Gentex - Gentex demonstrates new HGU-55/GTX Fixed Wing and other enhanced helmet systems at Farnborough International Airshow

09 July 2014

Gentex demonstrates new HGU-55/GTX Fixed Wing and other enhanced helmet systems at Farnborough International Airshow

Carbondale, Pennsylvania, July 9, 2014. Gentex Corporation, a leading provider of personal protection and situational awareness solutions for global defense and security forces, will demonstrate new and enhanced products from their 2014 Aircrew product line at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), July 14th – 18th in Farnborough, U.K.  Featured among them will be the new Gentex® HGU-55/GTX Fixed Wing Helmet System developed to maximize safety of aircrew throughout Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The new Gentex HGU-55/GTX provides unrivaled performance for day and night missions through a special configuration of the industry-leading Gentex HGU-55/P Helmet. Equipped with a dual-visor assembly and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) quick-disconnect mount, the system qualifies for safe ejection at speeds up to 600 KEAS.  An integrated protective assembly houses the dual visors to minimize damage and increase safety during through-canopy ejections.

At the international biennial forum, Gentex will also demonstrate other additions made to their comprehensive product line earlier this year including the Gentex HGU-55/IG Fixed Wing Helmet System with Ejection-Safe NVG Mount, enabling safe ejection from Panavia Tornado aircraft when wearing NVGs. The system includes an NVG power-pack assembly for nighttime mission endurance and Gentex STEP-IN® Visor to maintain eye protection during day and night missions. Also shown, will be the Gentex HGU-56/P Aircrew Ballistic Helmet (ABH) System with a new ballistically enhanced maxillofacial shield (MFS) for full protection.  The HGU-56/P ABH provides 110% more ballistic protection than the standard Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Aircrew Helmet without affecting weight or level of impact protection.

“Demonstration of our 2014 Aircrew helmet product line at Farnborough is part of our effort to grow our international business. Our latest products demonstrate our ongoing commitment to developing the most advanced technology to improve aircrew safety and performance,” said Robert McCay, vice president, Gentex Aircrew Systems. “The additions also bolster our comprehensive line of products, helping us to continue our growth in international markets.”    Gentex’s distributor, Transaero Inc., will host the display of these new and enhanced products at Farnborough in their booth (A7) in Hall 3 of the U.S. Pavilion amongst their full line of personal, safety and survival equipment for commercial and military customers.

Gentex is the leading supplier of high-performance flight equipment for military, law enforcement, and rescue aircrew worldwide. Their comprehensive line of durable and innovative products for fixed and rotary wing aircrew includes: modular, integrated helmet systems; protective visors and spectacles; high-altitude oxygen breathing equipment; communication and hearing protection systems; chemical/biological defense respirators for fixed-wing aircraft; aircrew flight equipment test sets; and a full suite of accessories. Gentex also offers aircrew flight equipment servicing, fitting, and operations/maintenance training.

ABOUT Gentex Corporation Leveraging a product development and manufacturing history that spans more than 100 years, Gentex is a leading provider of innovative solutions that enhance personal protection and situational awareness for global defense and security personnel operating in high performance environments. The company’s Gentex® and Ops-Core family of products and systems include helmet systems for both ground and air applications; aircrew life support systems; advanced optics; ground soldier protective equipment; high performance textiles; respiratory protection, and communications equipment. Headquartered in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, the company is privately held and supports worldwide customers through a global distributor network and other U.S. facilities in Rancho Cucamonga, California; Manchester, New Hampshire; Millwood, New York; and Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more at

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