Authored by Jaakko Havola, Product Manager, Savox Communications
Today’s modern western defense forces utilize a variety of night vision goggles (NVGs) depending on type of troop and specific mission requirements. Most typically the NVG is treated as an add-on solution: The chosen goggles are bolted, screwed and strapped upon an existing helmet. However, newer integrated helmet designs now provide significant benefits in terms of comfort, safety and cost-savings.
What’s so great about newer integrated helmet designs? Here’s the rundown.
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Weight & Balance
Old Way: Wearing a traditional non-integrated helmet with NVGs can literally give you a pain in the neck. Not only is the weight of the helmet itself problematic, but adding a night vision goggle as an afterthought compounds the issue because now a counter weight (read “dead weight”) must also be added to keep the entire system positioned correctly on the head.
New Way: Newer, integrated tactical headgear system designs offer distinct advantages concerning weight and balance. In general, newer helmet designs are significantly lighter than traditional helmets. As well, the balance point of integrated helmet designs is optimized from the start to account for goggle use, and at the same time, a centralized power source for the entire system is integrated within the design to provide an optimally balanced helmet and greater comfort for the wearer.