Modern SF Helmets (1990s-2008), Part 1

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Navy SEAL Spec-Op Helmet

This special helmet came from the designer of Progressive Technology of America Inc. It is used by the SEALs in late 1990s, and early 2000s. Although the helmet was made may be ~10 years ago, it had many features similar to the modern MSA MICH helmet. Very impressive !

Unfortunately, Progressive Tech was out of the business ~10 years ago. Apart from helmets, they also made body armors, ballistic plates for SEALs, Special Forces, and LE agencies.

 

 

Navy SEAL CGF Gallet Helmet

This Navy SEAL helmet is very similar to the above Progressive Tech Spec-op helmet. I believed it was made by CGF Gallet in the late 1990s and early 2000s. (Correct us if we are wrong).

It has a CGF type three point suspension system, with a special leather chin cup.  The interior of the helmet has a mesh overhead suspension, surrounded by thick rubber pads.  It may be the father of the modern of MICH helmet.

If you know about this helmet, feel free to educate us.

 

CGF Gallet Half Head Helmet

This is the famous CGF Gallet Half Head Helmet used by the Army Special Forces. The same helmet also used by Navy SEALs.

This helmet is made by CGF Gallet, a very famous ballistic helmet manufacturer in France.  The half head design fits any tactical headset set up. Inside the helmet is a large overhead impact resistant pad. Suspension system is a three point system with a plastic chin cup.

Since the helmet is lighter and lower profile in shape, it is a favorite choice of CQB operators.

Special thanks to CGF Gallet !

 

 

 

 

Army SF CGF Gallet Half Head Helmet

This is the famous CGF Gallet Half Head Helmet used by the Army Special Forces. The same helmet also used by Navy SEALs. This helmet is made by CGF Gallet, a very famous ballistic helmet manufacturer in France.  The half head design fits any tactical headsets set up. Inside the helmet is a large overhead impact resistant pad. Suspension system is a three point system with a plastic chin cup. Since the helmet is lighter and lower profile in shape, it is a favorite choice of CQB operators.

The helmet in the picture belongs to a Army SF operator. The helmet is installed with a  NVG mount, and it has an unique custom-made DCU helmet cover. Sweet !

Special thanks to CGF Gallet, and the nameless operator.

 

Army Special Force Half Head Pro-tec Helmet

This is a half head Pro-tec helmet. This is not a ballistic helmet. It is for impact  / shock protection  only. It is originally designed for rollerblade or boating activities. It is widely used by SF teams, and especially those involve in maritime, and VBSS Ops.

The helmet in the picture belongs to an Army SF operator. He installed  an AN/VIS NVG mount at the front, and a battery holder at the back. According to the operator, this is a very common set up among Army Special Forces, PJ and CCT operators.

 

Navy SEAL / Marines MICH 2000 Helmet

MSA MICH helmet is the current ballistic helmet used by almost all US Special Forces. Excellent ballistic performance, light weight, low profile design, 4 point suspension system, modular skull foam pads for maximum comfort, excellent interface for headsets, and gas masks.  It is one of the best ballistic helmets nowadays.

The pictures show a MICH helmet installed with an triangular NVG mount base. A symbol of the Navy SEAL / USMC Force Recon MICH helmet.

Special thanks to MSA Group, and NVEC Company.

 

Army Ranger MICH 2000 Helmet

MSA MICH helmet is the current ballistic helmet used by almost all US Special Forces. Excellent ballistic performance, light weight, low profile design, 4 point suspension system, modular skull foam pads for maximum comfort, excellent interface for headsets, and gas masks.  It is one of the best ballistic helmets nowadays.

The pictures show the MICH helmet installed with an pentagon NVG mount base. A symbol of the Army Ranger MICH helmet. This Pentagon NVG mount base uses one screw for installation, instead of three screws as the NAVY SEAL triangular NVG mount base.

Special thanks to MSA Group, and NVEC Company.

 

Navy SEAL / Navy EOD MICH 2000 Helmet

MSA MICH helmet is the current ballistic helmet used by almost all US Special Forces. Excellent ballistic performance, light weight, low profile design, 4 point suspension system, modular skull foam pads for maximum comfort, excellent interface for headsets, and gas masks.  It is one of the best ballistic helmets nowadays.

We took these great pictures in a Navy SEAL / Navy EOD Demo booth in 2008. The pictures show the MICH helmet of a Navy SEAL / Navy EOD. There is a Wilcox NVG mount base at the front, a surefire helmet light and a TASC headset at left. Sweet !

 

 

Army SF / CCT MICH 2000 Helmet

MSA MICH helmet is the current ballistic helmet used by almost all US Special Forces. Excellent ballistic performance, light weight, low profile design, 4 point suspension system, modular skull foam pads for maximum comfort, excellent interface for headsets, and gas masks.  It is one of the best ballistic helmets nowadays.

The pictures show a modified MICH helmet of an Army SF operator. The helmet is installed with an AN/VIS NVG mount at the front, and a plastic  low profile battery case at the back. Similar set up is seen in PJ and CCT operators as well.

Forget to say, the Army operator is complaining the SEALs took all the Litton PVS-15, so they had to use the AN/VIS NVG.......and he need to make this set up. LOL !

 

Green Beret MICH 2000 Helmet

MSA MICH helmet is the current ballistic helmet used by almost all US Special Forces. Excellent ballistic performance, light weight, low profile design, 4 point suspension system, modular skull foam pads for maximum comfort, excellent interface for headsets, and gas masks.  It is one of the best ballistic helmets nowadays.

This time, the helmet is installed with the original MICH NVG mount base. It is rectangular in shape. A symbol of the Green Beret MICH helmet.

