Generation III prototype fragmentation vests human factors confirmatory trial


  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 services; these deficiencies included: 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 human factors (HP) 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 and a confirmatory trial should be undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of any design changes. A one and one-half-day field trial was undertaken at CFB Petawawa over the period 01 to 02 September 2000 (Reference F) to confirm design changes to the Generation III fragmentation vest. Two fragmentation vest systems were evaluated by a total of 11 regular force male participants. A partially repeated measures comparison between vest conditions was performed. The human factors tests included assessments of fit; weapon, clothing and equipment compatibility; performance of selected obstacle and combat tasks; battle tasks; comfort; and user acceptance. TRUNCATED
Ballistic protection;Battle tasks;Body armour;CLS (Clothe The Soldier);Danish fragmentation vest;Field trial;Frag vest;Generation II Fragmentation Vest;Generation III Fragmentation Vest;Human factors evaluation;User evaluation;User trial
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-002 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
30 Nov 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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