Army Has Been Secretly Fielding Lighter Helmets That Offer Better Protection

first published on October 16, 2019 by

According to, the Army began secretly fielding small batches of lightweight ballistic helmets that provide improved protection from high powered precision rounds.

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So far, the Army has issued 150 of the updated Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) helmets to soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. The reason for keeping the distribution secret until now isn’t clear, but it may have been to reduce the amount of butt-hurt other units felt, considering the same unit receiving the new helmets are also the same soldiers that were just issued the Army’s most advanced night vision goggles ever fielded.

Due to new polyethylene molding processes developed by Army researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center, the updated IHPS helmets can now offer significantly improved ballistic protection in a shell that’s now 40% lighter.

A first generation IHPS weighed five pounds with it’s additional ballistic shield attached, and that ballistic shield only added additional protection in a centralized area. This new generation IHPS offers that improved protection across it’s entirety and only weighs three pounds.


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