You might have heard about or seen the first prototypes of the Direct Action® line of professional gear during the IWA trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany in March 2014. Over the next months, interest in the Direct Action® line grew quickly – especially among special operations forces units.
Building on this interest, and the potential that new technologies offered, Helikon-Tex® quickly turned what had begun as a project into a fully-functioning independent brand with a dedicated team of design and production professionals. Leveraging the over 30 years of experience of Helikon-Tex®, over the next few months the Direct Action® team established a new R&D, built a strong professional team of designers, prototype makers and production specialists to create a range of products for the Direct Action® brand.
All of the gear they designed, after initial in-house testing, was then fielded to special operations units for end-user trials and evaluations. Their input and suggestions were critical and were incorporated into the final designs at a speed never seen before in the Polish defense industry.
Whiskey Two Four proudly supports gear makers by offering COTS design and manufacturing solutions for integration into their finished products. Their latest development is the PALS/MOLLE-compatible “WTFix” system of Strapped, Strapless, Straps, Surface and Grid.
The WTFix system components are precision laser-cut from extremely durable, engineered Hypalon fabric. WTFix is as light as it is tough, with components weighing as little as .1oz / 3 grams. WTFix is cost effective replacing both the weight and complexity of traditional nylon webbing as well as the labor necessary to build it.
WTFix Strapped backers are a self contained attachment solution integrated by the gearmaker at the manufacturing level. Nothing else is needed to mount on modular platforms. WTFix Strapped are available in short (2 row) and long (3 row) in 2, 3, 4, and 6 column widths.
The Q-Warrior™- the latest iteration of BAE Systems helmet-mounted display technology, looks a bit like an Apache pilot’s helmet but has been specially designed for the soldier who needs unique capabilities, such as identifying hostile and non-hostile forces, as well as coordinating small unit actions.
The helmet mounted display system is designed to provide soldiers and Special Forces personnel with more real-time visual data than ever before, and is allegedly exceeding expectations in field testing with US military researchers.
The 2 year development-to-acquisition program is to refine the U.S. Army’s next generation helmet system, a contract worth an initial $783,000 with additional options valued at $15 million.
Revision’s IHPS small arms helmet serves as the foundation for the company’s proposed head protection system. The helmet’s optimized shell design contours the shape of the wearer’s head, increasing their area of coverage and protection while reducing system weight and unneeded space. The system weighs less than existing combat helmets and includes upgradeable mandible and visor protection. It also features an innovative retention and netted suspension system with dial-in comfort settings and high-impact ballistic padding. The suite includes modular ballistic armor plates that can be applied to the helmet’s exterior for an increased level of protection.