Ballistic Helmet ATE® HHV


Ballistic Helmet ATE® HHV

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ATE Ballistic Helmet

Ballistic Helmet NIJ Level IIIA with Above The Ear or High Cut Design. The HHV ATE® GEN2 Ballistic Helmet, Offers The Ideal Ballistic Helmets For Law Enforcement, Military, and Private Security Contractors. The ATE® GEN 2 Ballistic Helmet shell is made from advanced para-aramid fibers. Our High Cut Helmet offers significant weight savings, with the ATE® weighing in at 3.00 lbs.

Current average lead times of 2 weeks to ship. 

M-LOK Tactical Helmet Accessory Rails

Utilizing the MAGPUL M-LOK® SYSTEM on tactical helmet rails have allowed us to reduce the overall profile of the ballistic helmet dramatically. This reduction in helmet profile translates into less of a risk of snagging in confined spaces or on parachute risers. It also gives the user enhanced modularity with accessory options, and fewer adapters to deal with. Look below to learn how the M-LOK mounting system works with our ballistic helmet and some of the most common rail accessories used.

Tactical Helmet M-LOK Rails

How M-LOK® Mounting Works

Direct Mount Capability:

Accessories are mountable directly from the front face of the slot. No
access from the rear of the system is needed.

Tactical Helmet M-LOK Mounting
How to tighten M-LOK on helmet rail.

Cammed T-NUT The M-LOK:

Direct attachment system features a custom, cammed T-Nut that positions the T-Nut consistently for installation and removal. Simply adjust the gap between the T-Nut and accessory to match the thickness of the mounting surface, align the T-Nuts with the slot, and insert in the desired location. An initial ¼ to ½ turn of the screw for each T-Nut rotates the nut into engagement and then you may tighten normally.

Quick Tip: Pre-Adjust the M-LOK nut to the correct depth thickness before installing onto the helmet mounted rail!


1913 Picatinny Rails:

The polymer rails from MAGPUL with 3, 5, 7, and 9 slots will all fit on our ATE GEN2 tactical helmet rails in various configurations. Just about any tactical accessory is designed to work with these Picatinny rails. You can buy these rails directly from MAGPUL. We also have our own Rotatable M-LOK Picatinny Rail for sale! 


Tactical helmet lights are one of the most common additions to our ATE ballistic helmets. They come for just about every application from IR and red light, to super bright. Utilizing a standard 1913 Picatinny rail on the M-LOK system, you can mount any of them. More and more companies such as Surefire are including M-LOK mounts as well that will work directly with our ballistic helmet. Check out this blog on tactical helmet lights for more info!

Headset Adapters:

Allow users to attach their communications headsets such as Peltor headsets or MSA Sordin headsets directly to the tactical helmet rail itself. For our M-LOK rails check out our RAK system if you want to mount comms directly our rails. Not sure on which helmet headset would work best for you? Check out our Tactical Headset Guide


Ballistic Helmet mounted video cameras also know as helmet cams have become prevalent for the enthusiast, police, and military. They allow for detailed after action reviews and reports, be it for training, evidence, or combat. You will find the most common ones in use in this blog post!

Ballistic Helmet Accessories Weights:

It's easy to do, you think you may need all of these accessories, but do not forget that each one can add ounces to even lbs. 

A3S Shroud (Adaptive 3-Hole Shroud)

Our A3S shroud is manufactured out of aircraft grade aluminum and weighs less than the majority of shrouds on the market. Each helmet includes bungees to help with night vision goggle wobble, and these conveniently connect to the bottom of our A3S shroud when not in use. This can also be used to lanyard in night vision goggles and other gear. It's designed to be compatible with most standardized NVG mounts from Wilcox to Norotos. It's a tank of a shroud without all the weight!

A3S Shroud Tactical Helmet


Designed for Compatibility:

The A3S Shroud works with the most common NVG mounts. Such as the Wilcox L4 series, or Norotos RHINO's along with many others. If you want to learn more about the different types of NVG mounts, we have an in-depth guide

Tactical Helmet Shroud Compatability

Shroud Tips and Maintenance


The fitment between the shroud and mount should be secure with minimal wiggle. Mount should not pop off when force is applied unless released. Most new mounts also come with a break-away feature that when engaged, will allow the mount to pop off the shroud when force is applied. Make sure to test your mount and shroud connection.

Pro Tip: If your mount has a tiny bit of wiggle, you can add a small silicone bead or even electrical tape anywhere on the back surface of a shroud or mount to eliminate this. 

