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When the British Army got new cutting-edge body armor, something changed

March 10, 2016

A soldier’s body armor could be as important as the weapons a soldier carries to the battlefield. When it comes to that, lighter doesn’t always mean better, unless it’d offer the same level of protection. If it does, then a lighter body armor could mean greater maneuverability, and that is a big deal in the battlefield.

The British Army, seeking to modernize and streamlined the gear soldiers wear in battle, have begun giving the units the new Virtus body armor system. 3rd Battalion The Rifles (3 RIFLES) are some of the first soldiers to receive it. Virtus is lighter, slimmer, and more maneuverable than older models, and uses the same camouflage as the old Osprey body armor, and the same plates. However, this kit weighs 11 lbs. less, with more optional head and face protection. It seems to be a winner for British troops.