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Sun Mar 19, 2017, 02:43 PM

Army Could Field Motorcycle-Style, Ballistic Helmet by 2020

https://kitup.military.com/2017/03/soldier-protection-system.html



Three years from now, soldiers could be wearing a new ballistic head protection that resembles a motorcycle helmet as part of the Soldier Protection System under development at Program Executive Office Soldier. The Integrated Head Protection System features a base helmet with add-ons such as a visor, a “mandible” portion that protects the lower jaw, and a “ballistic applique” that is much like a protective layer that attaches over the base helmet.

The base helmet on the IHPS will be similar to the polyethylene Enhanced Combat Helmet that some soldiers are already wearing. Eventually all deploying soldiers will get the IHPS with the base helmet, which is the standard configuration. Other soldiers, vehicle gunners in particular, will also get the mandible portion and the ballistic applique as well, known as the turret configuration, Lt. Col. Kathy Brown, the product manager for Personal Protective Equipment at PEO Soldier, in an Army press release.

The visor portion on the IHPS provides ballistic protection to a soldier’s face but doesn’t provide any protection against the sun. So soldiers wearing it will need to wear darkened sunglasses underneath the visor if they are in bright environments. PEO Soldier has authorized soldiers to wear a special type of sunglasses the can transition from clear to shaded lens with a press of a button. Brown said the goggles will be available for units to be able to requisition as part of the Soldier Protection System.

“If we are able to drive the price down, the Army could eventually make a decision to include that on the list of items that we carry for deploying soldiers,” Brown said. Brown said the IHPS will likely be available to deploying Soldiers sometime between 2020 and 2021.

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Sun Mar 19, 2017, 02:55 PM

1. Working towards a Doom/Halo helmet.

Looks like they are working towards a Doom/Halo helmet.

The design looks sensible though and as long as they don't cost too much may be a good idea.

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Response to JJ667 (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 19, 2017, 03:01 PM

2. Apparently, it's part of the Soldier Protection System.

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Sun Mar 19, 2017, 03:22 PM

3. i looks more futuristic than biker

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Response to Juan Rico (Original post)

Sun Mar 19, 2017, 06:43 PM

4. In my day, we got steel helmets and we're danged happy about it.

 

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