A Human Factors Engineering Assessment of an Anatomically Conforming Aircrew Body Armor System
HUMAN ENGINEERING LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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An anatomically conforming, four-size, aircrew body armor ACBA system, developed by US Army Natick Laboratories was assessed to determine its compatibility with Army aviator body sizes, flight task requirements and aircrew station geometry. As a base for all comparisons the standard three-size, aircrew body armor SBA system was used. Where possible an attempt was made to integrate and utilize elements of the HEL Armor System DevelopmentEvaluation Guideline, TM 18-69. Thirty enlisted men and six officer pilots were used as subjects. As a result of this HFE assessment it has been determined that the ACBA system was not suitable as proposed, the SBA system has serious shortcomings, and the HEL TM 18-69 cannot be utilized for the development or evaluation of body-worn armor systems.