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According to the Army The new personal armour system, known as Virtus, uses the latest materials and offers the same protection as the Osprey system but it is significantly lighter, moves with the body more easily and produces a slimmer profile. It consists of integrated armour, webbing, helmet and accessories that are supposed to work together as an integrated system.

One of the most radical innovations is an integral spine, the so-called dynamic weight distribution (DWD) system. The device is linked to the user’s waist belt and helps spread the load of the body armour, a Bergen or daysack across the back, shoulders and hips.

The wearer is able to adjust the weight bias to his or her preference with one hand via a small controller in the small of the back. So on long marches, for instance, troops can opt for the most efficient set-up where most of the burden is towards the hips and away from the shoulders, increasing comfort and stamina.

As of 2017 the reviews have been mixed, some blokes think its Gucci, some struggle to get up from prone because of the stiffness of the DWD. Also some reports of kit not being very durable or squaddie-proof.