Improved Test Methods for Better Protection, a BABT Protocol Proposal for STANAG 2920

  1. Bolduc, M.
  2. Antcil, B.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
The group of ballistics experts working on the NATO Standard for Ballistic Test Method for Personal Armour Materials and Combat Clothing (STANAG 2920) has already reached an agreement on several aspects of the Standard. For example, shot patterns and impact locations for helmet, soft body armour and hard plates (single shot and multi-hit) have been defined but other important aspects are still under investigation. One major issue is the relevance of Plastilina to evaluate injury potential from behind armor blunt trauma. Even though this technique has provided safety benefits over the years, it has limited relationships with what is really happening on the human body during ballistic impact. As an alternative, more biofidelic tools developed to evaluate the performance of body armours and helmets against non penetrating ballistics impacts are considered by the group of experts. Publications on the use of these tools support these alternatives. However, much effort is required to include these new tools in a test performance standard. This paper summarizes the consensus reached so far by the group of experts and presents a proposal to include new procedures in STANAG 2920 for the Blunt Trauma Torso and the Ballistic Load Sensing Headform. At this stage of development, the new test devices are proposed to complement the current Plastilina method, not as a replacement.
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-SL-2010-342 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Sep 2010
Number of Pages
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