Bae Systems Unveils Headborne Attachment Platform During Shot Show
PHOENIX, Arizona – BAE Systems will unveil the Headborne Attachment Platform (HAP) ballistic helmet mounting system January 15 at the SHOT Show in Orlando, Florida. Briefings on the HAP are scheduled for January 16 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the BAE Systems display, booth 7643. The media and the public are invited to attend.
The HAP is an add-on accessory and is designed to integrate the many different mission-specific components, such as Night Vision Goggles, that Special Operations and conventional Soldiers mount on their helmets. The main system consists of four main lightweight, ballistically inert polymer parts that are attached to the ballistic helmet’s outer shell.
The HAP is comprised of five user-configurable parts, the front, rear, left and right side frames, and the elastomeric spine. The front and rear sections can be used independently, simultaneously or in conjunction with the side frames. All the components mount easily to the advanced combat helmet (ACH) or modular integrated communications helmet (MICH) using the helmet’s existing suspension and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) mounting holes.
The HAP is an improvement over existing helmet mounting systems. The HAP’s front frame provides a significantly more stable NVG mount than current designs and the configuration of the lightweight alloy interface plate accepts both Norotos and Wilcox NVG mounts. Also integrated are: NVG lanyards, name/blood-type/allergy/etc. badge area and LED light/accessory clips. The Rear Frame is designed to hold an item to counter-balance the front (such as an MBITR battery) or any other component the Operator chooses. Various components may be mounted to the system via elastomeric T-Bone straps that are easy to attach and break-away under load to mitigate snag hazards (critical for airborne operations). The Side Frames attach over the HAP’s front and rear sections and have several innovative features: Goggle-Pivots, MIL-STD-1913 (Mini-Pic) Rail-Interface, Cable-Management and Plug-In O2 Mask Receptacles.