Galvion’s Batlskin Caiman Helmet System suite, unveiled at SOFIC in May 2017, is a unique multipurpose helmet line that breaks new ground in the rapidly-advancing special operations helmet industry. The Caiman suite consists of a conformal hybrid helmet system, a ballistic helmet system, and a bump helmet system, all of which have been engineered to quickly and efficiently adapt to mission requirements. To realize this forward-thinking vision, Galvion enlisted the assistance of Special Operations Forces (SOF) users, banking on their vast, diverse in-the-field experience and incorporating their feedback throughout the thorough-yet-fast-paced development process.
As is typical for Galvion, this development process was taken to the extreme: Galvion set ambitious goals for performance and innovation, brought a wide-range of SOF contacts and allies to the table, worked within a narrow timeline, and built these helmet systems from the ground up. The end result of a year-plus of design, development, and extensive review and testing is an immensely versatile, cutting-edge suite: Galvion’s Batlskin Caiman helmets are engineered for full-spectrum use, providing elite protection and performance across coastal marine, riverine, maritime, high-altitude, and ground maneuvers. Galvion has also developed a new set of Caiman accessories specially-designed to enhance this scalable helmet systems for boat, vehicle, and HALO/HAHO, as well as mountain, river, and direct action operations. The skeletonization of all system components has significantly reduced the overall weight, and the neck load burden, compared to currently fielded helmet systems, and emphasizes scalability and mission-specific accessories for highly dynamic operations. Galvion’s Caiman Hybrid Helmet is particularly unconventional in that can be ballistically-enabled—add-on armor appliques attach to the top, front, and back for ballistic, blunt-force, blast-force, and fragmentation protection.