ASU delivers helmet prototypes to USAF
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has delivered four prototype helmets to the US Air Force, the company announced on 22 May.
ASU is one of thee three finalists selected by the AFWERX Fixed Wing Helmet Challenge in November of 2018. ASU's prototype is designed to address improved comfort, safety, and ease of integration of future technologies.
ASU’s Light Aviation Stable Ergonomic Relaxed-Fit (LASER-Fit) helmet concept is a collaborative effort with Paraclete Aviation Life Support. The solution proposed to improve the air force's current fixed-wing helmet is designed to reduce neck load, improve comfort and stability, reduce neck injury, and seamlessly integrate with current and future technologies and attachments.
The helmets were reviewed by a team of experts from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Human System Division and the Advanced Tactical Acquisitions Corps. The final decision is expected to be made in August 2019 on the final design.
A production contract is expected to be awarded to the winner in the fiscal year 2021 that could be up to $20 million.
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