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Research and Development

ERTs utilize a variety of highly technical and sensitive equipment ranging from sophisticated weapons, sighting, communications and optical surveillance systems, as well as personal protective gear (SCBA, gas masks, body armour, etc.). Due to the rapid progression in terms of technology and application of these types of equipment, continual and ongoing research and development into new products is essential. Items are regularly replaced with more modern and capable models as technology evolves. Teams in the field are actively employed to test and evaluate new equipment as operational needs are identified.

In addition to equipment, specialized clothing is also worn by ERT members during training and operations. A key tactical factor is the ability to remain undetected, and the use of appropriate camouflage clothing is extremely important. All ERT equipment is approved for use by the national policy centre, and all teams employ the same standardized equipment items so as to enable them to work together when required.