|Category:||Head-Mounted Equipment [HMD/NVG/Glasses]|
|Object Name:||HILDA Helmet Shell|
|Year of Manufacture:||circa 2003|
|Location:||Archive Object Store|
The use of carbon-fibre in structures such as racing car bodies was well known and this led to a collaborative programme between the Company and Mclaren. This clamshell helmet shell was produced under a programme called Helmet Integrated Light Development (HILDA) to evaluate the suitability of the carbon-fibre material and the clamshell design was chosen to see if it would give a design that would fit to the head better with less movement. A clamshell design might also negate the need for a separate NBC Hood if it can be sealed around the pilot’s head. Carbon-fibre as a helmet material is well established but the clamshell concept has not been pursued however.