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.
The body armour system is designed and manufactured by CQC Ltd, a long standing UK based manufacturer for the MOD. The Osprey system is modular and built around a vest which covers the torso. Protective elements to cover the upper arms and around the neck and throat can be added to the main vest. The vest has webbing tape, similar to the Pouch Attachment Ladder System, stitched to the outside to act as a basis for a series of pouches and accessories, removing the need to wear a webbing harness or assault vest over the armour.
The vest consists of a front and rear soft armour panel, which join with the aid of hook & loop fasteners and press studs at the shoulders and waist sides. The panels are designed to contain a ceramic trauma plate both front and rear, protected by a rubber surround intended to avoid wear and tear in routine use. Version 4 of the armour introduces additional side panels designed to contain further trauma plates.
Our set includes:
shoulder panels left & right
collar large (both parts)
collar small (both parts)
brassard left & right
4 x double magazine pouches
3 x single magazine pouches
2 x grenade pouches
2 x Blanking Panels
1 bag of Osprey Assault Ancilleries (Attachment straps and clips etc)
No armour plates included
Sizes Available: 180/104, 180/116 and 200/116
For instructions on how to fit all of the pouches and accessories when your Osprey vest arrives, please see the link below produced by the MOD for troops recieving the Osprey system.