Look for them at SHOT Show.
Team Wendy will be officially unveiling the EXFIL Ballistic Helmet at SHOT Show 2014 in Booth 8311. Look for details here on Solider Systems Daily.
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(CHICAGO, Illinois, December, 2013) – A7 Helmet Systems, LLC, (“A7HS”), announced today that an independent laboratory has validated the extraordinary blunt-impact performance of the company’s ASH-22 BioRmr padding system for combat helmets. A7HS contracted an accredited third party, Chesapeake Testing Labs, to test the system in Advanced Combat Helmets (ACH) and tested it in accordance with AR/PD 10-02 Rev. A, Change 3, at all specified climate conditions (14oF, 70oF, and 130oF) at impact speeds of 10 ft/sec. and 14.1 ft/sec. The results showed that the average head acceleration for multiple impacts across all temperatures was 80.5G at an impact speed of 10 ft/sec., and 135G at an impact speed of 14.1 ft/sec. For context, the blunt-impact standard for padding systems currently used in the ACH is a maximum peak acceleration of 150G at 10 ft/sec., and the impact speed of 14.1 ft./sec. represents roughly a doubling of the impact energy. Accordingly, the ASH-22 BioRmr system meets the urgent needs of defense and law-enforcement agencies around the world for a practical and cost-effective way to improve the blunt-impact performance of ACHs and thereby help prevent or reduce the severity of blunt-impact induced brain injuries suffered by warfighters. The breakthrough was achieved as the result of an agreement between A7HS and U.K.-based D3O to share proprietary technologies related to impact-attenuation, including the exclusive use of D3O’s lightweight D3O Aero material in A7HS’s one-piece, adjustable ASH-22 design.
“A7 Helmet Systems has always thrived on the challenge of developing the best possible suspension and padding systems for combat helmets and we are proud to be the first and only company to have developed a system that meets and exceeds the 10 and 14.1 ft/sec. design goals,” stated Kerry S. Harris, a former U.S. Marine who is a founder of the company and designs all of the company’s systems. “Warfighters need and deserve the highest level of protection against blunt impact related concussions and other types of brain injuries and the validation of the ASH-22 BioRmr means we are on track to field the system in the first quarter of 2014.”
The ASH-22 BioRmr is an off-the-shelf, direct replacement for the 7-pad systems currently used in ACHs. It can be installed by a warfighter in the field in a matter of minutes without the use of any tools. The one-piece, multiconfigurable design means it can comfortably fit a wide variety of head shapes and helmet sizes while also providing optimum stability and airflow. “In designing a helmet suspension and padding system, there are a number of competing priorities, including blunt-impact protection, comfort, low weight, ease of use, durability, cost, and a small logistical footprint,” Harris said. “Besides providing unprecedented blunt impact performance and comfort for the warfighter, the ASH-22 excels in all of the other areas as well.”
To maximize the blunt-impact performance of the ASH-22 BioRmr, A7HS turned to the experts at D3O Lab and selected the company’s new, lightweight D3O Aero material. D3O Aero is an innovative, shock-absorbing material that is based on non-Newtonian principles. In standard conditions the material’s molecules flow freely, but on impact, the molecules lock together to absorb and dissipate the impact energy. After reducing the force transmitted to the head, it instantly returns to its soft and flexible state. “Because we set out to design and build the most innovative padding system, it made sense for us to research and test the most advanced materials,” Harris added.
“The lightweight D3O Aero proved to be a perfect fit and we look forward to quickly bringing the ASH-22 to warfighters throughout the world.” The agreement between A7HS and D3O Lab covers areas including development, production, marketing, and worldwide sales.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the ASH-22 BioRmr is its consistent performance at high impact speeds and at extreme temperatures. For instance, it is generally accepted that a peak head acceleration below 150G would have a low probability of causing a concussive head injury whereas a peak acceleration of 400G is considered to be the limit for serious head and brain injury. In 2005, the USAARL tested the current 7-pad system at an impact speed of 14.1 ft/sec., after being conditioned at 130o F and recorded a mean peak head acceleration of 411G. By contrast, when tested by Chesapeake Labs under the same conditions and protocol, the ASH-22 BIORMR recorded a mean peak head acceleration of only 126.5G. In fact, the mean peak head acceleration recorded for the ASH-22 BioRmr was below 150G at all impact speeds and conditions and the highest recorded peak acceleration for any one of the eighty-four drops to which the system was subjected was 178G. “Considering how much money taxpayers spend to treat warfighters who suffer TBIs each year, let alone the devastating effects TBIs can have on warfighters and their families, those test numbers have real meaning and the ASH-22 BIORMR should be seen as a game changer,” Harris commented. “We look forward to working with D3O and government agencies throughout the world to provide this protective technology for the men and women who fight our wars and protect our streets.”
