NEW HELMET: HEALTH HAZZARD?
U.S. body armor has an Achilles heel — its new helmet
The Army’s new ACH is based on the Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (MICH) and was designed to integrate better with modern communication gear, night vision equipment, and especially the newest body armor and has been used by the Special Forces for some time. It’s also lighter, which is always a weclome thing.
But the new design also might leave troops more vulnerable to rear and side shots and shrapnel damage due to its smaller design and shape.
Here’s a pretty cool Shockwave Flash page covering the helmet and other new gear. Here’s a February 2003 article on the MICH in National Defense Magazine.
I noted over a year ago that the Marines were adopting their own new helmet to address the same issues that the Army was facing.