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Genuine French military issue and current 2016-2017 issue body armour for use with the FELIN system. The body armour cover is designed to carry all the armour components of the GPB Series 3 system as well as the containing essential load carrying components of an issue operations belt order. The cover has detachable parts so the armour that would have been issued (not included) can be customised depending on threat level, such as a neck cover and crutch panel. The cover has space for both soft panels and hard plates. An insigina attachment point is provided for blood type patches and the sides each have a magazine pouch. Multiple attachment points are provided for additional material. The front of the plate panel opens with zip so it is suitable for storing a variety of different utilities instead of a plate panel. Cover is made in sateen cotton/polyester in 270 gsm weight fabric which is machine washable. These can be seen worn by French military personnel guarding key points and tourist sites all over France. Medium (108cm chest) or Large (116cm chest).
Available options are: S , M , L .
The front of the cover with the crutch pad and neck pad unzipped and removed. The front plate pocket opens with a zipper on the right, and an additonal large pocket on the front can be opened with a velcro lid and has a window pocket for an ID card, rank and name insignia. The hooks on the shoulders can be used as single point slings as they are mounted on webbing that is continuous over the shoulder and back.
Side view of the vest showing the magazine pocket and attached belt. The magazine pocket holds three magazines.
Rear of the vest showing the back plate pocket.
Right side of the cover with the right side magazine pocket.
The neck cover can be removed. The neck cover provides padding on the shoulders, neck and collarbone.
The detachable neck protector panel can be worn raised to provide additional protection to the front of the neck. Its size is and zip pockets also make it useful as a small wallet.
The magazine pockets can be detached fully if required. The belt helps to tighten the vest around the torso.
Photo by Lionel Cironneau of French soldiers patrolling Nice in 2016. They are wearing the GPB Series 3 vest.
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