HUMAN FACTORS ASSESSMENT OF THE SUITABILITY OF THE NEW SOLDIER'S HELMET FOR USE IN WHEELED ARMOURED VEHICLES

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Authors
  1. Tack, D.W.
  2. Gaughan, P.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The Canadian Forces will be procuring a new Combat Vehicle Crewman (CVC) Helmet to replace the current in-service CVC Helmet (Gentex DH 169 helmet). Preliminary CVC helmet investigations with commercial off the shelf helmets identified the possibility of employing the new Soldier's Helmet/TCCCS VH headset system as the CVC helmet replacement for some Land Force infantry vehicles. The aim of this study was firstly to evaluate the suitability of the Soldier's Helmet for use as a dedicated CVC helmet with the AVGP wheeled combat vehicle and secondly to determine the physical comfort and fatigue effects of the relatively heavy Soldier's Helmet, when combined with the weight of the Slimgard II communication headset. The Soldier's Helmet/Slimgard II headset CVC helmet system and the in-service DH 169 helmet were evaluated by 21 personnel undering driver training the period 18th November to 17 December 1996. Overall, the Soldier's Helmet/Slimgard II system was rated as Reasonably Acceptable for use in wheeled combat vehicles and participants viewed the single helmet concept of operations as highly desirable.
Keywords
Combat Vehicle Crewman (CVC) Helmet
Report Number
DCIEM-97-CR-11 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
05 Mar 1997
Number of Pages
29
DSTKIM No
97-03408
CANDIS No
503483
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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