HEAD SYSTEMS

HEAD SYSTEMS

FUELED BY A SINGULAR OBJECTIVE: ENHANCE SURVIVABILITY

Galvion’s Batlskin® head systems are built with the complexity of modern-day operations in mind. The innovations that drive our protective solutions are fueled by a singular objective: to enhance survivability.

Modern protection systems must be reliable and strong, but that isn’t enough anymore. Agility, mobility, flexibility and integration are paramount for soldiers and tactical personnel facing life-or-death scenarios. Galvion started a revolution with our polyethylene helmets—engineering ballistic head protection with lower weight and superior protective qualities, and we’ve been leading the industry ever since.

A batch of helmets are processed at Galvion’s Newport facility

PRECISION DRILLING OF ONE OF OUR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM HELMETS AT OUR NEWPORT LOCATION

TRAILBLAZING MANUFACTURING

New advances in head protection are always around the corner, and it takes dedication and investment to keep up. Our custom-developed composite manufacturing equipment has flexible tooling that can be quickly and accurately adjusted to meet a given order portfolio. All of the helmet shell presses at our Newport facility—the primary site for helmet and armor production and manufacturing—have been fully converted to allow for both polyethylene and aramid helmet manufacturing. This has involved adding new chilling capacity, a new Gerber material cutting machine, and new molds capable of providing both heating and chilling during the shell molding process.

ADVANCED MATERIALS 

We are one of the pioneers of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) advancements. New composite materials produce next generation helmets that are significantly lighter than current in-use combat helmets while providing increased ballistic and impact protection. Our armor and helmet systems engineers have evaluated and experimented with a vast array of materials and material combinations—including new materials, various aramids and weaves, and hybrid combinations of materials—to produce armor and helmets with superior performance and comfort.

Galvion has significant experience with all UHMWPE materials that provide excellent high velocity fragmentation protection, as well as superior 9mm RTP, compression, and impact resistance, with minimal to no change in ballistic performance at extreme temperatures. We have delivered on important U.S. military and international contracts for products that use advanced UHMWPE products, and we continue to invest in R&D, expand our materials focus and we work extensively with various UHMWPE suppliers’ engineering teams to establish and master the manufacturing nuances for each material put to use in our Batlskin helmets. Whether soldiers are wearing our helmet in the Arctic or at the equator, the performance and protection will be consistent.

Batlskin Viper Modular Head Protection System features interconnected helmet, front mount, visor, mandible, and long rail components

MODULAR HEAD PROTECTION SYSTEMS

Our Batlskin Viper® Modular Head Protection System is one of the world’s first fully integrated and fully modular head protection solution. We created custom components and accessories—including a multi-purpose front mount, rail systems, a three-position visor, and mandible guards (ballistic or wire)—to provide total head and facial protection against blast, fragmentation, blunt impact, and ballistic threats, as well as the ability to incorporate headborne devices. Since the introduction of the Viper head system, we have brought this modular, adaptable concept to other innovative, industry leading helmet lines, as well as different industries—including tactical, paramilitary, and Spec Ops users.

Our cutting-edge Batlskin Caiman® Helmet Suite, a scalable and agile offering explicitly created for Special Operations Forces. The Caiman family includes a ballistic helmet system, a hybrid helmet system, and a bump helmet system. Designed for accessory and component integration, users can also up the protection level of the Caiman Hybrid Helmet system with a ballistic applique for varying threats and unpredictable scenarios.