MICH/ECH HHV BTE® Ballistic Helmet

Hard Head Veterans

MICH Helmet NIJ Level IIIA Ballistic Helmet with Below The Ear. The HHV BTE® Ballistic Helmet has become the standard for Military, Law Enforcement, and Security Personnel.
The BTE® Ballistic Helmet shell is made from DuPont™ Kevlar®. The Helmet offers significant weight savings, with the BTE® weighing in at 2.60 - 3.3 lbs. We offer this BTE helmet in a basic configuration for single purchases, but can offer shrouds, and other upgrades on bulk purchases. 



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  • NIJ Level IIIA (according to NIJ STD 0106.01 / 0108.01) (Tested 9mm, 357, and .44 magnum)


  • (ACH Specification CO/PD-05-04): <150Gs


  • Fragment Performance: 17gr V50 ≥ 2400 ft/sec (731 m/s)


  • Exceeds current ACH Blunt Impact Protection requirements (per AR/PD 10-02)




Medium Large Large/XL
Head/Hat Size (US)

Up to 7 1/4

7 1/4 - 7 3/4 7 3/4 - 8 1/4 8 1/4 and up
Head Circumference (in) Up to 21 1/4 21 1/4 - 22 1/2 22 1/2 - 23 1/2 23 1/2 and up
Weights  2.80 LBS
2.91 LBS
3.08 LBS
3.30 LBS

Similar in design to the standard army ach, MICH helmets were originally used by US special operations forces to help accommodate helmet headsets and to replace the aging PASGT type helmets. Sometimes referred to as a mich 2001 or another number, the abbreviation stands for Modular Integrated Communications Helmet.

Our BTE or MICH helmet is also referred to as an ech helmet or enhanced combat helmet due to the advanced fiber makeup of the shell which provides additional protection at less weight than original legacy MICH helmets issued to the military. It also works in conjunction with our Up-Armor plates that make it a true solution to rifle threats. Many companies may claim their ech helmets for sale in a monolithic design defeat rifle threats, but if you look closely at the testing data you will typically see this is only for very specific rounds at reduced velocities.

The HHV BTE® Ballistic Helmet not only provides crucial full protection against blunt, ballistic and other threats it's also highly modular and comfortable as well. Its key features include two-way adjustable rear support and adjustable chin strap, and re-positionable Slow Rebound Memory Foam padding that keeps the helmet snug and prevents fatigue and hot spots. It’s available in tan, black, and OD green, and we also offer white and red matte for bulk fire and EMS purchases.


Quality Testing

Low cost and fancy features don’t mean anything if safety standards aren’t being met. We are highly dedicated to quality control, and in order to ensure our gear passes muster, we test all of our products right here in the United States at National Techincal Systems which is a certified NIJ lab. Every single BTE (MICH/ECH) Ballistic Helmet that we ship out to our customers must pass a demanding quality control check. If it doesn’t pass, it’s not shipped. 

Each batch of gear produced by Hard Head Veterans is randomly tested in order to ensure that the protection we are offering both meets and exceeds stated standards. To help make sure this is the case, we only purchase our materials from a limited network of trusted and approved manufacturers in Asia, Europe, and the United States, and we then bring all the material together in the U.S. for assembling, testing, and certification. Our helmet shells are made from American materials and produced overseas.


This is an ITAR controlled item and cannot be shipped outside of the United States without the proper DDTC licensing.

Our ballistic gear is subject to any and all restrictions concerning civilian ownership of ballistic equipment. Body armor cannot be owned or sold to persons convicted of a felony. Residents of Connecticut are prohibited from buying Body Armor online (unless the buyer is a police officer, Police Department, or military). We cannot ship to Connecticut.