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Under today’s higher threat levels, operators must be assured their helmet will deliver the protection they need so they can focus on the mission. 3M™ Ballistic Helmets deliver that performance. Our expertise in developing and manufacturing new helmet technology has resulted in leading edge, tested and verified helmets. We are committed to providing the most innovative ballistic helmet solutions and continue to push technology boundaries to save lives.
3M harnesses the power of science to offer a family of helmets that can meet the specific needs of general military, special operations forces and law enforcement. Backed by our lightweight material expertise and proprietary processes, 3M ballistic helmets deliver protection against a range of threats – including handgun bullets, blunt impacts, bomb fragmentation and select small-arms projectiles – all at a comfortable and industry-leading light weight.
The 3M™ Ballistic Helmet F70 is flexible for use in multiple threat environments. The F70 is an integrated and configurable helmet designed for broad use from military combat missions, special forces operations and law enforcement tactical operations.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – March 1, 2018 – The U.S. Army has awarded Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company, an additional $34 million to continue supplying its ballistic helmet of the future. The Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) – which Popular Mechanics described as straight out of science fiction – uses advanced materials, an ultramodern design and add-on accessories to give soldiers greater comfort and advanced protection for modern missions. This brings Ceradyne’s total IHPS contract value to more than $52 million.
The U.S. Army created the highly technical IHPS to give soldiers a lighter-weight ballistic helmet with passive hearing protection and increased blunt-impact performance. It is a component of the Army’s next-generation Soldier Protection System (SPS) program, which seeks to optimize soldier protection while reducing total equipment weight.
"This order reinforces the Army’s confidence in 3M to design and produce the IHPS, which is so advanced, it sets a new global standard for head protection," said Cheryl Ingstad, global business manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, 3M.
The IHPS is designed to protect against modern battlefield threats, including powerful rifle projectiles and handgun bullets. It can be fitted with accessories, such as mandible, visor, night vision goggle attachment, rails and a modular ballistic applique for increased protection. 3M will begin delivery in early 2018 and will continue to deliver throughout the year.
For more information about 3M soldier protection solutions, visit www.3M.com/Defense.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oct. 9, 2017 – Greater threats and changing missions demand a higher caliber of head and body protection than what many militaries around the world use today. 3M will be showcasing a family of soldier protection solutions that address this need in Booth 7243 at the AUSA 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Among the 3M offerings on display will be the new Combat II Ballistic Helmet L110. This state-of-the-art helmet delivers 3M’s highest ballistic protection to date. Developed by Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company, the L110 helmet is based on technology that has been tested, fielded and proven with the U.S. military.
“There’s tremendous interest globally for head protection that defends against today’s most prevalent threats, like explosive devices and rifle bullets, at the lightest possible weight,” said Cheryl Ingstad, business manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, 3M. “We put our scientific expertise to work to deliver exactly that in the L110 helmet. We look forward to discussing the L110 helmet, our range of innovative soldier-protection offerings and future advancements at this year’s event.”
3M representatives will also be available at AUSA to discuss the company’s support for the U.S. Army’s Soldier Protection System (SPS) program.
Ceradyne was awarded a low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract in 2016 for the program’s Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) component. The IHPS will give soldiers a lighter-weight ballistic helmet system with passive hearing protection and increased blunt impact performance. The 3M IHPS offering is currently undergoing government testing. Ceradyne was also awarded an LRIP contract for the SPS’s Vital Torso Protection (VTP) component, which seeks to give soldiers lighter-weight body armor inserts. Government testing of these inserts has been completed.
With more than 70 years of support for the U.S. Armed Forces, 46 technology platforms and proven performance in the field, 3M can help program managers solve their toughest challenges. Life-saving 3M innovations include: lightweight ballistic helmets and body armor, aircraft armor, 3M™ PELTOR™ tactical communications, and respiratory, hearing and eye protection.
New helmet offers greatest protection level in its weight classification
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sept. 28, 2017 – Globally, military and police forces are seeking a state-of-the-art helmet to protect their service members from modern threats, like rifle fire and explosive devices. Ceradyne Inc., a 3M company, designed the new Combat II Ballistic Helmet L110 to meet this pressing need at a level of comfort that appeals to users. The helmet leverages 3M scientific expertise to deliver its highest ballistic protection to date, and is based on a technology that has already been proven with the U.S. military.
