Elite counter-terror commando force, the National Security Guard (NSG), has procured new military ballistic helmet with glass visor to save its personnel from head and face bullet or splinter injuries.
During the Pathankot airbase attack, Rajesh Negi, a commando of the NSG, received splinter injury in eye due to grenade explosion nearby leading to vision impairment.
Weighing around 2.5 kg, these helmets can withstand 9mm bullet fire and they cost around Rs 6,500 per piece.
“The glass visor of the helmet can withstand at least a bullet without getting shattered, even if the fire has come from close range,” said an officer of the NSG who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Communication devices can be installed inside the helmet for commandos to stay in touch with their team member during an operation.
A fully prepared NSG commando wears body gears weighing around 28kg. Though the helmet may increase the overall weight of body gear but it gives huge advantage by keeping his head and face secure.
The earlier helmets didn’t come equipped with bullet-proof glass which could break. Other safety gear for head, called bullet-proof Patka is used to cover only the head.