Gentex Corporation - Gentex announces the release of the Ops-Core Fast RF1, its most advanced ballistic protection helmet system

13 September 2021

Gentex announces the release of the Ops-Core Fast RF1, its most advanced ballistic protection helmet system


Carbondale, PA | September 13, 2021 – Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel, announced today the release of its next generation Ops-Core® FAST® helmet system, the Ops-Core FAST RF1. The FAST RF1 is the lightest weight helmet on the market to protect against a 7.62x39mm Mild Steel Core threat.

The FAST RF1 features the same innovative, modular design as previous Ops-Core FAST helmet systems and is made of a hybrid composite that is the result of years of research and development.  The FAST RF1 is the first helmet to offer this level of protection without the addition of a ballistic applique. It weighs an average of 3.5 lbs (1592 grams) making it the lightest weight 7.62x39mm ballistic protection helmet system on the market. The helmet seamlessly integrates with Ops-Core total headborne system solutions including the STEP-IN® Visor, AMP® Communication Headset, and FAST mandibles.

“Gentex and the Ops-Core brand are synonymous with innovation and the FAST RF1 is the latest breakthrough that will provide today’s warfighter with an unprecedented level of protection,” said Des Walsh, vice president of advanced research and development for Gentex Corporation. “We’re proud to field the most ballistically protective helmet shell ever qualified for production by Gentex.”

Gentex advances towards production readiness and deliveries of the FAST RF1 to select strategic customers this fall and is currently taking orders for military and law enforcement units.

Part of Gentex Corporation’s portfolio for defense, emergency response, and security forces, the focus, and dedication of the company’s Ops-Core brand remains the same – protecting elite forces.  The modular, scalable, open-architecture design of Ops-Core products allows for seamless integration and true system level performance.

About Gentex Corporation:

With a history of innovation that spans over 125 years, Gentex Corporation is a leading supplier of products that advance personal protection and situational awareness for global defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel operating in high-performance environments. Our portfolio includes helmet system platforms, hearing protection and communications products, and capability upgrades for defense and security forces sold under the Gentex and Ops-Core brands, as well as PureFlo industrial respiratory protection systems. Privately held, Gentex is headquartered in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and supports its global customers through a worldwide distributor network and seven other facilities in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. Learn more at

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