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Galvion has announced that a customised Baltskin® Viper helmet solution has been chosen as the next Specialised Forces Helmet (Helm SpezKr schwer). The programme was awarded to Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics GmbH, who will act as the in-country contracting entity for the Galvion helmet, following a full and open competition.  The contract encompasses the delivery of up to 20,000 helmets, with an initial order for 5000 helmet systems and a helmet refurbishment plan to be executed in-country by Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics. Also included is the option for a two year contract extension following contract framework completion in 2025.

The bespoke helmet system, developed to the German MoD’s rigorous performance and technical standards, underwent thorough testing and an extensive user evaluation prior to being selected.  The Viper helmet solution will come in a custom German Green colour, and features Galvion’s Modular Suspension System which has been configured to meet a variety of impact standards and mission requirements. Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics will begin delivering the Galvion helmet to the German Specialised Forces in Q2 2021.

Combat Effective Helmet

These helmets offer improved protection and are more comfortable to wear, particularly where the level-dependent hearing protection and night vision devices are concerned. They therefore significantly boost the combat effectiveness of troops deployed in infantry-type operations. Among other things, the helmets are intended for special operations forces and Ranger-type forces, with their use in the NATO spearhead VJTF 2023 also being considered. In terms of strategy, this framework contract positions Rheinmetall to compete for other potential major orders in the field of tactical head protection.

As well as this latest award, Galvion enjoys an impressive track record of large-scale global sales for protective head systems and soldier power management systems. Other key customers include defence forces from the US, Canada, UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, in addition to many NATO SF units around the world.

Jack Richardson