Summary of Newly Ratified NATO Standard AEP 2920, Ed. A, V1


  1. Bolduc, M.
  2. Jager, H.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN)
The NATO Standard STANAG 2920 Ed.3 – AEP 2920 Edition A, Version 1 entitled ‘Procedures for the Evaluation and Classification of Personal Armour, Bullet and Fragmentation threats’, ratified autumn 2014 and published June 2015 on the NSO portal , replaces the STANAG 2920, Ed. 2, July 2003 ‘Ballistic Test Method for Personal Armour Materials and Combat Clothing’. While STANAG 2920 Ed. 2 was a guideline for the conduct of ballistic tests, the AEP 2920, Ed. A, V1 describes the procedure agreed within NATO for classification of personal armour for protection against bullets and fragments threat. The procedure includes standard techniques and reproducible test procedures for evaluating the level of protection of combinations of items, components or representative material samples used in personal armour systems and the method to designate the performance by use of a set of identifiers. Bullets and fragments are identified in classes to facilitate the designation following the ballistic tests. The standard applies to material samples, components such as flexible armour and helmet shells and personal armour items (helmet, face and eye protection and plates) and combination of flexible armour with hard armour. This paper summarizes the most significant modifications from STANAG 2920 Ed. 2 to AEP 2920 Ed. A, V1 and gives guidelines to understand the threat classes and personal equipment performance identification.
NATO Standard;classification of personnal armour;ballistic tests procedures
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-P065 — External Literature
Date of publication
20 Jul 2016
Number of Pages
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