This year, Kielce-based Parasnake presented the Gentex HGU-55/GTX helmets at the MSPO exhibition. These helmets were specially developed for Polish pilots of MiG-29, Su-22 and Iskra airplanes. The Gentex HGU-55/GTX, when compared to the last years HISL Alpha 900 SAR, is a head protection designed for pilots working on much higher altitudes and with a terminate ejection speed of 600 knots. The previously premiered helmet was destined for sea rescue pilots (Planes for Border Guard, 2018-07-06).
The helmet`s body is made of aramid polymers reinforced with carbon fiber. This makes for a quite light (1300 - 1400 g depending on configuration) construction. There are no large vents, characteristic to currently used ZSz-7 pilot helmet. This distinguishing feature was eliminated in the HGU-55/GTX helmet and replaced with a special harness and sweatband.
HGU-55/GTX is one of the few helmets in the world prepared for emergency ejection at 600 knots maximum speed. Safety and head/face protection is achieved by the double-shielding system. Special socket for NV equipment was developed in such a way that ejection is safe. The socket is compatible with equipment from various manufacturers.
The changes made to a typical western helmet made it compatible with the needs of users working on Russian/Soviet equipment. Because of this, the helmet was unofficially codenamed HGU-55/WARPAC (Warsaw Pact).
Interior equipment is constructed on an X-Liner design and together with elements made of high-quality natural leather provides comfort and stabilization even at great speeds.
The low mass of the oxygen mask and special bayonet-type fastenings make this light protection infinitely more comfortable than the old ZSz-7 pilot`s helmet. Comfort and safety are increased with a double sight protection system for day/night operations and the EDU-7/P standard against laser light.