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SOFIC 18 – Trident K9 Tactical Helmet

Thursday, May 24th, 2018


I am an unrepentant dog lover, even Maligators, so when I saw the Trident K9 Tactical Helmet by K9 Helms, I had to stop and take a look.


Here, K9 Dexter wears the Trident Helmet at SOFIC (via their Facebook page).


A. The main shell is a single piece of super-tough, 3D printed nylon. It features complex curves and details that are finely tuned for performance and durability.

B. ANSI rated, UV400 eye protection is easy to install and remove, yet stays firmly in place. Independent, spherical lenses are canted to each side to maximize the dog’s peripheral vision.

C. Left and right side retention plates squeeze inward with strap tension, providing cushy-yet-firm clamping force.

D. Thick rubber strap is reversible for use by right or left handed humans.

E. 2-position rail can be used to mount a variety of devices, or it can be removed altogether in favor of cameras like the MOHOC, which may be attached directly to the helmet surface.

F. Flexible rear brace meets the neck and terminates in a flared beaver tail, stabilizing the helmet during sudden changes to head and neck angles.

G. Secured with Velcro, the multi-panel foam padding is easily replaced and made in 3 sizes to achieve the best possible fit.

H. Captive strap guides and shielded button stud provide a secure closure that’s fast and easy to operate.

I. Removable fasteners facilitate easy disassembly. Replaceable parts allow for many rebuilds — extending the unit’s service life.

The helmet is still in the development phase, but should be released late this year.

SOFIC 18 – Arnold Defense Fletcher Mounted on Polaris DAGOR

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Arnold Defense, displayed their 2.75-inch/70mm weapon system concept named the “FLETCHER” at SOFIC, mounted on a Polaris DAGOR ultra-light tactical vehicle, for the very first time.


FLETCHER can engage targets at ranges up to 5 kilometers away thanks to an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads which are already used by several countries.

SOFIC 18 – XGO Introduces Two New Combat Shirts

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

DBL3-P – Performance

-UPF 35 UV protection body, 50 sleeves
-AG47 Silver Protection for anti-bacteria and odor
-Acclimate Dry Moisture management
-Flat seam construction
-Zippered upper arm pockets
-Elastic thumb loops
-Stretch woven elbow patches


-Made from combination of Modacrylic and FR Rayon
-UPF 35 UV protection body, 50 sleeves
-AG47 Silver Protection for anti-bacteria and odor
-Acclimate Dry Moisture management
-FR Zippers
-Zippered upper arm pockets
-1″ extra length
-Stretch woven elbow patches

Both feature 100% knitted construction printed with sleeves printed in MultiCam, sizes XS-2XL. Look for these by 4th quarter from XGO.

SOFIC 18 – Rajuga Camouflage System by TYR Tactical

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

TYR Tactical has partnered with Israeli company Polaris Solutions to introduce the Rajuga concealment system to the US market.

Underneath this 3D, multispectral concealment net is a Polaris quad. The system is reversible, with different visual camoufiage patterns printed on either side of the Thermal Visual Concealment panel. The material also provides protection in the IR spectrum. Additionally, the TVC material offers sun, rain and wind protection and is bery lightweight at .7kg per sq m. It folds or rolls flat for transport and can be individually configured to mimic local terrain, offering a very effective 3D effect which sensors or observors can be concealed under.

It’s available in multiple configurations, including this sensor concealment.

Rajuga concealment systems are available to unit and agency customers from ADS Inc.

SOFIC 18 – WL Gore & Associates Prototype Chem Bio Armor Plate Bag

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

What happens when you’re on a mission and your armor plate gets slimed? Sure, you’re wearing a protective ensemble, but what other vital equipment is protected from contamination?

That’s the question Gore’s Chem Bio Team asked themselves. One of the solutions they came up with was this prototype Plate Bag, made from their Ultra Barrier an impermeable fabric.

SOF Select 18 – RIS III by Daniel Defense

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

You may recall the IMR-Blue concept photo in the recent story about Air Force Small Arms modernization.


While not exactly the clearest of photos, you can discern that the rail isn’t something we’ve seen before. Turns out it’s a new DD rail variant, designed specifically to inform a sources sought inquiry by a Marine Corps Element. They required fixed Picatnny rail at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock st the business end, along with M-Lok along the rest of the rail.


Internally, DD is calling it RIS III Red. It’s their first hybrid rail. It uses the same six bolt attachment as the RIS II, which the Army’s SEP program determined as best in categories of durability and reliability during a recent test of Free Float Rails for the M4 carbine.

Unobtanium from Daniel Defense.

SOF Select 18 – MATBOCK Introduces New Material for J-LIFT and R-LIFT Litters

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Last week, I stopped by MATBOCK’s shop in Virginia Beach to check out their new Ghost Heavy material. It boasts 750 lbs sq in tensile strength and over 400 lbs tear strength.


Previously, the J-LIFT was made from Trelleborg material, weighing 36 oz.
Now, it’s made from MATBOCK’s new Ghost Heavy material and weighs just 12.4 oz. You can also see how small the litter folds up, fitting in this pouch.


So far, they haven’t been able to get the material to absorb anything, meaning it can be deconned over and over. It also features all Kevlar stitching.

The panels are big enough for wrist carry and it accepts poles.

The material is also now on the R-LIFT l, bringing the weight down to 5.5 lbs with the backpack.

This is an inline change for both systems; same part number, same price.

SOF Select 18 – Costa Eye Pro

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Costa is displaying several models of sunglasses intended for low viz operations where the wearer wants performance without the tactical black paint job.

At the top of the photo is the Blackfin with Grey frame and Silver Mirror lens, while lower frame is the Fantail also in Grey with Green lens.

Both styles are available with prescription lenses as well as a variety of lens colors and finishes including Blue Mirror for use in the open ocean and Copper Silver Mirror for use inshore.

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