Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
London, United Kingdom (4E) – The elite British Army Special Forces unit called the SAS (Special Air Service) is currently field testing a full-face, bulletproof armored helmet that can withstand hits from 7.92 mm rounds and also has air-conditioning.
The skull-like and futuristic-looking “Devtac Ronin Kevlar Level IIIA Tactical Ballistic Helmet” from Devtac Japan is clearly influenced by, and has most of the elements of the classic Samurai warrior’s head armor: an armored helmet and an armored face mask (called “menpo” in Japanese).
The word “ronin” is Japanese for a Samurai warrior without a master.
In the west, the Devtac Ronin is being labeled the “Boba Fett” helmet after the Greek Corinthian-style helmet worn by the infamous Star Wars bounty hunter, Boba Fett, employed by Jabba the Hutt to hunt down Han Solo.
The Devtac Ronin being tested by SAS “blades” or operators is protected by reinforced Kevlar armor and armor plates 7 mm thick said to be strong enough to withstand hits from 7.92 mm rounds fired from an AK-47 and .44 Magnum rounds fired from handguns.
The full-face armor is said to be capable of turning away shrapnel, blasts and fire.
Equally impressive is the kit deployed inside the Devtac Ronin. The helmet is air conditioned to protect its wearer against the oven-like heat inside an enclosed helmet and poisonous gases.
It comes with advanced communications technology and has an identification friend or foe (IFF) system to identify friendlies and hostiles. But most impressive is the helmet’s infrared system that reveals the heat signatures of living things, like enemy soldiers.
Think of the infrared system equipping “Predators” in the Predator movies and you get the idea.
The helmet also has GPS that projects maps onto the inside of the helmet’s bullet-proof polycarbonate goggles.
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