Accession Number:

AD0756367

Title:

Ballistic and Spall Tests for Aircrew Body Armor

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY NATICK LABS MA CLOTHING AND PERSONAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

74.0

Abstract:

A new integrated body armor carrier system is designed to reduce spall when the armor plate is impacted by .30 caliber small arms fire. Ballistic tests, when compared to previous data, showed this system exhibited greater spall suppression than the standard aircrew armor in use in Vietnam. Spall suppression was also comparable to that provided by the heavier aircrew armor vest previously recommended as a replacement for the standard item. Results indicate that the new vest-carrier system made of nylon 128 should be type classified as Standard 6A6. Injury by flying spall has been reduced, but a continuing program is needed to establish advanced design criteria, textile and other material capabilities to suppress all spall, generated from obliquity strikes on aircrew armor by .30 caliber small arms fire.

Subject Categories:

  • Ballistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE