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USSOCOM Selects Ops-Core FAST SF Helmet for Family of Tactical Headborne Systems, Awards $95 Mil Contract

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Almost two years ago, United States Special Operations Command launched Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS), the search for Commerical-Off-The-Shelf Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) Ballistic and Non-Ballistic Helmets.

Now, they have announced that they have awarded a $95,000,000 IDIQ contract to Ops-Core parent company Gentex after selecting the FAST SF as the new helmet for special operators.

Gentex Corp., Simpson, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $95,000,000 maximum, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92403-19-D-0003) for the purchase of Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advance Requirements (SPEAR) family tactical headborne systems in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 were obligated at the time of award. The work will be performed in Simpson, Pennsylvania. Work is expected to be completed by April 2024. This contract was awarded through full and open competition with two proposals received. USSOCOM, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

This signifies a double win for Gentex. Their was recently selected by SOCOM as part of Communications Accessory Suite Land (CASL), the comms component of FTHS.

A limited number of the FAST SF Carbon helmets were also recently purchased by the FBI.

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solution – Team Wendy Ballistic Helmets

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

After 15 years of developing leading-edge products that protect against serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, Team Wendy introduces the EXFIL Ballistic helmet for military and law enforcement operators.

Available since November 2018, the EXFIL® Ballistic features a hybrid composite shell for increased strength with a unique geometry for optimal fit. An innovative, boltless CAM FIT™ retention quickly adjusts to individual head shapes, providing a comfortable and stable fit.

A Zorbium® foam liner protects against impact and allows for an overhead communications headband. Customizable fit is achieved through a set of moveable comfort pads.  A lanyard compatible Wilcox® shroud secures any standard NVG mount. The EXFIL® Rail 2.0 accessory mounting system is compatible with all EXFIL® accessories and features T-slots for custom mounting. The EXFIL® Rail 3.0 accessory mounting system is compatible with standard EXFIL®accessories.

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Sneak Peak-Agilite Team Wendy Exfil Covers

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Agilite launches a series of technical covers compatible with four of Team Wendy‘s EXFIL helmets.

There will be three versions, one that will cover both the Carbon Bump and LTP Helmets, a second for the Exfil Ballistic or Ballistic SL with the traditional rail 2.0 and a third version for Exfil ballistics fitted with the brand new Rail 3.0.

In addition there will be an optional universal counterweight/battery pack pouch that will integrate with the covers. 

See more about Agilite’s new Team Wendy covers here.

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Natick Engineer Has Dedicated Career to Improving Helmets for the Warfighter

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

NATICK, Mass. — Sometimes you need to put on your thinking cap to develop the best helmets for warfighters.

Scott Bennet has spent decades doing just that. Bennet has spent most of his nearly 30-year career improving helmets for the warfighter, and he is an expert in helmet design and capabilities.

Bennet is a project engineer in the Soldier Protection and Survivability Directorate at the Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center. The CCDC SC supports the Soldier Lethality-Cross Functional Team, or SL-CFT, priorities. The center’s science and engineering expertise are combined with collaborations with industry, DOD, and academia to advance Soldier and squad performance optimization, readiness, and lethality — as well as synthetic training environments.

During his long career, Bennet has worked on the Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops combat helmet, or PASGT helmet, the Advanced Combat Helmet, or ACH, and the Enhanced Combat Helmet, or ECH. Bennet currently supports and is entirely funded by the Marine Corps System Command’s Program Manager Infantry Combat Equipment, or PM ICE, the organization for which he worked on the ECH. The CCDC SC provides technical support to these and several other PM offices.

The ECH is credited with playing a large role in saving the life of Staff Sgt. Steven “Bryan” McQueen, who was serving in Afghanistan. Officials from Program Executive Office Soldier returned the helmet to McQueen in a recent Personal Protective Equipment Return ceremony.

Bennet is proud of his role in the ECH, as well as other helmets.

“Part of my job is to write the performance requirements for the helmet specifications that the contractors build to,” said Bennet. “User requirements, what the helmet needs to do, come directly from the warfighters. The helmet performance specifications are designed to meet those needs. The helmets go through a variety of rigorous tests. It feels good to know that I’m involved with something worthwhile — something that saves lives.”

