PROPOSED AIRCREW MEMBER HEAD PROTECTION (UH-1 ARMOR SEAT HEADGUARD).
Final rept. 1 Oct-15 Nov 66,
ARMY CONCEPT TEAM IN VIETNAM APO SAN FRANCISCO 96384
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The UH-1 helicopter armor seat headguard was evaluated in Vietnam to determine its effectiveness and desirability. Insufficient engineering and operational test data were available to assess the capability of the armor seat headguard to deflect or absorb bullets of various caliber, or to predict effects of various caliber hits from different angles, or to evaluate crashworthiness of the armor seats with the headguard installed. Available quantitative data, reinforced by qualitative operational and tactical data obtained during the evaluation, indicate a strong requirement for protection of the head area. It was recommended that an engineering test program be undertaken in CONUS to determine seat crashworthiness. Pilotcopilot protection in conjunction with the ballistic helmet and the associated bullet splash and ricochet caused by the headguards. Efforts should be continued to develop protective headguard that is light in weight and affords adequate visibility for the pilot. Author
- Protective Equipment