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Subject: Turning the simple ACH into something out of HALO
ArtyEngineer    11/20/2009 8:07:37 PM
Article and pics in next post
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ArtyEngineer    Modular Protection Attachment System   11/20/2009 8:13:35 PM

Revision MPAS ? Modular Protection Attachment System

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Revision?s Modular Protection Attachment System is a three part system that adds considerable protection to the face without compromising standard military accessory integration or adding huge amounts of weight.

The first element of the system is the halo. It attaches to a standard ACH and adds a milspec, low profile NVG mount, Ops-Core side rails and a rear mounted anchor point for the mandible shroud. The halo weighs about 75g, that?s 15 grams more than a current NVG mount.

The second part is the dual hinged eye shield that drops down and protects the eyes and upper face. The dual hinge keeps the visor from sticking straight out when not in use. It also locks in two positions, one that allows air to escape through the top and a second, tightly sealed position.

The third and final part of the system is one of three mandible guards. Revision offers a titanium wire mask for crowd control situations, and two ballistic versions with more and less cheek coverage that let the user choose between protection or weight. The ballistic mandible guard is rated the same or better than the ballistic rating for the ACH. No word on price, yet. Revision is looking to release the MPAS next year.

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doggtag    gotta love that American ingenuity   11/22/2009 3:47:54 AM
...Now all that's left is to incorporate commo into it.
Already seen preproduction/prototype "WiFi" integrated headgear for vehicle crew (FCS spin out, aimed principally at dismounts) that, they're claiming, allows voice and data (maps, overlays onto the optic HUD/eyepice reticle) up to 100m (expect more) from the vehicle (even better when it will allow remote weapons queuing from the vehicle-mounted armament).
Near-term RFI (Rapid Fielding Initiative) ?
Possibly, but certainly still vulnerable to common everyday abuse from soldiers who don't always have clean-room conditions to PMCS such components.
If we thought the Picatinny rail system on small arms launched a gun-gadget revolution, those mounting systems offered on this new helmet ensemble might see a large growth in the lightweight optics sector (scene magnification, IR, LLLTV, vidcams, and again, commo accessories).
Years ago a lot of people thought that the Army XXI, Land Warrior, and Army-After-Next concepts were pretty far out there. Turns out, ingenuity takes the lead and proves that a government request isn't necessary for someone to develop and offer some of these gadgets sooner than may have been originally expected.
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StobieWan       12/2/2009 7:48:35 AM
I hope that chin guard is user detachable, in the field, without tools - or mouth to mouth on a casualty is going to involve removing the entire helmet - something you might not want to do after a vehicle roll-over or a helicopter crash.

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neiyold    M to M   12/2/2009 11:18:58 AM
It looks like the mouth pieces are aligned in place via the plate high above the cheekbones, bottom left of the helmet, but fixed to the helmet via the snaps in the back.  This is most obvious in the first large picture.  Compare it to the second large picture and you will see a bit of material coming down from the halo assembly.
Smart design would use the high-cheek plate and the length of material as an alignment / fulcrum against the snap in the back to provide that fast assembly / dis-assembly. I will have to see if there is any better image or design material on the company website.
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neiyold    M to M   12/2/2009 11:32:41 AM
Well, a quick search on their site turned up nothing, but Googling will get you this forum where it has been discussed off and on for about two months now.
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ArtyEngineer       12/2/2009 3:22:06 PM
Watch the vid below about BAE Systems Q-Sight and imagine the possibilities as this technology makes its way down to the standard infantry of vehicle crewmans helmet.;" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always">
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theBird       1/8/2010 2:26:40 AM
I wonder if there will be any issues with the face shield interfering with proper sighting of rifles
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WarNerd       1/8/2010 6:23:26 AM
I understand the locals in Afghanistan complain about female soldiers who do not keep their faces covered.  How about issuing the women the full set with a mirrored visor. 
I am sure that the troops can come up with some great rumors about what the things can do to freak out the locals.
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PTSD       3/24/2010 12:28:53 PM
new MAPS helmets offer the best protection for warrior also for mandible and total face, that is important for have few trauma by IEd and other explosive or not explosive i9mpacts.
on time wherw PTSD surge for its implications and complications on soldier's live, MAPs helmets is of great importance and relevance.
Pieve di Teco, 24. 3.2010                                 Claudio Alpaca
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ker       3/24/2010 8:02:46 PM
From the first link:  "Revision?s Modular Protection Attachment System is a three part system that adds considerable protection to the face without compromising standard military accessory integration or adding huge amounts of weight."
High lights mine.
Dose this mean it is compatable with gas masks?
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