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DSEI 2017: UK soldier modernisation marches on

5th September 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Alice Budge in London

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) continues to advance its soldier modernisation initiatives including plans to introduce a lighter ballistic plate for dismounted troops by the end of the decade.

The lighter ballistic plate will come as part of Virtus Pulse 2 - also known as Project SAKER - and is on track to delivered by 2019. This follows Virtus Pulse 1, which saw over 25,000 integrated load carriage and Combat Protective Equipment (CPE) systems issued to soldiers.

A MoD spokesperson told Shephard that the CPE systems have been issued ‘with priority going to those units operationally committed and

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