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Improved Outer Tactical Vest

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The Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) is an improved version of the earlier Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) form of the Interceptor Body armour, as fielded by the US Army. The Deltoid and Auxiliary Protector System (DAPS) components, ESAPI (Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert), Enhanced Side Ballistic Inserts (ESBI), and the OTV's groin protector are all compatible with the IOTV.

Here are the content lists:

1. Why IOTV is better than traditional OTV?

2. What is the background of the improved outer tactical vest?

3. What is the effectiveness of the IOTV?

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1. Why IOTV is better than traditional OTV?

The OTV design was deemed insufficient and weak in several areas, prompting the creation and deployment of the IOTV. Point Blank Body armour, BAE Systems, KDH Defense Systems, Protective Products Enterprises, UNICOR, and Creative Apparel Associates are actively producing the IOTV. From mid-2007 forward, the IOTV first saw battle with US Army ground combat units, and it is still the basic body armour type deployed by regular US Army ground combat troops overseas.

2. What is the background of the improved outer tactical vest?

While the Interceptor Body armour and the Outer Tactical Vest were thought to be fairly effective, others questioned if they were the greatest feasible armour solution for US military forces. The controversy surrounding Dragon Skin, which was created by the now-defunct Pinnacle armour, heightened the argument. Various assertions appeared that Dragon Skin was more successful at shielding soldiers than the then-standard issue Interceptor body armour system, with independent studies and reports appearing to back these claims, prompting various congressional members to request more investigation. In response, the military released public testing results that revealed widespread flaws in the Dragon Skin armour's testing. Dragon Skin was never widely adopted, and several of the Outer Tactical Vest's identified flaws, such as quality of protection and modularity, were rectified in the Improved Outer Tactical Vest and E-SAPI plates.

3. What is the effectiveness of the IOTV?

The Improved Outer Tactical Vest is an advance over earlier US body armour systems, with the Vietnam War-era fragmentation vest limited to fragmentation protection, the PASGT vest limited to pistol bullets, and the prior Outer Tactical Vest unable to stop armour-piercing shots.

The Army has continued to develop the IOTV with additional features in response to troop input on the effectiveness of the armour system, with Generation III including a more intuitive rapid release system and the new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP). Body armour conversion kits have been given at a lesser cost to bring earlier Generation armour sets up to newer requirements, rather than constructing fully new IOTV armour sets.

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