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Gentex Is At Modern Day Marine

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

DSEI 17 – Ops-Core Launches FAST SF Helmet Line

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

DSEI is the official introduction of the new Ops-Core FAST SF (for Special Operations Forces) ballistic and non-ballistic (carbon) helmets as well as accessories by Gentex.

While they look similar to the Maritime (MT) helmet you’re already familiar with, the only component which is the same is the chin strap.

First off, the new Vented Lux Liner offers 360 deg impact protection. It integrates Vent Holes and a channel for headborne comms which is accessible when you remove the comfort pads. Each helmet comes with three different thicknesses of pads (1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″) to allow the wearer to customize the fit.

The new fit band conforms to inner edge of the impact liner allowing the wearer to remove his helmet and still wear comms, unlike the old configuration which required the comms headband to fit between the helmet’s fit band and Lux Liner.

Ops-Core has also introduced a new Universal Nape Pad, referred to as the “whale tail”. The more surface area in a liner, the more comfortable and stable the fit, because it contacts the head in more places. Additionally, it eliminates hot spots. My experience trying the helmet on is that you don’t rely as much on the chin strap for stability.

The new Ballistic Shell reduces helmet weight by 12% over the FAST MT, yet with the same ballistic performance (SOCOM Maritime standard which is Frag resistance plus 9mm at 1200fps). The Appliqué also offers SOCOM-level protection.

Both the carbon and ballistic FAST SF helmets are available with the super high cut which gives you about 1/2″ more space around the ears for comms.

There’s also a new Velcro pattern for both helmets and the vent hole shapes are new on the carbon helmet. This new Velcro pattern is one-size-fits-all. These shapes also offer a low-signature on thermal cameras compared to the old, block shapes. One interesting feature is that the rear Velcro is designed specifically for use with the MOHOC camera.

There’s a new Modular Bungee Shroud which features bungees which come off of the bracket. The new machined Aluminum insert can be removed from the front which allows use of different NVGs without replacing the entire shroud.

You’ll also notice entirely new rails called Super High Cut Skeleton ARC rails. Not only are they lighter, but also more useful. They’ve integrated zip tie holes for cable management along with a slot for counterweights and battery packs. Underneath the rail is the ARC Shim which offers room to attach accessories without taking up rail space. Now, accessories integrate into the ARC, rather than in the slot.

The Low-Profile Mandible snaps into the shim and features fore/aft adjustment as well as a pivoting, vented mouth guard. Additionally, although not shown, there’s a two-piece ballistic appliqué for the Carbon helmet. This design is to leave room for a battery pack, when needed.

The Step In Visor offers a mid point between spectacle and goggle. It leverages the edge of the helmet and can be worn night and day, including with NVGs. The Step In Visor will fit all helmet sizes thanks to the attachment adjustment. Also, the edge gasket can be pulled away when not needed. The replaceable lens is also coated for anti-scratch and anti-fog. Initially, they are offering a clear lens but will soon introduce transition and high contrast lenses.

Although there is a helmet cover available, they did not have one to show at DSEI.


One final point, Ops-Core plans to integrate these upgraded accessories into the other lines but all of the components are backward compatible with all FAST MT, XP and LE as well as the Lightweight Ballistic Helmet.

The FAST SF helmets are available now and accessories will be rolled over the coming months for those of you who want to upgrade your current helmet.


See Gentex At DSEI

Friday, September 8th, 2017


Gentex Awarded $13M U.S. Army Contract for Apache Aviator Integrated Helmet

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Direct contract enables better pricing, and streamlined engineering and integration support

Simpson, PA, July 24, 2017. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel has been awarded a $13,443,811 firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Army for the delivery of Apache Aviator Integrated Helmets (AAIH).


Worn by Apache helicopter crews, the AAIH is an integrated helmet, display, and sight system with improved safety features and comfort that provides situational awareness and targeting information. The integrated helmet is a key component of the next generation Apache helicopter, the AH-64E, which will be flown by over 15 countries.


Prior to the competitive win, Gentex had been supplying the helmet to the Army as a subcontractor under a prior agreement. “We’re proud to have been chosen to continue producing this next generation aviator helmet for the Army,” said Robert McCay, vice president aircrew systems, Gentex Corporation. “Providing the helmet to the Army directly allows for better pricing, and streamlined engineering and integration support.”

The AAIH is based on the highly successful Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmet System, which Gentex has been supplying to the U.S. DoD since 1993. Work for the AAIH contract will be conducted at Gentex’s large capacity manufacturing facility in Simpson, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be complete by June, 2022.

See The Latest From Gentex/Ops-Core at Warrior East

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Catch Up With Gentex At CANSEC

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

TacJobs – Gentex Seeking Communications Business Development Manager

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

The Communications Business Development Manager is responsible for developing strategy, coordinating plans and taking actions necessary to sell GENTEX Communications Products to OEM’s, Distributors, End Users and other market channels to achieve annual sales goals. Responsible for maintaining the existing customer base and creating new business for the organization. Provides Voice of the Customer input to the Product Development process. Provides periodic reports and forecasts to management, and maintains opportunities in Salesforce. Acts as the Champion for the Communications Business.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in related electro-acoustic technical field or relevant job experience.

A minimum of seven years of past sales experience with a minimum 2 years selling communications-related technology and products. Technical knowledge of electro-acoustic products and principals is required. Electro-acoustic OEM experience is desired. Ability to produce results with minimal guidance. A military background is highly desirable.

• Technical grasp of electro-acoustic principals
• Skilled at computer and social media related activities.
• Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
• Effective communication and presentation skills when interfacing with customers, both internal and external.
• Maintain department management practices to include Salesforce tracking, reporting and forecasting.
• Define annual objectives and consistently obtain them.
• At ease with leading and managing technological change processes.

• Maintains appropriate contacts with new and existing OEM, Distributor, and End User customers.
• Effectively promotes GENTEX Communications Value Stream products and capabilities throughout the market place.
• Responsible for providing Voice of the Customer input to product management process, in addition to new product and market development.
• Maintain Competitive Analysis process to provide competitive business intelligence.
• Travels to client sites to visit regular and prospective customers to provide product demonstrations and presentations.
• Prepares reports of business encounters.
• Maintains expense account reports.
• Works with inside support staff to keep account activities and support issues up to date.
• Troubleshoots and investigates problems with short-term and long-term projects.
• Performs sales forecasts and goal planning initiatives.
• Regularly attends trade shows throughout the year.
• Schedule flexibility to support critical deadlines may be required.

Internal: Position requires almost daily contact with sales and marketing, engineering, manufacturing, and materials personnel.
External: Contact with individuals outside the facilities such as other Gentex facilities, customers, vendors, subcontractors, regulatory agencies, and other professional business associates and organizations.

Employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee may lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job may include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The individual must have a high level of comprehension, and a high level of general, verbal, written, and numerical intelligence.

Works majority of the day in a climate controlled environment, with the exception of or otherwise specified, performing work in the warehouse or manufacturing areas which are subject to changes in temperature and/or noise. Must work out of the Manchester, NH facility, but be prepared to travel often in support of sales strategy.


Visit Gentex at the SOG Expo

Monday, May 1st, 2017