U.S. Army medical staff approached VICIS in 2016, a creator of the most technologically-advanced football helmet on the market, asking the company to adapt VICIS football helmet technology for use in advanced combat helmets.
VICIS, working with senior military advisors, will research ways to replace existing combat helmets’ foam liner pads with its own innovative liner technology derived from structures developed for its top-ranked football helmets.
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“The NSRDEC is excited to work with VICIS in the development of their suspension pad system for use in military combat helmets,” said Benjamin Fasel, a mechanical engineer at the NSRDEC and the effort’s Project Manager.
“VICIS has demonstrated great results in their football helmets, and we look forward to continuing those types of results with the unique blunt impact requirements of combat helmets.”
Current Army and Marine Corps combat helmets are designed primarily for ballistic protection, shielding service members from gunfire and shrapnel.
VICIS’ technology will make improvements to the helmets’ blunt impact performance, which is critical to head protection for our men and women in uniform.
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According to a 2013 Congressional Research Service report, approximately 80 percent of traumatic brain injury in the U.S. military results from blunt impact not on the battlefield, but in training and other non-deployed settings.
“This U.S. Army contract is further validation of VICIS’ ability to develop truly innovative impact mitigating technologies for sports and other applications,” said Dave Marver, VICIS CEO and Co-Founder.
“VICIS takes great pride in bringing this technology to our nation’s servicemen and women, protecting those who protect us.”
VICIS IS MOTIVATED BY THE OPPORTUNITY – THE IMPERATIVE – TO IMPROVE WARFIGHTER HEAD PROTECTION.
VICIS RFLX technology, used to revolutionize football helmets, demonstrates significant reduction in blunt impact force when implemented in military pad sets.
The transition membrane is constructed from a lightweight, flexiblematerial that bonds RFLX to our military grade foam.
Our military grade foam provides the comfort and fit required by our servicemen and women in the course of duty.
VICIS Military Coalition:
Gen. Peter ChiarelliUSA (Ret.), is one of several decorated military advisors that will provide strategic counsel to VICIS as it works to improve the safety of U.S. Army and Marine Corps combat helmets.
Chiarelli served as the U.S. Army’s 32nd Vice Chief of Staff and led Department of Defense efforts to address post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
He recently retired as CEO of One Mind, an organization dedicated to improved diagnostics, treatments, and cures for brain illnesses and trauma.
Additionally, Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff USN (Ret.) will provide strategic counsel to VICIS as they work to improve the protective capabilities of combat helmets.
Cosgriff commanded the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, overseeing some 30,000 Sailors and Marines throughout a region encompassing 22 countries, and simultaneously commanding the U.S. Fifth Fleet, directing naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and off the coast of East Africa.
Gen. Charles WaldUSAF (Ret.), the former Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command and previously Commander U.S. 9th Air Force where he was the Supporting Air Commander for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, is also providing the VICIS Military Coalition with strategic counsel.
Wald retired as a four-star general after serving more than 35 years and was drafted into the National Football League by the Atlanta Falcons in 1970.
Together, these gentlemen will bring decades of military experience to the VICIS Military Coalition.
VICIS, a Seattle-based company is focused on sports protective technologies and its inaugural product, the ZERO1 football helmet, launched in 2017 and was worn by players on 18 NFL teams.
The helmet ranked first in 2017 and 2018 NFL/NFLPA Helmet Performance testing and was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best 25 Inventions of 2017.