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ACH Helmet Recalls Hits 2nd Manufacturer

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Advanced Combat Helmet The ACH replaces the old PASGT helmet in the Army, and offers a number of improvements including exposed ears to improve hearing, a set mount for night vision gear, better protection against bullets in covered areas, and a system of internal pads that improve protection against blasts and their accompanying potential for brain trauma. That padding has been a source of controversy, as the US Marines’ Light Weight Helmets (LWH) have been criticized for lacking this feature. In May 2009, the Army recalled helmets from Gentex. Now, on May 13/10, they have issued a recall notice for 44,000 ArmorSource helmets in the field… ACH manufacturers included ArmorSource, Gentex, Mine Safety Appliances, and Specialty Defense Systems (since acquired by BAE systems). ArmorSource was formerly formerly Rabintex USA LLC, ad is based in Hebron, OH. They are 1 of 4 manufacturers who make ACH helmets for the US military, and their 102,000 manufactured helmets comprise a small percentage of the estimated 1.6 million ACH helmets in stock. The helmets affected by the recall were made from August 2007 – November 2009. About 44,000 of those helmets were in the field, another 55,000 were in bonded storage, and the Army […]

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