At SOFIC 2014, I had the opportunity to peruse 3M’s expanding line of soldier protection equipment. As of this writing, 3M is providing 3M™ Peltor™ ComTac™ III Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) and 3M™ Peltor™ COMTAC™ IV Hybrid Communication Headset to the U.S. military. In September of 2013 the company landed an $80 million contract with the U.S.M.C. to supply ACH helmets. Since then, they’ve introduced a the 3M™ Defender™ Ultra Light Weight Ballistic Bump Helmet (ULW-BBH)*
I didn’t have the means to do a side-by-side comparison but it certainly felt lighter than Ops Core or Team Wendy’s offering in the same basic design. Interestingly enough 3M’s Defender was equipped with a Team Wendy Helmet Liner System. The entire system was light years ahead of anything I’ve used in the past in both comfort and stability. Ballistic protection is Level IIIA.
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