14 April 2008
14 April 2008
Using its proprietary quick-cycle moulding processes, Diaphorm Technologies LLC is now producing composite combat helmets that they say weigh up to 10% less than available ACH (Advanced Combat Helmet)-grade helmets.
The company will also double helmet capacity to 50,000 units/yr by May, to meet demand for their growing helmet line. Diaphorm moulds the helmets of thermoplastic with ballistically-rated continuous fibre reinforcement. Current production volumes average 100 units/day.
“The new combat helmet far exceeds ACH specs for impact, meets all specs for ballistic protection, and greatly reduces shock transference to the soldier,” says Bob Miller, Diaphorm president. It is marketed through Diaphorm’s subsidiary, Max Pro-Police & Armor.
Diaphorm says that, in standardized ACH tests, the helmet transferred one third less impact to the dummy head than all other helmets tested. The shell of the new combat helmet is made with the same proprietary moulding process and similar construction as the company’s NIJ Level IIIa tactical helmets.
“Demand has been so strong that it tapped out our current capacity,” said Mr. Miller. “The 100% expansion will happen quickly, will use the same proven process and process controls, and can produce both helmets.”
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