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Ops-Core to Officially Launch Mission Configurable Helmet Cover at Warrior East

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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We first showed you the Mission Configurable Helmet Cover during AUSA 2012. Since then, it’s seen some limited use and a bit of development. During a recent visit to Op-Core’s Boston Factory, they showed me an enhanced model that will join the original version we’ve shown you in the past.

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I’ve got to say that I still love the thing. It’s a great way to enhance the capability of your ACH-style helmet with the addition of not only a cover, but also VAS Shroud and ARC Rails. And all this with the addition of a cover and the pulling of a drawstring.

www.Ops-Core.com

See The Wilcox Industries Dual Powered Aviation Mount at Warrior East

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

We originally mentioned the Dual Powered Aviation Mount during Warrior West. It will be on display at this week’s Warrior East so be sure to check it out.

Wilcox Industries Dual Powered Aviation Mount

Newington, NH-Wilcox has designed a Dual Powered Aviation Mount (DPAM) for use by Aviators, crewman and on-the-ground operators that offers an overall improvement to the current existing systems. The DPAM mount works with the ANVS-6/9, F4949, F5050 and GPNVG night vision goggles.

This mount fully integrates into the currently used external batteries utilizing a standard 4-pin Lemo connector or can run off an internal 123A lithium battery for up to eight hours. The internal backup battery provides power to the NVG even when removed from the mount. This completely eliminates the need for the snap on battery pack and the additional weight.

Unique features of the DPAM include a low-battery indicator light and a Power Mode selection that allows the operator to choose between the external and internal power supply without having to remove the helmet. The system has a switch guard that protects against accidental snags.

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An NVG flip button allows the goggle to “flip up” into a stowed position when not in use. This enables the auto-off capabilities of the goggle helping to save battery life. The system has several adjustment points for a precise fit. An interface plate provides a stable mounting platform and helps with the fit. It also allows the DPAM to easily be removed from the shroud.

The mount is manufactured from lightweight aerospace grade metal and high strength polymer. A field replaceable ball detent insert provides the ability to set tolerances over the life of the mount. The mount fist into ballistic and non-ballistic helmets drilled with the standard one or three-hole pattern and when used with Wilcox’s line of NVG shrouds. The mount and shroud weigh a minimal 5.92 ounces. For ordering and pricing information contact Wilcox Industries at www.wilcoxind.com.

Agilite – Mohawk NORSK

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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Agilite has just released a variant of its Mohawk Ops Core FAST Helmet Cover in Norwegian Woodland Camo for Norway’s Rigg As Tactical Group, a leading supplier of equipment to Norway’s Military. Norway was the first country to issue the Ops Core FAST Helmet wide scale for regular troops, and the Mohawk NORSK will bring helmet-borne functionality to troops wearing the National pattern.

“We enjoyed working with Agilite on this project to allow us to provide another unique high quality tactical product to Norwegian forces. The combination of our experience with Norway’s Military, Law Enforcement and Security units and Agilite’s excellent level of design and manufacture not far from Europe, is always a winning combination.”

- Joachim Riise, CEO of The Rigg As Tactical Group.

For more details and unit orders contact Tore Haugli at: th@rigg.no or check out www.rigg.no and www.armygear.com.

For Agilite Custom design projects contact info@agilitegear.com.

Team Wendy EXFIL Ballistic Helmet Launch And Raffle At Warrior Expo East

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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Team Wendy will be showing off the first production samples of the EXFIL Ballistic helmet at the upcoming Warrior Expo East. They will be holding a raffle on the second day of the show for an EXFIL Ballistic. If you’re attending Warrior East, visit Team Wendy at booth 213 to check out the new helmet and enter for a chance to win one.

www.teamwendy.com

Ops-Core Visit – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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Yesterday, I had an opportunity to visit Ops-Core’s new factory in Boston for a personal tour by founder David Rogers. I saw a whole slew of cool things but first, I thought you’d enjoy a glimpse at some of the items in their library.

The shelves in the lobby contain a variety of head protection items from a variety of sources, but the developmental Artisent and Ops- Core artifacts in particular, are awesome. In addition to a couple of OFW/FFW models there are also technology demonstrators with early versions of features that are now standard in Ops-Core helmets.

Look for additional coverage later this week.

www.Ops-Core.com

Crye Precision – AirFrame ATX Now Available

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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The AirFrame ATX, which debuted just this January at SHOT Show 2014, is now available on the Crye Precision website. Aramid-based, the ATX meets NIJ Level IIIA ballistic requirements and is intended for use with Law Enforcement. It features the AirFrame standard overlapping vented shell design for passive cooling, and an Ops-Core H-Nape Head-Loc retention system. Compatible with all AirFrame accessories and common ear-pro systems.

