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General Paintball Tactical Uniform:
Modular Tactical Vest:
The Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) is a new American body armor, originally adopted by the United States Marine Corps in 2006. The MTV was designed as a solution to shortcomings in the current, decade-old Interceptor body armor and was selected after a rigorous proposal and examination process by the Marine Corps. The MTV provides better protection levels than the Interceptor system, although it uses the same Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) plates. The MTV weighs 30 pounds; three more than an Interceptor, but is designed to more effectively distribute its weight throughout the wearer's torso. The Navy also ordered 28,364 MTVs in August 2008.
After conducting a survey of more than 1,000 Marines and finding that a majority of the Marine Corps had been overall highly satisfied with the MTV, in January 2009 the Marine Corps announced that it would be making some modifications to the MTV to improve comfort, mobility and safety.
The MTV includes the following features:
The Marine Corps awarded a major contract to Protective Products International (subsidiary of Protective Products of America) to produce 60,000 vests, and began fielding them in 2007 and a continued roll-out is expected.
The vest is donned and removed using a hook-and-pile "cummerbund," which fastens around the waist, and a buckle atop each shoulder. Some users have complained that the vest is more time-consuming to don (especially with a full combat load attached) when compared to the Interceptor's single hook-and-loop flap.
The quick-release system was designed in response to concerns that the Interceptor was difficult for medical personnel to remove from incapacitated troops, and in some cases had to be cut off. When pulled firmly, a cord at the bottom of the vest causes the cumberbund to separate into two pieces. The shoulder buckles can then be unfastened and the vest removed in pieces, with no need to change the casualty's body position.