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

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mpower6428 October 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

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

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Kristen October 24, 2013 at 3:08 am

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.

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Dewald October 24, 2013 at 4:02 am

Ask paintball players. We use a double lense systems.

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bloke_from_ohio October 24, 2013 at 8:51 am

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.

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RCDRONE October 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

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

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Guest1 October 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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

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Jacob October 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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

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Randall October 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

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

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me! October 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

Simple, it's revision. they know shit.

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Eric C. October 23, 2013 at 11:16 am

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.

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Bobby October 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

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…………

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Kristen October 24, 2013 at 2:56 am

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

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BLWarmonger October 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

The doesn't look like it would be hot at all, particularly in a desert environment. </sarcasm>

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larryjackson October 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

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?

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Chuck October 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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

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ColdWarVet75 October 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

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

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conradswims October 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

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

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RentAscout October 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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…

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SmarTanker October 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

ballistic underwear, look it up!

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Kristen October 24, 2013 at 3:13 am

Lol.

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moondawg October 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

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.

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Jacob October 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

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

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John D October 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

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.

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lol October 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

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

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martypants October 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Can anybody hear any bad guys? Me neither!

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guest October 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

will this be adopted by usmc?

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Joe Joe-joe November 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

In 50 years after everyone else is done using it…

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Dave October 24, 2013 at 12:11 am

that's not very COIN

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Stimgercj7 October 24, 2013 at 12:32 am

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

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Na Alii October 24, 2013 at 1:41 am

I like that its 9mm proof

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moondawg October 24, 2013 at 3:01 am

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

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adam October 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

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

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Slag October 24, 2013 at 3:49 am

Damn, Mech Warrior!

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appstar2260 October 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

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.

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Alexi October 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

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

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Guest October 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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

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Will October 24, 2013 at 7:07 am

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.

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darrel October 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

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.

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SSG Evans October 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

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

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SGT James October 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

Easy! Carry a Hooka! DAMN THINK SSG THINK!

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bert Mueck October 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

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

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SGT James October 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

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.

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Alexi October 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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.

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Joe Joe-joe November 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

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.

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RCDRONE October 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

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

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Joshua October 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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.

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buck October 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

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

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erik October 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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

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Uma October 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

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

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Katy M. October 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

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.

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PFC Boyle January 27, 2014 at 4:27 am

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.

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Mike October 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Stop using logic. The Army needs to blow money.

Not like they need to pay us or anything…

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BLWarmonger October 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

"To get a proper cheek weld while wearing this helmet we literally weld the buttstock to your face. Problem solved!" :)

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gary October 24, 2013 at 8:56 am

I curve all y bullets…

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Patrick October 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm

with the CCO's you have no problem aiming with a mask on. as long as you have the sights zeroed your good to go.

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Ben October 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

Easy, you tie in the aiming system to the HUD on their visor. Stop thinkin' in the past yo! ;)

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Lance October 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Loose the stupid face mask and it be better.

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Kristen October 24, 2013 at 3:11 am

Um….. Kinda takes away the whole concept…. Nice try though.

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gary October 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

*my*

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Chris October 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

The CCO is a terrible optic

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