New Australian Combat Helmet - Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH)

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    New Australian Combat Helmet - Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH)

    Post by ladrang on Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:33 pm

    "Australia, after studying four different helmet designs, accepted one from an Israeli firm and is introducing it as the Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH). Some ten ounces lighter than the current helmet, the ECH also offers better protection and is much more comfortable. The Israeli proposal is a modified (to meet Australian specifications) version of the RBH 303 helmet (itself a modification of the RBH 103 helmet currently used by the Israeli armed forces.) The main modifications were improved ballistics protection, changes to the padding system, the elimination of the front brim and a reduction in ear coverage to enable troops to use “Active Noise Reduction” equipment. The ECH comes in four sizes (small, medium, large and extra large), with the heaviest one weighing 2.6 pounds. The RBH 303 only had three sizes, but it was found that many Australian troops, well, had big heads.

    The current Australian helmet, the PASGT, is similar to the Kevlar model adopted by the United States in the early 1980s, and by many nations after that. The Kevlar design was a third generation combat helmet, and nicknamed the “Fritz” after its resemblance to the German helmets used in both World Wars. The German World War I design, which was based on an analysis of where troops were being hit by fragments and bullets in combat, was the most successful combat helmet in that war. This basic design was little changed during World War II, and finally adopted by many other nations after the American Kevlar helmet appeared in the 1980s. Most of the second generation helmets, which appeared largely during World War II, were similar to the old American “steel pot” design. The fourth generation helmets, currently appearing, use better synthetic materials and more comfortable design." from internet

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    Re: New Australian Combat Helmet - Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH)

    Post by Ben on Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:00 pm

    Good article and photos, Will! Thanks for sharing this.


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    Post by ladrang on Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:03 pm

    Ben wrote:Good article and photos, Will! Thanks for sharing this.

    Hi Ben thanks for your comments, I didn't know before looking for in the web, if australian soldiers wore combat helmet, now I know. Wink

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    Post by aussie digger on Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:15 am

    Good article. We have been wearing these for a fair while now. If you like i can post up pics of mine.

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    Post by ladrang on Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:51 am

    aussie digger wrote:Good article. We have been wearing these for a fair while now. If you like i can post up pics of mine.

    Thanks, it will be very appreciated to see yours Wink

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    Post by aussie digger on Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:56 am

    Heres my current pretty much brand new helmet. When i get some leave back home I will put up some pics of my spray camo'd one i wore overseas.






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    Post by aussie digger on Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:09 am

    The helmet i wore in afghan.




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    Post by aussie digger on Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:11 am

    I later replaced this tag I.R for the later version after this one broke. Thats it for now, i will get some more detailed pics when im home next.




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    Post by ladrang on Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:25 am

    Thaanks for posting yours pics, it's an amazing lid Wink

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    Post by Easy Gee on Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:51 am

    Great idea for this section Will, nice one Mate. Wink

    Jason what I say, I want one Mate, very cool lid thanks for showing yours mate...cool Cool


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    Post by ladrang on Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:39 pm

    Easy Gee wrote:Great idea for this section Will, nice one Mate. Wink

    Jason what I say, I want one Mate, very cool lid thanks for showing yours mate...cool Cool

    Yes I think so, thanks Wink

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    Post by Zane108 on Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:57 pm

    I guess that is where my ECH goes.






    *Note the helmet with the DPDU cover and NVG mount is a fake MICH, just needed something to display the cover.

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    Post by Easy Gee on Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:48 am

    Thanks for showing your ECH Zane, love the camo job on it, very cool Mate Wink


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    Re: New Australian Combat Helmet - Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH)

    Post by 1feral1 on Fri May 16, 2014 3:56 am

    Not a bad write-up. The Rabintex skid lid I had issued was an XL for jugheads 58 and up Smile. The large size claimed to fit up to 58, but was just too small. Got it new in the foil packaging at certain 3RAR Coy Q Store along with other stuff all new.

    Not a bad helmet, nice and light, but outside the wire around Baghdad and surrounds in ASLAVs as crew, I used the US generic kevlar CVC ( I was a 'blackhatter'). If I was not involved in crew operations, I wore the Rabintex. If I remember right it provided IIIA level of protection, and as for the suspension system, it was not like the US MICH 'brain bucket', but more of the traditional type.

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