BODY ARMOR FOR AIRCREWMEN
Summary rept. 1962-1967
ARMY NATICK LABS MA CLOTHING AND PERSONAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT LAB
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Body armor which protects Army aircrews of low-flying aircraft against 7.62 mmcaliber .30 AP small arms ground fire has been developed by the U. S. Army Natick Laboratories. The armor utilizes a relatively lightweight composite of ceramic bonded to fiberglass. The U. S. Army Natick Laboratories improved on earlier ceramic composite armor made of flat, multiple ceramic tiles by developing separate front and back one-piece composite panels which are curved to fit the torso. A cloth carrier with large front and back pockets was designed to hold the armor panels, permitting the airman to wear the armor comfortably and without interference with his operations. Experimental armor for leg protection against small arms weapons has also been made of the ceramic composite.
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