Britain’s special forces are testing futuristic-looking headgear that has been dubbed the “Boba Fett” helmet due to its resemblence to the one worn by the bounty hunter character in Star Wars movies.
“For years the defense industry has been trying to find a way of protecting the head and this is the next development,” a military source told the Daily Mirror. “The helmet, already being used by special forces, is much more versatile than just stopping bullets.”
The source said the helmet is “fitted with the latest communications technology and will help the soldier see the enemy, no matter what the circumstances.”
The helmet was initially used by U.S. special forces, including the Army Delta Force and the Navy SEALs, and is now being tested by British troops in the Special Air Service and the Special Boat Service.
The helmets are offered by Japan-based Devtac.
According to the inventors of Devtac’s Ronin Kevlar Level IIIA Tactical Ballistic Helmet, it is the world’s most advanced helmet and is “literally bullet proof.”
Ballistic protection plates that can deflect shots from an AK47 and more powerful weapons are not the only feature that makes the helmet useful to military special forces.
The helmet is also designed to withstand fire, explosions and shrapnel, and is air-conditioned for protection from heat and gasses.
Also featured in the helmet is a “friend or foe” mechanism which receives signals from others wearing the helmets.
To assist in locating enemies, the helmet is equipped with an “infra-red” setting which employs heat-seeking technology.
Additionally, a GPS system displays maps on the helmet’s visor, enabling troops to check their positions.
Although the helmet is considered futuristic, bounty hunter Boba Fett debuted the look in 1980 in the film The Empire Strikes Back. (For more from the author of “Military Special Forces Testing Bulletproof ‘Boba Fett’ Helmet” please click HERE)