In Nuremberg, Schuberth is displaying its latest improvements and enhancements in the head protection domain. The Magdeburg-based manufacturer is showing a new laser protection helmet for police forces for the first time. The P100N police protection helmet, which is in service internationally, has been supplemented by protection against compact lasers, according to the company, stemming from a demand following evaluations of the G20 summit in Hamburg.
Schuberth explains that there is an imminent threat from compact lasers, in addition to pyrotechnics and paint projectiles. This has led other European countries to introduce laser goggles. However, as they cannot be combined with respiratory protection, goggles may have drawbacks for operators. Additionally, they are difficult to use when wearing gloves.
It was noted prior to Enforce Tac that the new Schuberth solution was developed in close cooperation with and as a response to an initiative from the Zurich Municipal Police. Operational experience with laser protection goggles fed directly into the development programme. Nick Schmid, Chief of Equipment with the Zurich Municipal Police, comments: “In recent years, we have learned that the laser goggles procured do not provide the necessary flexibility and protection that our emergency personnel need in the public order service. That is why we have set out to find an innovative solution and are delighted to have found a suitable technology partner with Schuberth.“
The exact wavelengths against which protection is required can be determined by the customer. Milad Youkhanna, Head of Military & Law Enforcement at Schuberth, adds: “Our goal is always to adapt the only TR2011-certified helmet to changing threats. With the help of our users, we are continuously developing the P100N modular system. After the successful integration of new system elements, such as the tear-off visor, modular laser protection provides the latest response to threats of the future.“