Gentex announces the release of the Ops-Core FAST RF1, its most advanced ballistic protection helmet system

Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel, announced today the release of its next generation Ops-Core® FAST® helmet system, the Ops-Core FAST RF1. The FAST RF1 is the lightest weight helmet on the market to protect against a 7.62x39mm Mild Steel Core threat.

The FAST RF1 features the same innovative, modular design as previous Ops-Core FAST helmet systems and is made of a hybrid composite that is the result of years of research and development. The FAST RF1 is the first helmet to offer this level of protection without the addition of a ballistic applique. It weighs an average of 3.5 lbs (1592 grams) making it the lightest weight 7.62x39mm ballistic protection helmet system on the market. The helmet seamlessly integrates with Ops-Core total headborne system solutions including the STEP-IN® Visor, AMP® Communication Headset, and FAST mandibles.

Gentex and the Ops-Core brand are synonymous with innovation and the FAST RF1 is the latest breakthrough that will provide today’s warfighter with an unprecedented level of protection. We’re proud to field the most ballistically protective helmet shell ever qualified for production by Gentex.

Des Walsh, vice president of advanced research and development for Gentex Corporation

Gentex advances towards production readiness and deliveries of the FAST RF1 to select strategic customers this fall and is currently taking orders for military and law enforcement units.

Part of Gentex Corporation’s portfolio for defense, emergency response, and security forces, the focus, and dedication of the company’s Ops-Core brand remains the same – protecting elite forces. The modular, scalable, open-architecture design of Ops-Core products allows for seamless integration and true system level performance.

Source: Gentex news release

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