Thanks to immense technological and tactical advances made by makers and designers of armour kits, we have taken the reliability of these kits for granted.
Whether we talk about a soldier or an officer from a law-enforcement agency, they never give a second thought to their safety when there is some kind of emergency call of duty. These soldiers and officers face different threats that may lead to death and so their return to the home becomes an imperative question. However, to bring certainty to this looming question, soldiers who work in the line of fire should be equipped with the right kind body armour required in the line of duty and threats they stand to face.
Body armours such as ballistic vest and head gears are important as they have ensure safety and have proved to be a life preserver of the soldiers. Body Armour increases the chance of surviving a gunshot by almost three times for those who wear them as opposed to those who don’t. However, though there are many benefits that body armours can offer, soldiers mostly do not prefer wearing them. Wondering why? We’ve the reasons below.
1. Heavy weight of the body armour
The mission type of a soldier can vary from combat to reconnaissance and depending on what the mission is a soldier usually carries around 40 kg of weight. Of this total weight, almost 25 kg comprises of food, ammunition and other survival necessities. While the remaining 17-20 kg loads is that of helmet, body armour and other safety wearable.
2. Wearing body armour restricts arm movements
Since body armour can be prohibitively heavy, it restricts the arm movements of the soldiers thus restricting cpmnat manouevers and mostly their firing position. Thus, these bulky and heavy armour impact the combat effectiveness.
But the good thing is that there have been tremendous advancements in the body armour technology and they have become super flexible and light from being bulky and heavy.
Some of the benefits of ultra-lightweight body armour are:
Speed: wearing lighter body armour helps soldiers to act rapidly and reserves their energy by reducing the overall load and fatigue.
Manoeuvrability: it helps soldiers to perform actions such as climbing, running, shooting etc. with great ease and comfort.
Agility: lighter armour ensures higher degree of awareness and agility as it helps in swift reactions and quick reflexes.
Endurance: when the weight of the body armour decreases, it means that the soldier can increase the amount of other necessary things to be taken along such as ration, ammunition etc.
Thus, wearing body armour is vital for every soldier or law enforcer to ensure safety and carry out the duties effectively.