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Australian Dept of Defence Announce $35m Contract to Aquaterro Australian Combat Helmet (Team Wendy EXFIL) Refurbishment Program

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Melbourne, Australia 27th July 2021.

Today the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP announced a landmark $35m (USD$26.5m) Contract with Australian Company, Aquaterro for the refurbishment of the ADF Tiered Combat Helmet (TCH) fleet.

www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/melissa-price/media-releases/australias-first-combat-helmet-upgrade-program-starts-victoria

The contract to refurbish the Aquaterro supplied Team Wendy EXFIL (TCH) reflects the confidence the Australian Commonwealth has in Aquaterro’s capabilities as a technical inspection and complex programmes service provider. Aquaterro is the Prime Vendor for the Land125.3B Tiered Combat Helmet Program.

As a leading regional provider of soldier and officer worn and carried equipment, Aquaterro is steadfast in its continual strategic investment in product design, development, testing and production capabilities. Aquaterro’s commitment to investment in these critical capabilities continues to be evident through its significant expansion across multiple fronts, including recruitment of technical specialists and investment in dedicated infrastructure for the future, long- term commitment of Self-Protection Personal Equipment research and development.

As of July 2021, Aquaterro officially announces the completion of “Building 2” on its Aquaterro Defence Precinct site in Pakenham, Southeast Melbourne. This dedicated Integrated Soldier Systems Center on over 32,000 square feet of industrial land is adjacent to the company’s 70,000 square foot headquarters property, which will accommodate the Armour Technical Inspection and Refurbishment Workshop.

The HON Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, previewed Aquaterro’s refurbishment and SPPE capabilities during his visit to Aquaterro Headquarters in May 2021, where the Prime Minister was among the first to see the new Combat Ballistic Helmet Technical Inspection and Refurbishment process, now operating within the new Building 2, Integrated Solider Systems Center.

This facility and Aquaterro’s capabilities will continue to enable the ongoing development and production of operationally relevant Integrated Soldier Systems and Small Arms programs capability for Australia’s sovereign defence industry.

The Team Wendy EXFIL Tiered Combat Helmet (TCH)

TacHacker – Helmet Assault Ghillie

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

TNVC’s Augee Kim recently shared his Helmet Assault Ghillie DIY project on social media. Here it is, in case you missed it.

Recent little project of mine that I’m calling the “Helmet Assault Ghillie,” or “HAG.”

Inspired by WWII-era “net” helmet covers, I wanted a quick and easy way to attach and remove camouflage scrim to a helmet, while still retaining full functionality of critical components like the helmet rails/rail-mounted accessories, Core Survival Hel-Star 6 IFF strobes, external power connectors, retention systems, etc.

The base is a 550 cord net secured to the helmet using shock cord and clipped on to the helmet clips included with the Ops-Core Step-In Visor (the kit actually includes all the needed clips—two long ones for Super High Cut configuration rails as well as two short ones for High Cut/XP configuration rails, I just installed both), to which I used jute twine to tie on manufactured camouflage net as well as cut strips of Multicam mesh material, but you could also tie or tuck any foliage, burlap, or other material to it as well.

The final product gives me full function (including being able to change batteries in the external battery pack by unhooking the back of the HAG) of all my helmet-mounted systems, while, in my opinion, effectively breaking up the outline of the helmet and providing effective (and matching—tacti-fashion is important too) additional camouflage that is non-permanent, and quick and easy to attach and remove.

SKYDEX and Helmet Comp Team Up to Launch Revolutionary Helmet Protection System

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

New SKYDEX IsoFit Helmet Protection System improves operational effectiveness with industry leading protection and unique custom fit liner

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (June 2021) – SKYDEX, a global leader in advanced impact mitigation and energy absorption solutions, today announced that the company has partnered with Helmet Comp to design the next generation of helmet protection and introduce the new, state-of-the-art SKYDEX IsoFit Helmet Protection System.

The combined expertise of SKYDEX and Helmet Comp will benefit the tactical helmet industry, as they partner with best-in-class technologies to improve user fit and impact protection for those in the military and law enforcement communities. With incredible energy absorbing capability and an unrivaled fit system, together these innovators aim to reshape the future of helmet protection.

“By combining the impact protection expertise of SKYDEX and the fit expertise of Helmet Comp, we will help solve the challenges tactical helmet users have faced for years and improve operational effectiveness,” said Collin Metzer, Director, Blast & Ballistics at SKYDEX. “We shared a vision with Helmet Comp to create a new helmet protection system that offers users comfort without compromising protection. The early reception from industry end users has been overwhelmingly positive.”

