Stepping out in a risky sector where any negligence might cost you your life, you need proper body protection! In a situation where a bulletproof vest can help you protect from bullets; a bulletproof helmet can equally be your protection tool as well.
A good helmet that has been tested and meets the military standard can be a great headgear in a difficult situation. In this article, we will learn more about quality bulletproof helmets and some informative facts about them.
WHAT IS A BULLETPROOF HELMET?
A bulletproof helmet is a protective headgear that protects a person’s head from bullets, glass, shrapnel, etc. Multiple layers of protective material are often used to protect your head during warfare or other severe confrontations. Civilians commonly use helmets from construction workers to motorcyclists. So, if you work in a field where items may come flying at your head (intentionally or unintentionally), the helmet can protect you from any such uncertainty.
TYPES OF BULLETPROOF HELMETS
When it comes to bulletproof Helmets, the number of options available might be overwhelming. Bulletproof helmets exist to protect their users’ heads from shock and injury during battle, active shooter scenarios, and other types of attacks. These helmets come in a range of designs and materials to meet a number of demands. However, it all boils down to setting the proper priorities for your safety.
We’ll walk you through the many types of bulletproof helmets:
- PASGT (Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops) HELMET
The Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops (PASGT) helmet was developed after the development of Kevlar, a solid, lightweight synthetic fabric. The helmet is known as “the Kevlar helmet” because of its Kevlar protective covering.
A PASGT helmet can be identified by its distinctive shape, which has a lip over the brow and a low cut above the ears. Except for a steeper cut around the temples, it looks quite similar to the M1.
When it comes to head protection, the PASGT is the modern era’s original standard, but it can’t be mounted with accessories without carefully drilling into the Kevlar, which risks compromising the shell’s integrity if not done precisely. It also has a tendency to shift forward over the eyes in certain positions, causing a potentially dangerous distraction and limiting vision. Several PASGT helmets are still in use by US troops in Afghanistan, who are now using an updated lighter, and more comfortable version known as the “Lightweight Helmet” (LWH).
2) MICH (MODULAR INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS) HELMET
The Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (MICH) helmet was developed in response to it to improve the weight and modularity of the PASGT helmet. A side-by-side comparison of the PASGT and the MICH demonstrates how much more technologically advanced the latter is. The presence of side rails across the MICH makes it possible to easily mount accessories such as communications equipment and an NVG shroud. The MICH furthermore lacks a brow lip and has higher sides than the PASGT, with a flat lower brim behind the temple. Because of all these shape differences, there is 8% less coverage but superior situational awareness and vision. The MICH is made of a more advanced form of Kevlar that provides better protection against handgun rounds. MICH was renamed with few changes in design and performance and is now known as Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH)
3) FAST (FUTURE ASSAULT SHELL TECHNOLOGY) HELMET
The Future Assault Shell Technology (FAST) bulletproof helmet stands out from the crowd thanks to its much higher and wider ear cut. This explains its moniker, “High Cut” or “Above the Ear” (ATE).
Other notable differences include its suspension and retention systems, as well as Accessory Rail Connector (“ARC rails”), which allow for the mounting of gear such as cameras, lights, and a tactical and communications protective system (TCAPS).
The FAST bulletproof helmet, with its UHMWPE shell, is also up to 25% lighter than any other recent bulletproof helmet. It is used by special operations forces and law enforcement agencies.
4) BUMP (FUTURE ASSAULT SHELL TECHNOLOGY) HELMET
A bump helmet, unlike the PASGT, MICH/ACH, and FAST, do not provide bulletproof protection. According to its name, its purpose is to protect the head from bumps caused by falls or by objects such as rocks or debris falling from above.
Tactical bump helmets include a rail system for mounting accessories like lights, night vision goggles, communication headsets, and so on. Bump helmets are much lighter than bulletproof helmets.