Improved Outer Tactical Vest

The Army began fielding the Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) in the fourth quarter of 2007. The IOTV is a side-opening vest that provides a greater area of coverage than the Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) and weighs three pounds less.

The IOTV enhancements over the OTV include:

  • a reduction in weight of 3.8 to 3 lbs depending on size,
  • an internal waistband which moves more of the weight from the shoulders to the waist,
  • a mesh lining which aid ventilation,
  • side-opening which increases soft ballistic coverage and adjusts for better comfort,
  • a quick release handle by which Soldiers can instantly remove the vest in emergency situations,
  • integrated side plate carriers which decrease the vest's profile and allow better arm movement,
  • a lower back protector which extends the vest's coverage by 52 square inches,
  • a higher cut in the underarm area which eliminate the need to attach the axillary (underarm) protector to the deltoid axillary protector set,
  • integrated throat protector, and
  • increased number of available sizes for Soldiers with long torsos.
IOTV fully equipped

Component

Specification

Instruction

  • TM 10-8470-208-10. Operator Manual for Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) and Improved Outer Tactical Vest Gen II (IOTV Gen II), a Part of the Interceptor Body Armor System
  • IOTV Sizing and Fitting Procedures. 21 Apr. 2009 [pdf]
  • "A Commercial IOTV Cleaning Study". 2010. [pdf]

Improvement

National Stock Number

  • IOTV complete, UCP:
    • X-Small: 8470-01-551-7640
    • Small: 8470-01-551-7642
    • Medium: 8470-01-551-7643
    • Medium-Long: 8470-01-551-7647
    • Large: 8470-01-551-7648
    • Large-Long: 8470-01-551-7652
    • X-Large: 8470-01-551-7653
    • X-Large-Long: 8470-01-551-7654
    • XX-Large: 8470-01-551-7655
    • 3X-Large: 8470-01-551-7656
    • 4X-Large: 8470-01-551-7658

References

  • http://www.army.mil/article/2497/army-to-field-improved-body-armor/
  • http://www.almc.army.mil/alog/issues/JulAug07/alog_news.html
  • http://www.army.mil/aps/08/information_papers/transform/Interceptor_Body_Armor.html
  • http://www.army.mil/article/7119/soldiers-of-europes-2nd-brigade-1st-armored-division-try-out-armys-improved-body-armor/
  • http://www.army.mil/article/8079/soldiers-trying-new-protective-vests-in-baghdad/
  • http://www.army.mil/aps/09/information_papers/interceptor_body_armor.html
  • http://peosoldier.armylive.dodlive.mil/2010/08/30/oefiotv/
  • http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/iotv-interceptors-incremental-improvement-03381/
  • http://www.kdhdefensesystems.com/products/military/improved-outer-tactical-vest/