Special ops helmet to be fielded Army-wide: lightweight MICH headgear so far well received by troops, officials said.A new lightweight military helmet already fielded to U.S. special operations forces Those Active and Reserve Component forces of the Military Services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations. Also called SOF. and elite Army infantry units could, in the future, be distributed among conventional troops, officials said.
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See : Time Special Operations Forces Special Projects Team, located within the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center at Natick, Mass., spent $1.5 million to develop the Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (MICH v. i. 1. To lie hid; to skulk; to act, or carry one's self, sneakingly. ).
The helmet has numerous advantages over the traditional combat headgear headgear,
n the apparatus encircling the head or neck and providing attachment for an intraoral appliance in use of extraoral anchorage.
n a device that is used to protect the head from injury by radiation. , said Richard Elder, project officer for the MICH.
Elder, a former U.S. Army Ranger Army Ranger can refer to:
"First, the higher cut [of the helmet] allows a user to have complete range of motion while using the complete range of load carriage systems and body armor Noun 1. body armor - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour
armet - a medieval helmet with a visor and a neck guard employed by our user groups, he said. "It allows a user to lay in the prone and engage a target. This is huge. This task was very difficult to impossible with the old PASGT PASGT Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops (US DoD) (Personnel Armor System Ground Troops) helmet while wearing most body armor and load carriage," Elder said.
He explained that it was impossible to engage a target from the prone position Word history
The word prone, meaning "naturally inclined to something, apt, liable,", is recorded in English since 1382; the meaning "lying face-down" is first recorded in 1578 but is also referred to as "laying down" or "going prone". while wearing night-vision devices, and the MICH provides a more solid platform.
The MICH has a six-, seven-, or eight-pad foam suspension system. The pads can be added, removed or changed, based on the soldier's comfort level. Pads in the crown portion of the helmet can be replaced by oblong or oval pads. The pad suspension is "universally tailorable to the users' head shape while affording greatly increased impact protection," Elder said. The pads within the MICH, after being worn for several minutes, loosen up and eventually conform to the shape of the soldier's head.
The MICH helmet only comes in two sizes, while past helmets have come in five sizes, Elder said. This is because the pads are adjustable and can be molded more accurately to the head. "They can accommodate a lot more," he said.
Elder said that the slow-impact protection is better than any fielded helmet in the Army or Special Forces inventory. "This helmet is the only ballistic helmet within Special Operations Command A subordinate unified or other joint command established by a joint force commander to plan, coordinate, conduct, and support joint special operations within the joint force commander's assigned operational area. Also called SOC. See also special operations. to be authorized for use with motorcycles, [and] all terrain vehicles."
The helmet also protects from flying bullets. "The ballistics ballistics (bəlĭs`tĭks), science of projectiles. Interior ballistics deals with the propulsion and the motion of a projectile within a gun or firing device. are rated to stop a 9 mm bullet traveling 1,450 feet per second, from 0 degrees of obliquity obliquity /obliq·ui·ty/ (ob-lik´wit-e) the state of being inclined or slanting.oblique´
Litzmann's obliquity (straight on, with no angle) with a high degree of survivability sur·viv·a·ble
1. Capable of surviving: survivable organisms in a hostile environment.
2. That can be survived: a survivable, but very serious, illness. ," Elder said.
"I'm sorry that this survivability factor can't be better equated to some known unit or metric, but the variables are too many to speak of," he said.
However, "This helmet already has saved lives during combat. Users have been shot in the head and survived with the ability to fight on. There are no guarantees, but it is definitely the safest headwear head·wear
A hat or other covering for the head. to date," Elder said.
Elder noted that the suspension system has special components which add to the helmet's durability. "The bolts used to hold the suspension onto the shell are ballistic. These must pass the same ballistic tests as the shell itself This is important, because all of the current ballistic helmets out there have non-ballistic hardware in place. If you received a round strike on the bolt head, it would send secondary projectile projectile
something thrown forward.
see blow dart.
forceful vomiting, usually without preceding retching, in which the vomitus is thrown well forward. into the user. Basically, the back of the bolt could break off and become its own projectile.
"The MICH is rated to stop this from happening. This has also been proven in combat and is key to the helmet's success," Elder said.
Elder added that a reversible helmet cover, in woodland and desert camouflage patterns, is available and useful for forces that might change location frequently. For special operations forces, the MICH is fielded with high- and low-noise headsets.
A speaker system can be used inside the headset and can also be worn by itself The high-noise headset can buffer noise and can be used for group communications. The low-noise headset does not buffer outside noise, but it also can be worn without the helmet.
The communications piece was developed by modifying commercial off-the-shelf technology, with different versions developed for both land and maritime operations. The helmet is compatible with approximately 30 communications platforms specific to the special operations community. "Those include aircraft intercom systems, fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft, boat intercom systems, ground-mobility vehicle intercom systems (HMVS HMVS Her Majesty's Victorian Ship
HMVS Helmet Mounted Vision System ), and of course commercial and military specific radios," Elder said.
The Army Soldier Systems Center's Special Operations Forces Special Projects Team worked with contractor MSA/Gallet to develop the helmet. In October 2002, SOCOM SOCOM Special Operations Command (US DoD) awarded a $6.3 million contract to CGF CGF Commonwealth Games Federation (UK)
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CGF College Golf Foundation Helmets, Inc., of Newport, Vt., which has since been acquired by MSA/Galler. "There is an option for 70,000 helmets, but only 20,000 have so far been fielded," said Elder. The dollar amount of the contract is much larger now, as the $6.3 million represents only approximately 10,000 helmets, Elder explained.
