Is it bad that I still say Red China?
Old habits die hard, I guess.
Eschewing the trappings of centuries of colonial or outside influence, the Peoples Republic was happy to discard the Soviet Ssh40 steel helmet which characterized its participation during the Korean War (and other hot spots of the Cold War), for their very own, motherland-produced steel GK 80/A. This light gray model is worn by sailors of the People's Liberation Navy.
Unlike an earlier production PLA helmet profiled here, this model does not have"A" washers, instead it has eight of these unique studs connecting the suspension to the shell, and this reveals a weakness in this steel plain Jane.
Those eight studs communicate to the outside of the shell where they are machined flat, hard for the eye to detect (dimple at center of frame) but create weak points ballistically.
Red Guard: China is not imperialistic!
Gunboater: Want ta bet?