Mk 6 Helmet

Good afternoon all, I'm wondering if somone here on arrse can point me in the right direction. I'm a final year engineering student and have been given a coursework assignment to write a piece on an item of my choice constructed of a polymer material. As i'm going to Sandhurst in September I though it would be relavent to write about the standard issue British Army helmet.

I was hoping that somone could help me out with relevant technical specifications. I'm also interested in opinions on the said piece of kit, mostly from an engineering point of view, but all input is welcome. Any comparisons with equivalent foreign equipment would also be really useful.

If you require an ID of some sort before sending out info just send me a PM. All help is greatly appreciated
It hurts more than a trifle bowl would if dropped on you from the same tree house hideout.

It carries more water than an Italian helmet

The chinstrap is modelled on a segment of Orange peel and cups the standard chin beautifully.

You can headbutt a kite marked British Double glazed window safely but expect minor but repairable damage to the cover.
I've often pondered the question of:

"If I take a dump in it, will the owner notice before they put it on".

Other than that it's heavy, cold and I don't like wearing it.

Can you design an armoured Mong Hat?
I've never had a problem with it, maybe I'm one of the few people who have a similar head to whoever designed it. ie a mong who likes having a cold head.

If you design a new one, make one that doesn't freeze when not in use.


and also, when getting your webbing out of the car with your lid strapped to it so you don't forget, be careful when you swing said webbing up on one shoulder. I nearly knocked myself sparko doing that :lol:

Heavy, doesn't fit, pain in the arse to carry on webbing, uncomfortable, rubs on the bergen, sh*te chinstrap and the ballistic properties are a sack of cr@p.
It's also only made of Nylon (or GRP, depending on who you speak to).
You'll be sick of the sight of the thing by week ten of Sandhurst, so save your energy and pick a more interesting polymer like Kevlar.


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They are made by NP Aerospace, as are the 6a and the Para helmet. Don't expect much from them in terms of the composition/ballistic protection, as they will be pretty reluctant to give out the 'recipe'.

Mr Happy

I would suggest you do the US helmet. much more fun.

and, a word from the wise.

If you are bit army barmy, and the tutor is a bit, right on lefty. You might be better doing some subject that is a bit more right on, like, erm, the polymars used in wind farms or some shit.

Also, FWIW, choosing a mil piece of equipment you may brush up against security issues, which might, stop you being able to say what you want. Therefore, it might be wiser to choose something in the open like, say, wind farms...

just my two pennies worth.

Also, if the tutor is a skier - ski's! And the mil use them too!
stabradop said:
and also, when getting your webbing out of the car with your lid strapped to it so you don't forget, be careful when you swing said webbing up on one shoulder. I nearly knocked myself sparko doing that :lol:

Easily done :lol:

Mr Happy

You might also like to know that the design for the new helmet (when it was new) and the design for the S10 ressie (gas mask) were done seperately so when the two were issued along with the rifle the helmet did not fit whilst wearing the ressie and the chances of you being able to look down the rifle sight to shoot, very low.

A complete balls up frankly. And I might add, an ORAP project requirement.
If your piece is on the performance of the materials then you could not have picked a more sensitive subject except ballistic plates. The standard helmet, as you call it, has already been upgraded to the Mk6a which is a different material composition and may be upgraded again with PECOC.

You will never get any definitive answer on its performance or specification of the layers etc. Its a bit sensitive (the information that is not the helmet) and anybody willing to give hard facts will be either a bluffer or a competitor.

Canada has the most open system of information sharing I have ever found so you could try there but as others have said I recommend that you just go for the civvy, tick in the box, type study

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