The Special Purpose Helmet is a ballistic-resistant helmet used by Viper operatives in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.



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The Special Purpose Helmet is a thermally-masked combat helmet worn by CSAT's elite Viper Team operatives. It weighs a "mass" of 80 units and has integrated night/thermal vision capability.

The Special Purpose Helmet is rated at Level V standards and has a base armour value of 12, while the less well-protected parts covering the face have a value of 8 instead.

Representing the pinnacle of CSAT's technological advancements, the Special Purpose Helmet is undisputedly the premier infantry helmet in ArmA 3. Like Defenders worn by conventional CSAT soldiers, the Special Purpose Helmet can easily shrug off a direct hit from 6.5 mm bullets at point blank ranges. However unlike the former, the Special Purpose Helmet also covers the wearer's entire head and face; with the latter retaining the same amount of ballistic resistance as regular Protector Helmets.

Furthermore, the Special Purpose Helmet has the added advantage of possessing integrated, full-screen night and thermal vision. Unlike its inferior and outdated American-made counterpart, this eschews the need for an externally-worn set of night vision goggles or weapon-mounted thermal optics.

Its sole drawback stems from the excessive weight (80 "mass"), which places quite a burden on the user's stamina. Given all the benefits provided by the Special Purpose Helmet however, one can easily overlook its weight in favour of the high level of protection offered.


  • Hex: Arid Hexacam camouflage pattern. Used by Viper operatives in the Mediterranean and North African regions.
  • Green Hex: Tropic Hexacam camouflage pattern. Used by Viper operatives in the Pacific region.


  • The Special Purpose Helmet is completely fictional and has no real-world equivalent. It does however, bear some loose similarities to the helmet designed for Revision Military's "Kinetic Operations Suit" (first unveiled in 2015).


See also

Wearable helmets in ArmA 3
Level I Crew Helmet [Soft]Hard HatLight Combat HelmetRacing HelmetSkate Helmet
Level II Advanced Modular Helmet (Chops, Ear Protectors) • Basic HelmetCombat Helmet (Camo) • Heli Pilot Helmet (Crew) • Modular HelmetStealth Combat Helmet
Level III Avenger HelmetCrew HelmetPilot HelmetPress Helmet [Neck Protection]Protector Helmet
Level IV Assassin HelmetEnhanced Combat Helmet
Level V Defender HelmetSpecial Purpose Helmet
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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