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The US Army is set to get new helmets that are far lighter, and just as strong, as those currently in use.
The new design relies on ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, which is roughly 22 percent lighter.
Experts - Material - Handgun - Round - Shell
Experts say the material can deflect a 9mm handgun round and various shell fragments, allowing soldiers to perform more efficiently without cutting back on protective equipment.
On Tuesday, the Army awarded a contract to Revision Military in Vermont for its Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II design.
Contract - Production - Helmets - Years
The contract calls for the production of up to $98 million in helmets over the next five years.
According to the Army, the new helmet will be made from a material that is lighter than Kevlar, but just as strong.
Weight - Reductions - Size - Helmet
The weight reductions will vary based on the size of the helmet.
In the most common size, a large, the ACH Gen II will weigh just under 2.5 pounds – roughly 12 ounces less than the current design.
Fit - Reduction - Pound - Load
And, the extra-large fit will see the most dramatic reduction, shaving nearly a pound off the load.
This will help to reduce soldiers’ fatigue, and...
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