Ballistic Mandible – NovaSteel™
The advent of truly effective body armor has resulted in new patterns of wounding. Torso injuries are down 13% since Vietnam. Face and neck injuries are up 30%.
If you’re fully outfitted in helmet and body armor, your face has just become the most vulnerable area of your body — by some accounts, it is hit 7.3x more frequently than its surface area would indicate.
Injury simulations clearly illustrate the vulnerability of the face to ballistic impact, even at low velocities.
Personal Vulnerability Simulation being used to compare the predicted damage of structures in the thorax using a 8 mm sphere at 400 m/s (left) and the 12 mm sphere at 800 m/s (right). Severity increases from 1 (minor) to 6 (maximal).
Personal Vulnerability Simulation being used to compare the predicted damage of structures in the thorax using a 8 mm sphere at 400 m/s (first image) and the 12 mm sphere at 800 m/s (second image). Severity increases from 1 (minor) to 6 (maximal).
[From Breeze, John & Lewis, Eluned & Fryer, Robert. (2016). Optimising the Anatomical Coverage Provided by Military Body Armour Systems. 10.1007/978-3-319-21867-0_28.]
The NovaSteel™ Ballistic Mandible was created with this problem in mind.
The NovaSteel™ Face Protection Module:
• Offers enhanced protection from ballistic threats — covering the face, the side of the head, and a portion of the anterior neck.
• Offers protection from blunt impact, blast overpressure, and debris.
• Mounts rapidly and securely to the helmet via the four retention system holes on the shell, and is fully compatible with most ballistic glasses and goggles.
• Fits closely around the face, so field of vision is not constrained, aiming down sights is still possible in most instances, and using standard optics is easy.
• Is significantly lighter and tougher than transparent ballistic visors, with none of the fogging and optical distortion (fishbowl effect) that those visors are infamous for.