Initial Impact Pad System

Our Initial Impact pad system is a 2 part system designed not only to protect you from ballistic and blunt impacts but provide you with optimal comfort as well. We include two sizes of different thickness comfort pads with each ballistic helmet we sell, in addition to the Initial Impact base layer. This system is designed to be layered.  Click the tabs below to learn about each layer and how they can benefit you.

Tactical Helmet Padding


Designed for Impact:

The padding on a helmet is just as important as the shell when it comes to protection performance. Detailed studies have shown that the best performing pads when it comes to ballistic and blunt impact are those that are not too hard, but also not too soft. This is precisely what our impact layer is designed for, utilizing a specially designed closed cell foam, in combination with our comfort layers, we can achieve extremely low Blunt Impact Uni-Axial impact numbers in addition to low back face deformation numbers.

Initial Impact Layer On Tactical Helmet

Comfort Pad Layer

Designed for Comfort:

Our comfort pads provide additional protection, but just as important, long-term comfort. They are designed using a proprietary open cell memory foam that conforms to your head shape. Each head is different, and that is why we also include two different sized pad sets of our comfort plus pads. This allows you to mix and match these re-positionable pads to achieve your ideal fit. If you have ever worn a standard MICH, ACH, or ECH you know just how uncomfortable they can be. Hot spots, headaches, and fatigue set in, even after short periods of use. Our Comfort Pads eliminate these issues and allow you to find the perfect fit.

Comfort Pads for Tactical Helmet



When it comes to ensuring a tactical helmet performs there are no shortcuts. There is more than a simple resistance to penetration test, and they are best performed in a laboratory. Military helmets worn by our troops must pass a strenuous string of lab tests before a contract is even awarded. We use these same tests for the baseline of our helmets, then meet and exceed them. Any tactical ballistic helmet you ever consider purchasing should at the very least have satisfactory RTP (Resistance To Penetration), BTD (commonly referred to as Backface Deformation), V50, and Blunt Impact test data for review upon request from the manufacturer. We like to go a step further and publish this information directly on our website for review!

V50 Ballistic Testing Information

Is defined as the average of an equal number of highest partial penetration velocities and the lowest complete penetration velocities which occur within a specified velocity spread. In simple terms, you are testing the ballistic limits of the tactical helmet.

  • The tactical helmet is mounted to head form with 2024-T3 Alum witness plate.
  • The helmet is fired upon. Typically starting with a high starting velocity, then decreasing powder charge and velocities to produce complete, partial and no penetrations.
  • High partial and low complete penetrations are recorded. V50 velocity is then calculated.
V50 Helmet Test Projectiles
Tactical Helmet Testing Backface Deformation

BTD/BFD Testing Information

Helmet BFD is measured by the non-perforating ballistic impacts from RTP testing. It is defined as the maximum depth in the post-impact clay surface at the predetermined impact location as measured from the original clay surface.

  • After mounting the helmet on the head form and mounting the head form in the test fixture, the tactical helmet is removed from the head form, and the clay surface is scanned with a laser.
  • The helmet is then reattached to the head form and the shot taken.
  • The tactical helmet is again removed from the headform, inspected for penetration and perforation, and the clay is rescanned with the laser to calculate BFD.

Blunt Impact Testing Information

Helmet blunt impact testing is designed to measure the protection against realistic blunt impact threats including falls, parachute drops, and motor vehicle crashes.

  • Tactical helmet is positioned on a monorail drop tower.
  • Helmet is dropped on different impact sites. (Crown, Front, Back, Right, Nape, Left Nape, Left Lateral, Right Lateral).
  • Peak acceleration is measured (G's)
Blunt Impact Energy Limits


  • Start by wrapping a measuring tape around the circumference of your head, just above your ears and eyebrows. Where the tape overlaps is your measurement.
  • No measuring tape? No problem! Use a piece of string to mark the overlap, then measure the string.
  • Use the size chart to find where your optimal tactical helmet size should be.
  • Also, don't worry if you choose the wrong size. We offer an easy exchange policy!


S >20 1/4"
M 20 1/4" - 23 1/2"
L 23 1/2" - 24 3/4"
XL < 24 3/4"

To Get The Best Fit With Your Helmet, Watch this Video!

Ballistic Helmet ATE

Effective head protection is crucial in all threat scenarios. A helmet may be the only thing that lies between a significant, even life-threatening head injury or walking away from the conflict without a scratch.

The increasing potency of ammunition has created the need for a helmet that can stop potentially lethal rounds before they can cause major damage. A real ballistic helmet from Hard Head Veterans is the right equipment for the job.

What Is a Ballistic Helmet?

