From GK80 to W15: History of the development of our military helmet

The GK80 steel helmet is the first-generation bulletproof helmet successfully developed in my country in the 1970s. The helmet was officially equipped with troops in the early 1980s, especially in the self-defense counterattack against Vietnam and played a huge role, saving thousands of our soldiers' lives. More than 30 years later, this type of helmet is still in service and is now more common in artillery units.


After unremitting efforts and exploration, my country successfully developed a new generation of domestic military helmets-QGF02 aramid helmets (aramid, also known as Kevlar abroad) in the 1990s. This type of helmet is made of high-strength synthetic fiber developed by our country as the main material, and its performance is better than the American "Kevlar" fiber. The successful development of the QGF02 helmet not only fills the gap of our military in the field of non-metal bulletproof helmets, but also marks that our military helmets have approached and reached the world's advanced level. Due to the high cost of the helmet, the army was not equipped on a large scale. Type 02 helmets were first equipped in the Hong Kong Garrison and are now more common in the armed police forces.


QGF03 aramid helmets have improved ballistic performance compared with QGF02 helmets. Due to the improvement of manufacturing technology, the 03 helmets not only have more stable product quality, but also greatly reduce manufacturing costs. This type of helmet has gradually replaced the 02 helmet and has become the representative of Chinese military aramid helmets. At present, the 03 helmet is equipped with a large number of troops and is very common. Almost all front-line troops are equipped.


The QGF11 helmet was officially unveiled in the 2015 "September 3" military parade. The helmet is made of a new composite carbon fiber material, which is lighter in weight, stronger in protection, and more suitable for the needs of military combat training. This type of helmet removes the protruding brim, and is very similar to the MICH helmet of the US military. Currently 11 helmets are more common in the Marine Corps and Armed Police Special Operations Unit.


W-15 helmet, an improved version of QGF11 helmet. It first appeared in a group of photos of the Armed Police Snow Leopard Commando in 2015. In the photo, the QGF11 helmet is equipped with guide rails and Velcro on both sides, similar to the US military FAST helmet. The emergence of the W-15 helmet is of a landmark nature, and it is an important symbol of China's individual helmets entering digital and intelligent. At present, only a small amount of W-15 helmets are equipped in the special forces of the army forces and special operations units of the armed police.


With the development of the times, the digitization and intelligence of individual helmets will be an inevitable trend. Dear comrades-in-arms, now looking at the 03 Kevlar on your head, does it feel like a "classic car"? With the advancement of military reform and the development of military science and technology, I believe that in the near future we will not only be able to wear the "pull-wind" W-15 helmet to participate in military training, we are also confident to accept the test of modern warfare!