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Title: LIGHTWEIGHT BODY ARMOR FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
Author(s): N MONTANARELLI; C E HAWKINS; L D SHUBIN
Corporate Author: US Dept of the Army
Edgewood Arsenal
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 119
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of the Army
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010
Contract Number: LEAA-J-IAA-055-4
Publication Number: EB-SR-75001
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESULTS OF A 12-MONTH PROJECT UNDERTAKEN TO DEVELOP INCONSPICUOUS, LIGHTWEIGHT PROTECTIVE GARMENTS FOR USE BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO DEFEAT MOST HANDGUN THREATS.
Abstract: A PRELIMINARY STUDY ON SEVERAL PROMISING PROTECTIVE MATERIALS INDICATED THAT KEVLAR 29 MATERIAL HAS SUPERIOR BALLISTIC PROTECTIVE PROPERTIES AND IS SUITABLE FOR TAILORING PURPOSES. THIS NEW MATERIAL, WHILE LIGHT, IS ALSO QUITE FLEXIBLE. THIS DOCUMENT DEFINES THE GENERAL TASKS REQUIRED ON THE PART OF THE US ARMY (BIOMEDICAL LABORATORY, EDGEWOOD ARSENAL, ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD AND NATICK DEVELOPMENT CENTER, NATICK, MA) TO DEVELOP A FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHYSICAL PHENOMENA AND RELATED PERFORMANCE OF KEVLAR LIGHTWEIGHT BODY ARMOR AS APPLIED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT USER NEEDS. BALLISTIC TESTS WERE INITIATED USING BIOTARGETS TO DETERMINE THE DAMAGE INCURRED WHEN USING SEVEN LAYERS OF KEVLAR MATERIAL. THIS TESTING INCLUDED BLOOD GAS ANALYSIS IN ADDITION TO OBSERVATIONS OF TISSUE RESPONSE. OTHER TESTS CONDUCTED INCLUDED A HUMAN THORACIC CORRELATION, ASSESSMENT OF BACKFIRE SIGNITURES, A MATERIAL TEST MATRIX, TESTS AGAINST KNIFE THREATS, A BLUNT TRAUMA DATA CORRELATION TASK, ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING, AND CLIMATIC TESTING. IT WAS FOUND THAT IT IS WITHIN THE STATE-OF-THE-ART TO PRODUCE A LIGHTWEIGHT, INCONSPICUOUS, AND WEARABLE BODY ARMOR THAT WILL GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL GOOD PROTECTION FROM A SURPRISE ASSAULT WITH COMMON STREET HANDGUNS. SUCH AN ARMOR CAN BE TAILORED; IT DOES NOT HAVE TO LOOK LIKE AN UMPIRE'S CHEST PROTECTOR. IT CAN BE AN UNDERSHIRT OR A SPORT COAT; IT CAN BE THE LINER IN A RAINCOAT OR TUNIC. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Body armor/Personal protective equipment; Law enforcement; Police equipment; Protective equipment; Testing and measurement; US Armed Forces
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