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Helmet Clip-On Dark Visor

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1597
Category: Head-Mounted Equipment [HMD/NVG/Glasses]
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: Helmet Clip-On Dark Visor
Part No: 97427/90D7915-1
Serial No: S7K03 6-130
Manufacturer: Gentex
Division: Unknown
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
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Location: Rack RAA15 (HMDs) [Mezzanine Store]

Gentex Corporation
S7K03 6-130


This Clip-on Visor is similar to that shown in the Gentex Brochure for the Gentex HGU-84/P Rotary Wing Helmet System. It is the outer Visor of a lightweight, low-profile dual-visor design developed for the U.S. Navy. The dual visor assembly (clear and neutral gray) is easily attached, and meets requirements of MIL-V-43511 for optical performance and impact resistance. Visor lenses are abrasion resistant coated, meeting requirements of MIL-C-83409.

The visor on a flying helmet serves a number of important functions and most helmets are equipped with two visors with an air gap in between; a clear and a dark called respectively the Blast or Display Visor and the Glare or Laser Visor. Visors are usually made of a polycarbonate material and will have a neutral density coating. The most obvious use is to protect the pilot’s eyes from glare and the Glare Visor will do this; a transmission of 15% is typical. This visor reduces solar glare, UV and blue light and thermal transmission. Some systems may have a third visor for laser protection although this function can be incorporated into the Glare Visor if desired.

The second major function is to protect the pilot in the case of ejection particularly from the massive windblast shock as the pilot’s head comes clear of the cockpit. This is the role of the Blast Visor which may also be used to reduce solar effects and on a Helmet Mounted Display this visor may be used to reflect the display image from the optical system back to the pilot’s eyes and as such may have a dichroic patch or more special transmit/reflect coatings over the whole surface. Penetration protection is also provided by the Blast/Display visor and the test involves firing a .22 calibre Fragment Simulating Projectile at the test visor which must survive 3 impacts without penetration.

 Both visors must be optically of high quality so that there is no distortion of the outside world nor spurious reflections.

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