Mk 6 helmet
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, 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. The M76 paratrooper helmet is worn by paratroopers and airborne forces.[relevant? ]
From June 2009 the helmet was replaced by the Mk 7 helmet.
In 2005, the Mk 6 began to be replaced by an evolution of the original design, the Mk 6A helmet. NP Aerospace also manufactures the Mk 6A. Although it looks very similar to the Mk 6, the Mk 6A has enhanced ballistic protection and is marginally heavier than the earlier model. 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).
- Mk 7 helmet - Mk 6 replacement, general issue commenced in June 2009
- Modern equipment and uniform of the British Army
- List of current issued combat helmets
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- GNN - Government News Network
- House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 22 Jan 2007 (pt 0024)
- NP Aerospace Composite Helmets: Combat Helmets