Latest addition to the personal protection equipment offered by Norwegian NFM Group is the HJELM Helmet System. It was officially unveiled during the first day of MILIPOL 2019 in Paris, France.
The NFM HJELM helmet line was developed to be the first Generation IV ground infantry platform capable of integrating information technology while advancing protection from battlefield threats. The foundation for this system is an internal liner system that holds the helmet on the head comfortably and securely. It is coupled to a lightweight shell made from the highest grade of ballistic materials, and every gram of performance is optimized with state-of-the art processing techniques.
What makes HJELM a truly Generation-IV helmet is the Edgemount™ with Helmet Attachment System Pattern (HASP). Unlike traditional rails and velcro which have limited attachment options and added material to the outside of the helmet, independent of devices being attached or not, the Edgemount with HASP means technology can be integrated only where it is needed.
Most Generation III helmets use a rail system for attaching accessory equipment like an illuminator, visor, or communications headset to the helmet. Rails are heavier and require more and material than is necessary when attaching fewer devices – which is often the case. NFM’s patented Edgemount Attachment Systen provides the flexibility to attach only the accessory equipment that is desired so if a solider only requires a torch for a particular mission, this is all the mounting hardware that is attached.
The Edgemount Attachment System also provides the means for integrating wiring and connectors inside the helmet for Generation IV sensory enhancement technologies. This gives soldiers and technology manufacturers the flexibility to incorporate these devices in the optimal confirguration for their function, while streamlining and protecting the cabling and connectors from being damaged or causing a snag hazard on the exterior of the helmet.
Most helmets on the market today are covered with Velcro loop to fasten devices like ID patches, IFF devices, and cameras. The attachment strength of Velcro loop material degrades over time, especially with repeated use and environmental wear and tear, so that even Velcro attachment which may have been adequate when new can fail over time. Its strength is also dependent upon the compatibility of the Velcro hook on the mating device, which may result in an unreliable connection to the helmet.
The NFM HASP (Helmet Attachment System Pattern) replaces the Velcro loop with a structural web of high-strength composites that provide a stronger and more reliable system throughout the shell exterior. Devices can now be mechanically attached without fear of the connection failing. The HASP is also removable so that it is easily replaced even in the field if it does become damaged.