The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed an agreement with TYR Tactical for the delivery of new body armour for women.
Specially designed for women in terms of fit and size, the new armour will be on par with the existing Body Protection 12 in providing protection to personnel.
The decision to procure body armours that suit different body types was taken against the backdrop of more women applying for the armed forces.
FMV Joint Materials department head Marvin Lifbom said soldiers will now have body armours with optimal fit.
Lifbom said: “It is very important that the protection has the right size, weight, and shape in order for the soldiers to be able to fulfil their tasks and maintain their fighting power.”
The new body-worn ballistic protection is scheduled to be delivered to the Swedish Armed Forces in 2023.
The Swedish Armed Forces is also conducting a study to determine the new average body measurements of personnel.
The FMV recently signed a framework agreement with Mehler Vario System to purchase additional Body Protection 12.
The order was placed as Sweden needs to repurchase body protection to replace supplies sent to arm Ukrainian forces.
In addition, the FMV is set for a major procurement of body protection, which is expected to be delivered in 2024 or 2025.
The current framework agreement will meet the armed forces’ requirement for protection until then.
In 2020, Sweden proposed to increase its defence expenditure by 40%.
Under the Total Defence 2021–2025 bill, the country planned to double its basic training volumes, and re-establish regiments and air wings.