Mk 6 helmet

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A Mk 6 helmet, displaying the ballistic nylon surface without camouflage DPM cover.
British soldiers wearing the Mk 6 helmet with temperate DPM covers during an exercise.
British soldier wearing the Mk 6 helmet with desert DPM cover during Operation Granby.

The Mk 6 helmet was the standard combat helmet of the British Armed Forces. The Mk 6 replaced the Mk III helmet in service from 1986 and is designed to accept modern ear protection, personal radios, and respirators. The helmet is manufactured by NP Aerospace,[1] and is reported to have an "almost unlimited service life" by the manufacturer.

The helmet in its default configuration is a dark green. The army use covers to camouflage the helmet and adapt it to different environments. Covers include the British Disruptive Pattern Material in temperate, woodland and desert patterns, a pure white cover for arctic environments and a United Nations blue coloured cover. It is sometimes referred as the "battle bowler", a term first used for the Brodie helmet.

The Mk 6 is often mistakenly thought to be made out of kevlar when in fact it is constructed of "Ballistic Nylon" - nylon fibre.[2] The M76 paratrooper helmet is worn by paratroopers and airborne forces.[relevant? ]

From June 2009 the helmet was replaced by the Mk 7 helmet.

Mk 6A[edit]

In 2005, the Mk 6 began to be replaced by an evolution of the original design, the Mk 6A helmet.[3][4] NP Aerospace also manufactures the Mk 6A.[5] Although it looks very similar to the Mk 6, the Mk 6A has enhanced ballistic protection and is marginally heavier than the earlier model.[6] In 2014, due to lack of adequate protection, hundreds of Mk 6 and Mk 6A helmets were bought in UK and shipped to Ukraine, where they are widely used by soldiers of Ukrainian Army Forces in non-official war with Donbass separatists (along with other types of modern ballistic helmets).[citation needed]

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