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Boba Fett helmet goes from ‘Star Wars’ fights to real special-forces use

A helmet that resembles one worn by a notorious “Star Wars’ character could become an important piece of equipment for special forces.
A helmet that resembles one worn by a notorious “Star Wars’ character could become an important piece of equipment for special forces.

It wouldn’t be the target of blasters or bowcasters or slugthrowers or any of the other weapons battle tested and ubiquitous in “Star Wars” movies, but the helmet worn by the bounty-hunting character Boba Fett could face off against real-world weapons.

Currently being tested by elite Australian forces, the so-called “Boba Fett helmet” could bring some next-level technology to the battle against terrorism.

A story about the helmet and testing appeared Tuesday afternoon in the Daily Mirror. Other details were shared in a story by the New York Post.

Soldiers of the Special Air Service, or SAS, Australia’s version of the U.S. Navy Seals, are doing the testing. The Seals and U.S. Army Delta Force have also put the equipment through its paces, and a military source says the helmet already is being used by some special forces.

The helmet was developed by Devtac. It’s full name is the Ronin Kevlar Level IIIA Tactical Ballistic Helmet.

The source, quoted in the Daily Mirror, said of the headgear, “For years the defense industry has been trying to find a way of protecting the head, and this is the next development.”

Creators of the helmet claim it is “literally bulletproof.”

In addition to the strong construction that is said to deflect gunshots and protect against shrapnel, blasts and fire, the technology can identify friendly or hostile forces and project maps on the helmet visor.

It is air conditioned, and soldiers don’t need to be on Tatooine to appreciate that feature.

Brian Blomster: 916-326-5512, @b_blomster

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