Different flip-up NVG mounts can be attached onto the same mount base. The bottom pictures show a rare AN/VIS NVG mount.

Special thanks to MSA Group, NVEC Company, and Litton Industries.

 

Half Cut MICH 2002 Helmet

This is a half cut version of the famous MSA MICH 2000 helmet. It is called the MICH 2002 Helmet.

Excellent ballistic performance, light weight, low profile design, 4 point suspension system, modular skull foam pads for maximum comfort, excellent interface for headsets, and gas masks.  It is one of the best ballistic helmets nowadays.

This half cut design fits most tactical headset systems, while maintain limited ballistic protection at the ear area. This Helmet is used by Army SFs, Marines, SEALs, and CCT operators.

The helmet in the picture belong the the USMC Riverine 1 Squadron.

 

 

 

Full Cut MICH 2001 Helmet

This is a full cut version of the famous MSA MICH 2000 helmet. It is called the MICH 2001 Helmet. Excellent ballistic performance, low profile design, 4 point suspension system, modular foam pads for maximum comfort.

Excellent ballistic performance, light weight, low profile design, 4 point suspension system, modular skull foam pads for maximum comfort, excellent interface for headsets, and gas masks.  It is one of the best ballistic helmets nowadays.

This full cut design fits almost all tactical headset system (big or small), such as Comtac , TEA , TCI and Sordin headsets. Super low profile design, and it is a favorite for CQB operators.

Special thanks to ATS Tactical.

 

RBR Combat Helmet

RBR Combat Helmet was popular among SF teams in late 1990s and early 2000s. It is made by RBR Armor, Inc., a super famous UK helmet manufacturer. This helmet is also very famous among UK Special Forces.

RBR helmets have many great features that excel the US PASGT helmets at that period; such as, a better ballistic performance, an innovative three point suspension system, rubber chin cup, padded head band, better surface finish, stream-line edge, better gas mask and headset interface, and a low profile helmet shape.

Special thanks to RBR Tactical Armor Inc., and Botach Tactical.

 

Navy SEAL Combat Helmet

The helmet in the pictures belong to a retired SEAL Operator. It is a RBR Combat Helmet. There is a Litton PVS-15 NVG helmet mount on it.

RBR Combat Helmet was popular among SF teams in late 1990s and early 2000s. It is made by RBR Armor, Inc., a super famous UK helmet manufacturer. This helmet is also very famous among UK Special Forces.

RBR helmets have many great features that excel the US PASGT helmets at that period; such as, a better ballistic performance, an innovative three point suspension system, rubber chin cup, padded head band, better surface finish, stream-line edge, better gas mask and headset interface, and a low profile helmet shape.

 

 

 

 

Delta Force Ballistic Helmet

As far as I remembered, this helmet is called the Delta Force Helmet (correct me if I am wrong).

Although the helmet looks like a normal PASGT helmet (frag helmet), it is actually a ballistic helmet. Besides, it has an improved three point suspension system, plastic chin cup, and a curved front cap edge. The design is very close to the UK RBR PASGT Ballistic Helmet. Copy each other??

The helmet in the picture belong to a retired SEAL operator Mr. W. Special thanks!

Bottom picture shows the SEAL VBSS operators wear this helmet (1990s).

 

Pro-Tec Full Cover Helmet

This is one of the super famous helmets used by US Special Forces ever. This helmet has been in military service since day one!

According to Pro-Tec, the helmet is made in 1970's. It is a skate helmet that became the most recognizable helmet of all time. Featuring classic ear protection styling, a comfy two stage liner, stainless steel rivets, and soft tubular webbing chin strap.

ProTec Helmet offers impact protection to the operators only. It is not a ballistic helmet. It is super light weight, and has a nice foam pads around the skull and ears. Many maritime, VBSS operators love it. It is almost an icon of the VBSS SEALs.

The original Pro-Tec helmet is in black only. Now, the helmet is available in other military colors, such as, desert tan, olive drab, Grey, and etc. Besides, Pro-Tec also offer other type of liner, and non-reflective Pro-Tec helmets. Be sure to check them out.

Special thanks to ADS Tactical, and Pro-Tec.

 

 

 

Navy SEAL Modified Pro-Tec Helmet

This Pro-Tec Helmet was modified by a SEAL operator. A military headset is installed inside the helmet. This kind of  set up is used by the SEALs during VBSS in early 1990s.

We have seen dual cord communication headset set up as well (bottom picture).

 

Navy SEAL Modified Pro-Tec Helmet (Para, VBSS)

This is another modified Pro-Tec Helmet of a SEAL operator. A military boom mic / ear piece were installed in the helmet. Besides, it has a pair of oxygen mask receiver. As regard to the set up, it is likely for Para or VBSS Ops. (1990s to early 2000s).

Please also see the vintage rectangular Pro-Tec sticker label. It is an icon !

 

 

Army SF Half Head Impact Helmet

Pictures show a half head impact helmet of a Army SF operator. It is a plastic helmet with very thick impact  liner inside. Besides, the plastic shell itself is much thicker than the Pro-Tec half head helmet. The helmet is camo painted, and its surface is made non-reflective. The surface finish is similar as the PASGT helmet. Very nice custom job !

Half Head Impact Helmet got super famous in the Movie "Black Hawk Down".  It has become a symbol of the Delta Forces (D-boys).

 

 

 

SEAL VBSS Commander Flight Deck Helmet

This is a custom-made Navy SEAL VBSS commander Flight Deck Helmet. It is made according to photos of  the book "SEAL Combat Boarding manual". 

It is a dual cord communication system. Each system has its own PTT switch. One system connect to a Motorola MX300R, and other connect to HST satcom radio. This set up is used by the SEAL VBSS team during  the 1st Gulf War (1991). It is really a legend !

 

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