HILDA Helmet Shell

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0518
Category: Head-Mounted Equipment [HMD/NVG/Glasses]
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: HILDA Helmet Shell
Part No: None
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Qinetiq
Division: Unknown
Platform(s):
Year of Manufacture: circa 2003
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
260 
Height (mm):
290 
Depth (mm):
320 
Weight (g):
1,050 
Location: Archive Object Store
Inscription(s):

None

Notes:

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.

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