When a helmet saves your life....

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  1. Vergennes

    Vergennes Captain Staff Member Ret. Military International Mod

    Oct 10, 2015
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    Remember the attack late November 2015 in Bamako, the attackers came from the west side of the Radisson Blu Hotel. They had suitcases. They opened them and took automatic weapons out of them and shot at the security agents before heading to the hall to make a bloodbath... 21 people,including the terrorists were killed with several foreigners... russians,chinese,american,belgian etc..

    A detachment of french special forces was deployed by air from the neighboring country,what must be remembered is the decisive action of the french special forces. At least two units specialized in counter-terrorism and hostage rescue missions were present this day to neutralize the terrorists,the 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment and the Commandos Marine.

    This is where we saw the determinant role of the SAS operators of the 1st RPIMA during the neutralization of the terrorists and the rescue of many hostages,confirming the CTLO (Counter-terrorism and hostage rescue) capabilities of the regiment up to the event.

    During the assault,one of the terrorists fired from upstairs on the operators column who were climbing stairs,and one of the soldier took an kalachnikov bullet (7,62 x 39) on his ops-core helmet,and this is this helmet that saved his life,if he wore another helmet during this action,he wouldn't probably have survived and went back home...


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  2. Technofox

    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    Friendly reminder: wear your damn helmet!!

    Gotta love that ballistic plastic. The Russian 7.62 x 39 isn't exactly known for penetration though, not in the same way the 5.56 or 5.45 is, but it imparts enough kinetic energy to knock you over.


    @Gessler @Parikrama what's the cost of the helmet the Indian Army is looking at? These OPs-Core FAST helmets run 1400 USD per unit.

    Costly, but the results speak for themselves.

    And I was just about to ask about this. How's the OPs-Core compare to other military helmets like the Russian titanium:


    Or American Kevlar?

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