Revision Military has been awarded a contract to support the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier’s integrated head protection system (IHPS) soldier protective system (SPS) programme.
The contract is worth an initial $783,000, and features additional options that are valued at $15m.

Revision’s CEO Jonathan Blanshay said the IHPS is a tailorable protection suite designed to increase survivability through capability and technology.

”The use of next generation ballistic materials and progressive manufacturing techniques has allowed for increased protection at a lighter weight,” Blanshay said.

”We’re proud to provide a solution that ensures soldiers’ mobility on the battlefield while allowing them to tailor the system to their mission.”

With lineage emerging from the army’s Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center (NSRDEC) HEaDS-UP programme, Revision’s IHPS small arms helmet features an optimised shell design that contours the shape of the wearer’s head, increasing their area of coverage and protection, simultaneously reducing system weight and unneeded space.

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"It ensures soldiers’ mobility on the battlefield while allowing them to tailor the system to their mission."

Lighter than the existing combat helmets, the system features upgradeable mandible and visor protection, and an innovative retention and netted suspension system with dial-in comfort settings and high-impact ballistic padding.

Other key equipment include modular ballistic armour plates that can be applied to the helmet’s exterior for an increased level of protection.

IHPS SPS is a two year development-to-acquisition programme aimed at refining the US Army’s next generation head protection system.

As part of programme, PEO Soldier plans to conduct iterative human factors testing, which will be followed by ballistic and non-ballistic testing and the eventual fielding of an initial quantity of 7,000 helmets to an Army Brigade, before proceeding to full-rate production.

Image: The IHPS SPS system is expected to serve as the US Army’s next widely fielded head protection system. Photo: copyright of Revision Military.

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