Gentex announced on 26 February that it has been awarded an Other Transactional Authority (OTA) agreement by the US Air Force (USAF) for its Next-Generation Fixed-Wing Helmet (NGFWH) system, following an international competition.

The USAF challenged bidders to submit an NGFWH prototype, focusing on addressing shortfalls in previous helmet models including stability, equipment compatibility and mass properties. After being tested by USAF pilots and maintainers, the Gentex NGFWH system prototype won an OTA agreement for further development and testing.

The helmet system fully integrates the latest Gentex advances and innovation in all facets of helmet system design, including the helmet system itself, optics, hearing protection, communications and situational awareness, as well as the integration of respiratory protection and helmet-mounted device. The NGFWH system will provide a higher level of protection and operational capability for current and future Aircrew.

Robert McCay, Vice President of Aircrew Systems, observed that the contract is “a testament to Gentex’s generations-long history of leading-edge technological advancement and innovation.”

Integrating and embodying the latest technological advances, the Gentex NGFWH system will now undergo further development and testing. (Photo: Gentex)

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