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Attention Ops-Core: These Photos Are Keepers

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

First, we see Chief of Staff of the Army GEN Ray Odierno donning an Ops-Core Maritime FAST Helmet as he prepares to observe a live fire demo by members of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA.

Rangers from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment assist U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno dawn his protective gear and communication system during his visit to Fort Hunter Liggett, CA Jan. 31, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Cortez/ Released)

Next, he is out in the field, kitted out. I also dig that the CSA is wearing the Operational Camouflage Pattern even though it is a CONUS training exercise.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno (left) observes as the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment conducts a live fire exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, CA Jan. 31, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Cortez/ Released)

On the other hand, we have this photo taken at a different time and place, of the Commander-in-Chief, President Obama wearing an ACH with the worst cover I have ever seen. If looking cool is winning, then GEN Odierno is taking home the trophy. The POTUS? Well, maybe that’s what happens when you hang out with Marines.
What a Helmet
(Thanks Feral Jundi for the heads up on the POTUS helmet.)

Ops-Core Awarded Contract To Supply UAE With Ops-Core FAST Ballistic High Cut (XP) Helmet

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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.

ODG Introduces Camo Covers for Ops-Core Bump Shell Helmets

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Orion Design Group has introduced a Ops-Core Bump Shell specific camouflage cover. These covers are now available through the website for pre order, covers will begin shipping December 1st 2013. Manufactured by LBT Inc, the covers are Berry compliant and available in MultiCam, size M/L or L/XL.

ODG Bump Cover
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Ops-Core Officially Launches Mesh FAST Helmet Cover

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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I know it seems like a long time coming but the Ops-Core cover in MultiCam for the FAST helmet is now available through their website.

Above you can see the goggle strap retention flap as well as removable counterweight pouch.

-Lightweight mesh construction
-Para-cord attachment points for natural foliage, camouflage material or cable management
-Rear Velcro® goggle strap retention and removable rear pouch for ANVis battery pack or counterweight
-Protects the shell while still providing all of the FAST helmet platform functionality
-Attaches with integrated Velcro® tabs
-Template and instructions for NVG hole pattern included

cover flap

Ops-Core Unveils RAC at AUSA

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I’ve been following the development of the Rail Attached Communications (RAC) headset for some time now and I’m glad to see it out there. Ops-Core has worked hard with their customers to offer something unlike any other head set on the market. First off, it was designed from the outset to work with the Ops-Core helmet and integrates seamlessly with other helmet system components such as the ARC Rail. The RAC headset works with FAST and Sentry helmet models.


While the outward appearance hasn’t changed much throughout development, lots has been done to refine the ergonomics and improve performance. For example, the team went through multiple iterations to offer an ergonomic earcup with contoured cushions. With almost every headset out there, the part of the earcup that sits against the ear is flat. Unfortunately, the human head is far from flat and everyone’s is slightly different. Not only is the shape of the RAC earcup not flat, it’s also not the typical oblong found with other earcups but rather an asymmetric shape.


They combines this ergonomic earcup with a gimbal mount so that it can fit as close to the head as possible in order to maximize protection.


This gimbal and mount system has a stop that holds the earcup just off the ear.


That ran articulation/latch also allows the RAC to be rotated back out of the way on the helmet (either one side or both) for storage.


Here is an older photo of a developmental system that will show you how the stowage function works.


The RAC also offers 3D hearing technology (3D HT) for natural hearing restoration and reproduction of ambient sounds with a high degree of directional accuracy. It’s done through their sound processing software. In fact, it’s unlike any other headset I’ve seen.

There’s something else here that is new to me. The RAC utilizes in-the-ear plugs. Now you might see this and go, “So what?”, but this is different. These optional inductance receiver ear plugs are wireless and use magnets to produce sound and increase hearing protection above conventional ANR levels.


It turns itself off after 2 hours in order to conserve batteries but only after an audible warning tone. Auto shutdown can be averted by touching either one of the on/off/balance/volume control buttons. The RAC includes a noise canceling boom microphone but can also be connected to a pro-mask microphone if needed. Finally, the RAC is IP-68 submersible to 6m and available in a Black or Tan.


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Make sure you stop by the Gentex booth at 3:30 PM today for the launch party. See you there!

ODG Ops-Core Maritime FAST Helmet Cover

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

I ordered the ODG helmet cover and here it is. At first I was a little worried that it wouldn’t stay secure but so far, no worries.

ODG Cover

The Orion Design Group helmet cover is available in two cuts, for the Ops-Core FAST and Maritime helmets. It features a durable four-way stretch fabric that is weather resistant and offers a snug fit. Multiple tie down points and printed loop offer a secure attachment point for optics cabling and IFF. The cover also includes a built in strobe bungie to secure an IR strobe. Manufactured by London Bridge Trading in the USA and available in MultiCam.

Warrior Expo – Ops-Core

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The Tac-Dip is the most unique helmet accessory on the market.


It’s pretty self-explanatory and pretty cool. Coming soon to a helmet near you.


Shady Bucket

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Shady Bucket

This MultiCam dipped Ops-Core FAST helmet has a special paint job thanks to Über Group in honor of SOCS Brett Shadle who tragically lost his life earlier this year in a parachuting accident. The helmet along with other items will be auctioned soon to raise funds for Shady’s family.

Defensor Fortis Modular Helmet System

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Air Force Security Forces…

Want an NVG Mount that actually stays put?

Want a RAIL System for helmet mounted lights, or helmet mounted cameras to document training or actual operations from Airman “Point of View” for AARs?

Want a better, adjustable, more comfortable helmet retention?

Want your goggles to stay put on your helmet?

Here’s your solution! It will completely modernize your existing ACH-style helmets.

Defensor Fortis Modular Helmet System from ADS

You now have the ability to add these items/capability to your currently fielded MICH/ACH helmets. No need to buy new helmets. This system adapts to what you’ve already invested in. It includes an integrated helmet cover with rails and VAS shroud from Gentex/Ops-Core along with a Charge Pro MPLS light from Princeton Tec and a set of ESS Pivot Profile Goggles which are designed to work in concert with the Ops-Core ARC Rail. The whole kit and caboodle is topped off with the Team Wendy Cam-Fit Retention System with Boa Fit Constrictor for custom fit.

The Defensor Fortis Modular Helmet System is available through ADS Inc.

SHOT Show – Ops-Core

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

This is the Sentry helmet that debuted last year along with the new Moto Mandible and Moto Visor. These are add-ons to the helmet for use in turrets or static positions.


The Moto Visor opens and closes with indexing increments to allow for multiple vented positions and its designed to be used in conjunction with eye pro.


As you can see, it also works with NODs. Granted, there is a slight degradation due to the stand off of the goggles from the eye but it still works.


The Moto Mandible incorporates front vents that exhausts moisture from breathing to prevent the visor from fogging up. This is critical because you can actually wear the visor down to provide full protection. What would be the point of having a visor if you had to keep it up to vent?


Here it’s removed from the helmet and you can see the rear of the ballistic panels. It easily mounts and cantilevers against the edge of t.he shell. It’s held in place via two buckles that fit into the oxygen mask strap receptacles on the rail.

RACS development is complete. Look for an official release in July with orders starting in September.


This gimbal mounted hearing protection incorporates directional hearing augmentation and can be fitted directly over your ears.


Additionally, it can moved into a portage configuration.


Finally, different organizations have different ballistic requirements so now they’re offering multiple performance levels for each of the shell designs.