Army introduces safer ‘Ballistic Helmets’, can save soldiers’

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The Indian Army on Friday introduced light weight ‘ballistic helmets’ to help soldiers fight better wars, as it helps in the quick movement while providing better safety. These can also save soldiers from bullets up to 9 mm fired from as close as 20 meters. The army has said that it is going to issue these to soldiers deployed on the Line of Control (LoC), Line of Actual Control (LAC) and to personnel involved in the counter insurgency, and counter terrorism operations.

The manufacturer of these helmets is MKU India Pvt Ltd. A total of 7500 helmets has been received in the first lot, out of which, 2500 have been issued to soldiers on United Nations deployment. In addition, further 6000 helmets are undergoing ballistic tests, an Army statement said. Read more

Ballistic Helmets Counter Prevailing Threats

Ballistic Helmets are among the oldest form of Personal Protective Equipment that provides ballistic protection from fragmenting to the head, ear, and neck of the wearer. Ballistic Military Helmets are intended to protect the head of the wearer while providing a sufficient amount of comfort. The ballistic impact is one of the major causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and ballistic helmets are designed to provide protection from TBI. So, the Ballistic Helmet is the only protection against head injuries individual protective equipment in today’s world.

Ballistic helmet materials and designs have been improved from time to time mainly to counter prevailing threats and invention of new or improved ballistic material. New material such as Kevlar® and Aramid began replacing Steel as the primary material for ballistic helmets.

Today most of the combat helmets designed in a way in order to meet modern warfare requirements and upgraded with Picatinny rails, mounting cameras, face shields, night vision goggles, etc.

ELEMENTS OF BALLISTIC HELMET

The Four basic that forms part of a Ballistic Helmet are as follows:-

1.SHELL
2.SUSPENSION SYSTEM
3.FACE SHIELD
4.RETENTION SYSTEM

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