Fit evaluation of prototype Generation III Fragmentation Vest designs


  1. Angel, H.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
In 1991, the Canadian Forces (CF) designed and built a fragmentation vest for the protection of our Land Forces personnel against ballistic threats during military operations. Operational deficiencies with the fragmentation vest were reported shortly after introduction into service; these deficiencies inlcuded; excessive stiffness, degraded mobility, and incompatibility with helmets, weapon sights and in-service personal load carriage equipment. In order to resolve the in-service vest deficiencies, a series of hyman factors (HF) investigations were undertaken to develop a new fragmentation vest design. Once a basic design was finalized it was recommended that a detailed fit test should be undertaken to determine tariff and fit boundaries. A hypothetical sizing system containing 11 sizes was developed based on industry standards and the in-service sizing system. There were three aims to the Generation III Fragmentation Vest Fit Evaluation Trial trial. The first aim of this trial was to conduct a fitting evaluation of modified Generation III Fragmentation Vest sizing system. The second aim was to investigate the degree interference between the hard armour plates and C7A1 rifle firing tasks. The final aim of this trial was to use the results of the trial to propose a sizing and tariff system for the Land Forces. TRUNCATED
Battle tasks;Field trial;Fit trial;Sizing tariff;Body armour;Frag vest;User evaluation;User trial;CLS (Clothe The Soldier);Generation III Fragmentation Vest;Human factors evaluation;Fragmentation vests
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-001 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
30 Nov 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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