The standard loadout for SWAT Team Operators varies slightly from command to command based on the needs and capabilities of the team.
Starting with the base uniform made from performance materials. The user will also wear boots, gloves, ballistic rated glasses and possibly a Nomex Baclava.
The next layer includes armor which could be a combination of soft armor that is rated for pistol and an additional ICW-In Conjunction With Rifle Plate. Some SWAT teams have started using lightweight, high performance, stand alone rifle plates to save weight and reduce heat/fatigue. The plates and armor are worn via a Plate Carrier which can hold both soft armor and rifle plates. Many teams are using plate carriers with interchangeable panels to hold different ammunition loadouts such as M4, 416 and MP-5 magazines.
Ballistic Helmets which can be Full Cut, Mid Cut or High Cut. The Full Cut provide more protection area but the High Cut allows the user to incorporate Peltor-style headphones.
What kind of armor does SWAT Teams wear?
With the advances in technology and tactics, SWAT Team armor has changed drastically. SWAT Teams in the past chose to wear heavy plates on the front, back and sides as well as armor that covers the throat, shoulder and groin.
With changing tactics and sophistication of the bad guys, SWAT Teams are opting for speed and agility by using lightweight armor along with better conditioning and practice. There are lightweight armor plates available that weigh as little as 2.7 pounds and can stop 5.556, 7.62x39 AK and .308 BTHP rounds.