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16 April 2019

Heads Up! Here’s The U.S. Army's New Integrated Head Protection System

By Logan

The U.S. Army is upgrading its protective gear for soldiers with the Soldier Protection System which was presented to the media in early March 2019. Designed as a replacement to the Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH), the new Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) is claimed to give 100 percent greater protection against head trauma injuries that can happen in the battlefield as compared to the ECH.

In an article at the U.S. Army website, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will be the first conventional force to receive the upgraded personal protective equipment which also includes a modular scalable vest, a ballistic combat shirt, and the ballistic combat belt.

What in is interesting about the IHPS is that it features a boltless retention system that allows for easier installation of helmet-mounted accessories for better overall head protection system. This includes mandible protection or an integrated protection. The boltless retention system does not need pre-drilled holes that will weaken the ballistic material of the helmet.

The helmet is made by Ceradyne Inc., which is part of the 3M group. The holes for the chin-straps have been eliminated, and there is only one hole left which is for the Night Vision mount. Not seen in the photos included here are removable rail mounts that can be attached to the helmet, allowing even for more accessories to be mounted such as helmet cams or helmet-mounted lights.

In terms of wearing comms, the IHPS is said to be more comfortable to wear even with the use of headsets. In a way, the IHPS is a bit bigger than the ECH but is a little bit lighter. It will also be able to interface with the Army’s new Enhanced Night Vision Goggles-Binocular family of devices.

As always, airsoft players will have to wait until someone makes a replica of the IHPS for airsoft use.


Photo Credit: Devon L. Suits (Army News Service)

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