UK Special Forces Test Out a Bullet-Proof 'Boba Fett' Helmet
From the Space Corps to laser weaponry, life is beginning to feel a little bit more like Star Wars than the 21st century. So it's only fitting that the SAS, the UK's version of the US' Navy SEALs, have been testing bulletproof "Boba Fett helmets." These helmet-mask combos aren't just a space-age way to protect your face—they allow the wearer to use heat-sensing technology to locate enemies. Like the fictitious bounty hunter they resemble, they enable the wearer to hunt down the right targets—they apparently have "friend or foe" vision, allowing the user to distinguish threats from comrades. Inside the helmet there are additional features, like air conditioning to protect the wearer against overheating and exposure to unwanted gases, and a GPS navigation system that projects on the inside of the visor.
The helmet, which is strong enough to protect against fire, blasts, shrapnel, and even a Magnum .44 round, is still being tested but holds a lot of promise for the future of military tech. It's called the Ronin, and is a product by Devtac Designs, which also makes products for Airsoft. According to a military source in an interview with the Daily Mirror, "For years the defense industry has been trying to find a way of protecting the head and this is the next development. The helmet, already being used by special forces, is much more versatile than just stopping bullets. It is fitted with the latest communications technology and will help the soldier see the enemy no matter what the circumstances."
Often, military tech developments leave people with ethical uncertainty and murky feelings (case in point: the Pentagon's giant swarm of autonomous drones). But this Boba Fett helmet is different. It's not a weapon, but rather a tool that protects soldiers and allows them to better determine the right course of action in the chaos of war. This helmet combines the best of sci-fi with the cutting edge of military tech, and we're hoping to see more about it in the future, along with news of a jetpack and a wrist-mounted rocket.
Here's the mask in action: