Military helmets made with Kevlar® meet demanding requirements for protection against a wide range of threats, including bullets, shrapnel and fragmentation. State-of-the-art military helmets made with Kevlar®, like the U.S. Army Advanced Combat Helmet, absorb 20% more kinetic energy than the Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops (PASGT) military helmets they are replacing, and offer protection from submachine gun bullets. Rigorous impact testing shows military helmets made with Kevlar® have superior structural integrity to enhance survivability in ballistic and non-ballistic impact. And because military helmets made with Kevlar® are lighter, they can help improve mobility and reduce fatigue.
Now, you can have a lighterweight helmet in a 100% Kevlar® solution with new Kevlar® XP™ for Hard Armor. This new technology, made from a high-toughness resin combined with Kevlar® KM2 Plus fiber, allows for a 20% decrease in helmet weight while maintaining the same performance. In addition, Kevlar® XP™ for Hard Armor provides a 20% increase in performance using the same level of material. And, new Kevlar® XP™ for Hard Armor can be processed on existing helmet manufacturing machinery to allow for an easy transition.
The PASGT military helmet made with Kevlar® offers twice the ballistic impact energy absorbing capacity of the steel helmets they replaced. Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Army’s Natick RD&E Center in 1978, PASGT military helmets made with Kevlar® have been produced for military personnel around the world.
| Fabric (MIL-C-44050A)
|| Type II
| Minimum Ballistic Limit(V50) ft/sec—17gr FSP**
Manufactured with Kevlar®KM2®, the Advanced CVC helmet offers superior fragmentation resistance at low weight while allowing interoperability with vehicle intercom and radio equipment.
|| Type III
|Minimum Ballistic Limit(V50) ft/sec—17 gr FSP**
The ACH—Advanced Combat Helmet—made with Kevlar®, and initially fielded in late 2003, is designed to help protect against shrapnel, fragmentation and 9mm bullets shot at submachine gun velocities at a lighter weight than the PASGT military helmet made with Kevlar®.
|| Varies by manufacturer
|| Varies by manufacturer
|Minimum Ballistic Resistance (V50) ft/sec - 17 gr FSP**
|Minimum Ballistic Resistance (V0) ft/sec - Remington 124 grain 9mm FMJ***
* Denier is the weight, in grams, of 9,000 meters of yarn.
** V50 is the average velocity at which half the fragments penetrate the material and half are stopped.
*** VO is a velocity range at which no perforations are observed by the specific projectile.