To be able to operate and
be protected in CQB environments the right gear is essential
Worn directly next to the skin the undergarments protect the operator from
non flame retardant materials. They also protect against heat
transfer and possible injury to the wearer. On top of that a one-piece
assault suit made of flame-retardant material, that includes a hood, reinforced knee
elbow pads, colour tag pouch, nomex balaclava and gloves.
Designed to stop a round and also absorb its kinetic
energy, ceramic armour plates cover the front and back.
harness, that allows the operator to descend
down buildings if needed. A braking device that automatically stop the
descend if the
operator let's go of the device.
Assault vests have many features. These include magazine pouches/ rings for attaching stun and
tear gas grenades.
Pistol holsters that support mounted light on the gun. On
the belt a weapon catch to secure the weapon when not in use. On the
back a first aid pouch.
Thigh rigs with two stun grenades and one mp5 magazine.
When deciding what to use for head protection
there are many choices. Some teams always use
respirators providing protection against CS and CN gas and smoke. It can be
fitted with anti-Flash lenses, internal mic and interfaces for external
oxygen supply and radio systems. If not in use the respirator the will be
will shoved up the operator's arm.
There are two types of helmets, armoured which is able to stop a 9mm round at
close range, and light that only provide protection against bumps.
All operators use some form of ear protection.
Newer vests that
combine armour protection and
Modular pouches are getting more popular