The U.S. Army is testing a new helmet designed to offer full ballistic protection to a soldier’s entire head. Looking like something out of Starship Troopers, the Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) protects a soldier’s entire head, including for the first time the face and jaw, from injury. The helmet is scheduled to head to the troops next year.
Army helmets were first issued in the years leading up to World War I. The helmets, made of simple pressed steel, were heavy and offered very little in the way of real protection against bullets. Helmets offered protection against grazing bullets, ricochets, and shrapnel, but against rifle rounds they were next to useless. The use of heavy steel made covering a soldier’s head below the ears impractical.Read more