NEW: TNVC ‘Mohawk’ MK2 Helmet Counterbalance

As I drive closer and closer towards the night vision world, I am beginning to take notice of the near limitless amount of accessories available. And unless you plan on a weapon-mounted setup, shooting with night vision is going to require some sort of mounting platform – most likely a helmet. However, a side effect of mounting extra ounces to your forehead means that your helmet, and consequently your night vision, will want to pull the front of your helment downwards.

The Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) has made a ballistic nylon counterbalance system that sits on the rear of a shooters helmet to help balance the load. The setup also doubles as a battery carrier an IR strobe attachment point.

From The TNVC Mohawk MK2 Product Page:

The TNVC Mohawk is a full spectrum counterweight / storage system for the modern combat helmet. Incorporating operator feedback as well as our staff’s own battlefield experience, we designed the Mohawk Mk1 to be a highly functional, modular accessory for all modern warriors. It provides useful storage and retention of mission-essential gear and will attach to any currently-fielded ballistic or bump helmet with Velcro.

The Mohawk is packed full of useful features for Armed Professionals and Civilian Hunters alike. No other helmet accessory system offers this level of versatility. Designed by TNVC staff, we tapped our good friends at Explosive Ops Gear (EOG) to produce it for us right here in the U.S.A.

TNVC 5F57B80D-4B54-4523-8CFD-D731105C4555-1537-0000012E3B40FE58_tmp 824E42B2-C94A-4B98-B3D9-8400252ADA33-1537-0000012E3F750BFD_tmp 50BB4E72-2FDC-40F3-8ED9-B138CD2A9AF3-1537-0000012E431D82FF_tmp Helmet 2FE11AE4-14B2-4769-A365-8CB14FC4E4B9-1537-0000012E51D0D88D_tmp

  • Signal Strobe Attachment & Retention – A vertically-oriented Mohawk strip is the centerpiece of the design. It features a Velcro pile surface that accepts attachment of all currently issued / fielded signal strobe devices. The continuous pile strip allows for precise placement of the device on the rear or top of the helmet. It also provides enough room for attaching a blast sensor device. An adjustable shock cord net provides secondary retention for the devices while not limiting access to their controls. This is important when performing high stress activities such as airborne operations and high angle work. Don’t wear a strobe light? No problem. The shock cord net provides excellent storage for a tourniquet – Easily accessible and always handy.
  • Battery Box Storage Compartment – This is the main difference between the Mohawk Mk1 and Mk2. The Mk2 features a purpose-built pouch for holding remote battery boxes for NVG’s. The pouch is perfectly sized to hold the standard issue ANVIS Box, Adams Industries Ground Warrior Battery Pack, or the AN/PVS-31 BNVD “winter” Battery Box (also used for the GPNVG-18 and AN/PSQ-36). Dual top straps secure over the battery box lids, providing added security and protection, while leaving the center open for easy access to the power switch. What if you don’t use a remote battery pack? Well, the compartment can be used to hold all sorts of things such as an extra MBITR Battery or a can of dip.
  • Ready Access Batteries – Two elastic loops are located on either side of the main compartment, providing immediate access battery storage. These loops allow operators to grab two batteries without ripping Velcro. They also provide secondary functionality by holding chemlights for nighttime airborne operations or field ID while hunting.
  • Headset Cable Management- The Mohawk Mk2 has two bottom-located Velcro strips for bundling and storing communication headset cable. This extremely useful feature solves one of the most annoying issues facing operators. The headset cable that plugs into your body-mounted PTT is often left dangling to snag on everything during training or storage of the helmet. Or if you have dual comms (one for team radio and one to plug into the vehicle radio), one of the cables will be left to dangle when you dismount the vehicle. The Mohawk Mk2 cable storage straps will stow those pesky cables, protecting them and giving you freedom of head movement.
  • Secondary Retention – The Mohawk Mk2 features two loops for routing 550 or shock cord on either side. This is for secondary retention of the entire system during high intensity activities. Velcro does not provide 100% retention on a helmet. The Mohawk Mk2 provides the opportunity for the operator to run cord from the system to the rear helmet bolts or rail. Doing so will keep your Mohawk Mk1 securely in place regardless of battlefield conditions.

Buy The TNVC Mohawk MK2 Here – $59.95

TNVC On Facebook


LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Twitter: @gunboxready
Instagram: @tfb_pete


  • Bierstadt54

    Is that a AA on your head or are you just happy to see me?

  • Martin M

    I’m beginning to wonder when they are going to design a new helmet to accommodate NVGs as an integral part of the helmet. It’s curious how they remade helmets to be smaller and lighter, only to start stacking a ton of crap on them.

    • Phillip Cooper

      I was wondering the same thing.

      Sure, counterbalancing helps with the load distribution- but it also is still adding to the load.

