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The Army Just Started Producing Its Brand New Ballistics Helmet
After nearly two decades of trying to treat traumatic brain injury, the Army is taking a hard look at adding preventative measures in protective headgear for its soldiers.
The solution it came up with? Ballistic headgear reminiscent of a motorcycle helmet.
Beginning in January 2017, the new lightweight ballistic helmet — the Integrated Head Protection System — entered the production phase, and in 2020, it is expected to make its battlefield debut.
The base helmet will be similar to the polyethylene Enhanced Combat Helmet that some soldiers are already wearing, reported Military.com. And once field-tested, the service plans to issue this helmet to all troops who deploy.
The base helmet will feature a series of add-ons such as a jaw protector, visor, and “ballistic applique” that serves as a protective layer, and attaches over the base for additional protection.
The downside? The visor is expected to provide ballistic protection, but it won’t provide protection against the sun. Soldiers will need to wear darkened sunglasses to reduce glares when deployed to bright domains.
In 2013, Gentex Corporation was awarded a contract of $1.3 million for Phase 1 development testing of the helmet. It is the first of six pieces the Army is fielding as part of its Soldier Protective System — a revolutionary armor system that PEO Soldier is working to field.
WASHINGTON — The number of known military installations with water sources contaminated by cancer-linked firefighting foam is likely to rise, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
A 76- year-old former U.S. Coast Guard ship that was one of the first vessels to pass through the indomitable Northwest Passage and circumnavigate the entire North American continent, will be auctioned off on the steps of the U.S. District Courthouse in Mobile at Noon on Dec. 4.
It can see through smoke and in near total darkness, translate written foreign languages and pull up detailed maps, and can rapidly acquire and identify targets. It's the Army's new heads-up display of the future, and it's coming to an armory near you sooner than you think.
A Coast Guard seaman accused of murder was released from a San Diego brig Monday as the admiral overseeing his prosecution ordered a new hearing in the case.
Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Douglas Munro, a high endurance cutter based in Kodiak, Alaska.
Tucker is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, making false official statements, obstruction of justice and failure to obey orders. He has not entered a plea and won't do so unless his case is referred to a court-martial.