GRAU index 6B26 Kevlar helmet designated 6B26. Panfilov wore this helmet.
It is a fairly rare example of the initial development of aramid helmets at 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: 6B27 and 6B28. There is not much information about this helmet in open sources. One of the versions of this helmet, 6B27, is mainly mentioned. Collectors say that it is almost identical in shape to the British helmet from 1996, which the Russians most likely used when creating this helmet. As always, Russia can only steal ideas, absolutely everything.
Such a helmet could be seen on Russian soldiers during the annexation of Crimea in 2014. It is said that it is preferred by the elite special operations units of the occupiers for its lightness (0.95 kg) and style, and also because the aramid thread of its early mass production is better than other analogues of Kevlar helmets. It is called the “assault” helmet.
Experienced veterans of various military campaigns in Russia mainly wear them to emphasize their experience with this old-fashioned piece of metal that has saved their lives in many battles. However, in Ukraine, the soldier who possessed it did not have the outcome he expected and it ended up in our collection.
Such helmets are very rare specimens on the battlefield, one might say – “limited edition”. Our collection has several such specimens, and finding them is very difficult. An art object made of such a helmet will be an exclusive piece in your collection.
This helmet was worn by the occupier Panfilov. What happened to him is unknown to us.
You can read information about this helmet in general articles about the 6B27 helmet at: 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 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-CRlKtZzPE
There is a video from a collector, but regarding 6B27, which is very similar to this specimen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieJk_xQgCvs