The newest combat helmet to enter service with the U.S. spec ops community might have some issues.
The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) chose Gentex Corporation to provide the Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS) — Coxswain Helmet System. The contract, which was signed in early October, is a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Firm Fixed Price (FFP) production contract with a maximum value of $95 million.
The FTHS Coxswain Helmet System is comprised of the Ops-Core FAST FTHS Carbon Composite Helmet with additional modular Ops-Core accessories tailored for its particular mission. These extra accessories include:
- Step-In Visors with clear and tinted lenses
- NVG Snap Shields
- FAST Ballistic and Carbon Composite Mandibles
- FAST Low Profile Ballistic Appliques
Tom Short, the vice president of Ground Systems, Gentex Corporation, said in a press statement that, “We’re extremely pleased to have been chosen to provide the Coxswain Helmet System for USSOCOM. The FTHS Coxswain contract validates our design process and helmet system innovations while bringing the FTHS Ballistic/Non-Ballistic and FTHS Coxswain Helmets together as one family of headborne systems with interchangeable accessories, common parts and simplified logistics.”