Preliminary Development of an Integrated Mobility, Lethality, and Survivability Soldier Performance Testing Platform
Technical Report,01 Sep 2017,31 Mar 2019
ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER MA NATICK United States
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There is a desire for an integrated tool to measure the impact of military clothing and equipment on mobility, lethality and survivability. This study was a first step to develop such a test platform. Twenty Soldiers executed the test in three levels of encumbrance. Mobility was measured via obstacle completion timing. Lethality tasks included static and dynamic shooting engagements, with traditional marksmanship measures and cognitive decision-making. Quantification of body exposure and exposure to threat time comprised survivability measures. Preliminary results indicated that as encumbrance increased, mobility, lethality and survivability were altered. Obstacle completion times increased, marksmanship precision and vertical stability during the static elements improved, and shooting efficiency and threat elimination during the dynamic elements decreased. By expanding on this methodology, we create additional capabilities for the US Army and our international partners. Lessons learned from this study will allow for improvements to the test platform as it is developed.
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