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Massif Integrated Tactical Jacket

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Available exclusively from US Cav, Massif’s new Integrated Tactical Jacket is unlike anything produced by Massif in the past. In fact, there are design features here that remain unseen anywhere else.

The biggest change is that this is Massif’s first non-FR piece and this is reflected in the price. The cost has also been mitigated a bit by making it a GSA compliant garment. The jacket is very lightweight and very stretchy and I really like it.

The Integrated Tactical Jacket is designed to be worn with armor and is manufactured from two different water repellant softshell materials that are proprietary to Massif. I have a sample jacket and it is very well designed. The fit is very good and can be worn with layers. In fact, it is designed to be worn over a combat shirt for those times when you need additional coverage. Additionally, it features some interesting chest pockets. First off, they are truly chest pockets, mounted way up high so that you can access them through the arm holes on your armor vest. Like I said, you access them through the arm holes of your armor so think of the pocket openings like the ones you have on a normal jacket down at your waist. Now move them up six inches.

There are several other features as well. The inset shoulder bicep pockets contain angled cell phone sleeves so your Jesus phone will just slide smoothly in and out even with a Magpul cover. The sleeve pockets also feature velcro panels for identification. The cuffs are adjustable using grippy die cut tabs and the mandarin collar keeps your armor from chaffing your neck. No pit zips on this one but they aren’t needed due to the fabric choice as well as the mesh lining in all pockets that help with airflow.

Available in Black, Olive Drab and Tan in sizes S-2XL. Made in USA. For more info from Massif visit www.massif.com/integrated-tactical-jacket. To order visit www.uscav.com.

Black Diamond Introduces New Tactical Computer System

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Black Diamond Advanced Technology recently introduced its Modular Tactical System (MTS), a lightweight, wearable and rugged computer system that is integrated into the user’s uniform and equipment, and optimized for dismounted C4ISR. What’s more, it’s available now as a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) product.

On of the major issues with “tactical computers” is that they become attention hogs. It’s kind of like texting while driving. You end up taking your head out of the fight in order to deal with the computer. Black Diamond recognized this and took steps to mitigate the effect. The equipment is integrated directly into your equipment. This means you don’t have to take time to put a computer away and can instantly transition from learning of a threat to dealing with it. The system is well suited for Command and Control use by small unit leaders, targeting (JTACs, TACPs and Forward Observers), combat medics, explosive ordnance disposal as well as combat weather and military intelligence applications.

Additionally, this modular approach of deconstructing the computer and communications system to fully integrate it into the uniform and common equipment means it is lighter than other models. It can be integrated into most plate carriers with a new cummerbund for cable management. Additionally, the entire system can be integrated into a low profile pack or bag for a more self contained operational capability.

The heart of the MTS is the Tactical Mission Controller (TMC), a low-profile processing platform, peripheral controller and power manager which is carried on the rear of the plate carrier. Cables are routed through an interchangeable cummerbund that integrates with body armor. A flip-down front pocket opens quickly for access to the removable 6.5-inch, sunlight-viewable, night vision goggle (NVG)-compatible Universal Tactical Display (UTD). A Tactical HUB for interfacing with mission-specific peripherals like rangefinders is routed along the cummerbund to provide easy, non-intrusive access to I/O ports. Power is sourced from a wide range of existing military batteries already carried by the Soldier.

“Black Diamond’s goal was to approach the wearable computer solution as a complete system, providing true on-the-move performance and situational awareness for a variety of applications,” said Justin Dyster, Black Diamond’s vice president of engineering. “By offering the MTS as a COTS system, we’re eliminating the cost and developmental delay for applications that may be too small for a full-blown development program and are too complex to employ basic soldier system computers.”

For those of you concerned about security, Black Diamond has thought about that as well. It features a Trusted Platform Module, can be zerorized and can detect tampering. Additionally, the UTD produces no detectable light beyond 10 meters when used in NVG mode.

Finally, if you have been using a battlefield computing device you will be at home with MTS. It is a Windows or Linux-based system and is available loaded with the applications you already use: FBCB2 JCR-V, TACP CASS, BAO Suite, StrikeLink, Falcon View, PSS-SOF as well as any other specialized applications pending verification of compatibility with the standard load. Additionally, MTS features a couple of software applications like LaunchPad that, when used with the UTD remind you of using a smart phone. You tap an icon and the application launches. No scrolling through a bunch of menus to find what you are looking for. When used in conjunction with AppConfig, your applications are launched, sized and placed exactly where you want them on the screen. There is also software on the system to control radios as well as the Coastal Defense MVR-IV from the UTD. Finally, Black Diamond has included a Built In Test every time the system powers up to verify integrity.

