The Russian naval infantry will soon be equipped with floating bulletproof life vests, the naval infantry commander said.
The vest, specifically designed for maritime applications, offers full ballistic protection against light weapon threats while providing floating capabilities.
"This vest has been designed for naval infantry as well as for seamen serving on combat ships," Maj. Gen. Alexander Kolpachenko told the Echo Moskvy radio on Saturday.
The general said that despite its heavy weight the vest was perfectly floatable and could easily support the wearer, his weapons and ammunition in water.
"It [the vest] surpasses all types of body armor worn by servicemen in the Ground Forces," Kolpachenko said, adding that the delivery of the new floating bulletproof life vest to naval infantry units would start in 2011.
As part of the Russian Navy, the naval infantry, which has a total of about 12,000 personnel, consists of three brigades, two independent regiments and two independent battalions.
MOSCOW, November 28 (RIA Novosti)