"The Special Operations Forces Special Projects team is made up of a combination of former users and specialists from industry to include engineers, contracting specialists and logisticians. With this type of mix, the development and fielding of gear on a rapid timeline (12-15 months from concept to fielding) is the common practice for our customer groups," Elder said.
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"The helmet fielded fully to all of the United States Special Operations Command The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM or USSOC) is the Unified Combatant Command charged with overseeing the various Special Operations Commands (SOC or SOCOM) of each branch of the U.S. military. The command is part of the U.S. . This consists of the Rangers, Special Forces, Navy SEALs and Air Force Special Operations. This helmet is also fully fielded to the Marine Corps reconnaissance community, the FBI's Hostage Response Team, and a brigade at the 82nd Airborne Division," he said.
The Army currently is type-classifying the MICH. "This would lead to its inclusion/fielding to large portions of the conventional force and use with the Land Warrior program," Elder said.
"My goal for this project is to see it progress and fielded to the conventional forces. There is no reason a conventional infantryman should not be afforded this level of protection. This also would help to perpetuate the helmet system and replacements for SOCOM and other user groups," Elder said.
The Special Operation Forces Special Projects team is working on multiple programs for SOCOM. "We hope to see more transition to the conventional forces in the long term. As a team, we work for any 'special operations' type of force which would required shooter's-type gear," Elder said.
The MICH helmet is part of a broad modernization effort called the Special Operations Forces Advanced Requirements (SPEAR), designed to provide for the unique equipment needs of Army, Navy and Air Force special operations units.
The SPEAR program has developed, for example, advanced body armor, a load carriage system and lightweight environmental protection. The Soldier Systems Center also is working to develop ballistic/laser eyewear, lightweight nuclear, biological and chemical protection, modular target identification and modular target acquisition, team/platoon C4, and is making improvements to physiological management.
The body armor/load carriage system (BALCS BALCS Body Armor/Load Carriage System ) provides ballistic protection, buoyancy compensation and load carriage capacity, while minimizing the burdens of weight, carriage and heat stress, The body armor component protects against fragmentation, handgun and rifle threats. The system contains a soft armor vest, front and back interchangeable upgrade plates, and modular neck and groin protection. The medium-sized vest weighs approximately 6 pounds.
The equipment load carrying subsystem includes a modular pocketing and harness system, which helps soldiers tailor their load to their mission. There is also a modified commercial backpack system, which includes a backpack, patrol pack and butt pack. The backpack can carry 120 pounds and can be adjusted to fit most male special operations soldiers. The patrol pack can carry 50 pounds, and the butt pack can carry 13 pounds.
The SPEAR lightweight environmental protection garments include underwear, stretch bib bib - BibTeX overalls, wind resistance jackets and pile jackets. Lightweight underwear is made with Capilene-treated polyester knits, to take perspiration away from the body. The stretch bib overalls' outer surface is a smooth, non-snag nylon, while the inside is made with a stretch polyester fleece. The wind resistance and pile jackets are both manufactured with heavyweight fleece, hand-warmer pockets, a windproof wind·proof
Impervious to or resistant to wind: a windproof jacket. front and back yoke.
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An anticipated increase to the U.S. Special Operations Command's budget is justified, given the organization's growing responsibilities in the war on terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act , said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
"Today, we're taking a number of steps to strengthen the U.S. Special Operations Command so it can make even greater contributions to the global war on terror This article is about U.S. actions, and those of other states, after September 11, 2001. For other conflicts, see Terrorism.
The War on Terror (also known as the War on Terrorism " he told a Pentagon news conference.
"In the 2004 budget we are requesting an increase in Special Operations Command's budgets; that added funds are needed to pay for equipment losses that occurred in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and for additional equipment as well as additional forces," Rumsfeld said.
At press time, official budget figures were not yet available. But it's expected that USSOCOM USSOCOM United States Special Operations Command will receive an increase of anywhere between $1 billion to $2 billion annually to its fiscal year 2003 budget of about $4 billion.
A growth in manpower primarily will be seen in the Amy's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment which specializes in flying combat forces behind enemy lines.
"Special Operations Command will function as both a supported and a supporting command," Rumsfeld said. "Since 1987, the Special Operations Command has been organized as a supporting command, meaning it provides warriors and materiel ma·te·ri·el or ma·té·ri·el
The equipment, apparatus, and supplies of a military force or other organization. See Synonyms at equipment. to the various regional combatant commanders, who then plan and direct missions.
"By organizing at SOCOM headquarters in Tampa, as well as at smaller theater Special Operations commands in regional theaters, the Special Operations Command will have the tools it will need to plan and execute missions in support of the global war on terror," he added. 'This expanded operational role will be in addition to the current role it plays as a supporting command."
The Special Operations Command will also continue to work with the unified combatant commands and U.S. allies to "disrupt and dismantle terrorist networks," said Rumsfeld. "To assist it in its expanded mission, over time, the Special Operations command will be divested of various missions, such as routine foreign military training and civil support that can be successfully accomplished by other forces, U.S. forces and/or agencies."
According to Rumsfeld, "the global nature of the war, the nature of the enemy and the need for fast efficient operations in hunting down and rooting out terrorist networks around the world have all contributed to the need for an expanded role for the Special Operations forces. We are transforming that command to meet that need."