Survival Analysis Division

The Survival Analysis Division’s (SAD) mission is to maximize the level of protection afforded to Army aircrew members by analyzing aviation life support equipment, studying injury mechanisms, tracking patterns, and highlighting issues that may decrease those protection levels. Additionally, SAD collects and analyzes available individual protective and safety equipment involved in Army ground events, within the context of operational accidents and sustained injuries. SAD evaluates the effectiveness of current military systems to provide actionable recommendations to mitigate injury and any additional losses of life or equipment.

SAD is composed of two programs:

JTAPIC Program Logo The Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat program, through the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, has a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Directorate of Training and Doctrine’s Aviation Survivability Development and Tactics team at Fort Rucker, Ala., to analyze life support equipment from enemy action shootdown events, and retrospectively analyze data sets to provide specific epidemiological data to the customer.
ALSERP Program Logo The Aviation Life Support Equipment Retrieval Program (ALSERP) collects and analyzes available individual protective and safety equipment that has been involved in accidents and operational events, especially in the context of injuries received by the user. These assessments allow the verification of military standards and performance requirements and have resulted in important improvements to safety equipment and procedures for more than 35 years. ALSERP also identifies issues with fielded equipment. ALSERP continues its successful Problem Fit (PROFIT) program for aviators who have ill-fitting helmets, handling all PROFIT for the E model Apache helmet.


  • Digital microscope
  • Thermal imaging camera (middle image below - damaged area inside box outline)
  • Tensile strength tester to assess energy attenuating wires and restraint webbing
  • 3-dimensional scanner that, with the appropriate software, modernizes and improves the assessment of damaged helmets, adding beneficial data to better define helmet damage in relation to its influence on head injury and equipment performance

Historical Successes

  • Improved aircrew helmet performance standards, reducing head injury in aviation accidents
  • Improved fire protection and proper use of Nomex® flight suits and gloves (left image below)
  • Designing crushable ear cups to prevent basilar skull fractures in helicopter crashes right image below)
Nomex® flight suit and gloves Thermal Image of Helmet Crushable Ear Cups

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