The new body armour of the Australian army (photo : The Australian)
25 March 2011 DEFENSE STUDIES
Ballistic plates for combat body armour to protect Australian troops can now be made in Australia thanks to the development of new manufacturing technology. Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced the new technology during a visit to the CSIRO in Melbourne today. “Body armour is one of the most important elements of a soldier’s personal protection. It offers protection from ballistic threats like small-arms fire and fragments from improvised explosive devices,” Mr Snowdon said.