ADVANCED AIRCREW ARMOR SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
Final rept. 7 Aug 1968-30 Apr 1969
IIT RESEARCH INST CHICAGO IL
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The improvement of aircrew armor suspension systems was the goal of this project. Deficiencies in armor carriers were recognized in earlier armor programs. Attempts were made to eliminate these deficiencies, but the results were minimal since the major design effort was focused on the optimization of armor configurations and the development of an armor sizing system. Armor suspension systems received prime consideration in this program, and the goals were to design those which would improve comfort. Mobility, peripheral protection, ventilation, and rapid doffing characteristics were also given consideration. The suspension and load distribution principles used in other fields involving load-bearing equipment were surveyed and applied wherever practicable in the improvement of armor suspensions. The aircrew armor suspension systems designed, developed and fabricated during the study indicate significant advances over previous armor carriers. The suspension concepts developed are reviewed. The prototypes incorporating the suspension techniques derived from the study are discussed in detail, and the results of a prototype evaluation study conducted on a group of test subjects are presented.