Helmets for Herrick

How many helmets do you need for a deployment to Afghanistan?

Military helmets. Contract for the supply of a quantity of 14,461 MK7 Combat Helmets in support of Op Herrick 19, with options for the supply of further quantities to support operations

Value: 3 163 000 GBP
Including VAT. VAT rate (%) 20

To be supplied by NP Aerospace

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Interesting what you can find online:)



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January 22, 2013 11:22 am

Has any of the PECOC helmet work been survived by an equivalent protective equipment strand under project Virtus/Vertus(?) or has continual procurement of the ‘interim’ mk 7, to meet Afghan rotations, now meant that work has either been halted or put firmly on the back-burner?

paul g
January 22, 2013 12:17 pm

wouldn’t have to buy so many if they stopped people selling them on ebay! Mind you a few sellers have had the old knock on the door so i hear not the brightest when you use your reg and last 4 as a username!!!

January 23, 2013 10:05 am

ninja’d by Paul G. Paul is absolutely correct.

£250000 paid to setup a Provost Squad to trawl the internet / Ebay etc to find things like OSPREY BODY ARMOUR /COMBAT HELMETS etc and We would see a massive reduction in the requirement.

January 23, 2013 3:53 pm

Yes and no. Osprey plates for example, after a tour they are all gathered and they are sent for x-ray – if no deficiencies are found they are marked for the next HERRICK and sent for distribution to the units going away. Each plate will have the correct mark for the correct HERRICK roulements.

All the defective plates never go out there again as far as I am aware, they get used for training and I imagine that if you do see Osprey plates for sale they are the ones no longer suitable for operations and are effectively used as dead weight on training.

As for Mk7 helmets, again I imagine most that you see for sale cannot be re-issued as they have been involved in an incident or have not passed QC. That said, kit does get out there obviously, it’s inevitable when you have tens of thousands of them rocking about. And especially if, as it seems, you can actually purchase the helmets privately in a completely legal manner.

But the Osprey plates are far more closely accounted for.