Designed for military combat operations and counterterrorism police missions, the Combat II L110 helmet can help protect service members from bomb fragmentations, certain rifle projectiles, handgun bullets and blunt impacts. The helmet provides protection against select small arms projectiles including V50 ballistic limit value greater than 2,400 feet per second (greater than 731 meters per second) against the 7.62 x 51 mm M80 NATO ball projectile.
“A helmet’s job first and foremost is to protect our defenders in harm’s way, and today that requires an advanced solution like the Combat II Ballistic Helmet L110,” said Cheryl Ingstad, business manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, 3M. “Our engineers put their passion and scientific expertise toward inventing a cutting-edge helmet that gets the most from the latest advanced materials. Military and law enforcement can take comfort knowing they have a partner in 3M that deeply cares about keeping service members safe.”
The Combat II L110 helmet achieves its high level of protection without increased weight. This allows military and police forces to receive greater protection without sacrificing mobility, which is required for today’s increasingly urban missions and close-quarters combat.
To date, Ceradyne has produced tens of thousands of helmets that utilize similar technology to the L110 helmet. Ceradyne can manufacture the helmet today in large quantities, at high quality under tight timelines. Additionally, local support can be provided to customers across their program’s life cycle.
Ceradyne produces the Combat II L110 helmet with ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene composites and uses proprietary, seamless, ballistic-molding technology to form a durable protective shell. The helmet’s proven geometry allows uninhibited movement when the helmet is worn with most ballistic vests with collars. The helmet is offered in sizes small through extra-large and supports a variety of accessories and communication needs.
3M will debut the helmet at Booth 7243 at the AUSA 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
For more information about soldier protection solutions provided by 3M, visit www.3M.com/Defense. 3M will debut the helmet at Booth 7243 at the AUSA 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
For more information about soldier protection solutions provided by 3M, visit www.3M.com/Defense.
Company will deliver next-generation lightweight helmets and body armor inserts for the Soldier Protection System
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Nov. 1, 2016 – The U.S. Army has selected Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company, as the awardee for two low-rate initial production (LRIP) contracts for nextgeneration helmet systems and hard body armor inserts as part of the Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) and Vital Torso Protection (VTP) – Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts (ESAPI) components of the Soldier Protection System (SPS).
The Army designed the IHPS to give soldiers a lighter-weight ballistic helmet system that also provides passive hearing protection and increased blunt-impact performance. This helmet system includes numerous accessories, including a mandible, visor, night vision goggle attachment device, rails and modular ballistic applique. The contract awarded to Ceradyne is valued at over $7 million for the delivery of more than 5,300 IHPS helmet systems. Production is expected to start in 2017.
The VTP will equip soldiers with lighter-weight body armor inserts. The $36 million contract is for the production of more than 30,000 ESAPI, with production also expected to start in 2017. This VTP award is an addition to a previous $34 million award, for a total of $70 million on the VTP LRIP contract.
“We are honored to be the awardee of these prestigious contracts,” said Cheryl Ingstad, business manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, 3M. “The SPS program represents the highest level of lightweight technology to date. Our focus from the onset has been to meet the Army’s stringent specifications for the SPS, and that will continue as we move into initial production. As a leading science company, 3M has deep expertise in advanced lightweight materials, which, combined with our proven production history, differentiates our defense offerings.”
The SPS will replace the Army’s current personal protective equipment (PPE) system. It is designed to defeat current threats while providing an overall weight reduction for soldiers compared to existing PPE. Both the IHPS and VTP began as research and development programs with multiple contenders.
Ceradyne has delivered more than 120,000 enhanced combat helmets (ECH) to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps since 2014. The ECH offers the highest protection level of any helmet in the U.S. Armed Forces inventory, even protecting against certain small arms threats. Ceradyne has also delivered more than 2 million hard body armor inserts to the U.S. Armed Forces to date.
