Update of the body armour purchase and replacement protocol – Final project report


  1. Withnall, C.
  2. Garland, L.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN);Biokinetics and Associates Ltd, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Vernac Ltd, Carp ON (CAN)
Several research programs have been undertaken in recent years to investigate the performance of aged soft body armour used by Canadian police forces. The original aim of this work was originally to inform police about the suitability of in-service armour, but it became rapidly clear that any system of checking aged armour would require starting with good quality new armour of known performance. Testing of field-returned body armour revealed many unexpected situations where armour allowed bullet perforations at standard velocities. In the meantime, the latest version of the ballistic body armour standard, NIJ-0101.06 was released in 2008, introducing a higher degree of design and production consistency in body armour. Based on elements from this most recent version of the ballistic standard, a method for further ensuring production quality has been proposed via a lot acceptance test, followed in the future by an aged armour test against that lot. Practitioners of this protocol will enjoy reassurance that they have supplied their officers with quality products. They may further enjoy economic benefit by extending the use of that armour into the future, provided it passes laboratory testing.
aged armour;ballistic tests
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-C206 — Scientific Letter
Date of publication
01 Oct 2014
Number of Pages
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