British Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers are conducting trials of Star Wars-style bulletproof helmets in the war against terror. The high-tech kit – dubbed the “Boba Fett helmet” after the hit movie’s bounty hunter – uses heat-seeking technology to hunt down enemies.
It picks up signals from other people through “friend or foe” vision and is air conditioned to protect against heat and gases. Troops benefit from the GPS system that projects maps on to the visor. And its super-strong plates can deflect gunshots and protects against shrapnel, blasts and fire.
“The helmet, already being used by special forces, is much more versatile than just stopping bullets. It is fitted with the latest communications technology and will help the soldier see the enemy no matter what the circumstances.”
The creators of the Devtac Ronin Kevlar Level IIIA Tactical Ballistic Helmet claim it’s “literally bullet proof”. It is said to protect soldiers’ heads from a shot from a Magnum 44 round.
The incredible piece of kit was first used by US special forces operators from the Navy SEALs and Army Delta Force. Now it is being tried out by SAS and SBS soldiers.
A military source told the Daily Mirror: “For years the defence industry has been trying to find a way of protecting the head and this is the next development.