DND PROTOTYPE COMBAT HELMET USER ACCEPTANCE TRIALS

Authors
  1. Webb, R.
  2. Tack, D.
  3. Gaughan, P.
Corporate Authors
Humansystems Inc, Milton ONT (CAN);Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The aim of this project was to compile and evaluate data related to user acceptance and to evaluate the helmet in terms of human factors identified in the Statement of Requirement. Seventy prototype helmets modified from the original by changes to the internal harness, support and securing system were on trial. The helmets were divided between two infantry platoons in 1RCR and 2CDO for the period 5th March to 28th August 1991. The helmets were worn for most activities during the scheduled training program, including several parachute jumps. Half the helmets were fitted with Pull the Dot (PTD) fasteners and half had a different fastener. Data was gathered using questionnaires, focus groups, direct observation and discussion with the trial troops. Trial troops were asked to rate the helmet against their experience with the standard M1 helmet. Visits were undertaken to the trial troops on several occasions. During each visit, the performance of the helmet was discussed with the trial unit as a group and each helmet was individually inspected and discussed with its wearer.
Date of publication
15 Jun 1992
Number of Pages
57
DSTKIM No
93-02604
CANDIS No
131364
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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