Posts Tagged ‘Gentex’

Ops-Core RAC Headset Now Available For Direct Order

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

I know a lot of you have been asking for it, and now Gentex has added the RAC Communications Headset to the Ops-Core website for direct order. They are in stock and ready to ship. In fact, during a recent visit to their factory in Manchester, New Hampshire, I watched them assembling the RACs in anticipation of this move.

RAC consists of outer earcups, wireless earbuds and a boom microphone. It is a delicate balance between protecting and enabling hearing. From the beginning, Ops-Core wanted to offer an internal earbud, which greatly increases hearing protection. For example, with just the earcups, RAC offers 20db protection. By adding the NFMI earbuds, that protection is increased to 32 db. Adding RAC’s wireless earbuds isn’t analogous to adding foamies, which would block the Situational Awareness advantage. Additionally, wired inserts aren’t the answer because wires get in the way of pro masks, balaclavas, etc. Some systems use one form of RF signal or another but, that raises security issues due to encryption.

Instead, Ops-Core decided to use a magnetic system. It’s battery free and wireless. The audio signal stimulates a coil which becomes the transmit antenna. Because it uses a magnetic field to work, you must keep the coil contained in the earcup close to the earbuds. For instance, you can open the earcup slightly to vent, but you can’t move it to the rear in the storage position because the earbud won’t receive the signal.

The RAC features an interesting 3D hearing, Situational Awareness capability, made possible by the integration of what is essentially an artificial ear, combined with electronics. The intake for ambient noise is at an angle, like your ear, rather than flat across the front like on other systems. Inside the intake, the SA microphone is located at the top to avoid the effects of wind, and to help water drain down, after immersion.

Additionally, the external boom microphone is immersible and noise canceling. To swap sides for the boom microphone, you remove the plug and swap it. Although the earbuds are wireless, the earcuos are commected via a cable which is attached to the helmet via Velcro. Various cables are available for connection to comms systems.

Compatible with the Ops-Core FAST and Sentry Helmet Systems, RAC is designed to attach directly to the ARC Rail. RAC mounts to the lower, angled section of the ARC rail. This keeps it out of the way, leaving room for other accessories on the upper section of the rail.

The earcups are mounted on a gimbel to fit a wide variety of ear and head shapes, but one of the most unique features is that RAC has a built-in storage ability. The earcups rotate back to the rear of the helmet when not in use, creating a very low profile. In fact, the earcups aren’t visible from front view when stowed.

RAC is offered in Urban Tan, Foliage Green and Black. However, RAC accpets dipped patterns very well. Additionally, RAC can be purchased with the NFMI earplug capability or without. RACs purchased without the NFMI system are not upgradeable.


Gentex Corporation Partners with The Red Devils to Promote Parachutist Safety

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The company’s Ops-Core FAST Carbon Helmets to be worn by the Devils during water jumps and team training

Carbondale, PA, November 16, 2016. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel has partnered with The Red Devils, the official parachute display team of both The Parachute Regiment (The Paras) and the British Army to promote soldier safety. As part of the agreement, Gentex Corporation will provide its Ops-Core FAST Carbon High Cut Helmet to each of the 12 members of The Red Devils to use during their promotional water jumps and for team training.

“Gentex is proud to have the opportunity to support The Red Devils in their mission to promote The Paras and the British Army, both long time customers of Gentex Corporation,” said Tom Short, vice president ground systems, Gentex Corporation. “Through this partnership we’ll also have the opportunity to help promote our common goal of advancing parachuting and skydiving safety.”

Corporal Nathan Connolly, Red Devils Team Leader, commented, “As a team we always seek to push the boundaries of display parachuting to ensure that we continuously showcase original and exciting displays. Our new partnership with Gentex Corporation equips our team with the advanced Ops-Core helmet, allowing us to train and practice new canopy formations with a helmet that provides outstanding protection. In addition to its safety features, the Ops-Core helmet also enables us to maintain perfect all round observation and clear voice communication; key components when practicing Canopy Relative Work.”

The streamlined design and durable, lightweight carbon construction of the Ops-Core FAST Carbon High Cut Helmet provide parachutists an unobstructed field of view, comfort, and industry leading blunt trauma protection. Other key performance and safety features of the FAST Carbon Helmet include Accessory Rail Connectors (ARCs) that allow the helmet to be easily, and fully customized with situational awareness and other performance enhancing accessories, plus a 4-Point Chinstrap that provides comfort and stability, and allows for the convenient donning and doffing of communication headsets with internal headbands.

