It’s starting to look like the soldiers of the future could almost fight in space. The Army’s latest helmet concept, specifically designed for chemical-biological protection, includes a respirator that keeps the air clean and cool, like a mini air conditioner built right into the mask. It also looks very badass.
Well, to be more specific, it looks like a real-life Halo helmet (or a motorcycle helmet). It also looks like the Army really does have a bit of a thing for Halo, since the last helmet update we saw looked equally as inspired by the game.
I started my Army career with the old steel pot helmet, which was terribly uncomfortable. After a while, we transitioned to the PASGT Kevlar helmet, which was just as uncomfortable, but at least had the virtue of being considerably better protection. Since then, the Army has moved on to the ACH, a lighter, slightly smaller version of the Kevlar, and is in fact on its second generation of ACH.
As for the protective mask, I used the same old M17 and M25 of the Vietnam era. Neither could be considered comfortable in any way, thought the M25, designed for combat vehicle crewmen, could at least be plugged into the vehicle’s pre-filter, which had a fan to make it a bit easier suck in air. Still, both were always a sweaty mess. And shooting the Brad while wearing the M25 was pretty much the worst engagement of Table VIII.