BODY ARMOUR AND THREATS FOR WARTIME AVIATION STAFF
What is the connection between body armour and aviation? It’s simple! Wartime requires every single person participating in warfare to wear body armour, especially the landing force.
While you are in the air, hardly anything threatens you. Or, if your plane gets caught by a projectile, no body armour will save you, especially if the plane has got high enough – you will either burn or die of contusion, or fall to the ground from a thousand feet and that’s all. But, when everything goes according to the plan and you land in the intended spot, this is where the “fun” begins. You never know if the enemy has disclosed your plans or not. If they did, you must be prepared to defend yourself, because you can land in an ambush. War is war and you either kill or die.
This article is not about the best ways to kill the enemy, but rather about how you can protect yourself the best way possible, when in landing force. If you neglect your own protection, you can pay a very high price for this – from a very bad wound, to disability, to death. Do you want to lose your life, because you didn’t protect yourself properly? Apparently, not. Thus, pay attention to your body armour and don’t forget to make sure it’s the best you can get.
Let’s get back to the moment you’re in the sky. Let’s pretend you’re plane gets hit with a projectile. If you have a parachute (you must, if you are in landing force), you have a chance of surviving and landing safely. But, what if splinters shatter around the place and hit you in the chest, head, and other parts of the body? Doesn’t sound like fun, right? Exactly. But, if you have a bullet proof vest on you, whether covert or overt, you can minimize the damage and avoid a lot of injuries from these splinters. And don’t forget about the helmet.
Probably, there’s no need to speak about the importance of body armour in a battle. Going into the battle without body armour and/or helmet is extremely stupid. Unless you will stay in the pocket, not showing your head out and attempting to shoot the enemy, you could stay safe for a while, but even a single bullet can end it all for you.
Now, whether you are provided with body armour or purchase it on your own, it must match the camouflage. If you are given body armour by your section, it obviously will match your camouflage, but when you buy it, just make sure it doesn’t differ from your uniform. Most tactical body armours used in the army are overt, because they provide better protection and can resist larger calibers, comparing to covert armors. You don’t want your enemy to intentionally aim to the parts of your body that are obviously unprotected. This can give you a slight advantage in the battle.
While the connection between body armour and aviation is not as tight, as with many other areas, it is still obvious. If you want to be effective and safe (as much as possible) in the battle, if you’re a pilot, or if you’re in landing force, body armour is a must. Never neglect it, because you can pay a very high price for such negligence.