Video: Revision Displays Next Gen Modular Helmet Systems

Revision HelmetRevision, a company best known for ballistic eyewear has expanded protection to the head, neck and face in the form of its new modular helmet system. Taking a standard Army helmet, and adding a ballistic visor and a mandible that offers 9mm protection, the system is intended for both mounted and dismounted soldiers, according to Brian Dowling, Revision’s Military Program Manager and Army special operations veteran.

It’s the culmination of a four-year research project at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center called Helmet Electronics and Display System-Upgradeable Protection — better known as HEaDS-UP –that aims to provide a more fully integrated headgear system, making use of improved ballistic materials, non-ballistic impact liner materials and designs, see-through and projected heads-up display technologies, and better eye, face and hearing protection.

Revision is one of multiple companies developing these helmet systems for the Army to test. Soldiers have already started receiving prototypes to test in the field.

Revision displayed its system at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference in Washington D.C. The HEaDS-UP on display featured integrated electronics in the helmet, a heads-up display powered by an Android smartphone, and a pneumatic liner system that meets the new 14-feet/second impact requirement to reduce traumatic brain injuries.

“You traditionally had helmets where people velcro-ed [or] duct-taped on components,” says Dowling. “The HEaDS-UP program has really taken head protection to the next step for Natick.”

A recent report found that 72 percent of all head injuries suffered by soldiers occurred to the face. Army leaders said it forced them to reconsider what equipment was provided to protect a soldiers’ face.

— By Ho Lin

  • mpower6428

    that’s all very nice but… how are they gonna keep the visor from getting fogged up…?

    • Kristen

      Ya, they should probably scratch the whole idea/concept because “fogging” issues obviously are gonna be the determining factor of this helmets success….(MUCH SARCASM is inserted to the previous statements….. Im not gonna blow smoke up ur a&@ bud, I could walk down to the local 24hr service store and pick up a bottle of “anti-fogging” spray for my reading glasses, but that 24hr service store does NOT carry a spray to fix Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), blindness or other ailments suffered that “may” have been prevented with better, safety equipment. (Got it, understand better equipment does NOT guarantee no injury) BUT Fogging of visors is an easy remedy, and believe me in the testing process it’ll be remedied.

    • Dewald

      Ask paintball players. We use a double lense systems.

    • bloke_from_ohio

      You stop it the same way you do in a car, air flow. They need to ensure there is either enough air flowing over the lense. That can be done passively or actively. ESS makes goggles with a fan in them that can run for days on a single AA.

      Other options include double pane thermal lenses, and chemical treatment of the lense. Paintballers have been using thermal lenses for ages, and RainX makes an exstremely effective ani fog solution availible off the shelf that is safe on glass and plastic.

      Personally I combine the afore mentioned RainX with active airflow and not only do my goggles stay clear 95% of the time the glasses below them do as well.

      As long as Revission has the option to either flip up or otherwise move the mandable and visor troops could always flip it out of the way if it was hampering a particular task. Just like taking off your gloves to tie your boots, these guys are not going to be encased in that helmet, they will wear it.


      Usualy They Put A Small Fan on the inside so it wont fog up. its the same as some airsoft and paintball helmets

    • Guest1

      Did you guys notice the guy wearing the helmet is also wearing eye protection.

    • Jacob

      very simple. add a small fan inside. its done in paintball, and much easier in this mask

    • Randall

      Dont know the whole unit should be sealed, because it has it meet the standard for a chem mask doesn’t it?

  • me!

    Simple, it’s revision. they know shit.

    • Eric C.

      the wargaming and scuba community has had antifogging tech for years and it works well, used it myself. I have a pair of balistic goggles that have been treated with an anti fog spray and they only need re-treatment every once in a while.

      • Bobby

        It’s better than taking fragments to the face, but sure looks hot and claustraphobic. Also seems to reduce field of vision–why not make the mandible see-thru, too? Would be nice if the mandible had a position where it could swivel down out of the way onto the chest for face access, rather than only all the way on or off–like how the visor swings up and out of the way. I also wonder how easy it is to fine aim a rifle with all that stuff out in front of your face…………

        • Kristen

          I like your post! Its positive yet you offer insight to make the equipment concept even better! Its refreshing to read positive insightful criticism aimed at bettering things vs the critical downer approach of bringing up all the negatives with no contribution in making things better. Kudos to you! Much respect

  • BLWarmonger

    The doesn’t look like it would be hot at all, particularly in a desert environment.

