WILCOX MISSION HELMET RECORDING SYSTEM MHRS
Wilcox Industries designs some of the most sophisticated and user-centric night vision helmet mount systems available. Wilcox helmet mounts are, literally, works of engineering art. They are designed with direct input from US Warfighters at the very tip of the sharp stick. These designs are refined until they reach perfection and are then masterfully crafted in Wilcox’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
The Wilcox Mission Helmet Recording System is a total individual video and audio recording solution for the modern Warfighter and Law Enforcement Professional. The MHRS is designed to provide complete mission recordings from the operator’s point of view. It will record day/night video and audio, providing the unit important after-action data that shows, completely, actions on the objective. The MHRS is the ultimate accessory for intel-gathering by the Warfighter and evidence-gathering by the Law Enforcement SWAT professional.
The system is comprised of a series of modules that mount to a standard ACH/MICH, OpsCore FAST Ballistic, or FAST Bump Helmet, providing an operator’s point-of-view recording capability. The core of the system is the MHRS L4 Dashboard Assembly that features a miniature day/night camera that mounts to a dovetail shoe. It can be pivoted for vertical optical adjustment during daylight filming. For night time filming, the camera attaches to a special amber filter eye cup to record the image through the operator’s night vision goggles. The amber filter has a built-in prism that allows the recording without obstructing the viewer’s image.
A specially designed power track hooks to the Dashboard and runs over top of the helmet, and secures by means of a patented ratcheting cinch mechanism. It provides a mounting platform for two power modules that hold two CR123A batteries each. A low profile recording module attaches to the rear of the power track. Recordings are saved to a removable 8 Gb compact flash media card. The recording module features video and audio in ports as well as a video out port that will download directly to a video player or computer. The media card can be formatted in the field, as well as a memory status check, through the recording module. To top it off, the access door is water resistant.
Overall, this is one of the most innovative and impressive systems on the market. It was developed for the U.S. Special Operations Community and has been in heavy use in recent wars and low intensity conflicts. Its ability to capture night vision video directly through the operator’s goggles is an incredible benefit- one not offered by other helmet-mounted cameras. The prism eyecup interface is very similar to the standard Wilcox Amber Filter in that it provides the benefit of reducing the green backsplash on the operator’s face. The prism insert is barely visible to the operator while looking through the goggles. Because of the prism, the video is recorded backwards. However, it is easily corrected in the media player during playback.
The Dashboard Assembly is the latest version- lower profile than the original. It features the new L4 mount interface, so it is compatible with the latest Wilcox mounts and other universal bracket mounts. In fact, the system comes with the latest Wilcox L4 G24 mount arm. The camera cradle interface has been redesigned for easier removal and a better fit with the eyecup. The new Dashboard can be mounted to both single and three-hole helmets and features the patented Wilcox NVG Lanyard.
The miniature recording module attaches to the back of the power track. It is silent in operation (accept for an audible and tactile vibration when turned on and off. One thing to note: it should not be painted because it needs to maintain its heat sink. It does act as a nice counterweight to NVGs.
The video and audio are high quality. There is a slight fisheye effect to the video, but resolution is high and detail is easily resolved. It has high contrast and good white balance. The output is MP4 and can record 8 hours straight for video/audio and 5 days straight for audio only.
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