Enhanced Combat Helmet (Australia)

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The Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) is the standard issue combat helmet of the Australian Defence Force, introduced in 2004 to replace the M91 helmet,[1] an Australian version of the American PASGT helmet. It is manufactured by Israeli company Rabintex, and was selected in a competition between four rival designs. It is the same shape as the U.S MICH 2000 helmet, but is lighter in weight and has a PASGT helmet-style padded headband/crown pad suspension system. It retains the 3-point chin strap that was used on the previous Australian M91 helmet. The Enhanced Combat Helmet has four sizes (Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large). It is also in service with the New Zealand Defence Force since 2009.[2] Its Rabintex model number is RBH 303 AU.


  1. ^ "Composite Helmet, Ballistic helmets, Military helmets AUSTRALIA, Australian helmet, Kevlar helmet". gostak.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Army Technology: Equipped to Win" (PDF). One Force. New Zealand Defence Force (3, October): 14. 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2016.

Further reading

  • Jamieson, Cpl Cameron (20 May 2004). "Head shed: New helmet into service". Army News: The Soldiers' Newspaper (1097 ed.). Canberra: Department of Defence. ISSN 0729-5685. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2012.

External links

  • Rabintex Product: RBH 303 AU
  • "New Australian Combat Helmet". Strategy Page. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2012.

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