    • larryjackson

      I agree after being over there in1990 and 1991.Remember wearing the old steel pot with helmet liner. And then using Keflar. Just curious how much does it weigh?

  • Chuck

    So I guess we don’t need peripheral vision anymore?

  • ColdWarVet75

    If it has hearing protection…doesn’t that reduce you being able to hear?

  • conradswims

    Shoot who ever came up with this Buck Rogers death trap.

  • RentAscout

    The IBA’s had tons of attachments and do you know what happened? Everyone (combat arms) removed all but the basics. Hell, some units just used plate carriers. If I eat a hot one this will not help me. This will be good for gunners who have the highest risk of getting peppered from an IED. Now a better dick protector I’m all for…

    • SmarTanker

      ballistic underwear, look it up!

  • moondawg

    After you get the face shield splashed with muddy slush, what does that do for your vision? How often does the face plate need to be replaced because it is so scratched up you cannot see through it? How much does the thing weight. Whoever designed this has been reading too much military SF. Maybe OK of helicopter crewmembers, gunners, but no one else.

    • Jacob

      He said that is was mainly for gunners or crew members?

  • John D

    So how do you get a proper cheek weld with your weapon?? Fogging, what’s next, winshield wipers/sprayers?? I guess you have headphones inside the helmet for radios unles syou have a plug in.

  • lol

    Somebody at Natick has been playing way too much Halo and been doing far too little patrolling…

  • martypants

    Can anybody hear any bad guys? Me neither!

  • guest

    will this be adopted by usmc?

    • Joe Joe-joe

      In 50 years after everyone else is done using it…

  • Dave

    that’s not very COIN

  • Stimgercj7

    It seems like we are more interested In sleek sexy looking equipment and clothing than practical equipment. How about a better battle rifle with a practical night sight for all combat troops not just 11bs and 19ds? How about less weight on our backs. The Taliban run around in gowns and sandals and our troops have 80-100 plus lbs on their back. I’m all for safer vehicles but an mrap type vehicle isnt practical for everyone. It keeps our force on roads. We scrap the A10 thinking fighters and apaches will save us…..apaches yes but I swear every time we needed one they had to refuel (through no fault of their own) or were Winchester. They both have heavy limitations. A10..well enough said. How about 100 spectras or whatever the c130 gunship is called now. I was told 8 existed in the entire Air Force (this was 2003). You can’t beat a c130 gunship covering you….. C130 gunship= game over for enemy. We have owned the skies for a very long time now. If the threat level changes put them In the hangar. Stingercj7 for president

  • Na Alii

    I like that its 9mm proof

    • moondawg

      As long as the opfor isn’t shooting anything bigger than a 9mm.

    • adam

      that’s good, except most of our enemies don’t use 9mm bullets

  • Slag

    Damn, Mech Warrior!

  • appstar2260

    maybe they should put a gas mask on it also or a vent system because you will not be able to breathe communicate or move with agility as a soldier needs to do. the removable one will better for that capability alone. The reason they want it to be 9 mm proof is because the government knows that CIVILIANS have 9 mm capability with handguns at close range. say we vote no because our government does not allocate resources correctly.. they will end up n the hands of Muslim Brotherhood as long as Obama can give it to them.

    • Alexi

      I like how insane you are. It’s fun.

    • Guest

      You do realize that a lot of standard issue helmets were 9mm proof before Obama, right?

  • Will

    This system would be good for riot control, not combat operations. The combat soldier needs lighter gear while maintaining good protection, not having a futuristic look that makes it nearly impossible to even properly use their rifles.

    The infantry and special operations forces should be the only units getting new rifles and be the first units to be outfitted with new tactical gear. The problem has been with the leaders looking at upgrading the service as a whole, instead of selecting specific units to receive new weapons and gear based on the nature of their mission.

  • darrel

    What’s up with all this high-speed gear? You can’t give grunts anything expensive. They manage to break esapi plates just from PTing, and anything more expensive than that will just stay in their wall-lockers in favor of something less delicate, like a LWH.

  • SSG Evans

    So…… how do you smoke the Marlboro in that thing?…..

    • Easy! Carry a Hooka! DAMN THINK SSG THINK!

  • bert Mueck

    It is senseless to commend on something without the opportunity of testing the product like the Helmet. Especially
    1. Visual performance
    2. Temperature changes
    3. Internal fogging
    4. Verbal communication and maybe even other factors
    I am all for advancement but priority should be practical application. Let experienced Field Soldiers test it first.
    Bert Mueck

  • I think it’s a great start, most of the comments here are just negative. There are technological and basic needs to overcome but it’s better than not innovating at all. Remember the Military always chooses the lowest bidder, lowest bidder = lowest innovation/technological stride. But who knows 15-20 years from now when another major conflict breaks or we start fighting aliens (… o.O) they’ll begin incorporating new stuff.

    Hearing: You could easily incorporate hearing tech to magnify certain sounds, do so in a manner that would dampen explosive and gunshots to be heard but not break your ear drum while magnifying other noises such as foot steps and say small talking/whispering. It’s sold on TV for the elderly already!

    Eyes: Incorporate Ballistic eye wear that is better in the sense that it’s actually bullet proof to a 9mm round, of course being actively treated with the de-fogging agents. Both are available in todays markets

    Comfort: Your a Soldier/Marine/Sailor/Airmen… Grow up or get out. Walmart will hire you as a greeter and you can wear all the comfortable clothes you want.

    Face Mask: It’s a hell of a good start, they should have different strengths… a gunner should have a stronger face mask because he/she is more exposed for periods of time then say a helicopter pilot. An Infantry man storming a building needs to be light on his feet and have a massive field of view as your in close quarters combat. That face mask may not be necessary or wanted at all which is why it detaches…

    Another factor that you have to take into account is it looks like this is being modified to be fitted with the ACH, it doesn’t look like a brand spankin new helmet so would you expect a massive upgrade? It’s all about cost in today’s wars. We’ll storm the beach when Congress has the funds for us to storm the beach, YA GET IT TROOP? Definitely a good leap forward though with it’s challenges it’s going to pose.

    • Alexi

      There is absolutely no way that you’re a combat arms soldier.

      They already have peltors and eyepro, no reason to put a coffin on my head. Gunners need peripheral vision too, but we’re moving towards CROWS anyway.

    • Joe Joe-joe

      There is so much wrong with almost everything you said.. obviously not a damn lick of combat experience on a regular basis… Comfort… grow up or get out? Yeah… you’re obviously used to wearing it for convoy ops only… Half your time is spent making your kit more like a second skin and natural feeling/ set up so you can work in the damn thing efficiently. Yes, its good to try to do new things, no its not cool to just make it look sexy. They can do better than a flippin revamped motocross bike helmet.


    I can see a full hazmat version that would seal around the whole head. Could protect against chemical hazards and still be battle ready.

  • Joshua

    I am interested in seeing how this plays out. I know that Revision knows their stuff, I used their goggles during my time and they held up.

  • buck

    I hope robots will be used instead of human beings in the next conflict for oil.

  • erik

    Throw this on the ground and go with a patrol cap.

  • Uma

    That’s a good thing you guys has and have to offers. keep your head up! :-)

  • Katy M.

    My husband works with a unit that had the opportunity to try out these helmets. He loved it and felt it was way more comfortable and secure than his normal ACH. He also said that the limited vision and ventilation (for both breathing and keeping the lenses from fogging up) issues raised in previous comments was not troublesome at all for him. Shouldering and firing his weapon were also not made more difficult. I think they’re better looking than the ACH, anyways.

  • PFC Boyle

    What it needs is little A/C connected with that battery port. Prevent fogging. Total comfort. Wouldn’t have to be vulnerable because you wouldn’t want to take it off. Should also think about putting layers over the lens like they do in motocross, saving the actual protective lens as the last one and that way you don’t scratch it up, I mean really once its hit its getting replace so until then, its going to be scratched and worn down and I for one know its annoying to see through a tattered lens, which means it will be removed or up most of the time if I can help it. Seriously within 5 minutes I can already see a couple more generations of this needing upgraded or just reviewed. Looks like Revision needs to revise their exploits.

  • Calibur99

    Anyone else realize the visor is wide enough for you to still see through you peripheral vision. I’m almost sure before they outfit this on troops there will be a design change that makes it less bulky while still retaining the features and maybe adding more. This is a professional company making these so they’re not just going to make a half ass product, they know hearing is a problem along with weight, so they’ll find a way to optimize them both.

  • Sledge B. Hamma

    Dumb looking hemets. Just gimme an old ww2-vietnam era piss pot helmet, that’s all that’s needed, not this silly looking crap that will end up being made in China.

  • Sledge B. Hamma

    The only way this thing will work is if you add a space man suit with built in Jet Paks with enough fuel for at least 1hour flight time and in flight refueling capability from a tanker.