The SKYDEX IsoFit Helmet Protection System features superior impact protection with an industry-leading energy-absorption pad system that can be easily integrated into any tactical helmet. With a patented system and 8-points of adjustment, the IsoFit line provides a customized fit and unmatched helmet stability to minimize distractions while users are in action. An added benefit includes open-airflow, designed to keep heads cool and dry in hot environments, combined with superior protection and fit, all of these elements offer users a safer and more comfortable experience, improving operational effectiveness. SKYDEX has launched limited quantities of this new Helmet Protection System for pre-order, and will announce additional details in the coming weeks.

“Collaborating with the passionate team at SKYDEX on the new SKYDEX IsoFit Helmet Protection System has been a rewarding project,” said Brad Maloney, CEO & Founder at Helmet Comp. “Our partnership of shared ideas and technologies will help the company continue its mission of protecting people across the globe. We’re grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the future of helmet protection with SKYDEX and to revolutionize a design that makes it not only safer, but easier for users to do their job while in action.”

To learn more about SKYDEX’s early adoption program and to sign up for the limited release of the new IsoFit Helmet Protection System available fall 2021, please visit www.skydex.com/product/skydex-isofit-helmet-protection-system.

Dynamic Fuzz – Twin Hooker

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

The Twin Hooker from Dynamic Fuzz is a simple, bungee-style cable management solution for helmets.

Offered in Black or Coyote.

www.dynamicfuzz.com/product/twin-hooker

Diamond Age NeoSteel Tactical Helmet Now Available in Full-Cut Option

Monday, April 26th, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The world’s toughest combat helmet adds a full-cut option along with a high-cut model introduced in the late summer of 2020.

McKinney, Texas (April 2021) – Texas-based, materials science and ballistics specialists, Diamond Age, are pleased to announce the Full-Cut model option of its next-generation steel NeoSteel™ Helmet. Designed to offer maximum coverage, the Full-Cut option meets and exceeds VPAM-3+ Special Threats ballistic requirements.

The ACH-style helmet is a modular combat helmet produced using the most technologically advanced metal alloys offering all-day comfort, balance, protection, and, unlike the current K-pot polymer-produced helmets today, will not degrade over time thus weakening its protective capabilities.

In addition, Diamond Age has reduced lead-time for products to meet the demand of its customers without sacrificing on materials, technology, or performance. The new Diamond Age NeoSteel Full-Cut, as well as the High-Cut helmets and Face Protection Module, are currently in stock and will ship within days rather than weeks.

The NeoSteel Helmets are an evolution in personal protection offering the lightest possible weight at 3.25 lbs. with high levels of ballistic performance in a steel helmet. NeoSteel Helmet offers best-in-class performance for minimal backface deformation (BFD) and impact trauma. Unlike current polymer-based helmets, the NeoSteel is also environmentally stable, providing users years of consistent rim-to-rim protection, without material degradation that would severely compromise protection performance.

Diamond Age has spent years of research and rigorous developmental testing to arrive at a tactical helmet designed to meet the requirements and needs of combat environments, as well as being an affordable personal protection helmet for civilians.

Diamond Age NeoSteel Helmet in Full-Cut or High-Cut is now available in Black, Foliage Green, or Tan and in Medium or Large/Extra-Large (Full-Cut available in Large/Extra-Large only) for an MSRP starting at $195.00 without accessories.

HJELM – 4th Generation Ballistic Helmet from NFM

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

NFM initially launched the HJELM at Milipol 2019. Overall, it’s the most revolutionary helmet we’ve seen in quite awhile, introducing multiple new technologies all at once.

These enhancement include the Edgemount Attachment System, Helmet Attachment System Pattern, and a new liner with Koroyd welded tubes which crumple under impact and remain cooler and more breathable thanks to their hollow construction. The new chinstrap is even different, buckling from the rear. And, don’t forget the new Troll Hair camo scrim.

nfm.no/hjelm-helmet-system

SCUBAPRO SUNDAY – Diving with a Helmet

Sunday, April 11th, 2021

Over the past ten years or so, more and more divers have started wearing helmets when they dive. It is done for a lot of different reasons. For example, when using a Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) to help protect your head if you run into something; wearing your Night Optical Devices (NOD) so when you get out of the water, you can take your mask off and pull your NODs down; for protecting your head when working around piers or doing a ship attack. You want to be ready to fight when you get out of the water, so you have your helmet on and, for some reason, people like to wear GoPros for everything they do now. But the main reason is protection for your head.

There are some things you should take into consideration before you jump into the water with your helmet on. How much protection do you need? Is it just for bump protection? If so, can you just use a thicker dive hood or do you really need something more? Let’s say you and your dive buddy are swimming along, he has his head down looking at the attack board and you are along for the ride, thinking about what you need to buy at home depot to add to your new deck you want to finish up this weekend, and then BAM!! KaPOW!! He runs into the pier cutting his head open. Now you have to buy him a steak dinner and/or lots of beer to make up for him hitting his head.

