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Parabellum Prime Announces Grand Opening, 9 & 10 November in Ottawa

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Parabellum Prime is a new company, based out of Ottawa. Its focus will be on enhancing the readiness of tier 1 and tier 2 tactical teams in the Canadian market within Uniforms & Layering Systems, Body Armour & Helmets, as well as Tactical Medicine, Dive, and Breaching Equipment. The Grand Opening for their showroom will be on November 9 & 10, 2018

First seen at their booth at CANSEC 2018 with products on display from supplier partners including Crye Precision, Invisio Communications, 5.11 Tactical, T3, Team Wendy, Tactical Tailor, Hesco Ballistics, Blue Force Gear, Mustang Survival, and Revision.

Store hours are 9-5 Tuesday through Saturday. The space is comprised of a showroom, warehouse, offices, and a classroom to facilitate training for accredited professionals. For the Grand Opening on November 9 & 10 there will be refreshments and snacks provided, as well as manufacturers representatives on site.

You can follow Parabellum Prime now through the following avenues for the latest news & releases:

Web: parabellumprime.com
Facebook: @parabellumprime
Instagram: parabellumprime

Scroll Factory Introduces A-TACS Camo Hats To Their Lineup

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

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Veteran Owned and Operated by Sean Menches a former Ranger from 2d and 3d Bn, Scroll Factory is the ‘Go To” shop for all things Ranger and S.F.

They offer a huge selection for any Ranger taste from the 75th DUI to a Bn Scroll. RLTW as well as Special Forces crest caps…all now available in A-TACS iX Camo!

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To get yours, visit their online store at www.scrollfactory.com.

Spiritus Systems – LV/119 Plate Carrier System

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

The LV/119 Plate Carrier System is scalable and user configurable, consisting of Overt or Covert Front and Rear Plate Bags as well as Cummerbund. The bags are cut for SAPI plates and the Covert version is lower profile.

Front Covert Plate Bag
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Rear Covert Plate Bag
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Features:
– A 3″ x 5″ velcro patch is sewn on for IR identifiers, patches or jumbo flags.
– Can be used slick or with a placard.
– Micro Fight Chest Rig or other placard attach via the included 1″ ITW NEXUS hardware buckles to the hidden webbing loops.
– “Map Stasher” pouch behind the front bag is which fits map or VS-17 marking panel.

See the whole system at www.spiritussystems.com.

Widget Wednesday:  C4 Assets Increase Small Unit Lethality

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

“Lethality” is the new hot Pentagon buzzword, but it also harkens back to the age old Infantry principle of “Find ‘em, Fix ‘em, Finish ‘em” – what could be called “The Lethality Triangle”, if it has a name. On the “Finish ‘em” side, both the Army and Marine Corps have small arms programs underway that will bring significant increases in squad-level small arms firepower and lethality.

In terms of “Find ‘em” and “Fix ‘em”, the proliferation of small, rugged and portable command, control, communications, and computer (C4) assets has dramatically enhanced the level of firepower that small units can bring to the fight – at the right time and in the right place. Programs such as the US Army’s Nett Warrior and the USMC’s Modernized Rifle Squad, incorporating a designated ‘systems operator’, are significant steps forward in creating technologically-enhanced fighting units.


Sgt. Nathaniel Shaver trains on the Precision Fires-Dismounted system, a software application hosted on the Nett Warrior End User Device. (Photo Credit: Dan Lafontaine (PEO C3T))

Operational environments however present significant challenges to keeping small unit C4 assets up and running so that units can cut through the fog of war, dominate the battlespace and win the fight quickly and efficiently. Our rugged, portable, intelligent power management solutions are in the field already and have been proven on numerous deployments in some of the most austere environments possible.


U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ryan Skinner prepares to fly the InstantEye during the Infantry Platoon Battle Course as part of a training deployment. The InstantEye is a small unmanned aerial system used to be deployed at the squad level for quick and local surveillance and reconnaissance. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Released)

Troops are already able to draw power from any available source; such as a vehicle battery or DC outlet, a solar blanket, a field generator, standard commercial primary batteries, and most US and Allied Forces military-issue rechargeable batteries. And thanks to our plug-and-play smart cable technology, troops are also able to carry fewer batteries– helping to simplify battery logistics and reduce combat loads.


A Panther 2 SATCOM system powered by an SPM-622 integrated solution in service with a USASOC unit.

