Army scientists designed and developed realistic canine sleeve trainers to improve the performance of military and civilian K9s. Military working dogs often play an essential role in military operations.
Dogs serve in a variety of capacities within the military, including security, patrol, explosive detection, tracking, search and rescue, guards, sentries and tactical duties. Instructors use bite training on military working dogs to assist in stopping a criminal. It can also eliminate the need to use a weapon.
Dr. Stephen Lee, a senior scientist at the Army Research Office, an element of the US Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, led the research in cutting sleeves, and holds a patent for his work. He developed the product with students from the Materials Science and Engineering Senior Design course at Wilson College of Textiles and North Carolina State University, in support of the US Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“Military working dogs are a very important team member and their training is equally important,” Lee said. “These priceless dogs have provided incomparable assistance to Soldiers to help them fulfill their mission and save Soldier’s life. This new bite sleeve training tool has greatly assisted in the development of effective combat canoes.”
Most current bite training sleeves are too fast to conceal, making it harder training dogs for real-world scenarios. Other sleeves are made of materials such as jute that do not provide a truly realistic training scenario and can reduce canine effectiveness at targets due to hesitation. Silicon cutting products require the trainer to attach additional appendages to a sleeve that limits training scenarios, eliminates realistic concealment, and possibly confuses canine.
The new cutting sleeve provides military working dogs with an authentic human skin texture while cutting the forearm area and reducing the circumference of the target. This allows for a more realistic training scenario for full-mouth bites and cans.
“Working with ARO on this project was a great experience for the students,” said Dr. Jessie Jur, Associate Professor of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at Wilson College of Textiles, NC State. “Everyone was motivated to improve the capabilities of the military working dog. The goals for the project were challenging and required a multi-disciplinary team effort from both a textile and materials engineering standpoint.”
When designing the product, an important aspect was ensuring the safety of both dogs and their operators. The research team ensured that the selected material was nontoxic to dogs and that the selected material would be puncture resistant to handlers.
The cutting sleeve consists of an outer silicone skin which is paired with an inner leather-based sleeve. The skin is a proprietary prosthetic-grade silicone product that looks and feels like human flesh and has an internal mesh support system for flexibility. The inner sleeve is a low-profile byte platform made of multiple layers of foam and Kevlar fabric spread across the pressure to allow a full stop cutting, and two adjustable straps allow a custom fit for any trainer She gives.
The US Army Special Operations Command currently uses a cutting sleeve for training.
Other inventions listed on the patent include Paul Reid, an ARO systems engineering and technical support support contractor, Drs. Includes Albena Ivanisevic, ARO Program Manager who served on the faculty at NC State, US Army Special Operations Command Soldiers, NC State. Textile engineering graduate students and professors Drs. Jess Juar and Drs. Russell Gorga who was an advisor to the design teams.
With Army funding, researchers at Campbell University are advancing the concept design, creating even more realistic skin that sheds artificial blood upon cutting. Earlier this year, the Kinston Police Department successfully tested a prototype.
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