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Third Eye Video Camera

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Hammacher Schlemmer Third Eye Video Camera

Hammacher Schlemmer offers the Third Eye Video Camera. It captures 320 x 240 resolution images at 30 fps and up to 1,200 still images and six hours of video can be saved onto a 8GB micro SD memory card (included). There is also a built-in microphone. The rechargeable battery provides up to 2 1/2 hours of continuous operation from an eight-hour charge using the included USB cable.

The 1-1/2″ sphere comes with a headband that can be adapted to a helmet or the camera can also be used in a static situation and set to record images and video when it detects movement, preserving battery life.

Order from Hammacher Schlemmer.

Helmets? Bah…You Need a Weave

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Life Saving Weave

ABC News reports that a woman in Kansas City was shot in the back of her head by her ex-boyfriend but that the projectile was stopped by her hair weave. While so far there is no information as to caliber or distance, her weave was in fact very dense and she sated that she could feel the heat from the bullet. I wonder what would have happened if she had brushed it out that morning. Think of it as Kevlar for the noggin.

Garrett Container Awarded DF-LCS Contract

Friday, February 20th, 2009

The 37th Contracting Squadron at Lackland AFB TX has awarded Garrett Container Systems, Inc. an award for delivery of Defensor Fortis-Load Carrying Systems. This is a base period of 12 months with four one-year option periods worth up to $16,522,924.13 for the base period and four options. Interestingly, the award stipulates that the procurement is for Air Force Security Forces only so it appears that other organizations will not be able to leverage this contract vehicle.

GCS DF-LCS

DF-LCS is a MOLLE-compatible load carrying system designed specifically for Air Force Security Forces and first issued in 2004. Although it originally came in OD, under the new contract DF-LCS will be offered in the Air force Digital Tiger Stripe pattern. Each Security Forces member will be issued a Rifleman’s kit as well as a Multi-Mission Pack. Additional modules for Team Leader, M-203 Grenadier, M-240 Gunner, M-249 Gunner, and K9 Handler are also available and considered an integral part of the DF-LCS kit. Each SF member is also issued a Black rolling equipment bag to store thr kit.

DF-LCS is available online from Garrett for government clients as well as Air Force members. A version of DF-LCS is also available for commercial purchase from Diamondback Tactical.

Photo courtesy of GCS.

UVA Students Developing New Armor

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Military.com reported in a recent article about a team of undergraduate students at UVA working on a new armor plate. Interestingly, they claim it will be “The new armor design will be lighter, more flexible and better able to withstand armor-piercing bullets than the 30-pound vest now used by the Army.” Sounds like a new take on scalar armor considering the team hopes to contain as many as 32 rounds of armor piercing. According to National Guardsman and student Jeff O’dell, their design philosophy is to contain the cracks in ceramic materials formed as it stops threats in order to prevent back face deformation.

Magpul MS2 Sling/ASAP Plate Now Available

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Magpul

Magpul unveiled their new MS2 Multi-Mission Sling and ASAP Ambidextrous Sling Attachment Point at SHOT Show. They are now available on their website. The MS2 is currently only available in Black.

Magpul Multi-Mission Sling Magpul Ambidextrous Sling Attachment Point

To order, visit Magpul.

Soldier Systems Daily – The Admin Stuff

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Soldier Systems Blog Logo

If you want to write for Soldier Systems Daily its pretty simple. Just contact the Editor with your article idea. Seriously, that’s all you have to do. Generally, we want an article that is a couple of paragraphs long and answers the basic who, what, where, when, why, and how. Pictures are also helpful but make sure you have the permission of the owners. We are happy to give you a by-line but since thus far, this is a non-wealth generating pursuit, there will be no payment. However, so far everyone has wanted to keep it anonymous. One caveat for vendors, we will happily post press releases but the impact is much greater if someone checks out your product and writes an article on it.

Interested parties can contact Soldier Systems Daily at admin@soldiersystems.net.

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Naval Air Systems Command Issues BAA

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Naval Air Systems Command has issued a broad agency announcement for warfighter developmental protective clothing and devices.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

(1) protection against G-induced loss of consciousness, loss of situational awareness, spatial disorientation, and high altitude hypoxia

(2) micro/nanotechnology applicable to life support and protective devices

(3) protection against hypothermia/hyperthermia

(4) auxiliary or integrated human cooling and heating systems

(5) integrated helmet mounted displays, multi-mode helmet vision system technology

(6) advanced filter/device development for eye and / or sensor protection

(7) warfighter / equipment compatibility

(8) breathing systems and advanced concept approaches for current and future applications

(9) crash protection, advanced restraint systems (all axes of restraint), and seating concepts

(10) emergency egress/escape concepts such as but not limited to improved signaling/locating, thermal signature reduction, and day/night cloaking technologies

(11) integrated communications systems

(12) hearing protection and communication capabilities in high noise environments

(13) integrated flotation systems

(14) human strength enhancement technologies

(15) garment textiles/materials, flame resistant / melt-proof fibers, webbings, water-proof, high-stretch, breathable fabrics, durable, malleable, lightweight conductive-network fabrics, low-bulk/high flexibility vascular compression mechanisms for acceleration protection, fast-response cooling/heating textiles

(16) crew/workstation design

(17) lightweight, portable power sources, recharging and scavenging technologies

(18) other personal protective technologies

For the full solicitation visit fedbizopps.gov.

Bullet Dodging Armor Patent Withdrawn

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Just the other day we published a story about IBM’s scheme to push the wearer of their new armor out of the way of a bullet with their name on it. This odd tale has taken another turn, this time, IBM has withdrawn its patent application. Apparently, the publicity was too much, either that or someone realized how hard this was going to be. At any rate, it’s gone, at least for now.