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The development and introduction of ballistic protection of the external genitalia and perineum
  1. Eluned A Lewis1,
  2. M A Pigott1,
  3. A Randall2 and
  4. A E Hepper3
  1. 1Soldier Systems Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Defence Clothing Team, Defence Equipment and Support, Bristol, UK
  3. 3Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Salisbury, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eluned A Lewis, Soldier Systems Programmes, Defence Equipment and Support, Abbey Wood, Bristol BS34 8JH, UK; eluned.lewis759{at}mod.uk

Abstract

In response to an Urgent Operational Requirement, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) investigated, designed, developed, trialled and subsequently fielded a Tiered Pelvic Protection System to service personnel deployed on Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan. An Urgent Statement of User Requirement (USUR) was drafted in order to equip service personnel with protection for the groin, perineum, buttocks and upper thigh areas from the effects of buried Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Injuries to the groin and pelvic area from buried IEDs can have severe physiological and psychological impact; therefore the aim of the pelvic protection was to reduce the number and severity of such injuries and to improve the outcome, both in terms of quality of life of the survivors and increase the chances of survival. The aim of this paper is to outline some of the research and development that contributed to the design(s) of the Tiered Pelvic Protection System; describe the components of, and report the medical success of, the Tiered Pelvic Protection System.

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