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AUSA – Ops-Core ACH Upgrade Components – UPDATED

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Here are some photos of the individual components in the Ops-Core Advanced Combat Helmet upgrades. Naturally, they can be all adopted or as individual pieces.

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The first piece is the 360 Deg Liner and Retention System. It attaches into place via the Velcro patches already installed in the ACH shell. The liner provides permanent impact protection (particularly against rotational forces) and you still insert pads so I’m going to suggest, if you use this upgrade, you’ll need to size up on your shell.

UPDATE – It’s true you use pads with the EPP liner but they are specially designed for use with the liner. It is not designed to be used in conjunction with the issue helmet pad. I spoke with Ops-Core and they gave me this info.

The new liner has a variable thickness EPP protective component that is coupled with comfort pads that come in three thicknesses: 1/4″ 3/8″ and 1/2″ to create ideal comfort and stability. Individuals wearing a large ACH with issue pads can use the new liner in the same size shell with greater comfort and stability

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The Skeleton One Hole Shroud weighs just 42.1 grams. It’s streamlined design is snag free and the single hole will fit right on to the ACH.

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They’ve also incorporated space in the lightening holes to tie off your NODs, if needed.

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The skeleton rails offer 14 wire and cable management attachment points. They are also universally sized to fit all ACH sizes Small through Extra-Large.

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The items are available in Black, Urban Tan and Foliage Green.

www.ops-core.com

Visit Ops-Core At AUSA

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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If you happen to be at AUSA 2014, be sure to stop by the Ops-Core booth (#1561). They’ll be launching the ACH Upgrade Kit as well as displaying various products from their line. There’s always something floating around in their display that I’m not allowed to write about yet.

www.ops-core.com/index.cfm

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of the Helmet World – Ops-Core and S&S Precision

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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It’s like two great tastes that go great together. The S&S Precision LockOut is a perfect fit in the Ops-Core Tac-Dip.

MDM, Gentex/Ops-Core – TBH II MC

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Tactical Ballistic Helmet II – Mission Configurable from Gentex integrates an ACH shell in High, Mid or Regular cut with Ops-Core’s Skeletal VAS Shroud, ARC Rails and X or H-style chin strap. The helmet also comes with issue Team Wendy ZAP pads or Gentex Adjustable Thickness Pads. You’re looking at about $450 for this helmet fully configured.

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Data sheet TBH-II MC family of helmets 9-2014-1

www.gentexcorp.com

MDM – Gentex / Ops-Core

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The New Lightweight Marine Corps Type II helmet is now being issued to Marines.

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It integrates an ACH shell coated in Coyote CARC paint with walnut shell with Team Wendy ZAP pads and a new revised chinstrap that eliminates the padding at the cheeks.

www.gentexcorp.com

Visit Ops-Core At The 2014 U.S. Army Maneuver Conference

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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Ops-Core will be present at the 2014 U.S. Army Maneuver Conference in Fort Benning, GA, September 8th – 10th, booth #336. They will be displaying and demonstrating their advanced helmet systems. Stop by and visit the booth if you’re attending the show.

www.benning.army.mil/mcoe/maneuverconference

www.ops-core.com

Ops-Core HGU-56/P ABH

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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The HGU-56/P long ago replaced the SPH-5 as the standard rotary wing aircrew helmet in the US Army and US Air Force. At last week’s Warrior Expo, Ops-Core displayed a new variant of the Gentex HGU-56/P called the Aircrew Ballistic Helmet (ABH) which they’ve been developing along with the Air Force. It retains all of the features you are used to with the 56/P, but adds ballistic protection (110% of current levels).

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The ABH now meets the F1 Fragmentation Resistance Standard and Gentex says that they’ve been able to do this without adding weight. Gentex is also offering a new ballistically enhanced version of the maxillofacial shield (MFS) with the ABH. The helmet geometry remains the same so you can continue to use the same accessories as you do with the current model.

www.gentexcorp.com (page is currently loading slowly)

Ops-Core to Officially Launch Mission Configurable Helmet Cover at Warrior East

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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We first showed you the Mission Configurable Helmet Cover during AUSA 2012. Since then, it’s seen some limited use and a bit of development. During a recent visit to Op-Core’s Boston Factory, they showed me an enhanced model that will join the original version we’ve shown you in the past.

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I’ve got to say that I still love the thing. It’s a great way to enhance the capability of your ACH-style helmet with the addition of not only a cover, but also VAS Shroud and ARC Rails. And all this with the addition of a cover and the pulling of a drawstring.

www.Ops-Core.com

Ops-Core Visit – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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Yesterday, I had an opportunity to visit Ops-Core’s new factory in Boston for a personal tour by founder David Rogers. I saw a whole slew of cool things but first, I thought you’d enjoy a glimpse at some of the items in their library.

The shelves in the lobby contain a variety of head protection items from a variety of sources, but the developmental Artisent and Ops- Core artifacts in particular, are awesome. In addition to a couple of OFW/FFW models there are also technology demonstrators with early versions of features that are now standard in Ops-Core helmets.

Look for additional coverage later this week.

www.Ops-Core.com

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.

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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.
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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.
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(Thanks Feral Jundi for the heads up on the POTUS helmet.)