Japan’s Devtac company showcased its Ronin Kevlar Level 3A Tactical Ballistic Helmet at Defense & Security 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The helmet is able to stop a 44 magnum bullet while providing a 160° field of vision. According to the developers, it is being tested by some members of special operation units, including SWAT teams.
The Ronin may look like an airsoft mask, but it is an actual ballistic helmet providing NIJ Level 3A protection. The overall weight of the helmet is 4.85 lbs. The Ronin helmet is made of kevlar, featuring 7mm additional cheek panels which are held in place by neodymium magnets. The use of magnets allows to quickly detach one of the cheek plates if you opt to have a better cheek weld on the firearm. There is also an NVG mount on the forehead portion as well as Picatinny rails on the sides for attaching accessories such as flashlights. It also has replaceable lenses. There is a built-in system that prevents fogging of the lenses and an optional ventilation system attachment for the head.
Devtec, based in Yokohama, Japan, started off as an airsoft company, when Wesley Shibata started making his own masks in 2004 as an airsofter because he found the masks on the market were of poor quality. He began to research not only facemasks but ballistic helmets as well. Over the last 8 years Devtac has invested heavily in the R&D of ballistic safety. With the Ronin, the Yokohama-based company begins its long-ambition to become a major contributor to ballistic protection products.