Attrition: The Ultimate Combat Helmet Shows Off

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In late 2018 another American soldier survived a shot to the head by a high-powered machine-gun bullet because he was wearing the new ECH (Enhanced Combat Helmet). This occurred in Afghanistan when two army trainers were fired upon. The machine-gun was less than seven meters (20 feet) away and another American soldier was killed by the gunfire.

But the sergeant hit in the helmet was momentarily stunned, recovered and fired back. A later medical examination showed the sergeant had a brain bruise which had already healed itself by the time he got to Germany for medical tests.

There have not been many incidents like this showing how effective the ECH is. That’s mainly because the helmet was not in wide use until 2014, after most American participation in heavy combat had ceased.

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