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AUSA – Ops-Core ACH Upgrade Components – UPDATED

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


Here are some photos of the individual components in the Ops-Core Advanced Combat Helmet upgrades. Naturally, they can be all adopted or as individual pieces.


The first piece is the 360 Deg Liner and Retention System. It attaches into place via the Velcro patches already installed in the ACH shell. The liner provides permanent impact protection (particularly against rotational forces) and you still insert pads so I’m going to suggest, if you use this upgrade, you’ll need to size up on your shell.

UPDATE – It’s true you use pads with the EPP liner but they are specially designed for use with the liner. It is not designed to be used in conjunction with the issue helmet pad. I spoke with Ops-Core and they gave me this info.

The new liner has a variable thickness EPP protective component that is coupled with comfort pads that come in three thicknesses: 1/4″ 3/8″ and 1/2″ to create ideal comfort and stability. Individuals wearing a large ACH with issue pads can use the new liner in the same size shell with greater comfort and stability


The Skeleton One Hole Shroud weighs just 42.1 grams. It’s streamlined design is snag free and the single hole will fit right on to the ACH.

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They’ve also incorporated space in the lightening holes to tie off your NODs, if needed.

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The skeleton rails offer 14 wire and cable management attachment points. They are also universally sized to fit all ACH sizes Small through Extra-Large.

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The items are available in Black, Urban Tan and Foliage Green.

AUSA – Solace Power

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Newfoundland, Canada-based Solace Power specializes in wireless power. While they don’t manufacture products they offer customizable projects and offer Technical Development Kits. Their goal is to license technology to manufacturers. Today, they’re demonstrating a customizable project applied to a bump helmet to show how it can be wirelessly powered. It’s a demonstrator but I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen.


They use Electric Field Based RC2 (Resonant Capacitive Coupling) technology. This is slightly different from the magnetic charging technology you see in wireless cell phone chargers. The resonator material is flexible and can be copper or another lightweight conductive material that can be shielded with a simple fabric.


Additionally, Solace Power’s technology doesn’t heat objects and it still works even if the resonator is punctured or torn. The technology is safety compliant to IEEE, FCC, ICNIRP and Safety Code 6.


Efficiency wise, they are demonstrating 90% power coupling efficiency at 40 cms and that’s at 100w. They can also use one transmitter with multiple receivers (ie weapon, helmet, radio, etc). The receiver can also act as a repeater but the larger the resonator, the further the power can be transmitted. You’ll notice in the photo above how far the helmet is away and off by enter of the power transmitter. With magnetic power transmission you can’t do that.

Think of the implications. Use of their technology doesn’t alter the Soldier’s behavior. Each piece of equipment doesn’t need a separate battery. There’s also no hot battery swapping or umbilicals/cords.

AUSA – 3M Introduces Production Rails

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Shown here on the Ballistic Bump Helmet (which meets SOCOM helmet performance) the new Rail fits their boltless helmets. While it is a bolt less design, it doesn’t connect to the helmet via an epoxy like other designs. Instead, 3M embeds a threaded interface just below the durable surface of the helmet above the ballistic later. This threaded interface accepts two screws that keep the rail in place but do not compromise the ballistic integrity of the helmet.


It features a T-slot interface that accepts Picatinny rails via their Quick Release adapter. It also accepts side and mandible armor, oxygen masks and a counterweight for NVGs. The 3M family of helmets offers four levels of protection which we covered during SHOT Show.

Visit Ops-Core At AUSA

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Ops-Core AUSA

If you happen to be at AUSA 2014, be sure to stop by the Ops-Core booth (#1561). They’ll be launching the ACH Upgrade Kit as well as displaying various products from their line. There’s always something floating around in their display that I’m not allowed to write about yet.

Sneak Peek – MTEK FLUX Helmet

Thursday, October 9th, 2014


The FLUX is a carbon fiber bump helmet from MTEK Weapon Systems.


The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of the Helmet World – Ops-Core and S&S Precision

Monday, September 29th, 2014


It’s like two great tastes that go great together. The S&S Precision LockOut is a perfect fit in the Ops-Core Tac-Dip.

MDM, Gentex/Ops-Core – TBH II MC

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Tactical Ballistic Helmet II – Mission Configurable from Gentex integrates an ACH shell in High, Mid or Regular cut with Ops-Core’s Skeletal VAS Shroud, ARC Rails and X or H-style chin strap. The helmet also comes with issue Team Wendy ZAP pads or Gentex Adjustable Thickness Pads. You’re looking at about $450 for this helmet fully configured.


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Data sheet TBH-II MC family of helmets 9-2014-1

MDM – Gentex / Ops-Core

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The New Lightweight Marine Corps Type II helmet is now being issued to Marines.


It integrates an ACH shell coated in Coyote CARC paint with walnut shell with Team Wendy ZAP pads and a new revised chinstrap that eliminates the padding at the cheeks.

Sneak Peek – MTEK Weapon Systems G4

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Spartan Village – AirCage Helmet Cover

Monday, September 8th, 2014


Necessity is truly the mother of invention. Developed with direct user feedback from several SOF units, Spartan Village’s AirCage Helmet Cover is designed specifically to work with the Crye Precision AirFrame ballistic helmet. Made from mesh and stretch materials, the AirCage fits as if a “second skin” on the AirFrame, providing increased sized Velcro loop panels for mounting a vareity of lights, strobes, power packs, goggles, and identifying markers.


The AirCage also utilizes a new retention system consisting of small slots sewn into the rear loop panels. These slots accept several upcoming accessory brackets which are designed to provide security for helmet accessories and ensure they are not lost while knocked around during use. These accessory brackets will soon be available for purchase. I’ve seen one of the prototypes for eyepro and it’s pretty slick.

Currently available in Medium; Large will be available soon.