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19 January 2016

SHOT Show 2016: US Premier of VPAM Ballistic Helmet

Armor Express (AE) is exhibiting and representing Busch GmbH & Co. KG from Germany PROtective helmets within the USA. Busch PROtective have recently made some ground breaking progress with their helmet capabilities and are proud to present, what the company calls, "the worlds first composite (Aramid) and lightest VPAM certified helmet," which not only offers ground breaking ballistic PROtection but is tailored with the Law Enforcement Officer in mind.

Armor Express (AE) is presenting the Busch GmbH from Germany AMP-1 TP ballistic helmet for the first time ever in the US. VPAM is the gold standard of ballistic testing certification within the German speaking countries for law enforcement requirements. It offers a multi-impact suspension and an impact energy management system. The visor mount of the fully integrated and modular helmet system is located at the multi-function side rail, but do not impede main rail access for cameras, torches, strobes, etc. The multi-function side rail offers a fast and easy visor fixture and allows mounting of the ballistic mandible and additional side plates. The helmet is constructed of a multi-layer aramid composite using Busch’s patented EBSP method. For higher comfort it is using the Busch pad system. (Photo: Bush PROtective)

Busch PROtective have reached a superior level of ballistic protection for Law Enforcement Officers (LEO). The AMP-1 TP is one of the lightest and, according to the company, the very first 100% Aramid helmet to achieve VPAM (HVN-2009 - Prüfstufe 3) certification. This helmet is manufactured using Busch PROtective's patented EBSP process, which gives it elite ballistic capabilities, previously only possible with titanium helmets, said the company.

Busch PROtective talked with Special Police Units and found that there is a need for a protective helmet that can offer a unique level of protection, that outweighs the current protective standards, has unique capabilities to counter the specific threats faced during operations and is lightweight and comfortable for long operational periods. The answer to their question was the development of the AMP-1 TP (combined with EBSP technology and VPAM certification).

The helmets capabilities include being able to stop bullets up to 20mm from the helmet edge, stop multiple shot impacts on a small surface area and seriously limits head trauma. These increased capabilities enhance the helmets protective area by up to 50% compared to standard ballistic helmets!
These are very critical features for LEOs. In most situations officers entering the threat area will be exposed from all angles. The probability of multiple shots or edge shots to the head are realistic threats. Another key factor the company seriously considers is the after effect of a shooting. VPAM testing measures back-face deformation, ensuring that when the helmet is hit by a bullet there is minimal energy transfer from the helmet shell to the head. This area is commonly overlooked, as most ballistic helmets on the market claim to stop the bullet but are primarily designed to protect against fragmentation. On impact the bullets kinetic energy causes huge deformations to the helmet shell, leading the helmet to bulge into the users head causing serious head and brain injury. Busch PROtective's EBSP process counters this threat reducing this energy by up to 800%,  according to the company, therefore offering the best tested and certified protection possible. Lastly this helmet has high fragmentation protection capability exceeding 650 m/s according to STANAG 2920 and a 25% reduction in weight compared to other VPAM certified helmets, according to the company.
The AMP-1 TP helmet will be ready for delivery from January 2016 on and will be available for all Law Enforcement Agencies who specialise in armed response situations that require a superior level of ballistic protection.

Busch Protective and Sestan-Busch are both family owned companies that have been producing protective helmets for over 30 years. Both companies together form the Sestan-Busch Group who operate on two fronts manufacturing Military and Police helmet systems, offering products in both segments and regularly producing large quantities together utilising full production capabilities in the Czech Republic, Croatia, and Germany. Ty their products at the Armor Express (AE) booth 31103 during SHOT Show.

(Photo: AF)