Well, you are more or less correct. It is an Iraqi product, though no-one *really* knows the correct designation (well, no-one I know anyway!) and although it is usually referred to as the M80-03 that may be completely wrong. You're right in that it is derived from a SKorean design that was exported widely, including to Iraq.
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Robin nice example ,most seem to show little usage ,ive seen two different salade's used most seem to be green but there are tan one's out there but never seen to come onto the uk surplus market ,have you doubled checked for markings ,ive seen example's with a green stencil applied to the exterior shell usually a star within a circle ,i have to agree with Greg as the war in iraq in 2003 started in march so these helmets must predate this time period but by how long i really dont know ,all i do know is the liner configuration and flattened rivits are in a similar configuration to the fedayeen saddam helmet which is also a helmet supposedly issued in 2003 ,be good to get some hard evidence of when these were first issued
thanks for sharing ,James
I remember a member brought one back from DESERT STORM with the same type of camo cover and webbing, so my guess is these date from roughly sometime between 1989 - 1990's and later? they're one of the last of the Saddam era mfg helmets.
and I remember it was in well used / rough condition, so it had to have been around for a while before it was captured during the first Gulf War / Desert Storm era.
for a helmet to show this kind of weathering / usage in 1991 , I would think they were already in production in the late 1980's or early 1990?
here is the photo of the helmet brought back from the first Gulf War in 91
maybe the correct name should be something like M80/90 ?
I use that website a lot and is in my bookmarks i do recommend it. I did use it when i was checking this helmet out
maybe the reason so many are found in new / mint condition is because they were in storage for a while until they needed them, I heard some members claim to have found warehouses with new helmets in crates at the Iraqi air base or supply depots.
just because they appear new doesnt necessarily mean they were made yesterday.