GRIDIRON TO BATTLEFIELD:
VICIS
WARFIGHTER
PROTECTION
We were approached by U.S. Army medical staff in 2016. They asked us to adapt VICIS football helmet technology for use in advanced combat helmets. In early 2018, we received a contract from U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to support this work.
WE'RE MOTIVATED BY THE OPPORTUNITY----THE IMPERATIVE----
TO IMPROVE WARFIGHTER HEAD PROTECTION.
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OUR APPROACH
Current combat helmets are optimized for ballistic protection, but most peacetime head injuries result from blunt force impact.
We've replaced current combat helmets’ suspension pad systems with an engineered structure derived from our top-ranked footballhelmet technology that greatly improves blunt impact performance.
*VICIS RFLX® WARRIOR GRADE intentionally camouflaged to preserve confidentiality
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INNOVATE TO PROTECT
This approach allows currently deployed combat helmets to be retrofitted, allowing our servicemen and women to immediately benefit.
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Military Grade Tech
VICIS RFLX technology, used to revolutionize football helmets,demonstrates significant reduction in blunt impact force when implemented in military pad sets.
The transition membrane is constructed from a lightweight, flexiblematerial that bonds RFLX to our military grade foam.
Our military grade foam provides the comfort and fit required by ourservicemen and women in the course of duty.
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PERFORMANCE IN THE
LAB, PROTECTION ON THE BATTLEFIELD
Using our expertise in football, our engineering team has designed new pad set technology for military helmets that show improved blunt impact protection.
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CURRENTLY DEPLOYED SUSPENSION PAD TYPE 1
CURRENTLY DEPLOYED SUSPENSION PAD TYPE 2
CURRENTLY DEPLOYED SUSPENSION PAD TYPE 3
CURRENTLY DEPLOYED SUSPENSION PAD TYPE 4
Lat Procedure III Front Pad 14.1FT/S
Peak Acceleration (G)
These results were obtained using the Department of Defense Test Protocol for Combat Helmets: Helmet Pad Suspension System Lot Acceptance Test Plan – Procedure III. Each suspension pad was placed on the Modular Elastomer Programmer and twice impacted at 90 second intervals with a spherical impactor at 14.1 ft/sec. The VICIS pad results were obtained at Chesapeake Laboratories. Currently deployed suspension pad results were obtained in VICIS RDI Test Lab (data averaged over 4 to 10 different new pad sets per category).