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SOFIC 2015 – TEA Headsets Offering Ops-Core’s RAC Headset

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

May 20th, 2015 – SOFIC – Tampa, FL – TEA Headsets Announces the Ops-Core RAC Headset to market…

TEA Headsets is now formally announces the release of the new Ops-Core RAC Headset (Rail Attached Communications) to market for purchase or evaluation. *Note product evaluations are limited to teams/units only.

The new RAC Headset is the next evolution for over-the-ear (OTE) headsets and showcases a streamlined design that integrates directly into the helmet rail system. The RAC mounts to the rear portion of the helmet rail leaving the main portion of the rail free for other critical accessories such as cameras, lights, O2 masks or other accessories. Compatibility wise the RAC is able to fit onto the rail systems of the Ops-Core® Fast, Maritime and Sentry helmets as well as other brands of high cut helmets (inquire directly with TEA for additional information).

RAC Headset

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Utilizing TEA’s full line up of U94 Push-to-Talk switches and controllers the RAC can now be seamlessly integrated into practically any public safety or DoD radio as well as vehicle, boat and aircraft intercom systems.

More information will be released soon regarding the RAC Headset and other new products/systems from TEA, so keep an eye out for future releases.

Learn more about the RAC Headset at

SOFIC 2015 – Federal Resources / TAG Bump – Cover for Ops-Core Bump Helmet

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The Ops-Core Maritime Bump helmet is very popular for non ballistic head protection but it is invariable worn in cold-wet conditions.  Users asked Tactical Assault Gear to build them a lightweight helmet cover.  


Fully seam sealed, it’s attached via self-sticking Velcro strips that can be adhered to the helmet.


Offered in Green, Coyote and Black from soon. Available for agency and unit purchase from Federal Resources.

SOFIC 2015 – Team Wendy Scalable Helmet Armor Appliqué 

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


You may notice a tin crack along the crest of this Team Wendy EXFIL Ballistic shell. That’s because it consists of fore and aft ballistic appliqués. 


Team Wendy hasn’t named the appliqué yet but they are keeping an eye on SOF ballistic requirements with this development.


Princeton Tec Helmet Mount

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Princeton Tec Helmet Mount 1

Princeton Tec has developed a solution for their lights which helps to alleviate “rail estate” issues on ballistic helmets such as those from Team Wendy, Ops-Core, and Crye. The Princeton Tec Helmet Mount is a simple-yet-effective nylon piece which is placed behind the helmet rail, and allows users to relocate their lights above the rail, freeing up space for other accessories.

Princeton Tec Helmet Mount 2

The Princeton Tec Helmet Mount will be sold as an accessory kit with the Switch and Charge mounts included. If you’re attending SOFIC, you can check the new mount out at the Princeton Tec booth.

Australian Army Fields Crye Precision AirFrame Helmets

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The Australian Army tecently issued over 4,000 Crye Precision AirFrames to Tier 2 combatants in 1 Brigade. That alone is pretty big news.
Now here is where it gets interesting. Apparently, the procurement guys ordered, then cancelled, Crye helmet covers in AMCU. Looking at this photo it seems that someone local has made up some AMCU covers.

The tender for the remainder of the helmets (approximately 14,000 for both Tier 2 & 3) is being evaluated at the moment.

Warrior West – Team Wendy

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Team Wendy configured this custom solution of their new EXFIL SAR Helmet for a national search amd rescue organization.
In addition to the Red color, they’ve applied SOLAS markings and 1913 rail sections. But the real piece that sets this solution apart from their standard models is the receiver for the ESS goggles seen below.

Agilite Gear – Mohawk AIR FAST Helmet Cover

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


Agilite’s Mohawk AIR is a mesh variant of the Mohawk helmet cover designed for Ops-Core FAST helmets. It features a built-in central retention system for all manner of helmet-mounted gear, including NVD battery packs, IR devices, etc. Made in Israel.

Team Wendy – Exfil Helmet Counterweight Kit

Friday, April 17th, 2015


The TW Exfil Helmet Counterweight Kit is attached via hook/loop and is additionally secured to side rails with included webbing (EXFIL Ballistic) or shockcord (EXFIL SAR). Includes fully coated lead weights.

Offered as Small (adustable up to 0.75lbs. using (3) 0.25lb. weights) or Large (adjustable up to 1.5lbs. using (3) 0.5lb. weights) in Black or Coyote.

Gentex And Subsidiary HISL Join At SAFE EU To Demo Their Latest Innovations In Aircrew Systems, Including Dazzle Laser Defense Eyewear Product Line

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Carbondale, Pennsylvania, March 23, 2015. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in integrated helmet systems for defense and security personnel, together with its U.K. subsidiary, Helmet Integrated Systems Ltd (HISL), will demonstrate their combined, industry leading line of aircrew helmet and respiratory systems at SAFE Europe (EU) Symposium, March 30th through April 1st in Munich, Germany. During the symposium, Gentex will also present its latest laser eye protection solutions for aircrew and share their expertise on the subject during a presentation.

In July 2014, Gentex acquired HISL to combine their world-class product lines, technologies, and manufacturing resources to provide customers with one of the most advanced, comprehensive lines of integrated helmet, respiratory, and communications systems on the market.

“We’re excited to present, for the first time to the European market, our combined, comprehensive portfolio of aircrew helmet and respiratory systems,” said Robert McCay, vice president, Gentex Aircrew Systems. “Gentex is dedicated to continuing and improving the ALPHA® line of aircrew products, and bringing a new level of capability and value to all our customers with the collective resources of Gentex and HISL.”

Also presented to the European market for the first time is the Gentex Dazzle Laser Defense Eyewear line. Designed for commercial pilots to combat the hazards of low-intensity lasers without compromising visual acuity, Dazzle Eyewear is available as visors for Gentex HGU-56/P and SPH-5® Rotary Wing Aircrew Helmet Systems and as spectacles to be worn with or without a flight helmet. Both formats are available in day and day/night versions, with all lenses designed to maintain see through color perception.

“The introduction of the Gentex Dazzle Laser Defense Eyewear line supports our commitment to developing the most advanced technology to improve aircrew protection and performance,” added McCay. “We’re honored to have been chosen by SAFE EU to provide our expertise during the symposium on laser eye protection, a growing concern for aircrew personnel worldwide.”

John Cueva, Gentex’s senior optical technologist and published optical product, patent, and innovation holder, was invited by SAFE EU to provide his expertise on laser eye protection and is scheduled to speak Wednesday, April 1st at 3:30 PM CET.

Gentex is the leading supplier of high-performance flight equipment for military, law enforcement, and rescue aircrew worldwide. Their comprehensive line of durable and innovative products for fixed and rotary wing aircrew includes: modular, integrated helmet systems; protective visors and spectacles; high-altitude oxygen breathing equipment; communication and hearing protection systems; chemical/biological defense respirators for fixed wing aircraft; aircrew flight equipment test sets; and a full suite of accessories. Gentex also offers aircrew flight equipment servicing, fitting, and operations/maintenance training.

The joint display of Gentex and subsidiary, HISL, can be seen at stand number 2. Technical experts and executives from Gentex will be on hand to meet with customers and media throughout the show. To attend the Gentex presentation on laser eye protection, please visit the SAFE EU Symposium website. For more information on the Gentex Aircrew portfolio, visit

US Tactical Supply Offers Identification Technologies

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Last week I was invited to a small vendor show in the National Capital Region for Law Enforcement sponsored by US Tactical Supply.

In addition to offering a wide range of specialized equipment for Snipers, USTS can also provide custom Call Sign placards and IR reflective patches as well as marker lights as seen on this helmet.