But unlike the IHPS, the Ops-Core helmet comes in a "high cut" design intended to accommodate mission-specific accessories like night vision goggles and specialized communications equipment and modular add-ons like a visor and motorcycle-style mandible.
SOCOM's been on the hunt for a new helmet as part of its Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS) program since 2017, but the new award award doesn't specify exactly how many helmets the command plans on scooping up.
Military Times notes, however, that the Ops-Core retails for around $1,400 a pop online, which means SOCOM could just grab around 100 Ops-Core helmets to satisfy the contract minimum of $150,000.
Army researchers have devised a method to produce ceramic body armor, lightweight but strong, from a 3D printer. Except that 3D printers are meant to print out knickknacks, not flak jackets — which meant that engineers had to hack into the printer to get the job done.
There are #squadgoals, and then there are squad goals — and only one of them includes a potential future accompanied by autonomous murderbots.
Hot on the heels of the Marine Corps's head-to-toe overhaul of infantry rifle squads, a handful of grunts at the Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, California recently conducted field testing alongside a handful of autonomous robots engineered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Squad X Experimentation program.
An otherwise sleepy confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper was jolted from its legislative stupor after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) grilled the former Raytheon lobbyist on ethical issues regarding his involvement with his former employer.