Queensland company Craig International Ballistics (CIB) has pioneered body armour technology that will provide superior protection and greater comfort for Australian troops. 

In what is being described as a world first, the Gold Coast-based company will manufacture and deliver the cutting-edge Australian soft body armour to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The Chief Executive Officer of CIB, James Craig, said the company would deliver 750 sets of soft armour inserts to the ADF for the initial $1 million contract . 

“This is world-leading technology and these types of contract wins are so very important for our company’s future and retaining local employment,” Mr Craig said.

“I’d like to think CIB is making a difference to ensuring our ADF war fighters have the very best Aussie-made ballistic protection.

“There are some very exciting projects within Defence with a strong focus on increasing Australian industry content, and this will provide potential opportunities for skilled and unskilled workers.

 “We need to remain innovative and agile with respect to new requirements and that is why the Australian Army will be the first military in the world to be issued body armour made with this new Kevlar material.” 

Head of Land Systems at Capability Acquisition Sustainment Group, Major General Andrew Bottrell, said the new armour would deliver greater protection and be significantly lighter than the current soft armour.

“ADF combatants wear protective equipment – such as hard and soft body armour – based on the operational environment, factoring in individual roles, threat scenarios and threat levels,” Major General Bottrell said.

Craig International Ballistics employs around 35 people and has been producing Australian-made body armour systems since the late 1990s.

The company was also awarded the Best ADF Small to Medium Enterprise Team in the Major Acquisition category at last year’s Essington Lewis Awards.

The CASG website can be accessed at https://www.defence.gov.au/CASG/