All in all, a lot of thought has been into the MTS and it is obvious Black Diamond has taken input from users and applied it. To learn more visit www.bdatech.com.

Frogs for Freedom Rides

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Frogs Freedom runs are starting soon. Now entering their 8th year, the first of these will take place in Chicago on June 4th. Here is a little information for those of you who are interested. You do not have to be a SEAL to participate.

Frogs for Freedom 2011 Flyer

Other events are scheduled throughout the remainder of the summer.

Chicago, June 4th, Mike Ryan, lostfrog48e@sbcglobal.net

San Diego, August 21st, Dave Chelsea, dchelsea@aol.com

New England, September 18th, Ron Flockton, papafrog3@verizon.net

UPDATED Virginia Beach, September 24th 17th, Gene Warta, seawarta@cox.net

Bandera Texas, October 1st, Fred Cox, Fmdoccox@hotmail.com

Regardless of venue, all proceeds benefit The NAVY SEAL Foundation and donations are tax deductible. This Foundation and your contributions help support Naval Special Warfare Operators including NAVY SEALs, SWCC (Special Warfare Combatant Craft-Crewman), and NSW Support Personnel, their families, and the children of our Fallen and Wounded NSW Warriors.

www.nswfoundation.org

SPECOPS.PL Receives First Shipment of PenCott Camo

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Polish firm SPECOPS has received their first shipment of Hyde Definition’s PenCott camouflage fabric. SPECOPS is committed to producing uniforms in a variety of patterns for the upcoming Polish camo trials.

www.specops.pl

Crye to Develop New Camo Pattern for Australia

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Last Fall, Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare announced that they would be adopting MultiCam uniforms for their troops deploying to Afghanistan. He also made mention of a deal in the works with Crye Precision to develop an Australia specific derivative similar to what Crye did for the UK when they produced Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP).

According to Defence Materiel Organisation chief executive Dr Stephen Gumley, the first 5000 sets of the new MultiCam uniforms are being issued to troops in Afghanistan. Australian SF have been using MultiCam for several years but this is a first for conventional Australian troops who most recently had been trialling a uniform in the so-called DPMU pattern based on the distinct Auscam pattern but with Afghanistan specific coloring.

Earlier today, BRIG Mike Phelps (Director General, Integrated Soldier Systems Division, Land Systems Division, Defence Materiel Organisation) announced that they had issued contracts with Crye in the amount of $US4.7 million for a license to manufacture in Australia and $US3.1 million for Crye to develop a uniquely Australian camouflage pattern. He went on to add that the first prototypes should be available in five weeks.

A Solemn and Introsprective Memorial Day to You

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Memorial Day traces its roots to the post Civil War period. Originally known as Decoration Day, Veterans chose 30 May because it was NOT the anniversary of any battle. Over time it transformed to the last Monday in May and changed names but wasn’t recognized as an official national holiday until 1967. While the implementation of the holiday has changed somewhat as well, its intent has not; it’s about the Veterans. But just remember, earlier generations sacrificed in other ways, and those members of your family who didn’t fight the Axis on the battlefield probably served in their own fashion. Also, some wounds take years to kill you. So take some time today and consider what you and yours have done for America. This is a solemn occasion, I just don’t feel that “Happy Memorial Day” is a proper term.

ABS Now Available in OCP

Monday, May 30th, 2011

The Airman Battle Shirt is now available from Massif, the government supplier in MultiCam (OCP) in addition to Air Force Digital Tigerstripe. This is great news for units looking for the functionality of the ABS, a component of the Airman Battle System – Ground which is normally issued to deploying Airmen. However, the AF recently decided to adopt the Army’s organizational clothing ensemble in order to streamline its transition to OCP for Afghanistan-bound troops meaning that they receive an Army issue of clothing and equipment including FR ACUs and Army Combat Shirt. Based on the ACS, the ABS adds forearm pockets to the design.

www.massif.com

Milap – The New Indian Carbine

Monday, May 30th, 2011

In our article on the Indian Army’s Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS) we mentioned a new carbine that was on its way. It’s called Milap and according to a recent article in the Times of India, it should begin field trials soon. Named after the joint venture that developed it, the carbine comes from a collaboration between the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). There are reportedly 20 variants of the carbine with Defence sources claim the Milap will run about R50,000 per copy which is half of what an earlier consortium had quoted. We’re not too sure what is meant by 20 variants but we find it very interesting that the Indian Army is more interested in a carbine, more suited for CQB scenarios such as the Mumbai attacks rather than full length heavy caliber rifles for potential operations along the border with Pakistan.