What is PASGT Helmet (M88 Helmet)?

PASGT, the full name of the Personal Armor System for Ground Troops, is a personal equipment assembled by the US military in 1985, consisting of a helmet and a bulletproof vest. Among them, the helmet is made of Kevlar composite material. Because its shape resembles the M35 helmet of the Nazi German army in World War II, it is nicknamed "German" (Fritz). The PASGT helmet has now been replaced by Advanced Combat Helmets and Interceptor Bulletproof Vests.


Design Features

PASGT helmets pay more attention to protecting the side and rear of the human head like the German steel helmets in World War II. Both sides completely cover the ears of the person and protrude outward to protect the temples. The rear of the helmet is used to prevent the head from being raised. Designed to be upwardly arched, PASGT’s protective area is 12% more than the old US M1 helmet, but its rear protective area is still smaller than the German M35 helmet (the sides and rear of the M35 helmet protrude outward Side guard, which is not available in PASGT). The interior of PASGT is a canvas belt like the M1 helmet. However, due to the lower center of gravity of PASGT, the wearer can carry it more securely. The material of PASGT is a composite Kev Pull, but its weight is 1.5 kg, while the M1 helmet made of manganese steel weighs 1.3 kg, which is lighter than the former.

Bulletproof ability

PASGT can withstand a hard object weighing 1.1 grams at a rate of 620 meters per second, such as:

A round of 1.45-caliber pistol shot from 7 meters will only cause a depression in the PASGT helmet and cannot penetrate. Therefore, PASGT can withstand fragments on the battlefield and bullets shot diagonally, but if it is shot from the front of the rifle It can still be penetrated if it hits. The 5.56×45mm NATO bullet can penetrate the PASGT helmet at 300 meters.



Afghan Armed Forces

Police unit



Australian Army Special Air Service Regiment

SWAT unit


Cobra Operation Command of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs






SWAT unit




The Korean People's Army (distributed to Pyongyang Defense Forces, Special Operations Forces and Panmunjom Guards)






 Hong Kong

Hong Kong Police Force



Iraqi armed forces

Police unit


The army of the Islamic Republic of Iran (obtained from the smuggling of surplus materials from the US military on the black market and imitated, used to replace the original M1 helmets)





Republic of Korea Army 707 Special Task Battalion

SWAT unit



Public Security Police Department Special Operations Group




 new Zealand

SWAT unit





Action Response and Mobility Group of the Polish Armed Forces

SWAT unit


 Republic of China

National Army of the Republic of China

SWAT unit

Vian Secret Service



Special Forces Unit of the Federal Security Service

Federal Marshals Service

Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (for testing)

 Saudi Arabia


SWAT unit


Singapore Armed Forces

SWAT unit

 Sri Lanka



Ukrainian armed forces

 United Kingdom

British Special Forces

Armed SWAT unit

 United Nations

International peacekeeping force

 United States

American Armed Forces (has been replaced by ACH, MICH and other new helmets)

Multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies





In addition to the military, PASGT helmets are used by special police from all over the world. Although some countries do not directly purchase PASGT, they imitate or refer to PASGT in design to become their own domestic composite helmets, such as:

The QGK97 steel helmet equipped by the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the subsequent QGF-02 and QGF-03. QGF-03 improved the suspension method and shortened the brim.

Developed by France, equipped with the SPECTRA helmets of the military and police of France, Canada, Denmark, Austria, Morocco, and Malta

The M92 combat helmet equipped by the Bundeswehr has its own unique suspension system.

The 88-style helmet of the Japan Self-Defense Force has shorter ear guards than PASGT, and the lining suspension is changed to a design that is more suitable for the Japanese head.

Soldiers wearing PASGT helmets were photographed by the Korean People’s Army at military parades and guards in Panmunjom in 2015. They may be imitations of themselves or purchased from China.

Related items

German helmet

M56 steel helmet

M1 helmet

Advanced combat helmet

Type 88 steel helmet

QGK97 steel helmet

GK80 steel helmet