Ministry of Defence
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Bulletproof balls deliver fuel to front line
Giant sacks, specially designed to transport fuel by air to the front line, have been delivered to troops in Afghanistan.
The Air Portable Fuel Containers Mk 5 are enormous rubber balls which enable essential fuel supplies to be delivered by air to more remote areas of operations.
The balloon-like containers, which hold up to two tonnes of fuel each, also contain the polymer Kevlar, a flexible plastic commonly used in body armour, to keep the contents protected from enemy fire.