Yes, this is an aramid helmet meaning it is going to be a little heavier and thicker than the original PE in the AirFrame helmet. But, this also makes it less expensive for LE users. Available in Black, Tan, and OD Green. Made in the USA from US materials.

cryeprecision.com/P-HLMAX131LG0/Airframe-Atx-Helmet

TNVC – Wilcox FLIR M24 Recon Helmet Mount Adapter

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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Wilcox Industries has developed a helmet mount adapter for the popular FLIR Recon M24 Thermal Monocular. Precision machined from lightweight aerospace aluminum, the FLIR Recon mount comes complete with interfaces for both dovetail and bayonet horn helmet mounts, which can be swapped without tools.

A dovetail shoe bolts to the 1/4-20 threaded insert in the FLIR M24, providing a low profile interface for the mount adapter. The adapter arm provides interpupillary adjustment, while the vertical, fore/aft, and tilt adjustment is handled by the helmet mount. The FLIR Recon mount can be assembled in either left or right eye configurations.

tnvc.com/shop/wilcox-flir-m24-recon-helmet-mount-adapter

SOFIC 2014 – Revision Military

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Revision Military is debuting two new products at this year’s SOFIC, the Expanded Batlskin Head Protection System, and the Prowler Military dermoskeleton which was developed in collaboration with B-TEMIA Inc.

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Batlskin Viper Front Mount

Revision’s Viper Front Mount features an interchangeable center piece system which allows the user to swap the receiver component and utilize various NVG interface plates. The Front Mount also acts as the MPAS platform, allowing integration of the full line of Batlskin Viper components such as the Interlocking Long Rails and Mandible Guards.

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Batlskin Viper Interlocking Long Rails

Revision’s Viper Interlocking Long Rails attach to the Front Mount and allow for quick and easy attachment of cameras, lights, and other head borne accessories. The rails are sized specifically to fit small, medium, large, or extra-large helmets. Now available to order.

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Batlskin Viper High Cut Helmets

Revision’s Viper A1 and P2 High Cut Helmets are designed for optimal compatibility with communications headsets. The ACH-shaped Viper A1 High Cut is now available in all sizes. The Viper P2 High Cut will be available in early Summer.

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Batlskin Viper Three-Position Visor

Revision’s Viper Three-Position visor clips into the Front Mount with a simple, one-handed movement, and can be worn in three configurations: locked, vented, or up. The Visor features high-impact protection and maximum field-of-view while remaining scratch, fog, and chemical resistant. An optional gasket provides a seal between the Visor and helmet. The Viper Visor will be available in early June.

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Batlskin Viper Mandible Guards

Revision’s updated Mandible Guard provides best-in-class lower-face protection in a strapless design that’s lightweight and quickly attaches to the Front Mount without the use of tools. The Guard is easily tilted downwards in varying degrees from improved sight compatibility, eating, and drinking. Pressing the mandible against the chest resets it to its original position. The Mandible Guard will be available in early Summer.

Prowler

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Prowler Augmentation System

The B-TEMIA / Revision Prowler is a near skin, lower body motorized soldier protection device worn on both legs. It is designed to increase the metabolic energy reserve of soldiers while preventing short and long term musculoskeletal injuries. The Prowler distributes the load across the entire body from the upper body to the lower legs, circumventing the load around the knee joint which is proven to reduce applied stress to the knee by 1/3 under combat load conditions. The Prowler has been tested through the US Army NSRDEC Human Augmentation Program and SOCOM’s TALOS Program.

www.revisionmilitary.com

SOFIC 2014 – Polaris Industries

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

This was a real shocker. Polaris Industries recently started working with a composites company named M9 Defense. Aside from vehicle armor, they also came up with a new helmet in response to a USSOCOM Broad Agency Announcement.

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The Lightweight Tactical Helmet boasts an aerial density of less than 2 lbs psf, yet defeats 7.62×39 threats with a Back Face Deformation of <25.4 mm front and back and 16 mm side and crown.

www.xshellhelmets.com

No Wonder They Lost – A Revisit

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

We recently posted photos from our trip to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, and in the comments section, one of our readers asked what the deal with the “…Darth Vader looking Republican Guard helmet” was. Way back in 2009, we ran a brief article on the helmet, which was worn by Sadaam’s “elite” Fedayeen forces. Since it has been asked, it’s now perfect time for a revisit.

Some of you may remember the Darth Vaderesque helmet worn by troops in Sadaam’s “elite” Fedayeen forces. Apparently manufactured from fiber glass it saw only limited issue. Perhaps the idea behind the helmet was to make the enemy pause to say, “WTF?” giving the wearer enough time to run away. A badge with the words “The Lord, The Homeland, The Leader” was affixed to the side of the helmet. They bring top dollar in the collector’s market.

Iraqi "Vader" Helmet

A Spanish collector’s site has an excellent backgrounder on the helmet. Check it out here.