Human factors evaluation of possible approaches to the G2122 fragmentation vest modification programme (Phase II)


Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Milton ONT (CAN)
A number of deficiencies have been identified with the current Canadian Forces fragmentation vest. As a result, a restriction has been placed on live field firing when wearing the vest. The aim of the G2122 Fragmentation Vest Modification Programme is to correct these deficiencies and enable the Land Force to remove the restriction on live field firing. Three possible approaches were reviewed in the Phase I report and are outlined below in order of increasing modifications to the vest. 1) Retain the existing Kelvar panels and carrier. Undertake limited modifications to the existing vest such as shortening the length, removing the collars, altering pocket fasteners, etc. 2) Retain the existing Kevlar panels and design a new carrier based on human factors criteria. 3) Design a new carrier lined with new ballistic protection materials. DCIEM requested that Humansystems Incorporated review the costs associated with these different approaches and estimate the effect of each vest alternative on system effectiveness. To evaluate these three possible approaches, a concept design was determined for each approach and considered against the current vest as a baseline. HFE performance requirements and test protocols, for evaluating candidate fragmentation vests for the G2122 project, were then determined for the following criteria. TRUNCATED
Ballistic protection;Battle tasks;Body armour;Field trial;Frag vest;G2122 Fragmentation vest;User evaluation;User trial
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-105 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
31 Mar 1994
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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