Helmet that stops rifle rounds (US)

#1
"Enhanced Combat Helmet" - new American helmet thats lighter but with higher levels of protection. Able to withstand rifle rounds.

New Helmet Blocks Rifle Shots
New Helmet Blocks Rifle Shots
February 04, 2011
Military.com by Christian Lowe

The Army and Marine Corps may soon field a lighter combat helmet with nearly double the bullet and blast protection of the current Advanced Combat Helmet.


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At the time, military helmets were generally made from layers of Kevlar or Twaron material -- both of which get heavy when the layers pile up. In recent years armor makers have developed technology to shape ultra-strong materials akin to plastic sheets that are lighter than Kevlar and have similar ballistic resistance.

After a first round of test failures in 2009, the Army has finally found a design made by Ceradyne, Inc. that works -- so well, officials say, that some types of 7.62 rifle rounds can be fired point-blank at the helmet without going through.

The service plans to purchase 200,000 ECHs beginning in the fall of 2011, with Soldiers in Afghanistan or deploying there getting the rifle-stopping helmet first. Officials say the new helmet costs about $600 each, double the price of the current ACH.
 
#2
$600 is still cheap and if it gives me a chance against a rifle round to the dome then it's worth it! Too bad our forces will be years behind the curve on this one.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#3
$600 is still cheap and if it gives me a chance against a rifle round to the dome then it's worth it! Too bad our forces will be years behind the curve on this one.

You'll be buying them off eBay before any politician gives you a second thought.
 
#4
I take it that if the helmet stops a round in a direct shot rather than a glancing hit there is still a shedload of lethal energy going through.

So the internal harness and padding are going to be at at least as important as the external material...... I was always unimpressed with the MK6 in that it was made from green string and safety helmet straps inside.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#5
I take it that if the helmet stops a round in a direct shot rather than a glancing hit there is still a shedload of lethal energy going through.

So the internal harness and padding are going to be at at least as important as the external material...... I was always unimpressed with the MK6 in that it was made from green string and safety helmet straps inside.
Do you study 'helmets'?
 
#8
Ah, this takes me back to the days of "dragon skin".

The only helmets i have seen that are NIJ IV are very heavy, no matter what they are made from, Kevlar or Dyneema... For those that are interested, i will be giving a talk on PPE at the counter terror expo in April
Counter Terror Expo 2011 - PPE - Special Forces and Reaction

Anyway, anyone intrested, we now have Ops-Core products in stock.
 
#9
That pcture looks like a glancing shot tbh, didn't this shite get trotted out by some Royal Marine who showed off his helmet (Fnarr) to some newspaper types and then turned out to be pony.
Still would be happy to be proved wrong by someone wearing one and having a 7.62x51mm round fired directly at them.
 

jim24

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#10
"Some types of 7.62 mm rifle ammunition" says it all. I'd like to meet the bloke who was wearing it in the test
 
#11
$600 is still cheap and if it gives me a chance against a rifle round to the dome then it's worth it! Too bad our forces will be years behind the curve on this one.
The new MK7s are pretty decent to be fair. I know one lad who was hit in his and was fine.
 
#12
The new MK7s are pretty decent to be fair. I know one lad who was hit in his and was fine.
A round still cuts through the Mk7 like it's butter. 1 lad on H12 was shot and was lucky that the round grazed his bonce. The round went straight through.
 
#13
I take it that if the helmet stops a round in a direct shot rather than a glancing hit there is still a shedload of lethal energy going through.
I'm no expert but wouldn't the energy break your neck
 
#15
Nope. Or it would break your shoulder when you fired your rifle.
true that, hadn't thought of it that way just the idea of something smacking into your head at high volicity
 

jim24

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#17
true that, hadn't thought of it that way just the idea of something smacking into your head at high volicity
It would be more like someone hitting the helmet with a pickaxe, at least that what it felt like when I tried to be a sandbag,the projectiles stopped but I still got a few broken ribs, you would probably have one hell of a concussion,
 
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Mark The Convict

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#18
Otherwise known as 'traumatic brain injury'. I recall a Uni psych lecturer telling a hall full of queasy-looking undergrads that brain tissue is so pliable that 'you could suck it up through a straw'.
 

jim24

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#19
Otherwise known as 'traumatic brain injury'. I recall a Uni psych lecturer telling a hall full of queasy-looking undergrads that brain tissue is so pliable that 'you could suck it up through a straw'.
Yes I know, I remember wondering what the orange jelly shite was, all over my boot on Brougher Mountain
 

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