Crew Survivability

Blast Sensors


Blasts that strike vehicles can also produce cumulative effects. Where the armour is not breeched, the vehicle may be returned to service. The BlackBIRD – Blast Incident Reconnaissance Device from Allen Vanguard provides blast incident information for the life of the vehicle. Using the data a decision can be made whether the vehicle is safe to return to service or not. The information also provides intelligence value to forces who wish to monitor blast trends and effectiveness. Working with Explosive Protective Equipment, Tectonica is able to provide engineering analysis and integration support to enable users to gain the most from BlackBIRD.

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Soldiers and Police Forces are protected with highly capable body armour systems. However recent operations of military forces and ongoing tactical assault activities have highlighted the vulnerability of personnel to Traumatic Brain Injury induced by blast over-pressure. When a blast occurs, whether from Improvised Explosive Devices or breeching devices, shock waves affect the human brain. Repeated exposure can cause a gradual deterioration in mental function and in some cases serious impairment. In order to monitor these threats, the T-BIRD – Traumatic Brain Injury Reconnaissance Device from Allen Vanguard was developed. In-service with the US military, the system uses a light-weight, helmet mounted sensor to monitor impact and blast effects. Using diagnosis software, triage staff and treatment and rehabilitation staff can readily identify whether a traumatic brain injury has occurred allowing for rapid emergency treatment and informed rehabilitation. Working with Explosive Protective Equipment, Tectonica provides software development assistance for the incorporation of the T-BIRD into customer medical management systems.

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