With its unique system design and rail technology for mounting helmet accessories, Ops-Core is today’s leading brand of modular, scalable, open-architecture helmet systems for elite defense and security forces. Ops-Core helmet platforms and components are designed to seamlessly work together to provide true system level performance for the modern soldier.

AUSA – Gentex Snap Shields

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Spray and debris shields integrated with AN/PVS-15 NVGs.  

Gentex offers the Snap Shields with Clear and Green Glow occlusion lenses which absorbs then phosphorous green glow that reflects off the face from a Night Vision Tube. Soon, they will also offer laser protection variants.

They are toolless don and doff meaning they snap right into place. The Snap Shield offers limited frag protection but it meets ANSI z87.

Look for the Snap Shield late 4th Quarter.


Visit Gentex at AUSA

Saturday, October 1st, 2016


MDM – Gentex Ballistic Appliqué 

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

This is the Gentex Ballistic Appliqué. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, it attaches to the shell of a ballistic helmet to enhance its capabilities. The upgrade is tuned toward the AK threat and is offered in single and multi-hit variants. It is available to fit the FAST and Century cut helmets.

Contact www.ops-core.com for specifics.

Visit Gentex at Modern Day Marine

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Gentex Awarded Contract for JSAM-JSF Production

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel was awarded a production contract by the U.S. Army for the Joint Service Aircrew Mask for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSAM-JSF) Program. During the 10-year period of performance, Gentex will produce JSAM-JSF systems for F-35 aircrew and provide spares, training, and support and sustainment services in the fielding of the systems.

The JSAM-JSF is a lightweight, chemical/biological (CB) protective respirator system that integrates with the JSF airframe (F-35) life support system, and pilot flight equipment (PFE) to provide combined CB, hypoxia, and anti-gravity protection to pilots during flight. The JSAM-JSF integrates with all F-35 aircraft variants.

“Gentex is grateful for the leadership the JSAM-JSF Product Office provided during the development phase of the program, and is delighted to have been chosen to continue our involvement with production of the JSAM-JSF,” said Robert McCay, vice president aircrew systems, Gentex Corporation. “We’re confident that the advanced technology in the JSAM-JSF will deliver the capability and protection aircrew have come to expect from our products and excited to offer tailored solutions using this technology for other helmet systems and airframes to our customers worldwide.”

Gentex’s contribution to the JSF Program now includes the helmet system platform and respiratory protection system for JSF aircrew, and the protective hearing and communications devices for JSF ground crew. Gentex’s participation in the JSF Program continues their more than 45 year partnership with the U.S. government, helping them bring the most advanced solutions to U.S. and allied forces.

Gentex Corporation is the leading supplier of high-performance flight equipment for military, law enforcement, and rescue aircrew worldwide. Their comprehensive line of durable and innovative aircrew helmet systems for fixed wing, rotary wing, and cross-platform applications allow for the easy integration of advanced capability upgrades without sacrificing protection. Gentex also offers a full line of hearing protection and communication solutions for aircraft maintainers that provides superior hearing protection and precise, intelligible communications in the most extreme noise environments. Servicing, fitting, and operations/maintenance training is available for all products. A global network of distributors, with expanding services in the U.K., help support the company’s customers.

Visit Gentex at the Maneuver Conference

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016


Sneak Peek – Gentex Special Operations Tactical Respirator

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

This photo taken at Stittsville Shooting Range during some range time with Millbrook Tactical, was recently released by Gentex. You’ll recognize the FAST Carbon Helmet and RAC headset, but you may not have seen the SOTR. I first saw it at Warrior West and I was very impressed. Since then, it’s only gotten better.

USSOCOM Awards Contract To Gentex For Advancement Of Headborne Systems Technologies

Monday, August 1st, 2016

It appears that USSOCOM has issued multiple contracts in response to their Broad Agency Announcement issued earlier this year to refine requirements for the next generation SOF helmet. The latest award is to Gentex, and we assume, much of the work to be accomplished by their Ops-Core business unit. The BAA can be seen below.


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Ops-Core FAST helmets have been SOCOM issue for many years and the fruits of this contract will be used by Natick to help  refine requirements for the next generation SOF helmet.  

Contract Award Dollar Amount: $370,365.51 Plus Option CLINs valued at $464,607.00.

The announcement is found at www.FBO.gov as long as they keep it there. Earlier award announcements to others have been deleted.