Collaborative Research into Small Arms Technology

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Collaborative Research Into Small Arms Technology (CRISAT) is the name of a series of studies conducted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), identifying and defining threats with regard to the standardisation in the manufacturing of military equipment.[1] The CRISAT target is defined as a 1.6 mm titanium (UK IMI Ti 318) plate supplemented by 20 layers of Kevlar (UK/SC/4468) as defined in STANAG 4512.[1] This target is intended to replicate the personal protection used by former Warsaw Pact countries (especially the 6B3 vest), and it is still used as a reference.[1] The CRISAT target will stop the commonly used 9×19mm Parabellum full metal jacket cartridge,[1] but it is pierced by the newer 5.7×28mm and 4.6×30mm personal defense weapon cartridges.[2]

Areas of StudyEdit

Technology Area 1Edit

This study concerns Target Definition. It was done by the U.S. It defines for example the area of a CRISAT crouching man: 0.37m2.

Technology Area 2Edit

This study concerns Terminal Effects. It was done by the U.K. It defines the ability to incapacitate within a few seconds, the Rapid Incapacitation Target (RIT) model.

Technology Area 3Edit

This study concerns Target Acquisition. It was done by France.

Technology Area 4Edit

This study concerns Materials. It was done by the U.S.

Technology Area 5Edit

This study concerns Propellants. It was done by Germany.

Technology Area 6Edit


Technology Area 7Edit


Technology Area 8Edit

This study concerns Power & Electronics Systems. It was done by the U.S.

Technology Area 9Edit

This study concerns Analysis of Effectiveness. It was done by the U.K.


  1. ^ a b c d Valpolini, Paolo (June 2009). "There are Two Types of Men in this World..." (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-14. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  2. ^ Owen, William F. (2007). "Current Light Weapons Issues. Bullets, not guns!" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2010-04-12.