whose roles demand greater levels of protection on patrol – such as those operating the lead metal detector in teams searching for Improvised Explosive Devices.
All three tiers integrate with the rest of troops’ personal kit, which has now been redesigned specifically to be worn with body armour.
Troops deploying to Afghanistan in October 2011 are to be amongst the first to benefit from this new Personal Clothing System – a tougher, more comfortable and efficient combat uniform that can be easily adapted to suit the many different environments troops face on the frontline.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Peter Luff MP, said:
“This investment in cutting edge science and technology will benefit the long term welfare of our troops, demonstrating our commitment to providing them with the best possible kit on the front line.”
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