GRAU index 6B26 This is a pretty rare example of early helmet designs made of aramid material from the Steel Scientific Research Institute. It was developed in 2005 and began to be supplied to the Russian army in 2006 along with two other modifications: the 6B27 and 6B28. There is not a lot of information about this helmet in open sources, but one of its versions, the 6B27, is mostly mentioned. Collectors say that it looks almost identical in shape to a British helmet from 1996, which the Russians likely used as inspiration for this one. As always, Russia can only steal ideas, in absolutely everything.
This helmet could be seen on Russian soldiers during the annexation of Crimea in 2014. It is said to be favored by the elite special operations units of the occupiers due to its lightweight (0.95 kg) and stylish design. Additionally, the aramid thread used in its first mass production is said to be superior to other analogs of Kevlar helmets. It is called the “assault” helmet.
Typically, experienced “veterans” of various Russian military campaigns wear them to emphasize their experience with a battle-tested piece of equipment that has saved their lives in numerous battles. However, in Ukraine, the soldier who possessed it did not have the planned outcome, and it ended up in our collection.
Such helmets are very rare specimens on the battlefield, one could say they are a “limited edition”
In our collection, we have several of these specimens, and they are hard to find. An art object made from such a helmet would be an exclusive addition to your collection.
You can read more about this helmet in general articles on the 6B27 helmet: In English: http://www.gostak.co.uk/composites/russia/
In the language of the occupier: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/6%D0%9127
You can also watch a video about the reliability of this helmet 🙂 There is a video from a collector, but it is about the 6B27, which is very similar to this specimen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieJk_xQgCvs