Volume 33, Issue 2 (March 1988)

    The Shielding Capacity of the Standard Military Flak Jacket Against Ballistic Injury to the Kidney

    (Received 6 May 1987; accepted 5 June 1987)

    Published Online: March

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    An animal model was designed to evaluate the ability of the standard military flak jacket to protect the kidneys from direct ballistic trauma. Yorkshire swine were anesthetized and their flanks were protected by flak jackets. Ballistic insults ranging from a low-velocity handgun to a high-velocity rifle were evaluated. The results demonstrate that a flak jacket provides adequate protection against low- and mid-velocity projectiles since none of the animals from this group had evidence of internal trauma and because only minor superficial surgical attention would have been required. Survivability in each case was considered to be excellent. The flak jacket failed to provide any protection against several types of high-velocity bullets. These weapons caused severe internal injury to the genitourinary system as well as to other major organ systems. Survival would have been unlikely.


    Author Information:

    Josselson, A
    Commander, M.C., U.S. Navy, and colonel, U.S. Air Force, M.C., Division of Forensic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC

    Keyes, BT
    Captain, M.C., U.S. Navy, lieutenant, M.C., U.S. Naval Reserve, lieutenant commander, M.C., U.S. Naval Reserve, and lieutenant commander, M.C., U.S. Navy, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

    Frazier, HA
    Captain, M.C., U.S. Navy, lieutenant, M.C., U.S. Naval Reserve, lieutenant commander, M.C., U.S. Naval Reserve, and lieutenant commander, M.C., U.S. Navy, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

    O'Connell, KJ
    Captain, M.C., U.S. Navy, lieutenant, M.C., U.S. Naval Reserve, lieutenant commander, M.C., U.S. Naval Reserve, and lieutenant commander, M.C., U.S. Navy, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

    Clark, MA
    Commander, M.C., U.S. Navy, and colonel, U.S. Air Force, M.C., Division of Forensic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC

    Christenson, PJ
    Captain, M.C., U.S. Navy, lieutenant, M.C., U.S. Naval Reserve, lieutenant commander, M.C., U.S. Naval Reserve, and lieutenant commander, M.C., U.S. Navy, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD


    Stock #: JFS11954J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11954J

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    Title The Shielding Capacity of the Standard Military Flak Jacket Against Ballistic Injury to the Kidney
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    Committee E30