The super lightweight, modular and feature-rich Ops-Core helmets used by special operations troops can inspire a serious case of gear envy from the conventional forces.
And they may get even better.
This week at SHOT Show, parent company Gentex introduced its new Fast SF helmet, its submission for the ongoing U.S. Special Operations Command upgrade program. The helmet retains all the protection of its predecessor, the Ops-Core Fast Maritime, but weighs 10 percent less, said Tom Short, vice president of ground systems for Gentex.
“It’s a combination of the reduced weight of the shell, lighter shroud, lighter rails, lighter suspension, lighter retention,” he told Military.com. “The more weight that we can take off the head, the less neck strain, it just makes it more comfortable.”
The new design, which is now also available commercially, also features more modularity, added comfort in helmet padding, and more versatile rails that allow for the integration of a variety of accessories.