Last week we told you about MSA Gallet’s new Accessory Rail Combat Helmet or ARCH.
The official designations of this new line of helmets are the Gallet TC 800 series and Gallet TC 500 series (MSA decided to revert to the previous Gallet name for them, in order to avoid confusing their clients with nomenclatures of helmets made in the now defunct US helmet factory).
The rails feature proprietary 360° rotating buckles on the front and lower back (three slots on each rail). Additionally, the removable “V” shaped, ratchet-style shroud clamps under the front brim of the shell, and bolts unto each of the upper portions of the side rails in the back. On top of the actual NVG interface (USGI/wilcox compatible), between the two “V” branches, they’ve added bungee ties that go all the way to the top, in order to secure strobes and other non-railed accessories.
It might seem odd to American readers that they would use a ratchet-style shroud but there are a lot of units, especially in Europe, that still use the Lucie NVG with its claw/strap system. Additionally, this solution means no pre-drilled holes in the helmet.
The other interesting thing about those helmets is that they come in only one shell size, with sizing adjustments made via removable pads. However, MSA will offer two harness sizes, as they have introduced a captive strap design similar to the one introduced by Ops-Core.
Specifically, the helmet models are 800/801/802 (first digit is shell thickness in millimeters, last is cut style), the fourth model released is the 501 (same naming convention applies). The 501 is the thinnest MSA available that still retains a frag rating. The line of ARCH is offered in NATO green, Black, Tan.
We received this announcement from Gentex for the UAE adoption of the Ops-Core FAST Helmet. It’s a great helmet and we see more widespread adoption of the design internationally. Congrats guys!
Ops-Core, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gentex Corporation and the recognized world-leader in modular integrated helmet systems for elite defense and security forces, was awarded a contract to supply the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Presidential Guard with its Ops-Core FAST Ballistic High Cut (XP) Helmets.
Field proven ballistic protection and modular design played a leading role in selection of the helmet by the UAE military unit. “The UAE Presidential Guard relies on gear that provides protection and performance in hostile and challenging environments,” said Chandra Sankar, vice president of Ground Systems for Gentex Corporation. “The contract affirms our customers’ confidence in the quality and capability of our products and our continued growth in international markets.”
The Ops-Core FAST Ballistic High Cut (XP) Helmet is a lightweight modular helmet system designed for protection, comfort, and stability. XP Helmets also provide a solid platform to easily add compatible accessories such as Night Vision Goggles, and Mandibles and Visors, to suit mission needs such as mission documentation, breaching/ATV exercises, and night and airborne operations.
The FAST Ballistic High Cut (XP) is part of the Ops-Core helmet system portfolio designed to provide the modern warfighter with the best equipment for every mission. Product focus ranges from fielding the lightest integrated helmets in the world to providing holistic head borne systems with the most protective coverage and situational awareness capability. Customers can choose between types of threat protection, weight and price. Different shell versions use the same liners, retention and integration components to maintain compatibility. Operators can match the best equipment with their needs and outfit more personnel with the right equipment in various positions, while keeping within budgetary and logistic constraints.
MSA’s helmet business, Gallet, is based in France so it’s more than fitting that they would launch a new helmet line during the upcoming Milipol exposition in Paris. The ARCH line will include 4 new models with some very interesting design features. The four variations of this new helmet series are the Gallet TC 800/801/802 and Gallet TC 500, all sporting the proprietary Accessory Rail Combat Helmet (ARCH) system.
Look for full details soon.
Core Survival developed the Attach Patch to offer a user-configurable DIY-style mounting option for the HEL-STAR 6 helmet light.
Depending on the model, the Attach Patch It can be sewn to a helmet cover, tied in place with the cordage provided or glued directly to the helmet shell via Very-High-Bond permanent adhesive. Regardless, it incorporates bungees to held the strobe fast during use yet facilitate easy removal.
First off, you need to know what a Mitznefet is. The Mitznefet is a mesh helmet shaper used by Israeli troops to break up the outline of their helmets. See below for a photo.
Agilite just introduced a MultiCam variant of this bit effective bit of Israeli kit. Since it’s made from mesh, Agilite also suggests that it can be worn without a helmet, directly on the head, allowing “for an air flow to the head and for heat to escape keeping you shaded, camouflaged and cool in combat environments.”