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Protective Garments for Public Officials
ARMY LAND WARFARE LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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This task has been a 12-month project to develop an inconspicuous, lightweight, external garment top coat or sport coat for use by public officials to defeat the .38 caliber special threat. Several promising protective materials were evaluated for their ballistic properties. The material known as PRD-49-IV was superior to all other materials tested, and it was then used to tailor an acceptable external garment. The ballistic penetration tests consisted of firing several types of ballistic projectiles with a threat severity equivalent to or less than that of the 0.38 caliber special at panels of candidate materials. The test conditions were compatible with National Bureau of Standards requirements. Blunt trauma effects were observed in animals wearing panels of protective material.
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