Altyn helmet early type

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Altyn helmet (size up to 60). titanium, titanium visor with armored glass

Early type! With edging made of cloth!
Narrow visor. Early type of crown - dark blue.

Number at helmet - 27, number at visor - 14.
Very good condition!
Very rare ! Last item in stock! Will not expected any more!
Was used in many KGB and FSB operations!




The Altyn helmet is a titanium crash helmet used by Russian special troops in the FSB TsSN (CSN).  Altyn refers to a gold coin pieced used in Imperial times which had a value of 3 copecks; altyn may refer to anything which is of special value.  Notably the Altyn helmet has been used by teams A (Alfa) and B (Vympel) since it's introduction in the 1980's.  It has seen service in Afghanistan, Budyonnovsk, Nord-Ost, Beslan, and many other operations. Although today it is being slowly replaced by NII Stali's Rys-T helmet, it has long been one of the most iconic pieces of equipment in the arsenal of Russian special forces.

In the 1980's, only two firms possessed the means to produce titanium helmets: TIG of Switzerland and Ulbrechts of Austria.  Both firms pursued a similar style helmet which maximized coverage of the wearer's head while providing radio communications and a removable bulletproof visor.  The former used a polyurethane liner while the latter used a traditional German suspension system consisting of a metal band and leather cap.

The KGB at the time desired a crash helmet for its special purpose units similar to what the firms TIG and Ulbrechts produced, so a number of TIG helmets were purchased.  It is also assumed that Ulbrechts helmets were purchased as well since several have been recently released from the TsSN inventory.

The TIG helmets purchased by the KGB were issued to Alfa for field use and continued to be used well into the 21st century.  The radio connections on the male end were a 2-pin set that fit Motorola connectors making them fairly universal.

Seeing the value of the TIG helmets, examples were handed over to NII Stali for replication.  NII Stali then developed the capacity to produce stamped titanium helmet shells, which as mentioned before was previously only available to Switzerland and Austria.

NII Stali then produced what was to become the K6-3 helmet from the basic form of the TIG.  The principle difference between the TIG and the K6-3 were the profile of the visor.  On the TIG helmet, the visor had two cuts in on the visor at the lower corners, presumably to assist the wearer in shouldering the rifle.

NII Stali also produced blank shells with thickness 4mm, which were given to KGB technicians for improvements and modernization.  The helmets were equipped with a radio system similar to that of the TIG helmet.  On the back of the helmet was placed the male connector for the cable to the radio.  Inside was placed a speaker on one side along with the mount for the flexible boom microphone on the right side of the helmet.  On the left exterior was placed a push control to turn the microphone on/off.

In the 1990's, the installation of aramid backing on the interior of the helmets allowed for a decrease in the thickness of the shell and so the total weight was decreased as well.  Examples show edging on the helmet existed in two forms: rubber like on the visor, and aramid.  Both forms also exist for the TIG helmet.

According to the engineers of NII Stali, the Altyn helmet succeeded the TIG helmet in reliability and strength.  Comparisons between the two by some professionals indicate preference for the TIG helmet because of it's lighter weight and slightly smaller dimensions; this does not cover the opinion of all users though so no firm conclusions may be drawn.

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