British armed forces have used Combat Body Armour, and then Enhanced Combat Body Armour during Operation Banner, combating terrorist activities in Northern Ireland. ECBA was issued to ground force elements during the early stages of Operation Telic, the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Following lessons identified in Iraq by both British and American forces the Osprey armour system was released in 2006 for general use. It has subsequently been developed and in late 2010 Version 4 has been issued to personnel serving in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick.
Genuine issue from British army
Compatible with Osprey and other MOLLE systems
Measures approx 15 x 8 x 7cm
Velcro closure with plastic buckle
MOLLE loops and press-stud straps on rear
Weight (empty) approx 120g