by David Crane
defrev at gmail.com
At 1.92 lbs (in size ‘Medium’), the new ‘Attack’ helmet by Rabintex Industries Ltd.
of Israel is, according to the company, "the lightest IIIA helmet ever produced and an additional improvement of the ‘MICH’
, the newly developed US Army helmet." The Attack helmet’s shell is only 5.5mm thick, which is several millimeters thinner than the MICH helmet’s shell. The Attack helmet weighs 2.18-2.19 lbs in size ‘Large’.
How does the ‘Attack’ achieve level IIIa protection at this thickness and light weight? Well, according to Rabintex’s R&D manager, Yoav Kapah
, and his associate Shachar Bernhard
, Rabintex’s marketing manager, the Attack helmet utilizes a…
proprietary lightweight aramid composite matrix. While neither man would disclose much about it, they did acknowledge that Twaron was one of the materials used in its construction. The Attack helmet project took 1 1/2 years to complete. During that time, Rabintex had the ‘Attack’ tested at H.P. White Laboratory, Inc. and U.S.T.L. (United States Test Laboratory). The helmet passed level IIIa tests at both labs.
What’s most interesting to DefRev is that in addition to being a pound lighter than the MICH helmet, the Attack helmet (again, according to Rabintex) achieves a lower backface deformation signature than the MICH. According to Rabintex representatives, the Attack’s BDS is 2-8mm, depending on what kind of IIIa level threat is impacting it. Impressive.
The Rabintex Attack helmet was designed for use by infantry forces, Special Operations forces, counter-terrorism units, and LE SWAT, and is currently in use with the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).
DefRev spoke to Yoav and Shachar a couple weeks ago via phone conferance. We would like to thank both men for taking the time to talk about the Attack helmet project. Yoav called the author from Israel, which could not have been a cheap phone call.
The Rabintex ‘Attack’ helmet is an extremely interesting product, offered by an equally interesting company. Rabintex Industries Ltd. appears to be a prime example of Israeli ingenuity and industriousness in the military Defense field. This is definitely a company to watch.
If you or your organization would like to purchase the ‘Attack’ helmet, you can contact Rabintex’s marketing manager, Shachar Bernhard, via email at [email protected]
. Shachar can most likely provide you with phone and email contact info for the correct POC at Protech Armored Products, here in the U.S. If you have any technical questions about the ‘Attack’, you can email Yoav Kapah, R&D manager for the ‘Attack’ project, at [email protected]
. If you need to contact Rabintex Industries by phone, their number in Israel is 972-3-5700-196. If you’re calling from the United States, remember to dial "011" first.
to visit Rabintex Industries Ltd.’s website.
If you would like to go directly to Rabintex Industries’ "Helmets" page (so you can see all the helmets they manufacture), click on this link
Here’s a link
to a Finnish page with excellent pics, info, and specs on the Rabintex Attack helmet
, including a pic of the internal adjustable harness on a size ‘Large’ version of the helmet. The helmet featured is black in color. We recommend you visit this page.