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AUSA 2017: Head Protection for Today’s Threats

COMBAT II Ballistic Helmet L110 from 3M

Ceradyne, a 3M company, designed the new COMBAT II Ballistic Helmet L110 to meet the pressing need for better head protection at light weight and a level of comfort that appeals to users. The new helmet leverages 3M scientific expertise to deliver its highest ballistic protection to date, and is based on a technology that has already been proven with the US military, according to the company.

“Designed for military combat operations and counterterrorism police missions, the COMBAT II L110 helmet can help protect service members from bomb fragmentations, certain rifle projectiles, handgun bullets and blunt impacts,” the company told MONS. “The helmet provides protection against select small arms projectiles including V50 ballistic limit value greater than 2,400ft per second (greater than 731m per second) against the 7.62x51mm M80 NATO ball projectile.”

“A helmet’s job first and foremost is to protect our defenders in harm’s way, and today that requires an advanced solution like the COMBAT II Ballistic Helmet L110,” Cheryl Ingstad, Business Manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, 3M, explained at AUSA. “Our engineers put their passion and scientific expertise toward inventing a cutting-edge helmet that gets the most from the latest advanced materials. Military and law enforcement can take comfort knowing they have a partner in 3M that deeply cares about keeping service members safe.”

The COMBAT II L110 helmet achieves its high level of protection without increased weight. This allows military and police forces to receive greater protection without sacrificing mobility, which is required for today’s increasingly urban missions and close-quarters combat.

To date, Ceradyne has produced tens of thousands of helmets that utilise similar technology to the L110 helmet. Ceradyne can manufacture the helmet today in large quantities, at high quality under tight timelines. Additionally, local support can be provided to customers across their programme’s life cycle.

3M debuts the helmet at booth #7243 at AUSA 2017. AUSA 2017 is showcasing the future of innovation across defences and www.monch.com brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #10/2017, available at the show; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.


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