Aircrew Rotary Wing Helmet Systems

With the widest range of rotary wing helmet systems, all Gentex helmet systems are designed to provide
unparalleled capabilities with exceptional safety.

HGU-56/P Improved Rotary Wing Helmet System

We improved our most popular rotary wing helmet system to support the U.S. Army Air Soldier Program objective to reduce the weight and bulk of flight safety equipment for extended mission requirements of rotary wing aircrew. The Gentex HGU-56/P Improved Rotary Wing Helmet System weighs less than the standard Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmet System, making it easily wearable during extended use while maintaining industry-leading impact-protection levels. By utilizing an innovative lightweight retention and suspension system, the improved system increases comfort and stability. Additional design changes provide even better situational awareness by shifting the wearer’s head forward to increase field of view. Designed to meet the strict demands of the U.S. Armed Forces, this helmet system can be used with or without helmet mounted display systems or oxygen delivery equipment. Upgrade an existing Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmet System and benefit from new features at a fraction of the cost of a new helmet with the Gentex HGU-56/P Improvement Kit.


HGU-56/P Improved Rotary Wing Helmet System with Ops-Core Accessory Rail Connectors

For aircrews that need to easily attach mission-enhancing components, the improved Gentex HGU-56/P is available in a configuration with the low profile, lightweight Ops-Core Accessory Rail Connectors (ARCs) fully integrated. New Aircrew Helmet Noise Reduction (AHNR) technology from Gentex Corporation is available for the Gentex HGU-56/P Helmet System. AHNR technology is DoD qualified to reduce noise exposure for aircrew flying in louder aircraft and during longer missions.


Apache Block III Integrated Rotary Wing Helmet System

Worn by Apache helicopter crews, the Gentex Apache Block III Helmet System is an integrated helmet, display, and sight system with improved safety features and comfort that provides situational awareness and targeting information. The integrated helmet is a key component of the next generation Apache helicopter, the AH-64E, which will be flown by over 15 countries, with over 1,000 helmets fielded to date. The helmet system is based on the highly successful Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Helmet System, which was modified for compatibility with an Elbit Systems’ Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System (IHADSS). Key features/benefits include: an adapter block for the display system molded to the right eardome of the helmet shell and visor-housing assembly that is designed to accommodate the IHADSS optical combiner; replaces the legacy IHADSS helmet system to maximize cost-effectiveness and provide spare parts commonality with fielded HGU-56/P Helmet Systems; provides the same impact protection levels as the standard U.S. Army HGU-56/P Helmet System to reduce the probability of concussive injury; and it can be configured to include a laser protective visor to protect aircrew from on-board laser designation systems. This system exemplifies Gentex’s ability to partner with helmet mounted display manufacturers and end-customers to produce advanced, integrated helmet systems.


HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Aircrew Ballistic Helmet System

The Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Aircrew Ballistic Helmet (ABH) System provides the identical form, fit and function of the standard Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Aircrew Helmet, with 100% greater ballistic protection. Innovative materials and processes have been adopted to provide unprecedented ballistic and impact protection. Until the Gentex HGU-56/P Helmet System, conventional helmet construction materials limited the ability to produce a single design that offers impact and ballistic protection in a lightweight design. Gentex and the U.S. Air Force collaboratively designed the ABH System to provide optimal protection for search and rescue and special operations missions. The Gentex ABH System weighs less than 1.5 kg and is engineered for the same cross-platform uses as the standard Gentex HGU-56/P Rotary Wing Aircrew Helmet System, such as Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Law Enforcement, and civilian rotary aircraft. It is compatible with existing HGU-56/P accessories, including visor kits, communications systems, night vision goggle mounts, and laser protective eyewear.


HGU-84/P Rotary Wing Helmet System

Designed by Gentex for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, the Gentex HGU-84/P Rotary Wing Helmet System provides protection and comfort in a lightweight, low-profile design. In addition to the unique bungee-style dual visor capability, the HGU-84/P easily integrates with Gentex performance enhancing accessories to provide industry leading comfort, stability, retention, and protection.


SPH-5 Rotary Wing Helmet System

With its versatile design, the Gentex SPH-5 Rotary Wing Helmet System is used by emergency medical personnel, firefighters, government agencies, and commercial pilots around the globe. Combining superior protection and lightweight comfort, the versatile SPH-5 accommodates a wide range of eye/facial protection, communications, and hearing protection accessories to meet specific and evolving flight needs.