Accession Number : ADA268338

Title :   Soldier Integrated Protective Ensemble: The Soldiers' Perspective

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep-Nov 92,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Salter, Margaret S.

PDF Url : ADA268338

Report Date : JUN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 194

Abstract : The field portion of the Soldier Integrated Protective Ensemble (SIPE) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) was conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia, from September through November 1992. Individual task performance-data were collected by the Test and Experimentation Command (TEXCOM) Close Combat Test Directorate, and collective task performance data were assessed by personnel from the U.S. Army Infantry School (USAIS). Soldier impressions on and suggestions for the SIPE equipment were collected. As a technical advisory service to the SIPE ATD, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) personnel collected this data. The SIPE, configured as a head-to-toe individual fighting system, demonstrated considerable potential for enhanced soldier capabilities and operational effectiveness. However, the equipment, only prototype in nature, affected test soldier performance and attitude. The enhanced communications capability and thermal sight on the rifle, as well as some items of clothing, were deemed very acceptable; other items were rejected or insufficiently tested. Further testing would be beneficial.

Descriptors :   *ARMY EQUIPMENT, *PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, TEST AND EVALUATION, WARFARE, ARMY RESEARCH, ARMY PERSONNEL, HEAD(ANATOMY), FEET, HEADGEAR, NIGHT SIGHTS, VISION, INFANTRY, DEMONSTRATIONS, PROTOTYPES, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE