The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will issue its new pelvic protection system along with a new personal clothing system to its front line troops in Afghanistan in the next few months.
The pelvic protection system, in the final phase of development, is designed to lessen the effects of explosions and to provide personal safety, comfort and manoeuvrability to personel in order to allow them to perform their mission.
Tier one and tier two of the system is already in use by troops and provides an initial level of protection against the effects of blasts, including shrapnel.
The final tier of the system, consisting of ballistic knee-length shorts, has been designed to protect troops when searching for improvised explosive devices.
All three tiers will be integrated with the new protective clothing system, which is a combat uniform adapted to suit different environments faced by troops on the front line.
Troops deployed to Afghanistan in October 2011 will also receive bacteria repellent socks along with the new personal clothing system and pelvic protection system.