Here is a thought, especially for anyone who is on tour or about to go somewhere at Tony's pleasure.CBA we all hate wearing it but.... According to the National Audit report on OP Telic, the UK's enhanced CBA costs Â£167.70, total buy for Telic was Â£2million. The enhanced bit is the 2 pieces of Ceramic plate added to the outer, to give it some protection against 7.62mm or worse, the basic vest is fragments or low velocity only. The plates themselves cover approximately 30% of your chest and back. http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/nao_reports/03-04/030460.pdf The report said that:- Enhanced Combat Body Armour provided personnel with significant levels of protection. Initial analysis of data from the operation by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has indicated that body armour reduced the number of US forces killed in action from torso wounds by at least 50% (possibly up to 90%), and those killed in action overall by over 20% (possibly up to 32%). ie all US reporting! Although data was not available to conduct an analysis for UK soldiers, the results can be regarded as indicative. ... so the US have documented this, maybe because they have something to brag about, but then their system is considerably more expensive! The Current issue US Interceptor CBA as a base system ie no plates would cost you to buy retail $900 add the plates another $500 total $1400. .. and according to their own statistics, it seems to work! it weighs 7kg, the inserts cover the complete chest and back and unlike ours, the plates can take multiple hits before failing,..useful in a serious firefight If anyone in MOD procurement is reading this..can they explain, why a Brit service person's life is so damn cheap, when are we going to get something better??