RBA 4th model
Soldier deployed in Iraq showing the 4th model (with little pouch).
Adding a pocket at the front of the RBA on the plate. Adding a strip of Velcro on the front of the cummerbund. Two small plates rather than larger ones. Of the elastic cummerbund does not start in the lower back, but on the sides of the RBA. And adding two straps at the shoulders.
The Ranger Body Armor (RBA) is a ballistic vest that was use by 75th Ranger Regiment in the 1990s and 2000s. Now, it as been replaced by the Ranger Armor Vest (RAV), Combat Integrated Releasable Armor System (CIRAS), Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) and by some others body armors designed for some special operations. The contract number of the RBA is DAAD05-92-C-9052. So, the contract was passed in 1992 and the body armors were produce after this date.
Ranger Body Armor gave birth to the Interceptor Body Armor (IBA). In fact, he had a lighter jacket and fitted with MOLLE strap to be able to establish pockets of all kinds (canteen, first aid kit, ...).