The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) chose to purchase the tactical helmet system (FTHS) of the Special Forces Personal Advanced Equipment Index (SPEAR) series developed by Gentex, the Coxswain helmet system.
The FTHSCoxswain helmet system consists of Ops-Core's FAST FTHS carbon fiber helmet and Ops-Core's other modular accessories tailored to its specific tasks. These additional accessories include:
1. Foldable sunshade goggles with transparent and colored lenses
2. Night vision equipment supporting components
3.FAST bulletproof and carbon fiber face protection
4.FAST additional bulletproof armor
Tom Short, Gentex's vice president of ground systems, said in a press statement, "We are very pleased to be selected to provide the Coxswain helmet system to the US Special Operations Command. The FTHSCoxswain helmet contract validates our design process and Innovations in the helmet system, while combining the FTHS bulletproof/non-bulletproof version and the FTHSCoxswain helmet into a new headwear system family. The products we provide to the military have interchangeable accessories, common parts and simplified processes."
In addition, the FTHSCoxswain helmet system, just like the helmet systems that participated in the selection in the past, can use multiple additional components (the shield is located on the front of the helmet and is used as a base for night vision, cameras, lighting devices and other accessories), helmets Cover, ARC rail, cushion, external velcro. The helmet is available in four sizes with a variety of camouflage patterns to choose from.
However, when it comes to helmet systems, there are actually some problems. The helmet system is designed for operators involved in maritime missions, such as special operations ship crews (SWCC), Navy SEALs, Marine Corps reconnaissance teams, and Navy The main operating environment for shipboard commandos, coast guards, etc. is at sea, and the FTHS Coxswain helmet does not have bullet-proof protection. Taking into account the working environment of the helmet, that is to say, the non-bullet-proof version of the helmet is quite useful at sea, because it has a certain buoyancy, which is very useful for survival in falling water. However, SWCC members are the main targets of helmet distribution. They often drive boats through the rain of bullets and are easy targets for enemy fire. And most of them wear floating collars and quick-release tactical vests, which can fully cope with the situation after falling into the water at critical moments. The weight reduction of carbon fiber helmets relative to Kevlar helmets may not be as important as imagined.
When it comes to helmets, there is a delicate balance between protection and lightweight. Usually, the excess protection performance will be transformed into a pitted weight incarnation of the cervical spine killer, thus dragging down the special forces. On the contrary, if you ignore the protection, the light is indeed light, but it is really possible to kill the special forces.
In addition, the manufacturing company must also consider the large number of night vision or infrared devices and various gadgets installed on the helmets by the soldiers. A headlight, a helmet cover, and a night vision device are all realistic weights. These may offset the slight weight difference between the carbon fiber helmet and the Kevlar helmet, but the protective performance is indeed reduced. These are issues that require serious consideration by the military department.