Any time you will be around piers, rocks or ships, you should have something covering your head, even if it’s just a thin dive hood. If you choose to wear a helmet, you have a few choices. Start with its physical components: does it need to be Ballistic, Non-Ballistic (glass-filled nylon or carbon fiber), or can it just be something just used for mounting gear, like the Ops Core Skull Crusher/ Head-mounted system.

Almost all helmets can be used in the water, but like everything you bring into the water, it needs to be adequately cleaned. Some companies make very cheap knock offs of different helmets. Please don’t be fooled if you pay $100 for something that would normally cost $1000. There is a good chance it won’t last that long and please for the love of god don’t do that with a ballistic helmet and then use it in war. I know looking cool is rule one, but a very close second is” don’t go dying on me” because you wanted to look cool.

All helmets used by U.S. SOCOM (sorry, bought by U.S. SOCOM) can be used in the water. If you are planning on getting out of the water and you might get in a gunfight, you might want to wear your ballistic helmet. If you are using a DPV or just need bump and scratch protection, then a non-ballistic helmet should work. If you just want to look around with your NODs when you get out of the water, a Skull Crusher works excellent. If you’re going to add lights or again you want/need to record something, then any of the above will work.

One of the issues you can have when diving a helmet is getting your mask to fit under or over. Once you have it where you want it, you can’t take it off and put it back on quickly. However, with the SCUBAPRO Odin helmet mask strap, you can attach your mask to your helmet for quick donning and doffing, when done with your dive or working around saltwater.

If you need to use a Full-Face Mask like the OTS guardian or even have a thin dive hood on, sometimes this makes buckling the chin strap a little hard. You should consider adding a chin strap extension. The extension will truly make it easier to dive your helmet; it will also help you adjust and remove it, if needed, above and below the water. Most companies make chin strap extensions for use with gas masks or other reasons.

I have had numerous inquiries about the nuts and bolts used on Ops-Core helmets and “why don’t they use stainless steel bolts so that they won’t rust?” Stainless steel does rust; it is just more rust resistant than most metals. The nuts and bolts on your ballistic helmet are ballistic bolts; they are designed not to break apart as easily if shot or blown up. So proper maintenance is required for anything you bring into the water. If you bring it into saltwater, it needs to be soaked, not just rinsed, in freshwater to get the salt crystals out. If the salt crystals are not rinsed out, they will slowly start to cut through the nylon fabric and cut it apart. This is also true for climbing ropes, harnesses, and armor carriers used in the water — make sure to clean them well. Also, always take the pads out of the helmet and make sure they are soaked in freshwater then dried.

You don’t have to take the chin strap off. Just make sure it’s dry, as well, before you store your helmet. Do not leave your helmet in the sun to dry; the sun is not suitable for anything. It is the one thing that is bad for nylon and other material like that.  Leave it in a cool, dry place with air moving around and, if you can, with a dehumidifier or Damp-Rid to help pull the water out of all the webbing. Once it is dry, you can wipe the bolts with a little (a little, not a lot) of WD-40 or another type of water displacement film. Once all of this is done, you can put your helmet away or hang it in your locker. Make sure if you do put it in a helmet bag or your locker, try and have some Damp-Rid or Desiccant packs in there to help pull the moister out of your gear, as it is tough to get all the moisture out completely.

SCUBAPRO has also just launched their Professional Services webpage. It’s just a start but we hope this well show our commitment to Working divers, the Military and Public Safety Divers.

SCUBAPRO Professional Services

Team Wendy Makes Waves With New Maritime Helmet Liner

Monday, March 29th, 2021

New EXFIL® Maritime Liner System Offers Water-Resistant Protection for Coastal Operators

CLEVELAND, OH (March 29, 2021) – Cleveland-based Team Wendy®, a leading global provider of exceptional head protection systems, announced today the launch of its EXFIL® Maritime Liner System. The liner features sealed pads made from Team Wendy’s patented Zorbium® foam optimized to dry quickly after routine exposure to water.

The EXFIL Maritime Liner System is a drop-in system offered in two configurations: one for the Team Wendy EXFIL Ballistic and EXFIL Ballistic SL, and one for the EXFIL Carbon and EXFIL LTP bump helmets. Designed specifically for Team Wendy’s EXFIL shell geometry, the liner is available as an aftermarket retrofit system for these four Team Wendy helmets. Each system contains front, crown and rear impact pads, as well as a fit adjustment pack with four (4) shim pads.

“Wet helmet pads negatively impact comfort and add weight, and every minute they take to dry makes a difference for coastal and underseas operators,” said Mike Romanchek, director of sales and business development for Team Wendy. “The EXFIL Maritime Liner doesn’t absorb water and dries quickly while still maintaining the protective integrity our Zorbium pads are known for.”

Both configurations of the EXFIL Maritime Liner retail for $99.95 and are available for purchase on TeamWendy.com and through authorized Team Wendy dealers.