SSh-68
SSh-68 helmet
TypeCombat Helmet
Place of originSoviet Union
Service history
Used bySee Users
WarsSoviet-Afghan War
1982 Lebanon War
First Nagorno-Karabakh War
Georgian Civil War
Transnistria War
War in Abkhazia
Tajikistani Civil War
East Prigorodny Conflict
First Chechen War
War of Dagestan
Second Chechen War
War in Donbas
Second Nagorno-Karabakh War
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Production history
Designed1968
Produced1968-present
VariantsSee Variants

The SSh-68 (Russian: СШ-68 [стальной шлем образца 1968 года/stalnoy shlyem], English: SSh-68 steel helmet model 1968) - is a steel combat helmet of the Soviet and then Russian Armed Forces. The SSh-68 is a further development of the SSh-60 helmet. It differs primarily in its greater strength, greater front slope of the dome and the shorter outer edge.[1] It is usually painted in dark green.[2]

The SSh-68 was used by the armed forces of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies, and others. Today, it is still in service in most countries of the CIS, as well as Vietnam and Afghanistan.[3]

History

Due to the introduction of improved helmets starting with the original 6B7, the SSh-68 was progressively withdrawn from service. In the Russian Armed Forces, the final examples are being gradually replaced by the newer 6B7-1M and 6B47 helmets.

Design

The helmet weighs 1,300 grams (with leatherette balaclavas - 1,500 grams). SSh-68 provides protection from impact shock (machetes, etc.), and steel fragments (shrapnel) weighing 1.0 grams at speeds up to 250 m/s.[4] The SSh-68 is not meant to protect against bullets.

Sizing

SSh-68 are available in three different sizes, P1, P2, and P3. P1 (small) is good to about a 58 head, size 2 (medium) is between about 59 and 61 and size 3 (Large to extra large) is from 61 up. SSh-68s are not sized as NATO helmets are since they are designed to be able to adjust for soldiers to wear an Ushanka or other heavy hat underneath it during the winter.

Leatherette liner and chinstrap system of the SSh-68 helmet.

Helmet sizes 1, 2, and 3 of the standard steel variant with the leatherette liner weighs 1.3 kg,[5] 1.3 kg,[6] and 1.32 kg[7] respectively.

Dimensions

The standard steel variants have different dimensions depending on the size.

Size 1 dimensions (LxWxH) 280/270/170mm [5]

Size 2 dimensions 290/270/170 mm [6]

Size 3 dimensions 300/260/175 mm [7]

Variants

Russian KFOR soldier wearing an upgraded SSh-68 with an added inner Kevlar shell in 2001

Users

Current

Syrian Army commandos wearing SSh-68s while operating a MILAN ATGM

Former

Former non-state actor

Notes

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  2. ^ Sergey Monetchikov. Uniforms: From helmet to the steel helmet Magazine "Big Brother», № 6, June 2009 https://www.bratishka.ru/archiv/2009/6/2009_6_14.php Archived 2018-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d e f "From Behind the Iron Curtain: Communist Bloc Helmets". Military Trader/Vehicles. Archived from the original on 2022-02-09. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  4. ^ Dmitri Mamontov. Cast iron forehead: Keep your head "Popular Mechanics", February 2007 http://www.popmech.ru/article/1197-chugunnyiy-lob/page/1/ Archived 2013-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Original USSR Military Soviet Army SSh 68 Type Steel Helmet Russian NOS". eBay. Retrieved 2023-12-07.[better source needed]
  6. ^ a b "Original USSR Military Soviet Army Helmet SSh 68 Type Steel Size 2 Russian NOS". eBay. Retrieved 2023-12-07.[better source needed]
  7. ^ a b "New Original USSR Military Soviet Army Helmet SSh 68 Type Steel Size 3 Big". eBay. Retrieved 2023-12-07.[better source needed]
  8. ^ NL-68M, a protective helmet of steel upgraded "СШ-68М, шлем защитный стальной модернизированный — ОРУЖИЕ РОССИИ, Информационное агентство". Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  9. ^ "Composite Helmet, Ballistic helmets, Military helmets RUSSIA, RUSSIAN helmet, Kevlar helmet". Archived from the original on 2022-10-02. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  10. ^ upgraded bulletproof helmet NL-68N "blank" http://shooter.com.ua/zashhita/966-modernezirovannyj-pulestojkij-shlem-ssh-68n-zagotovka.html Archived 2012-11-01 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Azerbeijan Ssh68". Archived from the original on 2019-04-26. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  12. ^ "Войско казахстана - фото". bangkokbook.ru. Retrieved 3 February 2024.
  13. ^ "Equipment donation shows deepening PH-Russia ties". Philippine News Agency. Archived from the original on 2021-07-09. Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  14. ^ https://kula-tactical.com/helmets-used-by-russian-army
  15. ^ "Syria Ssh68". Archived from the original on 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  16. ^ https://www.turkmenistan.ru/ru/sites/turkmenistan.ru.ru/files/imagecache/GalleryFullView/Магадов-271010-(19).jpg. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Ukraine Ssh68". Archived from the original on 2019-04-26. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  18. ^ "Mũ chống đạn của Quân đội Việt Nam chịu được đạn 9mm". netnews.vn. 13 June 2016. Archived from the original on 2019-04-16. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  19. ^ "Vietnam Ssh60". Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  20. ^ "Lithuania Ssh68". Archived from the original on 2021-12-11. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  21. ^ "Mongolia Ssh68". Archived from the original on 2022-01-29. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  22. ^ "Nicaragua". Archived from the original on 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2020-02-21.