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HGU-56/P & 84/P Maxillofacial Shield

The Gentex Maxillofacial Shield (MFS) safeguards the wearer’s lower face from rotor wash, flying debris and windblast during helicopter operations. It is an optional upgrade to Gentex's HGU-56/P or HGU-84/P helmets, and can also be easily fitted to the HGU-55/P for airlift operations.

Our MFS weighs less than five ounces, and offers an interface between shield and visor that reduces wind on the face. The shield offers ballistic fragmentation protection up to 550 feet per second (fps).

For the HGU-56/P, an upgrade kit contains the face shield, helmet side hardware, shield side hardware and instructions for installation. This requires drilling two small holes in the helmet shell.

The MFS HGU-56/P version comes standard with dual side release latches that provide for positive lock and ambidextrous quick release of the shield. The MFS HGU-84/P version is attached to the helmet with adjustable straps and snaps.


  • Compatible with the GENTEX HGU-56/P and HGU-84/P 
  • Weighs less than 5 oz.
  • Available in subdued black finish
These MFS kits are available in a subdued matte black finish that can be easily custom painted, and are compatible with Mike Lites™. Further, a standard wire boom microphone or Gentex flexible boom microphone can be positioned behind the MFS, which significantly enhances communications clarity as reported by many of our customers.