Equipment Piece of the Week: Generation III Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV)

Gen III/IV IOTVThe Generation III/IV Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), provides protection from shrapnel producing munitions and 9mm rounds. When used in conjunction with the Enhanced Small Arms Protective Insert (ESAPI) and Enhanced Side Ballistic Insert (ESBI) hard armor plates, the IOTV provides additional rifle protection to the front, back and side of Soldier’s torso. Ancillary Components consist of Deltoid protectors compatible with the IOTV which provides protection from handgun and fragmentation to the upper arm area. Throat, lower back, and groin protection provide additional fragmentation coverage as needed.

The IOTV is a side-opening vest that has an increased area of coverage over the Outer Tactical Vest (OTV). It includes multiple adjustment points to improve fit, weight distribution and load-carriage capabilities. The IOTV has a single point activated quick-release feature added to the front of the vest which allows a Soldier to doff the vest and its attachments in an emergency situation. The IOTV comes in 19 sizes, 11 gender non-specific and eight female specific including three long sizes. A medium IOTV provides 1,085 square inches of fragment and ballistic protection.

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