Additional human factors evaluation of the proposed generation III prototype fragmention vests

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Authors
  1. Angel, H.A.
  2. Kumagai, J.K.
  3. Boyne, S.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In 1991, the Canadian Forces (CF) designed and built a fragmentation vest for the protection of our Land Force personnel against ballistic threats during military operations. Operational deficiencies with the fragmentation vest were reported shortly after introduction into service, these deficiencies included: excessive stiffness, degraded mobility, and incompatibility with helmets, weapons sights and in-service personal load carriage equipment. In order to resolve the in-service vest deficiencies, a series of human factors (HF) investigations were undertaken as part of the G2122 Fragmentation Vest Modification programme. Based on the recommendations from these trials, NDHQ selected a side-opening vest design as most suitable to pursue for the CF Fragmentation Vest Modification Programme (Generation II design). the aim of this programme was to salvage the ballistic fill of the deficient fragmentation vests and incorporate it into a better design. The G2122 programme was subsequently cancelled and a decision was made to not salvage the soft armour from existing in-service stocks, but rather to transfer funds and authority to procure a new fragmentation vest as part of the Clothe the Soldier (CTS) Project. The CTS project staff decided to develop two fragmentation vest prototypes incorporating the advantages afforded by new ballistic materials. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Battle tasks;Field trial;Body armour;Frag vest;User evaluation;User trial;Generation III Fragmentation Vest;Ballistic protection;CLS (Clothe The Soldier);Human factors evaluation;Danish fragmentation vest;Generation II Fragmentation Vest
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2000-077 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
23 Jun 2000
Number of Pages
194
DSTKIM No
CA011099
CANDIS No
515033
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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