Armour Up: A Coalition Perspective on Personal Protective Gear
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Body Armour is one of the most important pieces of equipment a soldier has and can mean the difference between life and death.
Amidst the heightened tempo of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, body armour and personal protection equipment have attracted renewed interest. This interest has come from several sectors: military procurement, civilian defence production, operational units (regular and special forces), as well as command level strategists.
- Yet NATO and the US Military still face many challenges, including: The extremely high price of underperforming and obsolete technologies.
- The employment (or deployment?) of such systems in the field can have direct and immediate impacts on soldier endurance and performance.
- Aside from dollar cost per unit, the use of body armour exacts a certain physical toll—increased risk of heat exhaustion and reduced mobility and speed.
Body Armour in Action:
The first living Congressional Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta can attribute his survival to his personal protective gear. In Afghanistan, Staff Sgt Giunta was shot in the chest while braving enemy fire to come to the aid of comrades and was saved by his ballistic vest.
Indeed, the debate of pros versus cons is increasingly complicated, with several different systems being fielded by different forces. It is further complicated by widely varying regulations of body armour deployment—from patrolling without a ‘lid’ to Special Forces operating without any protective equipment.
From regulation to cost to field limitations, this Webinar aims to address the full spectrum of body armour questions. These are the very questions which are proving so controversial in the media – and the same questions that industry leaders, regulators, and commanders in the field will want the answers to.
Join in now to listen to our exclusive body armour panel Webinar and hear from “boots on the ground” as well as a senior material scientist about the very real impact of body armour on field operations.
The panel discussion will also include a Q & A where operators and industry composed of IDGA and Defence IQ members can pose questions and hear insight from the experts and end-users featured.
MAJ Brian Sweigart is a graduate of the USMA at West Point and his military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Leaders Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, Ranger School, and the Cavalry Leaders Course. He has served as a Tank platoon leader, Scout Platoon leader, Company Commander, and Squardron Executive Officer. He currently serves as the Executive Officer of the 3-16 Cavalry. Major Sweigart has completed two tours in OIF and has deployed with a Stryker unit.
Dr. Kelechi C. Anyaogu is a senior research scientist at Nico Technologies Corporation, a start-up company in Ann Arbor Michigan, with core focus on identification and incubation of innovative technologies based on nanomaterials and nanocomposites that have military and biomedical applications.
Dr. Anyaogu received his B.Sc. from Russian University of Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences from Bowling Green State University, Ohio in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Neckers, McMaster Distinguished Research Professor. His research experience covers broad application of nanotechnology for materials design, product development, and radiation cure coating technologies. Dr. Anyaogu has published several of his research works in peer-reviewed journals like Langmuir, Journal of American Chemical Society, Macromolecules, Journal of Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, Chemical Communications, Journal of Applied Polymer Sciences, and RadTech Reports.
Currently, Dr. Anyaogu is working on a number of projects including accelerated production of ultrastrong nanocomposite materials, advanced fiber and composite reinforcements with improved toughness, conductivity, thermal control, and ballistic protection.
former Area Systems Operator, British Army & Senior Costing Engineer
HITEK Electronic Materials Limited
After serving seven years in The Royal Corps of Signals, Cameron Finch has recently joined HITEK Electronic Materials as a Senior Costings Engineer. Finch is responsible for processing quotes quickly and efficiently and also advising customers on any technical data required.
HITEK’s main role is providing EMC solutions for the Defence and Aerospace industry and also specialise in corrosion control.