Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) is the current body armor provided
to U.S. combatants. IBA uses a modular design, enabling periodical
enhancements of subsystems and inserts. In the current version
IBA consists of the Outer Tactical vest (OTV), made of a combination
of cordura, Kevlar or Twaron. Pockets built into the fore and
back of the OTV contain ergonomically designed kevlar backed
composite ceramic panels (Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI)/Enhanced
SAPI (ESAPI) and other elements protecting the sides, shoulders
and bicep. One of the leading producers of IBA components is
Armor Holdings. At AUSA 06 the company introduced the LIMBS
system, Lightweight Integrated Mobility Body Armor System. LIMBS
provides enhanced protection to the shoulders, Bicep and Thigh
while offering 25% less weight compared to existing systems.
Its ergonomical design improves mobility, comfort and performance.
The suite combines a shoulder-Bicep system.