Focus on: Virtus Body Armour
Virtus is one of the most advanced integrated body armour, helmet and load carriage systems in the world. It is 4.7 kilogrammes lighter and better fitting than older body armour systems and its design improves the wearer’s ability to perform a range of tasks.
Virtus is designed to address the negative impacts on tactical mobility, survivability and muscular skeletal injury caused by excessive load carriage by the dismounted soldier, allowing users to fight lighter.
The amount of protection employed can be scaled up or down to match the type of threat by adding or removing soft armour pads and hard ballistic plates. Our STSP team procured and delivered the system.
In 2022, DE&S collaborated with DSTL and Source Tactical Gear to modernise the Virtus Scalable Tactical Vest (STV) for women. The design was adapted following extensive trials with serving female soldiers, ensuring personnel have tailored protective equipment with a more comfortable fit for the user.