Unusual Body Armour-US Variable Type With Ceramic Plates.

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    Gulf91
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    Unusual Body Armour-US Variable Type With Ceramic Plates.

    Post by Gulf91 on Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:53 pm

    Any ideas who,where and what period one of these would have been worn please?

    The plates are US made and dated 1970 but cannot find any date on the vest itself.

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    Re: Unusual Body Armour-US Variable Type With Ceramic Plates.

    Post by Bolty717 on Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:49 pm

    The vest outer has a UK NSN (the 99 in 99-130-3007) and I reckon the 78 in the lower LH corner of the tag is the YOM.

    Heres a few links, http://8470.iso-group.com/NSN/8470-99-130-3007

    and http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-Military-Armoured-Fragmentation-Body-Armour-Vest-Flak-Jacket-Large-Long-/321234780312?nma=true&si=hPzuLPGFq%252Fw%252FBV8WOiNwar%252Fhr6g%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

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    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:58 am

    Thanks Bolty. Unfortunately the 78 isnt the date just part of some form of code.

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    Post by abefroman on Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:03 pm

    its for helicopter crews

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    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:13 pm

    Was given a link with some pics,see if I can find them. Was issued in very limited quantities to troops in NI manning static locations like checkpoints as way too heavy and bulky to wear on patrols etc.

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    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:21 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSAQ3Sau ... ture=share

    Can be seen worn at the end of this great You Tube clip.

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    Post by Gulf91 on Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:48 am

    Here is my vest Michel and unfortunately the clip with the photos seems to be no longer available.
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    Re: Unusual Body Armour-US Variable Type With Ceramic Plates.

    Post by austromunga on Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:06 am

    The A/78 code is a contract number..unfortunately these don't really narrow down the date much!!

    A/78 - early-mid 1960s to 1979....

    Nice vest tho!!!!! Cool

    Any ideas on the inscription to the front cover M.T. Name???..... CLF????

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    Post by michelwijnand on Sat May 19, 2018 4:16 pm

    Ah too bad, really hoped to see it in use finally.

    Oh and most likely made in 1975, as this guide suggests.
    http://hmvf.co.uk/topic/31684-using-labels-and-markings-to-date-postwar-british-clothing-and-equipment/

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