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PLCE and body armour

Mitch

Badgeman
I know this may sound like a really bone question but what are the troops issued with in terms of webbing?

And also does the body armour issued actually do anything to protect against an hv round?
 

tom_cdt_l/cpl

Midshipman
Troops are issued with PLCE (Personal Load Carrying Equipment), some troops buy their own, or they can get their hands on the PLCE assault vests.

As for the body armour im not to sure about this but it is apparently quite good for stopping rounds, but a gap is caused apparently (correct me if im wrong) around the arm area leaving it exposed while shooting. As for the webbing and the body armour the new Osprey and Kestrel (Kestrel being the one that is used by 'top covers' on land rovers because it gives better protection from I.E.D's, because the user can add extra plating around the neck, groin and arm areas) have loops (similar to the American MOLLE loops) attached to them in order for Ammo and Utility pouches to be fitted on to the users personal prefrence.
 

smallarms

Midshipman
I was informed that its not designed to stop rounds, rather to hold all your bits'n'pieces in place afterwards. Although the plates are pretty good I would imagine.
 

chris

Midshipman
smallarms said:
I was informed that its not designed to stop rounds, rather to hold all your bits'n'pieces in place afterwards. Although the plates are pretty good I would imagine.

it wouldnt be called armour if it wasnt to protect would it?

body armour is tested by being shot with a rifle from a specific distance (cant remember exactly). it would fail if the round penetrated all the layers.

if you got shot wearing body armour, you would know about it, but probably just have bruising, be winded for a bit, and a sense of "******* hell that was close"
 

Chalky

Lantern Swinger
smallarms said:
I was informed that its not designed to stop rounds, rather to hold all your bits'n'pieces in place afterwards. Although the plates are pretty good I would imagine.

You're thinking of design elements in some vests that are designed to minimise shrapnel penetration should the main armour fail. The jacket compresses around the point of impact providing support and pressure to the injury. Not sure if our current batch does it, but I know there are some out there.
 

Scottish_Kiwi

Lantern Swinger
Right, first of webbing we get issued is good for what it is so don't worry about that, and quite often you will be able to get hold of one of the issue assault vests though i do have some issues with mine a bit of tinkering and stitching will hopefully sort that.

As for the body armour what you are referring to above is CBA, the stuff you get issued for use on the range etc will do nothing to stop around unless your lucky enough to get one of the new sets which holds the plates and also you get some plates, if you are however in Iraq or Afghan you will get all the body armour you need because remember your the one who is gonna be yomping it about all day.

K
 

Mitch

Badgeman
Thanks for the responses.
In terms of webbing i meant are troops issued with webbing, assault vests or chest rigs? Or is it different for different operations?
Mitch
 

Mitch

Badgeman
Just interested wot do people who have served and actually used the equipment prefer ; assault vests, chest rigs or webbing? I prefer webbing but then my preference is from a cadet point of view!

Mitch
 
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