For more information about soldier protection solutions provided by 3M, visit www.3M.com/Defense.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Feb. 11, 2016 – 3M Deutschland GmbH and Schuberth GmbH have joined forces to develop new and improved ballistic head protection systems for military and law enforcement applications. The agreement outlined plans to collaborate and create custom solutions for end users in the European market. Schuberth will also be a distributor of 3M ballistic helmets manufactured by Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company.
“The agreement with 3M is an important step for us in strengthening our position in the market segment of ballistic head protection systems,” says Schuberth CEO Jan-Christian Becker. Adds Cheryl Ingstad, 3M business manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, “Schuberth is a leader in military head protection and accessories, with a deep understanding of customer requirements. This aligns well with our efforts to understand and translate needs in head protection to exciting, new developments in our products.”
Schuberth is a leading manufacturer of head protection systems for various applications, including motorsports, industrial safety, military and law enforcement. 3M subsidiary, Ceradyne, Inc., utilizes advanced materials and a proprietary manufacturing process to produce lightweight body armor and ballistic helmets, which has helped to make them a key supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces. Under the agreement, the two companies bring to the market a new generation of products designed to protect military and law enforcement personnel against various types and levels of threats. This is of particular interest, as security concerns are on the rise in many parts of the world.
“Our police and military customers will benefit from this cooperation, as reliable technologies of both companies are immediately available,” said David Cerny, Head of Government Customers at 3M Deutschland GmbH. “Our goal is to offer lighter weight, effective protection in the face of growing threats.”
$80 million contract increased to $107 million to protect Marines, Soldiers and Sailors
MINNEAPOLIS – October 15, 2014 – 3M today announces it has received additional orders from U.S. government for its Enhanced Combat Helmet that provide military personnel with protection against head injury from ballistic threats and blunt impacts. 3M will deliver 35,000 helmets for the U.S. Army and 2,500 helmets for the U.S. Navy in addition to the 77,000 ordered for the U.S. Marine Corps last fall.
The new orders bring the total contract value for Enhanced Combat Helmets and associated spare parts to $107 million. This contract for over 114,000 helmets is an outcome of the joint procurement program led by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army to improve head protection for Marines, Soldiers and Sailors.
The Enhanced Combat Helmet features technology designed and manufactured by Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company. It is the only helmet that has passed the U.S. Marine Corps Enhanced Combat Helmet specification protocol. The helmet, which is equivalent in weight to current fielded helmets, provides over 35 percent improved ballistic fragmentation protection compared to others currently in use. This means additional protection from ballistic threats that has never before been possible in a military helmet.
The Enhanced Combat Helmet was named one of the 100 greatest innovations of the year in Popular Science’s 26th annual “Best of What’s New” issue published in December 2013. It appeared in the security category. 3M also makes combat hearing and respiratory protection, body armor and communications systems for the U.S. Armed Forces.
First-of-its-kind helmet combines bump and ballistic protection into one multiuse platform
ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 13, 2014 — For decades, special forces have been required to accept the trade-offs in protection level, weight and comfort in helmets. Ceradyne Inc., a 3M company, is helping eliminate such trade-offs with its new 3M Ultra Light Weight Ballistic Bump Helmet (ULW-BBH), which meets bump and ballistic operational requirements in a single, lightweight helmet. The helmet will debut at AUSA, Oct. 13 to 15 in Washington, D.C. at 3M Booth 7329.
The ULW-BBH demonstrates 3M’s capability to lead the industry in achieving the best performance-to-weight level in helmet development. The helmet also meets the expectations of operators for comfort, fit and compatibility with a multitude of devices.
“We put our engineering and advanced materials expertise to work to combine the capabilities of bump and ballistic helmets into one multiuse platform. The ULW-BBH provides exceptional protection, optimum mobility and reduces the equipment burden for special forces personnel,” said Cheryl Ingstad, 3M business manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense.
The ULW-BBH provides blunt-impact protection equivalent to the Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) for operations in the air and water, and during ground transportation. It also meets a common ballistic standard against the NIJ-IIIA level of threat and 17 Grain FSP V50.
The ULW-BBH shell weighs 30 percent less than the closest alternative and is designed to help reduce fatigue while improving mobility. The helmet uses the latest ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and is manufactured using a proprietary, seamless, ballistic molding technology.
