FINAL HUMAN FACTORS COMPATIBILITY TRIAL OF THE NEW CANADIAN SOLDIER'S HELMET

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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 report summarizes the results of the final Human Factors compatibility trial of the new non-metallic ballistic protective helmet for Canadian Forces ground troops and parachutists. This trial follows the development of a performance-based specification and request for bid submissions from Industry by the Department of National Defence. Following bid evaluation of the six contender helmet proposals and contract award, the winning bidder was required to modify their helmet, as required, to meet the Human Factors compatibility requirements of the helmet specification. HumanSystems Incorporated was tasked by the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM) to conduct a controlled trial of the modified helmet, to determine compatibility with the range of critical soldier clothing and equipment, and to ensure that the helmet would still comply with all other Human Factors performance specifications. A two week field trial was undertaken in May 1996. Thirty regular force soldiers undertook a battery of human factors tests while wearing the Gallet prototype helmet. Human factors tests included assessments of fit, adjustability, accessibility, performance of select obstacle and battle tasks, range firing, equipment and clothing compatibility clash, and helmet maintainability. Data collection included questionnaires, focus groups, performance measures and HF observer assessments. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Combat helmets;Parachutist helmets;Ballistic protection
Report Number
DCIEM-98-CR-05 — Contractor Report (Final)
Date of publication
01 Nov 1996
Number of Pages
123
DSTKIM No
98-01363
CANDIS No
508205
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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