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Bell Unveils V-247 UAS

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The most amazing thing I saw at Modern Day Marine was the new Bell V-247 which is intended as a candidate for the US Marine Corps’ Marine Air Ground Task Force – Unmanned Expeditionary Capabilities (MUX) program. They set up an extension of the tent in order to House the aircraft. But based on public interest, it was difficult to photograph it completely.

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Based on development of the tilt-rotor V-22 and V-280, the V-247 is an unmanned system optimized for hover over speed in order to be used for persistent 24-hour ISR coverage as well as aerial fires. It can also be used as an armed escort for the two troop transport tilt-rotors.

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It boasts more than 8 hours on station with 600 lbs of payload at a 450 nm mission radius and up to 1300 nm or 12 hours maximum on station. The service ceiling is 25,000 ft with no concern for an environmental system for a crew. The total payload is 2,000 internal or 9,000 lbs payload. The cruise speed is 240 kts and over 300 kts at max power.

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The V-247 has the same shipboard footprint of a UH-1Y and can be operated from a Guided Missile Destroyer or larger ship.

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SCUBAPRO Sunday – HYDROS PRO 

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The HYDROS PRO is a true breakthrough in dive comfort and convenience. The moldable Monprene®, adjustable fit and multi-attachment points combine to make this the most customizable and comfortable BC ever. Winner of the 2016 Red Dot award for product design. Interchangeable straps, a packable design and an included backpack with room for your entire dive kit make the HYDROS PRO perfect for any destination and any dive.

Durable Monprene® construction means ultra durability. The HYDROS PRO also stands up to UV, chemicals, and abrasion — without showing typical signs of wear.  And a modular construction makes repairs — even from remote locations — a snap. It’s a BC for life.

When you are wearing the HYDROS PRO, you won’t even know it’s there. The HYDROS PRO molds to your specific body shape, and has been designed with body grip gel, providing extreme comfort and stability. Near-Zero inherent buoyancy means less lead. And, thanks to a back inflation, smart air system you can dive in any position.

A 2-in-1 BC The HYDROS PRO includes both the Trav-Tek straps and a fully integrated weight system. So, with a quick switch of clips, you can transform the HYDROS PRO from a harness travel BC to an integrated weight BC. Now you only need one BC for both local diving and travel.

                   

Customize and Accessorize – Easily add, remove, or replace weight systems, bungees, D-rings, accessories and pockets to make the HYDROS PRO truly your own. With a wide range of mountable accessories and kits, your options are endless — and can quickly be changed based upon the dive and conditions.

Travel Friendly The HYDROS PRO goes everywhere with you. Instant dry, lightweight and compact, with a unique smart-pack design, the HYDROS PRO also comes with a customized backpack designed to fit your entire dive kit on your back.

The HYDROS PRO comes in seven colors, perfectly matched to SCUBAPRO suits, masks and Seawing Novas. Separate color kits are also available so you can change up your dive style whenever you want.

Specialized Fit for Women-Smaller air bladder. Shorter inflator hose. Curved shoulder straps that fit perfectly. Experience the difference of diving with a more thoughtfully designed BC for women.

Perfect For

• Instructors

• Tech Divers

• Travel Divers

• Female Divers

• Young Divers

• New Divers

• Dive Training

Ultra Durable: Patented Injection Molded Monprene® Gel Harness is extremely resistant to UV, chemicals and abrasion. The fabric-free harness uses no velcro or zippers.

Instant Dry: Ideal for travel due to less water retention and lower post-dive weight.

“BC-4-Life” Modular Design: Customizable to add/remove weight systems, straps and pouches. Extended lifespan due to simplified repairs. Virtually every component, including buckles, can be replaced without stitching.

3D Ergonomic Design: Conforms to your body shape for maximum comfort.

Lightweight: Advanced materials keep weight low.

Neutrally Buoyant: Near-Zero inherent buoyancy requires less lead, resulting in better buoyancy control and much more enjoyable diving.

Body Grip Gel: Prevents BC from shifting and riding up.

Dual-Compound Backplate: Provides the ultimate in stability and comfort. Single tank band system allows for easier assembly.

Torso Flex Zone: Auto-adjusts to your torso length for excellent comfort and freedom of movement.

Articulated Shoulder Straps: Allow straps to adjust to your body shape to achieve a snug fit.

Kit-Up Assist: Holds shoulder straps open for easy donning.

Cross-Flow Channel: Unrestricted internal airflow reduces air trapping for enhanced maneuverability and easy deflation at any angle.

2-Stage Inflation: Tri-bungee system controls air distribution to maintain a compact shape under water and high lift capacity at the surface.

Dorsal Weight-Wing: Anti-abrasion and instant dry. Optimal “Outboard” trim pockets.

Buckle Weight System: Simple, safe and reliable quick-release buckles offer a fixed location for easy one-hand operation.

Multi-Mount Accessory Matrix: Multiple D-Rings and mounting points for a knife + light + SMB + hoses + crotch strap and much more.

Smart-Pack Design: Folding shoulder and waist straps pack into the wing, creating an unbelievably compact package for easy transport and storage.

Available with Balanced Power Inflator or AIR2 alternate air source.

CORDURA Brand Launches New Website with Fabric Sourcing Experience in Mind

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

WICHITA, KS – September 25, 2018 – INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand announces the launch of its redesigned website, which features several new interactive tools designed to make sourcing CORDURA® fabrics easier than ever before. A fabric technology explorer allows users to search for CORDURA® fabrics to meet their specific needs, and a mill locator helps identify relevant fabric suppliers and sources for fabric samples.

