Thursday, February 10, 2011
Army officials said that recent tests of the so-called "Enhanced Combat Helmet" showed the helmets were so strong that engineers didn't have equipment powerful enough to penetrate them with simulated IED fragments.
"The test lab we sent it to couldn't calculate an [average ballistic rating] because … the test guns they had couldn't shoot fragments fast enough to penetrate the helmet," said the Army's top protective equipment buyer, Col. Bill Cole. "We don't know exactly what the [average strength] is, but it's better than we've ever seen before."
"We're going to have to build stronger test guns to figure out how good it is," he added.
Scuttlebutt has it that the new helmets will take an AK (7.62x39) round at 10' with not much more than a ding and a scratch at point of impact. About damn time too.