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HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Aircrew Helmet

Designed to keep pace with innovations in flight technology and emerging mission scenarios, the GENTEX HGU-56/P helmet system offers modular engineering for cross-platform use within multiple Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Law Enforcement and civilian rotary aircraft. The helmet's enhanced design features a multitude of options to improve aircrew personnel fit, functionality, mission adaptability and essential head safety and protection.

Features

  • Modularly engineered for cross-platform rotary aircraft use
  • Ensured rapid removal for both D-ring and snap fastener assemblies
  • Clear and Neutral visors are made of polycarbonate

The helmet comes standard with both clear and neutral visors. For particularly demanding mission requirements, laser visors, high contrast and gradient visors are available from to improve visual acuity in day, night or inclement weather conditions. All Gentex visors are made of polycarbonate and meet all performance requirements of MIL-V-43511 and have an abrasion-resistant coating on the front and back surfaces in accordance with MIL-C-83409. The outer visor housing can also easily be configured for Night Vision Goggles (NVG).

The HGU-56/P can also be upgraded to include the Maxillofacial Shield (MFS), specifically designed to protect the lower face from flying debris common to the helicopter environment. An optional helmet bag for proper storage and protection is available. Oxygen mask bayonets can also be ordered for field installation, so the MBU 12/P Oxygen mask can be donned in high-altitude environments.

All HGU-56/P rotary wing helmets can be readily modified to install the Communication Ear Plug (CEP), which is now standard on all U.S. Army flight helmets and which greatly enhances communications and hearing protection. www.cep-usa.com

Our helmet is tested in accordance with ANSI Z90.1-1979. Impact testing is accomplished at high and ambient temperature only and headform deceleration is limited to 150G in the crown and 175G in the headband area. Lateral impact in the earcup area does not exceed 150G with a drop velocity of 6.0 m/sec, and combined with crushable earcups significantly improves impact protection levels. When tested in accordance with ANSI Z90.1b-1979 using a 1950 Newton tension equivalent (440 ft lb) load for two minutes, the chinstrap does not elongate more than 3.8 cm from the preload of 110 Newton. The chin strap features both D-ring and snap fasteners to ensure rapid removal in the event of an emergency, and our patented “British Buckle” is available for commercial customers.