“One of our biggest goals for the design of the new website was to create a seamless and intuitive user experience that promotes both inspiration and education for our value chain partners and prospective customers about how to integrate head-to-toe CORDURA® fabrics into their offerings.” said Mallory Faust, digital marketing manager at CORDURA® brand. “The development of these tools was heavily influenced by conversations with our customers about what inspires their fabric sourcing decisions.”

In addition to the fabric technology explorer and mill locator, the new site also offers focus pages with technical fabric information curated to help educate designers of military/tactical equipment, workwear, footwear, bags/packs, motorcycle gear, and active/outdoor apparel about relevant CORDURA® fabric options by end-use.

“As we continue to evolve our brand, we want to ensure that innovation through collaboration remains at the forefront of our mission. The redesign of our website helps us better connect to our brand customer and mill audience, making working with our technologies easier than ever before,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand and marketing director. “In addition to better servicing our supply chain partners, we are excited to launch our new blog that embodies the Live DurableTM ethos for a broader, consumer-based audience.”

The blog features the latest product reviews, seasonal trend gear guides, and key customer spotlights.

To explore the new CORDURA® brand website, visit www.cordura.com.

Kimbo’s

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The tag line for Kimbo’s is “Don’t Per Half-Naked.” The idea is that the crotch Zip allows the ladies to relive themselves without having to drop trou.

They’re made from a 4-way stretch 80/20 nylon tricot spandex mix with a Nylon Coil zipper with an internal flap for comfort. Available in Black or Olive, sizes XS – XL.

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LBT Launching New Website

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

FYSA…

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Whiskey 5 – Black Triangle

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

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Who:
Black Triangle Black Triangle provides average citizens and security professionals with low-visibility personal protection assets while traveling domestically and abroad in semi or non-permissive environments. Black Triangle’s core leadership is headed by a Veteran of the Global War on Terror. His experience gained in Iraq and Afghanistan translated to working as a private citizen providing Executive Protection for foreign dignitaries, high net-worth individuals and their families. The protective experience gained in domestic and international environments lends to the creative development of the company. We recognize the capability gaps for average citizens whose security and safety are compromised while abroad. These gaps are addressed in simple, yet effective ways. Our products are currently in use in the continental United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Black Triangle seeks to achieve client-driven results for both the everyman and the professional.

What:
Our flagship product is a non-metallic defensive tool called the Midnight Creeper. The Creeper and all Black Triangle defensive tools are made from G10 (fiberglass composite material). The complete system is non-metallic, allowing the user to carry with confidence in environments where non-invasive security measures prohibit use of a firearm or steel knife. We also distribute a lock pick kit which is housed inside of a pen, giving the user the ability to covertly carry escape and evasion kit while traveling abroad or as EDC.

Where:
Black Triangle products are made in Norfolk, VA.

When:
We as a company have been in existence since 2015, but Black Triangle products became available in 2017.

Why:
Bottom line, the world can be a dangerous place. An individual cannot always carry a firearm or a steel knife. Low-visibility tools are becoming more and more practical for everyday carry. Freedom of movement while protecting oneself with low-signature tools is Black Triangle’s mainstay.

www.blktriangle.com
www.instagram.com/BlackTriangleGroup
www.facebook.com/BlackTriangle757

USSOCOM Replaces EOTech Sights With EOTech Sights

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane Division, acting as the program office for special operations weapons procurement on behalf of United States Special Operations Command has announced a $23,637,320 contract to L-3 Communications EOTech for Close Quarters Battle Sights. We do not yet have verification of which model was selected.

As you may recall, in September, 2015, we broke the story of severe issues with EOTech Holographic Weapon Sights. Ultimately, many (but not all) units within USSOCOM withdrew the sights from service and the US Department of Justice charged L-3 Communications with fraud. L-3 settled for over $25 million. This led to a massive commercial refund program by EOTech, taking back virtually any EOTech sight identified by customers.

SOF units tested and fielded various interim replacements and USSOCOM undertook a formal program to identify a replacement as part of their Miniature Aiming System – Day suite of optics. This contract award is a result of that effort.

Internally, EOTech cleaned house, fixed their production issues, and introduced the VUDU line of telescopic sight. It’s a testament to the dedication of EOTech that they were able to turn themselves in three years and win the business back. I’m impressed.

USMC Announces Industry Day For Low Intensity Threat Environment (LITE) Armor Plate

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Program Manager for Infantry Combat Equipment (PM ICE), Portfolio Manager Ground Combat Element Systems (PfM GCES), MCSC, has announced they will host an Industry Day for the upcoming LITE Plate solicitation 17-18 October 2018 at Get It Done (GID) Solutions LLC in Triangle, Virginia. It will include classified one-on-one sessions with the PM shop.

This is a follow up to the Industry RFI for lightweight armor plates issued last month.

The Low Intensity Threat Environment (LITE) Plate must be Berry Amendment compliant. It is a small arms protective hard armor insert that will improve the survivability and mobility of Marines by maximizing ballistic protection while minimizing the burdens of weight, bulk, and heat stress.

Interestingly, the NAICS code is 339113 (Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing) for this requirement.

Interested parties should visit www.fbo.gov for details.