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Jonathan Russell

NATO United Kingdom

Mr. Jonathan Russell

Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Future Soldier Systems Conference (FSSC) 2016

Chairman NATO LCG/DSS/HBS Head Borne Systems Team of Experts
NATO LCG DSS Working group


Trends and Challenges of Head Borne Systems

The soldier is increasingly expected to carry heavy loads distributed acorss the platform, with real-estate on the head limited, and maximum load on the head even more constrained.


However, the increasing trend is for the soldier as a platform becoming power and data enabled, with the head zone playing a major part in providing the chasis for  a number of head-borne sensors and other equipment.  Paramount to design is good physical integration and open-systems architecture to mitigate burden and allow ease of interoperability across the plarform.


To aide the development of requirements, the UK has developed a concept demonstrator: Helmet As A Platform (HAAP) using the Generic Soldier Architecture.


The presentation will address what NATO defines as a head borne system, what is occuring across NATO, what head borne systems trends and challenges are, as well as what the future may look like.

Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan is a Principal Scientist within the Physical Sciences Group at Dstl, Porton Down, UK.  He is the Survivability Lead and Dismounted Drotection Project Technical Authority for the Land Integrated Systems and Close Combat Systems Programme, where he is responsible for delivering VIRTUS requirements for physical protection and has recently been the technical partner to industry for the UKs power and data enabled helmet concept demonstrator.

He is an active member of the NATO Land Capability Group Dismounted Soldier System (LCGDSS) Combat Clothing Individual Equipment and Protection (CCIEP) group, chair of the Head Borne Systems Team of Experts, and chair of STANAG 2902 NATO Combat Helmet.

He is a subject matter expert in physical protection having joined Dstl in 2005, developing and analysing vulnerability and lethality concepts for UK land vehicles.  He has spent the last 5 years working in the dismounted protection domain, researching, developing and supporting UK MOD procurement programmes, and technical lead for INVICTUS – the programme board for VIRTUS.  Prior to this he was Dismounted Close Combat Science Gateway at DE&S Soldier Training and Special Programmes, responsible for coherence between research and procurement.

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