10,000 sets of updated body armour and helmets will soon be on their way to Afghanistan.
Responding to feedback received from troops on the ground, the current Osprey body armour and Mark 6A helmet have been redesigned to meet the requirements of today's soldier engaged in combat operations.
The redesigned Osprey Assault body armour, whilst offering the same level of protection as that currently in use, has thinner plates and a closer, more "ergonomic" fit which will make it more stable and more comfortable to wear especially over a long period of time.
The new Mark 7 helmet has been designed to accommodate the sights of new weapons systems and night vision equipment.
BBC: Demonstration of new body armour