In addition to the Marine Corps, in the past, Bennet has supported Army Product Managers, including Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment, or PM SPE, part of PEO Soldier.

Bennet worked on the ACH while supporting PM SPE.

“I was their helmet engineer,” said Bennet.

A few years ago, Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, a Medal of Honor recipient, visited Natick and spoke to the workforce. During his talk, Carter mentioned the ACH. Carter recounted how the ACH saved Sgt. Bradley D. Larson from sniper fire in Afghanistan. Because Larson survived, he was able to provide fire cover and give Carter direction. Carter credited Larson’s survival with his own.

Ever-modest, Bennet is quick to point out that he is just one of many folks at the CCDC SC working hard for the warfighter.

Nevertheless, Bennet’s long-term experience and knowledge of how helmet technologies have evolved make him invaluable. Because of his extensive background knowledge, he knows what realities drove requirement creation and how warfighter battlefield needs have changed over time.

“Scott Bennet has been supporting the Marine Corps ECH program since the beginning, and he played a central role in DOD helmet development long before that,” said Nick Pierce, Individual Armor team lead, Marine Corps Systems Command, headquartered in Quantico, Virginia. “His presence at Natick, where Army and Marine Corps technical support sit side-by-side, and his long-standing relationships throughout the helmet community have been critical to our progress. He is a big part of why some Marines and Soldiers are still alive today.”

Story by Ms. Jane Benson (CCDC SC). Photo by Mr. David Kamm (CCDC SC).

Petzl Tactical Helmets

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Petzl’s Vertex line of climbing helmets is available in Grey and Black. The Vertex Best has no venting, while the Vertex Vent, like its name, has vents. Both features a six-point textile suspension and CenterFit adjustment system to keep the helmet centered on the head. Additionally, the Vertex helmets will accept the Petzl ULTRA VARIO headlamp in front and back slots.

The Vertex Best is certified CE*, ANSI Z89.1-2009 type I classe E, while the Vertex Vent is certified CE EN 12492 *, ANSI Z89.1-2009 type I classe C, EAC.

Echo Arms Helmet Light

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Granted, it’s mounted a bit far back in this image, but this is the Fast Attach Mount w/ Low Profile Integrated Light Body from Echo Arms.

The design utilizes an integrated Magpul M-LOK interface to mount directly to their Fast Attach Mount which attaches to the helmet via Velcro.

It uses the sane thread interface as Surefire E-Series and Scout lights meaning you’ve got lots of head and tailcap options.

With the Helmet Light sharing the same tailswitch, battery and head as the Surefire M300 Scout, pairing the Helmet Light with a Surefire M300 weaponlight provides a backup solution in the event a weaponlight fails and needs replacement parts.

This new helmet light is currently available for pre-order.

Unity Tactical Cold Weather Liner Is In Stock and Shipping Now!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

The Cold Weather Liner (CWL) is designed to install in any helmet with Velcro pads.  By integrating directly into the helmet, the CWL creates a barrier against the elements with micro fiber fleece that keeps the wearer’s head warm. The material thickness creates minimal or no displacement of pads that can cause the helmet to not ride properly, as is the case while wearing a standard beanie under the shell.  This ensures correct shell coverage of the head, alignment of night vision goggles, and fitting of communications gear. 

Operator comfort is increased exponentially by providing more coverage to exposed areas under the helmet shell with dual layer fleece while the same pads that normally contact the head will continue to do so with the CWL installed.

SHOT Show 19 – Team Wendy Introduces New Mandibles

Friday, January 25th, 2019

The All-Terrain Mandible fits quickly and tool-feee to the EXFIL Rail 2.0 or 3.0 to protect the face and ears against blunt impact and debris. Think face protection while riding ATVs. It’s made from vented foam throughout covered in mesh, with a high impact front vent.

The Exfil Ballistic Mandible also mounts tool-free to the EXFIL rails and offers blunt impact protection as well as protection at:

17gr FSP v50 > 2400 FPS

9mm v0 > 1400 FPS

Made from PE covered in Cordura and Suede, it’s slightly flexible so you can get some semblance of a cheekweld.

Available in March.