Century old army helmet still offers the best blast protection

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Century-old army helmet still offers the best blast protection
Century-old army helmet still offers the best blast protection

Century-old army helmet still offers
the best blast protection

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Scientists have found that the current United States Army helmet provides no better blast protection than its First World War predecessors and, indeed, the vintage French helmet was actually better than the modern American design.

The biomedical engineers from Duke University in Durham, N.C., hope the results of their study will inform future helmet designs, making them more protective, particularly against shockwaves, known as primary blasts.

“Major improvements made in helmet technology to increase ballistic protection do not provide the same increase in blast protection,” the study concludes.

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