Having done an overview of my 1st and 2nd line, it is time to show how I protect that ugly head of mine.
The standard helmet of the Belgian Armed Forces is an old design, similar to the PASGT, that is uncomfortable, outdated and doesn’t give the opportunity to wear ICW a headset.
For that reason, I used the MICH 2000 for several years. This was self bought, which caused some issues.
Luckily our higher-ups deemed it necessary that all TACP should be issued the Ops-Core FAST helmets. These were already issued to the SFG and Pathfinders. Rumors are that all combat units will get these issued, but “when?” is the big question.
Let’s go over how I have set up my lid.
I’m using the solid stretch cover by First Spear, which is excellent! It camouflages and protects the helmet, while having enough loop Velcro to attach counterweight, patches,… etc. This cover has seen a lot of use during the last 8 months, but is still looking like new.
On the front, I installed the NVG lanyard attachment by Down Range Gear (sourced at OPTACTICAL.COM) which already saved my PVS-14 from a nasty fall.
PELTOR COMTAC III’s dual-comm allow me to talk to the Fly boys and my Teammates. They also protect my already diminished hearing. Loving the gel cups on these. They are attached with the normal ARC adapters by Peltor. Maybe I should upgrade to the Unity Tactical ones, but for now, they do their job.
On the back, I have the FLIMMUUR copy of the TNVC MOHAWK. Reason for the copy, is that they don’t ship outside CONUS. It’s a great piece of kit that really helps to balance the Ops-Core when I’m using NVG’s. I’m currently also testing the new AGILITE counterweight, which is performing great already!
Inside the counterweight pouch, there is one of the Spiritus System inserts with some AA batteries for my MS2000, PETZL and PVS-14.
On top of the pouch I have the old and trusty MS2000 that I spray painted when I was bored.
I used to have a Princeton Tec MPLS attached to the side rail, but that one was lost coming back from deployment. Great piece of kit that I use all the time.
I hope you guys liked seeing this quick overview. If you have any questions or recommendations, let me know.
If you have any questions, remarks or advise, you can always leave a comment here or on my IG.
“Tom is a Belgian JTAC who loves to go shooting, hiking and drop bombs. In his free time he can be found hiking with his two blondes: his fiancée and his labrador. He started his military carreer in 2006 and before qualifying as a JTAC, he was an Artillery Platoon leader.
He has always had an interest in quality gear and wishes to spread his knowledge and interest to others.”
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