Ceradyne is planning to launch its new modular hard wired kitted (MOHAWK) boltless combat helmet at the forthcoming Annual Association of the US Army (AUSA), scheduled to be held in Washington DC from 22 to 24 October.
Developed by Ceradyne Diaphorm, the patent-pending helmet is equipped with the company’s seamless ballistic technology to offer hearing protection and Threat4-developed tactical in-ear radio communication headset.
Ceradyne Armor Systems president Marc King and Threat4 CEO Patrick Armstrong said: "The addition of comms and hearing protection to the helmet completes the warfighter’s headborne equipment requirements and simultaneously addresses hearing protection."
The advanced MOHAWK helmet is manufactured using a seamless and boltless design to enhance structural integrity and reduce ballistic penetration.
A subdermal, multi-conductor central modular bus bar system featuring multiple universal mounting points is also present to facilitate attachment of varied combinations of powered helmet accessories.
Other mounted devices include rear battery pack powered identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system, transponder, as well as night-vision goggles (NVGs) with integrated camera and LED flashlight.
The tactical headset is a modification of Threat4’s legacy x-62000 series headset, featuring brackets to facilitate mounting on either side of the helmet and also draw power from the bus bar system.
Ceradyne has already displayed the MOWHAWK prototype, which was developed in collaboration with Wilcox Industries at the 2011 AUSA event in Washington.
Image: The MOHAWK helmet has increased protection against ballistic penetration. Photo: courtesy of Ceredyne.