AIRCREW BODY ARMOR UNDER DEVELOPMENT
adjusted and secured to the
wearer with a strap accessory. This item is available in
This item is available in two 3-2. The aircrew body
two sizes: Medium and large. Weight of this armor is
armor con- tained in this Section are items currently
approximately 20 pounds.
under development or undergoing operational test and
evaluation (OT&E) in the Air Force.
VEST, FRAGMENTATION, SURVIVAL SRU-
standardization action will be taken and
appropriate FSNs and data will be in-
for aircrew flying aircraft with ejection seats whose
corporated in this manual.
cockpit environment does not permit heavier or more
bulky armor to be worn.
The vest is designed for donning over the head
3-3.BODY ARMOR FOR SELECTED AIRCRAFT.
like a serape with a mesh back and wrap around straps
that wrap around the front and fasten in the front with
3-4.The body armor, shown in fig- ures 3-1 and 3-2,
velcro tape. The outer shell containing the ballistic
has been designed for crew members of HH-3, 0-1,
protective material, closing straps and pockets are
130 and UC-123 aircraft.
made of fire retardant Nomex material.
undergoing an OT&E by TAC and MAC.
3-10. Fragmentation protection for the front torso
3-5.The armor is designed to.be worn over the USAF
only is pro- vided, (V50 of approximately 1250 feet per
survival vest and parachute harness. Fragmen- tation
second against a .22 cal- iber fragment simulating
protection is provided for front and back torso and a
boron carbide ceramic plate provides frontal protection
only against .30 caliber armor piercing pro- jectiles, 0
3-11. The ballistic filler consists of 6 plies of ballistic
degree obliquity at 100 yards.
nylon felt and 2 plies of ballistic nylon encapsulated in
vinyl for water proofing. This vest is available in four
3-6.Additional fragmentation protection is provided at
sizes; small, medium, large and extra large. Total
the wearer's option in the neck and groin regions. On
weight varies from 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds depending on
missions where the back parachute is worn, the back
half of the armor vest is removed and the front half is