Virtus is one of the most advanced integrated body armour, helmet and load carriage systems in the world.
Virtus programme at a glance
- Virtus 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.
- It 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 system has been fielded following extensive trials by the Infantry Trials and Development Unit, scientific and medical Subject Matter Experts. During trials Virtus received a 96 per cent positive rating from trials troops, compared to 62 per cent for its predecessor.
- The DE&S Soldier Training and Special Programmes team have procured the system and are overseeing the planned delivery of 52,000 sets by 2019.