Ballistic assault vest

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The ballistic assault vest is a body armor system used by UNSC soldiers and Marines. They are worn over the wearer's camouflage utility uniform and are made of hard black nylon.[1]


The vest itself is modular, allowing for pouches for equipment such as ammunition or canteens to be added to it for mission requirements.[2] It also features a holster for a sidearm.[3]

SSgt Avery Johnson and SSgt Nolan Byrne used ballistic assault vests throughout the duration of the First Battle of Harvest, though they are not effective against plasma weaponry.[2][3] This is because ballistic gear is designed for defense against projectile weapons, such as the ones used by the UNSC.

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  1. ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, page 207
  2. ^ a b Halo: Contact Harvest, page 353
  3. ^ a b Halo: Contact Harvest, page 361