The most elite forces in the U.S. military will have this new battle helmet protecting them.
According to the Military Times, U.S. Special Operations Command has given a new, $95 million contract to Gentex Corporation for providing Ops-Core battle helmets to the nation's servicemen and women. The new headwear will be used by special operators and provide protection against bullets and projectiles, amongst other things.
The "high cut" design on the new helmets gives more room and freedom for hearing protection and communication devices, essential for special forces troops.
The Military Times said online retail prices put the individual helmets at around $1,400 each.
There's no official word as to how many helmets SOCOM is actually looking to acquire. Production isn't expected to finish until 2024.
The U.S. military has tested numerous brands and styles of battle helmets over recent years, and different divisions require different features. Protective equipment is obviously an important (and coveted) task for our American troops. Soldier protection in the Armed Forces should always take a high priority.
Ballistics protection is an obvious place to start, but adaptability features also come into play. Does the helmet design provide impact protection for things other than flying bullets? Will it be comfortable for on-the-ground troops who will wear them for weeks or months straight? Can you incorporate night vision goggles while wearing it?
Gentex has already provided some of the newer helmets being used, including the Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) that looks to be the front-running replacement for the U.S. Army's Enhanced Combat Helmet.
The United States Special Operations Forces deserve the best, and it would appear Gentex is ready to give it to them.