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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
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Mr Robb asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 7 February 2011:

How do tiers 1, 2 and 3 of the body armour system used by the British forces in Afghanistan compare with the body armour currently used by Australia’s deployed forces.

Mr Stephen Smith (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

I am advised British Forces in Afghanistan do not use a Tiered Body Armour System.

From what limited information is available publicly, and from senior Defence Materiel Organisation staff viewing the British body armour system, it is assessed that it offers a similar level of ballistic protection as Tier 3 of the Tiered Body Armour System and the Modular Combat Body Armour System. The United Kingdom system also has add-on extremity protection similar to the Modular Combat Body Armour System.