🧾INTRODUCTION

Our objective with the REFERENCIA series of publications is to unify all the available knowledge about a certain object. In this case, the 6B47 (6Б47) helmet in an only place.

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❓ ABOUT THE 6B47 (6Б47) BULLETPROOF HELMET 

In summary, it is the ballistic protection helmet supplied for practically all Russian Army branches as of the day of publication of this entry.

The 6B47 (6Б47) is part of the Ratnik Program, a modernization program of the Russian infantry. If you are interested in, we hardly recommend you to take a look at out post about that: 🗄️ THE RUSSIAN RATNIK (Ратник) PROGRAM | REFERENCE.

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📋 6B47 (6Б47) HISTORY

TIME-SPACE CONTEXTUALIZATION

To have a slightly more global vision about this topic, we are going to analyze the spatio-temporal context regarding the use of manned ballistic protection helmets, in order to be able to compare in a more equitable way the options of some of the most leading armies today from today. For simple practicality we will not see many examples, we will only focus on the most important ones.

Thus, while in Russia the 6B47 (6Б47) began to be developed in 2011 , to be tested in 2012/2013 [SOURCE] and to be distributed massively around 2015, in the following armies it was being used at the same time:

  • United KingdomBatlskin Cobra P2
  • United StatesEnhanced Combat Helmet (ECH)
  • France: TC FÉLIN.

 

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

The 6B47 (6Б47) hull began its development (not construction) by the ARMOCOM Center for High-strength Materials (Армоком) in 2011, along with the rest of the equipment part of the Russian “Ratnik” Modernization Program.

FABRICATION HISTORY

Theoretically, based on the data we have collected, the production of the 6B47 (6Б47) dates back to around 2012/2013, but we will have to wait shortly after the Crimean Crisis of 2014 to see it in use in almost all branches of the Forces Russian navies.

The company in charge of its production is the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering АО ЦНИИточмаш (JSC TsNIITOCHMASH)

USE HISTORY

Since its acquisition and distribution among all branches of the Russian Armed Forces, the 6b47 (6Б47) has been in use from 2015/2016 until the date of publication of this post. Both, in the Russian Army as with Russian PMC personnel.

⚙️ 6B47 (6Б47) MAIN FEATURES

BUILT MATERIALS

The helmet shell is constructed of a multi-layer criss-cross of ballistic fiber fabric (aramid fiber), while the rail, buckles and for the NVG mount are made of metal (We assume that it is steel, although we cannot.

The only sure thing is that they are not attracted by a magnet, while the D-Rings and screw nuts are).

The straps and the inner support are textile, and they look like they are made of heavy cotton. Said support is attached to the helmet shell by 6 simple screws and nuts. The rail and NVG mount are also fastened with screws.

DESIGN

When it comes to design, there is nothing new under the sun. The shell is PASGT style with a side picatinny rail and a mount for night vision/thermal devices and the like.

The suspension system is also classic, maintaining the typical Russian line of simple but very functional solutions. It is very reminiscent of the suspension system used in M1 helmets from the Vietnam War.

SIZES AND FITTING

As can be seen in one of the images above, its adjustment is through the tensioning of ribbons and cords, while the chinstrap is secured by means of a metal clasp / clip.

There is not much science on this. Regarding the sizing, we can find 3 sizes for the 6B47 (6Б47):

  • SIZE 1: For an approximate head circumference of 54-56cm
  • SIZE 2: For an approximate head circumference of 57-58cm
  • SIZE 3: For an approximate head circumference of 59-62cm

This variation between sizes is approximate, and it is taken based on the advice of a Russian surplus material seller of my total confidence. However, from personal experience I have to say that following these indications the helmet is somewhat large, so if whoever is reading this has a small head or simply likes to wear the helmets very tight due to some unknown fetish, then consider the possibility to reduce in size.

AVAILABLE COLOURS / CAMO PATTERNS 

6B47 (6Б47) COLOURS

At first, the 6B47 (6Б47) was only produced in military green. However, with the Russian military presence in Syria, pig-pink has also been manufacturing.

 6B47 (6Б47) CAMOUFLAGED HELMET COVERS

Officially the camouflage pattern / color variants for the 6B47 (6Б47) are quite concise and are mainly based on the operational needs of the environment where you usually work:

  • EMR
  • Pink pig
  • White 

However, independent companies mainly related to airsoft material have created covers in other different camouflage patterns, among which are:

  • Multicam (The Russian copy)
  • Flora
  • Olive
  • Berezka
  • FlektarnD
  • Black

6B47 (6Б47) CONSTRUCTIVE FEATURES

MEASUREMENTS

RAIL
The measures of the lateral picatinny rail are: 6x2x1 cm.

MOUNT FOR NVG The measurement of the frame is 5.6×4.5×0.5 cm

(APPROXIMATE) HELMET MEASUREMENTS
(Taking as reference one of Size 2), FRONT VIEW.
24x27x19 cm

Due to its shape and size, it allows using GSSh-01 type amplification/noise reduction headphones underneath without being too bulky

WEIGHT

Taking into account that to weigh we have used a size 2 helmet (There are only sizes 1,2 and 3):

It is a fairly light helmet, weighing only 1090g without a camouflage cover and 1230g with it.

Supposedly, (and I say supposedly because I have not found conclusive corroborating evidence), the 6B47 (6Б47) has been declared by the DuPont Test Center as the best lightest ballistic protective helmet of its time.

PROTECTION & RESISTANCE

The 6B47 (6Б47) has a fragment resistance of 1.05g (V-50) not less than 670m/s, offering a 11.3dm protection area, and steel balls of 6.33mm and 1.05g of weight at not less than 630 m/s.

It is capable of withstanding shots from 9x18mm 57-N-181C steel core cartridges at 5 meters.
The optimum temperature to ensure the protection values of 6B47 (6Б47) is set in a range of -50ºC and + 50ºC.

The useful life of the 6B47 (6Б47) is 5 years, although from the MilitariaGeneral team we remember that the useful life of ballistic material can be drastically reduced if it is left exposed to the elements, due to poor storage or blows. The simple fact of using the helmet without its camouflage cover causes the UV rays of the sun to affect the armida structure.

FLOATAGE CAPACITY

Like much of the Ratnik Program equipment, the 6B47 (6Б47) is built with positive buoyancy. That is, it floats on water.

🖼️ REFPICs (REFERENCE VIDEO AND IMAGES)

Below, you will be able to find some reference images about the product that we are referencing. For convenience, we cannot attach all the ones we would like, so if you are looking for more, we urge you to access the ALBUMS SECTION OF OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. There you can find more reference images, sorted by specific events and equipment.

Some photos in this album are peculiarly interesting because it can be seen how, individually and by the user, the strapping system of one of the 6B47 (6Б47) has been changed.

📜 SOURCES AND CONSULTED MATERIALS

  • First of all, my own knowdeledge, adquired by this helmet possession and use 
  • 6B47 (6Б47) Wikipedia page
  • 6B47 (6Б47) own producer page.