The Gentex lightweight parachutist helmet is also referred
to as the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) Helmet System. This
helmet is designed to provide head, eye and facial protection,
and is equipped with additional components to facilitate communications.
To enable complete system integration, oxygen mask retention devices
are installed onto the helmet allowing various mask options to
be fitted and worn during military parachutist operations. The
helmet assembly provides cranial protection through the use of
an advanced lightweight aramid composite structure. The helmet
shell and liner are designed to resist penetration by sharp objects,
to distribute the forces during impacts, and to reduce the impact
energy transmitted to the wearer's head. Prominent features of
the outer shell construction include frontal openings at the three
and nine o'clock positions, along with cut backs in the helmet
shell to accommodate peripheral vision.
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The HALO Helmet incorporates lightweight components which
provide for increased stability and retention without compromising
weight, protection or visibility.
The outer shell is painted a flat gray (similar to No.36231 per
FED-STD-595) to blend with current military aircraft camouflage
schemes. If desired, the outer shell can be painted in a variety
A foam-cored edgeroll is bonded onto the helmet edge to provide
comfort and improve sound attenuation. The edgeroll foam core
is covered with high quality cabretta leather (LL-L-254, Type
Each helmet includes a standard form fitted liner [TPL]
sized to the anthropometrical data
which correlates to head size. The rigid foam liner is comprised
polyurethane material. A fitting pad set for the liner is provided
for a maximal custom fit. Specially formed leather earpads house
each earphone. The liner, fitting pads and earpads are all covered
with high quality cabretta leather. If desired, a custom fit polyurethane
(form fitted to the wearer's head) can be provided.
Each helmet assembly comes equipped with oxygen mask bayonet receivers
housed in lightweight plastic covers.
To ensure maximum helmet retention, separate adjustable chin and
nape straps are attached to the helmet.
The communication system includes left and right side earphone
elements and an external dynamic boom microphone, which can be
mounted on either side of the helmet.
The standard HALO Helmet Assembly includes a clear goggle assembly
for eye protection. The goggle frame is manufactured with extra
layers of foam covering the forehead area to ensure both comfort
and tight seal to the face.
As standard equipment on the -01 (medium), -02 (large) and -03
(extra large) assemblies are a complete communications system,
including the coiled cord set for radio interface, fitting pad
kit and the goggle assembly. Standard equipment on the -04 (medium),
-05 (large) and -06 (extra large) assemblies includes complete
communications with coiled cord set, liner fitting pad set, and
a clear visor lens that is fastened to the helmet with pull-the-dot
snaps. A neutral gray shade lens is also available as an optional
item. Both the clear and neutral gray lenses are available in
MBU-5/P, MBU-12/P, and Gentex HA/LP (MBU-20/P Type) trim.
A leather cover (P/N GW 9339) for the detachable visor incorporating
hook and pile fasteners for easy installation and removal is available
to prevent scratches and other damage when not in use. A special
cloth cover (P/N GW 9340) with elastic band is also available
for the goggle assembly. View
Visor Covers available for sale here.
Standard Oxygen Masks:
The HALO Helmet enables complete system integration with the MBU-12/P,
MBU-5/P, and Gentex HA/LP (MBU-20/P Type). View
Oxygen Masks available for sale here.
A special black cotton skullcap (Gentex P/N GW 9663-01 - medium
or GW 9663-02 - large) can be worn next to the head to absorb
perspiration and enhance personal comfort. View
Skull Caps available for sale here.
The HALO Helmet can be configured with either clear or neutral
gray visors with MBU12/P, MBU-5/P and Gentex HA/LP (MBU-20/P
Type) trim. Gentex also offers a bubble visor which has been configured
to give the wearer of the HALO Helmet full face protection when
jumping into heavily foliaged areas. View
Visors available for sale here.