UK New Kit for Afghanistan Displayed

Recently returned from operations in Afghanistan, soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2 RRF) met with Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth on Friday (22 January) to tell him what they think about the new Dismounted Close Combat equipment.

Amongst the new Dismounted Close Combat kit the soldiers saw yesterday was the new Multi-Terrain Pattern combats which will be distributed to theatre in March 2010, and will be rolled out across the whole of the Army throughout 2011 and 2012.

Also on display was the new Osprey body armour which is considerably lighter than the current kit, but still offers the same level of protection.

The new Mk7 helmet has been designed to allow the wearer to have more freedom of movement and to better suit soldiers in sniper positions. This is an improvement on the Mk6A helmet which could slip over a soldier’s face when he moved his head.

The new L129A “Sharpshooter Rifle” didn’t appear to be among the kit on display. 



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