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Ops-Core has released a wide range of new head protection systems for special forces. So the helmet FAST SF CARBON as the new standard helmet for the US Special Operations Command (US SOCOM) was selected recently. Together with the Ops Core FAST SF BALLISTIC the helmet will represent the head protection system of special forces for the next five years. He is part of the Special Operations Forces personnel Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) family of Tactical Head Borne Systems (FTHS) - ballistic and non-ballistic helmets. Contractor is the Gentex Corporation, the Ops-Core has bought 2011th

Optical its predecessor very similar to the helmet is a completely new design. According to the manufacturer the newest designs and technological innovations in the Ops-Core FAST SF helmet were used to provide a powerful FTHS system, which is characterized by improved comfort, increased stability, reduced personal signature, greater system integration and a significant weight reduction compared to the currently in use located Ops-Core FAST helmets distinguished.

The new SPEAR FTHS helmet system is available in ballistic and non-ballistic versions. It is compatible with all already introduced USSOCOM helmet accessories. Regardless of the FTHS the new modular Ops-core accessories include a night vision-compatible step-in visor, a series of Mandibles (facial / chin guard, including ballistic, not ballistic and Force-on-Force) as well as a scalable two-piece ballistic mounting rail which offers the same ballistic protection as the FTHS ballistic helmet.

Changes to the new helmet, for example, new Velcro surfaces which are resistant to enlightenment through night vision devices (I2 and thermal imaging equipment) have been optimized and offer better fixing a MOHOC helmet camera. And the interior has been completely revised, so the helmet can be stopped now, without hearing protection (Comtacts) must be removed with. The night vision device holder (Shroud) has been revised. The inside of metal can be replaced to accept different Rhinos, different pads fit the helmet size technically the respective head shape. The helmets are available in four sizes from medium to XX-Large. The non-ballistic helmet shell weighs 282 to 350 grams. In addition, the Carbon helmet the shape of the ventilation holes is changed. The rails have been revised, so that not everything must be documented in one place. Mandibles are now infected behind the rail, creating space for the attachment glasses. The private hearing protection is fixed the back of the helmet to the trailing arm of the rail.

ear protection

Neben dem neuen Helm hat Ops-Core auch Teile der Ausschreibung Communication Accessory Suite Land (CASL) USSOCOM für den neuen Gehörschutz gewonnen. Laut Hersteller bietet das AMP Kommunikations-Headset einen Dämpfungspegel von bis zu 41 dB SNR. Ops-Core sagt: Die fortschrittliche 3D-Hear-Through-Technologie und Gehörschutzfunktionen des Adaptive-Mission-Platform (AMP)-Kommunikations-Headsets verbessern das Situationsbewusstsein und die Sicherheit der Benutzer. Für optimale Flexibilität und Leistung kann das modulare Headset einfach konfiguriert werden, um eine Vielzahl von Missionsanforderungen zu erfüllen, mit Optionen für die Verwendung eines Kopfbügels oder Helmes, Einzel- oder Doppelhörschutz, Einzel- oder Mehrkanalkommunikation und wechselbare Camo Skin Sets (in Arid, Tropic, Alpine, Black und MultiCam). Die 3D Hear-Through Technologie (3DHT) soll dabei das „natürliche Hören“ der äußeren Umgebung sicherstellen und so das Situationsbewusstsein verbessern. Das Headset kann zusammen mit den optionalen NFMI-Ohrstöpsel (Near Field Magnetic Induction) genutzt werden. Sie bieten eine verbesserte Rauschunterdrückung bei gleichzeitig klarer Kommunikation und Hörbarkeit der Umgebung. NFMI-Ohrstöpsel benötigen keine Kabel oder Batterien. Das AMP Headset allein bietet einen Dämpfungspegel von SNR 27 dB, in Kombination mit den NFMI-Ohrstöpseln bis zu SNR 41 dB.

Neue Kopfschutzsysteme für US Spezialkräfte
In addition to the new helmet Ops-Core has also won the tender parts Communication Accessory Suite Country (CASL) USSOCOM for the new hearing protection. (Photo: Gentex Corporation)

Thanks to the dual-function configuration, the headset can be adapted to the headband or to the helmet according to the requirements of operation, either. And the helmet thus be removed independently of the hearing protection. Optional rails can be mounted on the back of the Ops-Core helmets, so that the upper part of the rails for fitting other accessories. The rail mounted NFMI configuration weighs 460 grams, and the battery life is estimated at up to 80 hours (NFMI). The system is certified to MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461g and IPX7.

Neue Kopfschutzsysteme für US Spezialkräfte
Neue Kopfschutzsysteme für US Spezialkräfte

respiratory protection

The entire system is completed with the Special Operations Tactical Respirator (SOTR). This serves as protection against hazardous substances in the breath. According to the manufacturer, it offers a filtration efficiency of at least 99.97 percent from particles in the air, including lead, asbestos, lubricant mist and explosive shot residues. The SOTR is a half-mask for attachment to the helmet. The use of weapons or other tactical equipment such as night vision, eye and ear protection, etc., is not hindered.

How the SOTR (Video: Ops-Core)

There are two versions, one with and without built-in microphone. Military communications systems can be connected directly. The filter can be handed decrease or change. the mask via elastic head bands attached. By means of a belt system (Harness Head) of SOTR can also be used without a helmet. A row of fastening tapes used for securing the mask to the dirketken Velcro or the rails (O2 Strap) of the helmet. Nose and mouth are surrounded by a lightweight and flexible face piece of silicone. Two exhalation valves are designed to provide an easier breathing. The face part has a wide, revolving and pleated design, so that the SOTR is suitable for a variety of face types.

André Forkert