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Army researchers develop futuristic helmet
Defense Talk ^ | 11/3/2010 | Defense Talk

Posted on 11/03/2010 9:09:42 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Imagine a future when a Soldier's helmet is an integrated communications center with a heads-up computer display, night vision, thermal sensors and enhanced hearing. That future is nearer than many think.

During the 2010 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting Oct. 25-27 at the Washington Convention Center, civilian researchers from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center displayed futurist equipment design concepts to senior Army leaders, congressional staffers and Soldiers attending the show.

"What we're trying to do is tell the story of how we're setting the force for the future," said Jean-Louis "Dutch" DeGay, Strategic Outreach, Natick Soldier RDEC


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: battlefield; combat; helmet; militarytechynology; usarmy; usmilitary

1 posted on 11/03/2010 9:09:49 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Futuristic? Will it tell us if Nancy cries when she loses the gavel?


2 posted on 11/03/2010 9:17:11 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Prepare for battle and never forsake the Lord...unknown)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Note to users of the new helmet; While you’re fiddling with the controls of your helmet, make sure the guy with the AK doesn’t sneak up and club you silly from behind.


3 posted on 11/03/2010 9:17:35 PM PDT by Redcitizen (The Democrats got the Tea virus- they're zombies!)
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To: Redcitizen
Here they are trying it out --

4 posted on 11/03/2010 9:22:01 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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5 posted on 11/03/2010 9:23:48 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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6 posted on 11/03/2010 9:24:26 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

China’s going to manufacture them. : ) Or, maybe India.


7 posted on 11/03/2010 9:26:31 PM PDT by mia
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
Jean-Louis "Dutch" DeGay

I will not have my fwiends widiculed by the common soldiewy. - - Anybody else feel like a little... giggle... when I mention my fwiend... Dutch...DeGay?

8 posted on 11/03/2010 9:29:04 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: BenLurkin

Swell, if you don’t see the threat- the threat doesn’t see you. =)


9 posted on 11/03/2010 9:29:50 PM PDT by Redcitizen (The Democrats got the Tea virus- they're zombies!)
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To: USNBandit

Any relation to Count DeMoney?


10 posted on 11/03/2010 9:31:07 PM PDT by Redcitizen (The Democrats got the Tea virus- they're zombies!)
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To: BenLurkin

Perhaps????
11 posted on 11/03/2010 9:31:12 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

I have a little inside knowledge of some of this research... and it’s definitely very, very cool stuff.

I don’t know what it’ll look like when it finally hits the battlefield, but some of the prototypes have been just wicked.


12 posted on 11/03/2010 9:36:10 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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13 posted on 11/03/2010 9:36:17 PM PDT by I see my hands (How's that ballot box thing working out for you?)
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To: Ramius

It does sound like a fantastic tool for the soldier.


14 posted on 11/03/2010 9:37:57 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

15 posted on 11/03/2010 9:38:54 PM PDT by The Comedian (I really missed you. Next time, I'll adjust for windage.)
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To: I see my hands

Lol, you look rubbery tonight my little minx.


16 posted on 11/03/2010 9:40:17 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Prepare for battle and never forsake the Lord...unknown)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

It is... Imagine this:

An integrated headgear (helmet, face/eye protection) that has:
- blast and ballistic protection (some, anyway...)
- heads up display of area map
- map locations of known bad guys
- target locations
- live GPS locations of friendlies
- online with command data center in real time
- integrated Chem/Bio mask
- integrated night vision / thermo

Schweet...

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17 posted on 11/03/2010 9:50:30 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

Oh... and I forgot:

- heads up picture of the rifle sight.

You have a little virtual screen that shows the reticle of your rifle scope. Point it around a corner, and see what your scope sees. Schweet. :-)


18 posted on 11/03/2010 9:58:06 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
The soldiers are already used to video games. Might as well be in an augmented reality war.
19 posted on 11/03/2010 10:02:38 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Blood of Tyrants; ErnstStavroBlofeld

Darn you I was going to post the Darth Helmet pic :)


20 posted on 11/03/2010 10:22:45 PM PDT by tlb
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To: Ramius

and it only needs a 30 lb battery to run for 6 hours.....


21 posted on 11/03/2010 11:44:12 PM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
The “real” problem with headgear with kind of equipment is the weight. Every ounce added to a helmet contributes to an inordinate amount of strain on the soldier as he/she is moving from point to point, aiming their weapons, looking up from the prone position, doing anything.
22 posted on 11/04/2010 6:47:38 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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