Gentex’s HGU-56/P Improved Rotary Wing Aircrew Helmet Acquired by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations

Helmet systems selected for proven protection and performance capabilities

March 23, 2016

Carbondale, PA, March 23, 2016. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces will produce 900 Gentex HGU-56/P Improved Rotary Wing Helmets in 2016 for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrew.

Gentex’s field proven HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmet System was improved to support the U.S. Army Air Soldier Program objective to reduce the weight and bulk of flight safety equipment to support extended mission requirements of rotary wing aircrew. The improved HGU-56/P weighs less than the standard HGU-56/P making it easily wearable during extended use. By utilizing an innovative lightweight retention and suspension system, the improved HGU-56/P also increases comfort and stability. Additional design changes to the Gentex Energy Attenuating Liner (EAL) provide even better situational awareness by shifting the wearer’s head forward to increase field of view.

“The HGU-56/P Improved Rotary Wing Helmet System demonstrates our capability to continually streamline helmets without sacrificing protection,” said Robert McCay, vice president, Gentex Aircrew Systems. “We’re proud that the U.S. Army, and now the CBP’s AMO chose Gentex to support their important work and we look forward to providing continued support to them and the air crew wearing the improved HGU-56/P Helmets.”

The U.S. CBP, AMO conducted an acquisition that was completely solicited and awarded based upon the mission’s minimum technical requirements. The helmets will be delivered over the course of 2016 by one of Gentex’s authorized distributors, Gibson & Barnes.
Gentex Corporation is the leading supplier of high-performance flight equipment and services for military, law enforcement, and rescue aircrew worldwide. The company’s comprehensive line of durable and innovative helmet systems for fixed wing, rotary wing, cross platform, parachutist, and transport applications allows for the easy integration of advanced capability upgrades without sacrificing protection. Key capability upgrades include: eye and face protection; visual acuity enhancement; communications; hearing protection; and respiratory and CBRN protection.

Gentex also offers aircrew flight equipment test sets and aircrew flight equipment servicing, fitting, and operations/maintenance training. Sold under the Gentex, ALPHA, and Ops-Core brands, all solutions are backed by the corporation’s industry leading service and support.

About Gentex Corporation
Leveraging a history that spans over100 years, Gentex is a leading provider of innovative solutions that enhance personal protection and situational awareness for global defense forces, emergency responders and industrial personnel operating in high performance environments. The company’s product portfolio includes helmet system platforms and capability upgrades sold under the Gentex, Ops-Core, ALPHA, Aegisound, and Pureflo brands; Dual Mirror aluminized fabrics; and Filtron light management technology. Privately held, Gentex is headquartered in Carbondale, Pennsylvania and supports its global customers through a worldwide distributor network and eight other facilities in the U.S. and the U.K. Learn more at

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