The retention system's boltless design helps minimize overall weight, removes a potential design weakness, and eliminates the possibility of bolts acting as secondary projectiles.
The ULW-BBH also uses a flexible rail system that is compatible with standard operational accessories, including night-vision goggles, hearing and vision protection equipment, lights and communications devices.
Ceradyne Inc. has a history of producing high-performance helmets for multimission requirements, including the Enhanced Combat Helmets (ECH) for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Navy.
The ULW-BBH will be on display with a wide range of 3M soldier protection and aerospace solutions at 3M Booth 7329 at AUSA. Attendees will be able to try on the helmet and learn more through a virtual demonstration.
Helmets with lightweight bulletproof material starting to deploy with U.S. military members
ST. PAUL, MINN. – December 16, 2013 – 3M today announced its Enhanced Combat Helmets were named as one of the “100 Best Innovations of 2013” by Popular Science magazine for making our world safer and more efficient. The Enhanced Combat Helmets, designed and manufactured by Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company, provide unparalleled ballistic and fragmentation protection over today’s standard-issued helmets.
The combination of advanced materials with unique 3M processing technology enables the new helmet design to have over 35% better ballistic protection at a lighter weight. “We’re incredibly honored to have been named to this year’s ‘Best Innovations’ list, especially for our defense support technology,” said Mark Colin, vice president and general manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform. “Advancing the science behind equipment that improves survivability and better protects our U.S. Armed Forces is some of the most rewarding work we do.”
The prestigious distinction comes on the heels of 3M’s September announcement stating it was awarded a United States government contract to supply 77,000 Enhanced Combat Helmets, and associated spare parts, to the U.S. Marine Corps. The contract was a direct result of a joint procurement program led by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army to improve head protection for Marines and Soldiers. The helmets will be fielded to deploying Marines and Soldiers starting in 2014.
This is the fifth award 3M has won from Popular Science in the last six years. Previous accolades include the 3M MPro110 micro projector, which won the “Grand Award” for the “Best New Gadgets” feature in 2008; the 3M/Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 with Zargis Cardioscan, which was named “Best of What's New” in 2009; and 3M Kind Removal Silicone Tape and 3M Noise Indicator NI-100, which were both named among the “Top 100 most innovative, high quality and revolutionary ideas” in the “Best of What’s New” awards in 2011.
77,000 helmets to be delivered starting this fall
ST. PAUL, MINN. – September 10, 2013 – 3M announced today its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ceradyne, Inc., has been issued an $80 million delivery order with the United States government to supply 77,000 Enhanced Combat Helmets and associated spare parts to the U.S. Marine Corps. This contract is an outcome of the joint procurement program led by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army to improve head protection for Marines and Soldiers. The Enhanced Combat Helmets designed by Ceradyne, Inc. are the only helmets that have been tested and passed using Director of Operational Test and Evaluation protocols, and will be manufactured at Ceradyne’s facility in California.
The newly-designed Enhanced Combat Helmets provide improved ballistic and fragmentation protection over any fielded helmet in history. That was proven through extensive testing in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army. While the helmet design is equivalent in weight to the current fielded helmets, it provides an average 50 percent improved ballistic protection over helmets currently in use. The helmet also is compatible with all currently-used components of infantry combat equipment.
“3M is pleased to win this significant contract,” said Mark Colin, vice president and general manager, 3M Advanced Ceramics Platform. “We have the scientific know-how to supply our U.S. forces with the best helmets on the market to protect the lives of our warriors.” According to the Marine Corps, the requirements for the Enhanced Combat Helmets proved to be a tall order. Working in collaboration with the United States Army, the Corps needed to maintain all the characteristics of its lightweight helmet and add enhanced ballistic protection from selected small-arms ammunition and fragmentation. In addition, the helmets had to meet the Army’s need for advanced combat, and be compatible with other components of infantry combat equipment such as body armor systems, protective goggles, night vision equipment and a camouflage fabric helmet cover.
Ceradyne, Inc. has begun helmet production for delivery beginning this fall and will be fielded to deploying Marines in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. 3M also makes combat hearing and respiratory protection, body armor and communications systems for the U.S. forces.