      It might make it easier to balance 10 pounds of crap, but when it comes down to it you’re still attaching 10 pounds of lever-arm on the most critical and fragile of the body’s appendages. Can you say “subluxation injury”?

    • nova3930

      Probably never. Modularity is the preference so you only carry the size/weight of items you need 100% of the time 100% of the time, everything else is optional.

  • Phillip Cooper

    I’m not being snarky when asking this… I really want to know.

    Quote from the article: “The Mohawk is packed full of useful features for Armed Professionals and Civilian Hunters alike”

    Is ‘wearing a helmet while hunting’ really a thing?
    (referring to civilian hunting of animals, to preclude the hunting of dangerous 2-legged vermin).

    • Reef Blastbody

      I think so. Here in Texas there’s a lot of crossover application for hog hunting. The feral hogs are generally nocturnal and skittish, so there’s a legitimate need to use night vision and suppressed weapons to maximize kill numbers.

      Note that feral hogs are designated as a nuisance species (and quite destructive to crops and livestock) so they’re open game year round. For deer and other species that have specified seasons, I think there might be laws specifically against NV equipment.

      • Phillip Cooper

        We are beginning to have the same problem here in SC. I believe you guys have the Javelinas out there, we have a similar species (though not quite as aggressive, but still PLENTY so!)

        Reports from some of my hunting buddies are that the buggers are darn near armor plated, or will at least think they are till after they’ve shoved a tusk through you.

        Also, they are apparently delicious… Bonus/bonus/bonus….. MVG, suppressed weapon, and a pig-pickin’ next day. Sign me up!

        (now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go do pushups forever… and… begin!)

        • Bill

          I have a friend in NC whose job includes terminating every feral pig he can find. Because he works for the government, the gloves are off – daytime, nighttime, from a vehicle, with whatever gun is at hand.

          • John

            I’ll be retiring back to NC next year after 25 years active duty. What is this awesome job your friend has that he gets paid to shoot feral hogs? And how can I get in on it? Hell, if shooting hogs is all that job entailed, and I’m sure it’s not, I would do it damn near for free if the state provided the gun, ammo and gas money.

      • DrewN

        Trapping is so overwhelmingly more effective that I kinda laugh at folks who pretend they aren’t just doing this for fun. i guess i grew up with hunting being a chore like any other, i’ll take the most efficient method every time.

        • Bill

          Like shooting hogs from helicopters. I always thought that was called an “air strike.”

          Considering what is costs to fly a helicopter those hogs are probably worth more per pound than gold-plated Kobe beef served off of Victoria’s Secret models tummies.

    • Bill

      There are plenty of soft webbing or netting harnesses similar to those for headlamps available, but I doubt they have the same Chicks Dig It factor as a helmet.

      In my albeit limited experience having the NVGs on a helmet positions them up higher when they are raised. It’s easy to forget that you need a bunch more headroom getting in and out of cars.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Good question.

      Currently, the helmet is the best NOD platform going. Sure there are skull cap type setups, but I guess they don’t hold as well as a helmet.

      • .45

        Maybe there is a market for a lightweight costume sort of helmet for such things? Thin plastic instead of thicker kelvar…

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Most helmets used just for NVG platforms aren’t hardened in any sort of way. Like lightweight skateboard helmets with mounts.

          Still pricey at a few hundred dollars.

        • Irfan Zain

          Most people use polycarbonate bump helmets which are lighter.
          There are a lot of replicas of these bump helmets, but the shrouds for these helmets are not reinforced. Nods are snag bait, so one nice tug on those from tree branches may rip them right off the helmet. After spending thousands on the nods… u may wanna spend 200 or so on the bump helmets

          • Phillip Cooper

            .. and a couple bucks on paracord to dummycord it to the rig….

        • Phillip Cooper

          Sounds like airsoft.

          cue the morbidly obese Jaba-esque “helicopter pilot” airsoft pic in 3….2….1…..

      • CommonSense23

        Skull cap setups are commonly referred to as skill crushers for

  • stephen

    I remember having this same problem on night convoys and on foot patrols. This is a great idea.

  • Edeco

    Instead of Mowhawk they should have called it “The Cockatiel”

  • CommonSense23

    Considering that the new PVS31s and quad nods are both light and balanced thanks to the battery pack attaching to the rear of the helmet. Counter weights are really more useful for some of the older models.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      And for those of us who can only afford the “older” stuff. It’s crazy. You need $4K to do it right. And that’s a basic setup.

      • CommonSense23

        The big thing I feel is for the majority of people who are issued the older stuff. They aren’t going to be allowed to buy their own kit to make it better.

  • Gary Kirk

    Side note.. What’s that desert digital helmet?

  • valorius

    If you want a counterbalance, try a piece of fiberglass armor. You can get scraps dirt cheap, and they’ll stop things from blowing your brains out as a nice side bonus.