A ballistic helmet is a type of headgear designed to protect the wearer from bullet penetration and other threats such as hard impact and blast debris. Most of these helmets consist of a blend of polyethylene or aramid fibers. The construction process consists of forming and molding fiber layers and pressing them together to create a protective barrier that can stop bullets.

The ATE Ballistic Helmet From HHV

Our above-the-ear (ATE) GEN 2 Ballistic helmet is our most popular item. This high-cut ballistic helmet features a DuPont Kevlar shell consisting of heat-resistant para-aramid fibers that create a solid molecular structure. This revolutionary product is the perfect choice for military personnel, law enforcement officers, private security contractors and others who need reliable head protection.

Our Ballistic Helmet Won't Weigh You Down

The last thing you need is a helmet that feels like you're carrying a boulder on top of your head. In addition to its superior protective capabilities, the ballistic helmet weighs in at less than 3 pounds. You'll enjoy maximum freedom of motion and stay comfortable during a long day of training or when engaging in tactical operations.

How to Choose the Proper Helmet Size

A helmet must fit properly to ensure it provides maximum protection for the wearer. We offer our ballistic helmet in multiple sizes, making it easy to choose the right product to fit your head. If you're having trouble determining the appropriate size, use a tape measure to find your head's circumference just above the ears and eyebrows, then use the sizing chart below to make the best match.

If you discover that your helmet doesn't fit when you receive it, don't worry. Our customer-friendly return policy enables you to exchange it without questions or hassles.

Helmet Pads for Improved Comfort and Fit

HHV also offers a full line of accessories for our helmets, including our Comfort PLUS Ballistic Helmet Pads. The innovative two-layer design consists of an inner layer of memory foam to eliminate fatigue, hot spots and discomfort during periods of extended helmet use. There's also a top layer that adds protection against blunt impact and falling debris. We've designed the pads to provide the perfect fit for our ATE product line to maximize their comfort and protective capabilities.

Add Face Protection to Your Helmet

While your HHV helmet will provide exceptional head protection, your face could still be vulnerable during an intense combat or riot situation. Our tactical accessories line also includes full shields and half-face shooter's shields that will limit the danger from blunt impact and ballistic fragmentation. The shields are easily interchangeable and allow you to make quick switches as the conditions change. They're also anti-fog and feature a scratch-resistant coating.

Choose From Several Colors

While the appearance of your helmet may not be as crucial as its ability to protect your head, it does play a role in the selection process. If you engage in tactical operations where concealment is vital, you can select a color such as Multicam or Multicam black. Other available options include tan, OD green and black.

Our Helmets Come With Exceptional Warranty Coverage

Because you depend on your helmet to prevent a severe injury or possibly save your life, you want to be sure it can handle the challenge. HHV backs every law enforcement/military ballistic helmet we sell with a comprehensive 10-year warranty. Be sure to inspect your new helmet carefully when you receive it — if you notice any defects or are dissatisfied with it for any reason, send it back to us for a hassle-free refund or exchange.

We also recognize situations where our helmets have fulfilled their lifesaving duties by offering our HHV Ballistic Helmet Battle Scars Warranty. If your helmet has incurred damage during a combat operation or tactical mission, return it to us and we'll replace it with a brand-new one. We'll even send back your old model to serve as a reminder of how it kept you safe.

Products Priced to Fit Your Budget

At Hard Head Veterans, we believe that cost should never stand in the way of obtaining gear that can save lives. That's why we offer our real ballistic helmets and other products at affordable prices. Whether you operate a law enforcement agency, a private security firm or any other organization, you can get this essential protection without breaking your budget.

About HHV

Hard Head Veterans is proud to be a veteran-owned small business. We specialize in designing and manufacturing high-quality tactical helmets and accessories for the military, law enforcement, security firms and even private citizens who want protective headgear they can trust.

Because the HHV team consists of veteran military and law enforcement personnel, we understand the challenges and hazards you experience every day. We use this insight to create advanced products that instill confidence in those who use them. 

We Believe in Giving Something Back

At HHV, we feel fortunate that our company's success enables us to continue to provide innovative products to those who need them. We also recognize that there are others out there who are risking it all to keep our nation safe. In some cases, these brave heroes make the ultimate sacrifice. We strive to honor them all by donating a portion of the proceeds from every helmet or accessory sale to worthy organizations like the Navy Seal Foundation, the Green Beret Foundation and the Concerns of Police Survivors.

Order Your Ballistic Helmet Today

Hard Head Veterans offers the ATE ballistic helmet for sale online, enabling you to place orders 24 hours a day at your convenience. If you don't want to make the entire payment upfront, you have the flexibility to pay in four interest-free installments. If you have questions or want more information about any of our products, email us at