PLA's Body Armor


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Im just wondering what kind of body armor/bullet proof vest etc....... does the PLA use ??
Can anyone post some pictures for enjoyment ??

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PiSigma

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i saw a pic of a PLA trooper wearing bullet proof vest before, it covers chest, groin, back of neck and shoulders. but the PLA is still relatively poor, and got a lot of man powre, so they can't equipment a lot of people with vests. in US, all swat and front line troops gets vests, but in china, most special police units (swats) and front line troops don't get any armor like that. but a lot of class-a troops does have flak jackets, they are not as good as vests, but it's better than no armor.
 

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PiSigma said:
i saw a pic of a PLA trooper wearing bullet proof vest before, it covers chest, groin, back of neck and shoulders. but the PLA is still relatively poor, and got a lot of man powre, so they can't equipment a lot of people with vests. in US, all swat and front line troops gets vests, but in china, most special police units (swats) and front line troops don't get any armor like that. but a lot of class-a troops does have flak jackets, they are not as good as vests, but it's better than no armor.
Okay but correct me if im wrong. Isnt body armor a part of a soldier's uniform ??
 

rommel

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Okay but correct me if im wrong. Isnt body armor a part of a soldier's uniform ??
depending in the country, for exemple in Canada, body armor is issued to front-line unit and in exercise, sometime we (reserve) got them. To be honest, the body armor is only a recent piece of gear is soldier's equipment, the first body armor was invented before WWI and nobody used them until the Viet-Nam were the US was the first to field an armor.
 

PiSigma

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back in the day, ie ww1/2 , body armor is still just a piece of metal plate, kinda like medieval plate mail, except it only covers chest area. now it's a lot more complex with kevlar. most countries in the world can't afford body armor. even the US army can only give armor to front line troops, in fact when US troops went to iraq, some front line troops don't have armor, they had to buy their own. which is about 1000 dollars to buy in US. third world countries can't afford to give an extra 1000 dollars to their troops, when they have huge populations, and is cheaper to train a new one. for canada, because we don't spend any money on R&D, and don't buy much new heavy equipment, so we just spend it all on training and safety stuff for soldiers. so by percentage, we actually have more of our army in body armor than US does.
 

Totoro

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can someone explain me the logic of US not being able to afford body armor for 200 000 troops which would cost some 200 million one time purchase but at the same time it's spending dozens upon dozens of billions on various high profile projects like comanche or crusader which end up being cancelled?
 

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Totoro said:
can someone explain me the logic of US not being able to afford body armor for 200 000 troops which would cost some 200 million one time purchase but at the same time it's spending dozens upon dozens of billions on various high profile projects like comanche or crusader which end up being cancelled?
Because those commanders in the US Armed Forces are too smart.
 

MIGleader

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dont post in yellow. the pla probably does have ceramic body armor for its new rapid reaction troops and marines. b units will probably have bulletproof vests. reserves? lucky if they get a flak jaket.
 

PiSigma

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because generals don't care what happens to the soldiers fighting the war, they just want cool toys to show off, they don't care if 18 or 19 year old kid gets killed in iraq, the generals are sitting in their comfy chairs in washington. did you know a lot of the american troops that was in iraq didn't have bullet proof vests, because the army ran out, so they had to get family members to dish out money to buy it in the US and send it to them. and only after weeks did the army give the soldier's family for the money they paid for the vests, since it is army policy to have all front line soldiers have vests.
 

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