VICIS WINS CON­TRACT TO UP­GRADE US ARMY COM­BAT HEL­METS

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Sports pro­tec­tive tech­nolo­gies provider VICIS has se­cured a con­tract to im­prove com­bat hel­mets for the US Army and the US Marine Corps (USMC). The con­tract has been awarded by the US Army’s Nat­ick Sol­dier Re­search, De­vel­op­ment and En­gi­neer­ing Cen­ter (NSRDEC). Un­der the agree­ment, VICIS will con­duct re­search to iden­tify ways to re­place the ex­ist­ing foam liner pads of the com­bat hel­mets with the com­pany’s lat­est liner tech­nol­ogy de­rived from struc­tures de­signed for its foot­ball hel­mets. NSRDEC me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Ben­jamin Fasel said: “The NSRDEC is ex­cited to work with VICIS in the de­vel­op­ment of their sus­pen­sion pad sys­tem for use in mil­i­tary com­bat hel­mets.”

The com­bat hel­mets cur­rently used by the US Army and the USMC are de­signed specif­i­cally to en­sure bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion for ser­vice mem­bers against gun­fire and shrap­nel. The new liner tech­nol­ogy to be pro­vided by VICIS will help im­prove the blunt im­pact per­for­mance of the com­bat hel­mets to pro­vide in­creased head pro­tec­tion to US warfight­ers.

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