BEIJING, Sept. 22 (ChinaMil) -- The quality of helmet is a benchmark that gauges a troop's combat capability. The commissioning of standard helmet represented by 80-type helmet and of standard compound helmet represented by 02-type helmet not only indicates two major improvements of the single-soldier equipment in the Chinese military, but also two step changes in the overall combat capability of the Chinese Army.
China's new-generation helmet that debuted in the China-Malaysia joint military exercise codenamed Peace and Friendship 2015 denotes an enhancement of the defense capability, and the appearance of the new helmet in the China-Malaysia joint military exercise indicates that it is widely distributed at least in the special operations unit troops of the Army of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), and is also frequently used in training as a conventional device.
According to the development history of China's compound helmets, the 02-type and 03-type helmets are developed with the American Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops (PASGT) and German M826 as prototypes.
Later China developed the new-type helmet in reference to the American MICH to match the China-made single-soldier warfare system. The new-type helmet that appeared in the joint military exercise this time has TC-2001 as its prototype, which is a MICH variant without earflaps.
Originally tailored for the special operations troops of the American military, the MICH helmet will be used in the American Land Warrior single-soldier warfare system after integrated with such peripheral devices as night-vision sensor, communication module and helmet display.
China made the right decision to equip the special operations troops of the PLA Army with helmets similar to TC-2001, because as the special operations troops focuses on task diversity, the helmet is more of a carrier for single-soldier communication and detection equipment, whereas defense is only a secondary function.
The two photos display tactical attachments added by the U.S. and China respectively to the TC-2001 helmet. Despite their obvious differences in specific technology and concept, the similar structure shows that China is on the right track. (mil.ifeng.com)
According to photos of the Peace and Friendship 2015 joint military exercise, although China's new-type helmet is only equipped with a pair of goggles, a cuttlebone is installed in front of the helmet and the night-vision goggle installation is similar to the American style, marking considerable progress compared with previous installations by China.
Meanwhile, the new-type helmet is equipped with tactical guide rail that's similar to TC-2001 on both sides, which means that it is able to serve as the head communication and detection carrier in the single-soldier warfare system at least in terms of hardware.
Even if China's single-soldier night vision goggle and other sub-systems are not as advanced as GPNVG-18 panoramic night vision goggle, China's single-soldier warfare system is already well developed and used to arm the troops on a small scale.
Although the helmet is only a small device in the overall troop equipment, the debut and small-scale commissioning of China-made new helmets means that the detection and IT capability of Chinese soldiers is notably enhanced, just like the appearance of China-made body armor in the V-Day parade indicates the fundamental improvement of Chinese soldiers' defense capability.
The Russian military put forth the single-soldier warfare system at an earlier date with technical indicators approaching those of the U.S. and Europe, but their system has never become practical due to the limitation of technology and military expenditure. In comparison, the development of China's single-soldier warfare system is doubtlessly more sound, practical and efficient.
In view of this, the enhancement of national strength combined with the optimization of military system and concentration of resources as indicated by the cut of troops is turning the Chinese military into a technology-intensive force at a faster speed and in a larger breadth.