Human factors review of possible approaches to the G2122 fragmentation vest modification programme


Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Milton ONT (CAN)
As a result of operational feedback, numerous deficiencies have been reported with the current Canadian Forces fragmentation vest. Major deficiencies included the following. + The vest collar is too stiff, restricting head and neck movement. During prone firing the collar restricts the head from adopting a normal sighting posture when wearing a helmet. + The stiffness of the vest, restricts the amount of torso movement in many soldier tasks. Particular concerns have been raised with advance to contact and firing personal weapons. + The long torso length of the vest is incompatible with seated and crouching tasks. When seated, the vest rides up the torso constricting the shoulders and neck. During vehicle operation, drivers reported difficulties with arm and shoulder carriage mobility which affected driver performance and comfort. + Button fasteners are difficult to use and slow access to magazine pockets. Elastic straps wear too quickly. + The small shoulder openings and large, heavily elasticized shoulder pads greatly restrict shoulder movement. + Soldiers find their webbing to be incompatible when wearing a frag vest. Since webbing is not worn with the vest the webbing hooks provided have become an annoying snagging hazard. The two magazine pockets provided on the front panels of the vest are not considered adequate for replacing the storage capacity of their webbing. TRUNCATED
Ballistic protection;Battle tasks;Body armour;Field trial;Frag vest;G2122 Fragmentation vest;User evaluation;User trial
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-096 — Contract Report
Date of publication
03 Dec 1993
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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