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Marine Corps Lightweight Helmet

The Lightweight Helmet (LWH) replaces the PASGT helmet. The LWH provides protection in various operating environments from fragmentation and 9mm small arms projectiles.

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Features

The LWH consists of

  • a ballistic protective shell,
  • a sling (headband/mesh crown) suspension system, and
  • a 4-point chin/nape retention system.

The LWH retains the PASGT design but makes use of lighter materials made available by new technologies. The LWH is approximately 3 to 6 ounces lighter than the PASGT, depending on helmet size.

By incorporating a four-point retention strap, the LWH is seven times more stable than the PASGT so it won't rock back and forth or fall off.

Comfort is improved with soft black leather for the X-shaped nape pad, headband and border around a new breathable nylon mesh suspension pad, and black suede-lined chinstrap. Two buckles on each side of the helmet provide tensioning and centering of the nylon retention webbing.

Specification

Enhancement

  • The sling suspension system was replaced by a pad suspension system.

Instruction

  • TM 08744B-12&P Operator's Care and Use Manual for Lightweight Helmet (LWH)

Improvement

Acquisition

  • solicitaion: SPM1C1-07-R-0137
    • https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DLA/J3/DSCP-C/SPM1C1-07-R-0137/listing.html
  • solicitaion: M67854-10-R-3024 [zip]
    • https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/USMC/Contracts_Office_CTQ8/M6785410R3024/listing.html
    • contract: M67854-11-D-3024
      • http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=4498

Logistics

  • Green; TAMCN: C32152F, IDN: 08744E
    • X-Small 8470-01-506-0931
    • Small 8470-01-506-0934
    • Medium 8470-01-506-0938
    • Large 8470-01-506-0939 [pdf]
    • X-Large 8470-01-506-0954
    • XX-Large 8470-01-559-2874
  • Coyote 476
    • X-Small 8470-01-560-2866
    • Small 8470-01-560-3267
    • Medium 8470-01-560-3076
    • Large 8470-01-560-3270
    • X-Large 8470-01-560-3271
    • XX-Large 8470-01-560-3272
  • suspension assembly
    • X-Small 8470-01-505-9980
    • Small 8470-01-505-9983
    • Medium 8470-01-505-9984
    • Large 8470-01-505-9985
    • X-Large 8470-01-505-9988
  • nape protection pad: 8470-01-554-6751

Reference

  • Lightweight Helmet factsheet @NSRDEC [2003]
  • LWH infopaper @PMICE [2008][2014]
  • Nape Protection Pad infopaper @PMICE [2008]
  • Pad Suspension System infopaper @PMICE [2008]
  • Helmet Sensor infopaper @PMICE [2008]
  • http://www.marcorsyscom.usmc.mil/sites/pmice/ALWH.asp
  • The Warrior. July-August 2003. [pdf]
  • Marine Corps Consepts and Programs. [p. 219, 2000][p. 198, 2004][p. 204, 2005][p. 211, 2006][p. 207, 2007]
  • http://www.gentexcorp.com/default.aspx?pageid=2691
  • Human Factors Assessment of U.S. Marine Lightweight Helmet Suspension Systems: Standard "A" Pad System vs. a Proposed Suspension System "B" HeadGard by Richard. 2011. [pdf]