Overview of Tactical Communication Headsets
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TORONTO (CANADA)
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This report presents an overview of various in-ear hearing protection and communication systems that are designed for use by the dismounted soldier. Integrated hearing protection headsets IHPH offer advanced features such as active noise reduction ANR and enhanced hearing capability. However, the electronics that are required to provide such features are challenged in adverse environmental conditions, such as extreme cold. Nonlinear earplugs provide protection from high-level noise while allowing lower-level sounds to pass through without attenuation, making it possible to hear radio communications. However, they do not provide the advanced features that IHPH systems offer. Specific devices including the Nacre QuietProregistered trademark, Silynx QuietOpstrademark, SureFire EP3 Sonic Defendertrademark and E-A-Rregistered trademark Combat Arms are described and their functionalities are discussed in terms of speech intelligibility and field use.
- Protective Equipment
- Radio Communications