Air Bag Protection of the Gunner in the U.S. Army Cobra AH-1Q
ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND TEXARKANA TX INTERN TRAINING CENTER
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The new version of the U.S. Army Cobra attack helicopter, the AH-1Q, makes use of a new rigid column sighting device. This rigid column introduces a serious hazard to the gunner who may come in contact with it during a crash. This report looks at the possibility of using an inflatable air bag to protect the gunner from sight inflicted injury. An overall description of the mechanics and reliability of the air bag, as found in present day automobiles, is included to give the reader a basic understanding of how air bags work. With this understanding, various considerations are made as to how an air bag system, similar to an automobile air bag system, could be designed into the gunner position of the AH-1Q.
- Safety Engineering
- Protective Equipment