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SOFIC 2017: Revision Showcases FTHS SOF Head Systems

Revision’s Next-Generation Special Forces Helmet Suite: Revision Batlskin CAIMAN Head System

Designed and built in conjunction with Special Operations Forces (SOF) users, Revision Military‘s new CAIMAN Head System reinforces the company’s standing as one of the world leaders in integrated head protection systems.

The CAIMANHead System is a true full-spectrum special operations helmet solution, and will be commercially available in stages, starting with the CAIMAN Carbon Bump Helmet System. The CAIMAN Carbon Bump System-including carbon bump helmet, a streamlined rail system, and an innovative liner and suspension system-will be available for sale at the end of July.

Showcased at the 2017 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, FL/USA, this week, the company’s new SOF helmet systems are on display. Revision’s Special Forces helmet solutions were developed for US SOCOM’s highly anticipated Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS) programme, a solicitation that is primed to define SOF head protection for the foreseeable future.

True to form, Revision took this generative, ground up process to the extreme, setting ambitious goals for performance and innovation while working on a narrow timeline,” Jonathan Blanshay, CEO, Revision Military, said. “The scope and creative latitude of this program fit well with Revision’s capabilities and reputation for sweeping innovation. Revision invested heavily in this project-in time, personnel, and financial capital-and, in parallel, we significantly strengthened our manufacturing-adding several million dollars of new equipment and expanding our principal helmet manufacturing facility-modernizing our operations and increasing capacity to support this programme simultaneously. In this process, Revision brought a wide-range of SOF users to the table. Special Forces operators can feel real ownership of the end-product, knowing that their demands were addressed and readdressed continuously. We are genuinely excited to unleash the full scope of our vision for the future of Special Forces head protection.”

Revision’s SOF helmet suite addresses SOCOM’s technical challenges head on: optimised weight, protection, and mobility indices and system component integration. Revision has developed two cutting-edge helmet systems: A Carbon Bump System and a Ballistic System with liner system, rails, and Wilcox Mount. Revision’s Carbon Bump helmet can be ballistically-enabled-add-on armor appliques up the protection level for ballistic, blunt-force, blast-force, and fragmentation threats. And, the skeletonisation of all system components has significantly reduced the overall weight of these helmet systems.

Revision’s FTHS head systems showcase at SOFIC represents the culmination of an intensive ground-up design and development program, dating back to the beginning of 2016, as well as exhaustive testing, analysis, and trials. Communicating with esteemed SOF operators, from across the SOF spectrum, Revision created a head systems suite tailored to the experience and feedback of SOF operators. Revision’s FTHS solutions is available commercially in 2017. The suite of products will be known as the Batlskin CAIMAN Head System.

This new head system, built from the ground up and tailored to the feedback and specialized needs of SOF users, epitomises Revision’s forward-thinking, holistic mindset,” Blanshay, continued. “Revision upended traditional helmet development for the Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS) project. The project management team put in untold legwork, going to great lengths to engage key SOF contacts and stakeholders directly, and absorbing unfiltered, informed feedback. This collaborative, iterative process allowed the team to eliminate guesswork and address SOF user demands in real time. Caiman is not a head system created in a vacuum; the contributions from SOF operators are undeniable.”

Optimised for coastal, riverine, maritime, high-altitude, freefall, and ground maneuvers, the Batlskin CAIMAN Helmet System is designed to withstand an extreme range of environmental conditions—tropic or arctic, day or night, arid desert or open ocean, and beyond. Revision has also developed a new set of accessories that will enhance this cutting-edge, lightweight helmet for boat, vehicle, HALO/HAHO, mountain, river, and direct action missions.

The CAIMAN system is the first carbon bump helmet in the industry that can be ballistically-enabled with add-on armor appliques for ballistic, blunt-force, blast-force, and fragmentation protection during specialized operations. Skeletonisation of all system components has significantly reduced the overall weight, emphasizing scalability and versatility for highly dynamic and unpredictable situations.

Providing a combination of agility, protection, adaptability, and integration, the CAIMAN system is ideal for SOF global operators, as well as law enforcement, paramilitary, and peacekeeping forces the world over. Revision’s Batlskin CAIMAN suite also includes a Ballistic Helmet System, and both the Carbon Bump System and the Ballistic Head Protection System have a series of accessories and components for mission-specific modularity. In total, the CAIMAN suite emphasises scalability for use in a wide variety of specialised maneuvers. 

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