Star Wars-style flame and bulletproof helmet trialled by SAS soldiers

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The SAS is trialling a Star Wars-style helmet that detects enemies and repels flames and bullets.

Troops have nicknamed the equipment the “Boba Fett” helmet after the Star Wars bounty hunter, who wore a similar-looking piece of gear in the hit films.

The Devtac Ronin Kevlar Level IIIA Tactical Ballistic Helmet can repel bullets from an AK47, bomb shrapnel and fire.

The high-tech piece of kit also includes air-conditioning to protect from heat and gases and a device that picks up signals from other wearers to establish whether they are a “friend or foe”.


Star Wars: Boba Fett

It also has an “infra-red” setting with heat-seeking technology for use when it’s dark to help troops pinpoint enemies. 

Sources told the Daily Mirror the helmet can even protect a soldier’s head from a 44 Magnum round being fired at them and that the bullets would not penetrate the shell.

A military source told the paper: “For years the defence 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.”

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