Our Power Management systems currently support a wide range of C4 equipment, including:
• radios and SATCOM systems
• laptops, tablets, and smart phones
• GPS systems, laser markers and designators
• and more…


Keep your C4 assets running – no matter where you are.

To see the full list of equipment we can support, visit www.PTXnomad.com/supported-equipment

If you don’t see what you need, contact us at Team.Room@Protonex.com and we will lead you through the process of developing a bespoke solution.

Army Developing New Enhanced Night Vision Goggles, Squad Rifles to Increase Soldier Lethality

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Army is slated to release the newest Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular to a select number of combat units sometime in fiscal year 2019, according to the Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team officials.


BG David Hodne, the Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team director, spoke about the Soldier Lethality team’s progress during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition Oct. 9, 2018.(Photo Credit: US Army photo by Devon L. Suits)

The new ENVG-B has both night vision and thermal-sensing capabilities and “stereoscopic binocular depth perception,” providing Soldiers with an illusion of depth on a flat image, officials said.

According to 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers who field-tested the new technology, the new ENVG-B is a “game changer” providing Soldiers with a unique advantage against an adversary, said Brig. Gen. David Hodne, Soldier Lethality CFT director, during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 9.

Soldiers testing the new device had a 100 percent improvement in weapons qualifications using that ENVG-B, along with a 300 percent increase in detection of targets in day and night environments, and a 30 to 50 percent decrease in the time taken to shoot a target, Hodne added.

Over the next three years, the Army is scheduled to field about 10,000 ENVG-B systems, according to Brig. Gen. Anthony Potts, the program executive officer in charge of PEO-Soldier. U.S. Army Forces Command has yet to finalize the list of units that will be among the first to receive the new ENVG-B.

Aside from the new night binoculars, the Army will also field the new ENVG version 3 in fiscal year 2019, he said.

Both devices will incorporate a wireless system that connects the goggles to a Soldier’s rifle sites, Potts explained. Through testing, Soldiers employing the ENVG version 3 “rapid target acquisition” capability have seen a 100 percent increase in first-time target engagement.

US Army Reserve SGT Gordon Massiah, Task Force Ultimate cadre, signals to the tower with a chemical luminescent stick at night-fire qualification during Operation Cold Steel II, hosted by U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), Aug. 7, 2018 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The Army is slated to release the newest Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular to a select number of combat units sometime in fiscal year 2019. (Photo Credit: US Army photo by SPC Brianna Saville )

REQUEST FOR A COMMON CARTRIDGE

Back in July, the Army awarded an opportunity contract to five companies to develop prototypes for the Army’s Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle System. The new system is said to replace the M249 squad automatic weapon serving in the automatic riflemen role.

Prototypes from the new weapon system are slated to be evaluated sometime in June 2019, Potts added.

“Much of this effort is informed by the findings of the 2017 Small Arms Configuration Study. Previously, Probability of Hit drove a lot of our requirements,” said Hodne. “But now, [the Army is] looking at energy — at range. It is one of the critical factors that will define the next generation squad weapons, both the automatic rifle and the rifle.”

Coinciding with the new squad rifle system, PEO-Soldier recently released a “draft Prototype-Opportunity Notice” to help develop a 6.8mm common bullet cartridge, Potts added. The goal is to have lethal effects on targets beyond 300 meters. The Phase II Prototype Opportunity will ask vendors to propose an automatic rifle, a rifle and a common cartridge.

“There’s a great logistics support function to having a common cartridge on the battlefield,” Potts said. “From an engineering perspective … if you’re going to optimize a cartridge, you want the engineers that are developing these weapons to be able to optimize both concurrently.”

Story by Devon L. Suits

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – Exped 9xp Sleeping Mat

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Sleeping mats have moved a long way from the closed cell foam mats that are still in use in some units. Whilst light and cheap, they take up space and don’t insulate the individual, allowing the cold to penetrate up through the ground and chill the user. The initial response to being colder than expected, is upgrade to warmer, bulkier sleeping bags. This often doesn’t give the expected results, as the insulation under the user is compressed and doesn’t insulate as efficiently.

The answer is to move to a more advanced sleeping mat. Enter the Downmat XP 9, the revolutionary DownMat for extreme temperatures!

The Downmat XP 9 is exceedingly comfortable, extremely warm and packable! This enables the user to carry a smaller, lighter bag. Sleep warm and comfortable, recover and be ready for what lies ahead.

Armor Express Wins Competitive Soft Armor Contract Award to Supply Gen III Ballistics to the U.S. Marine Corps with a Maximum Value of $59.4 Million

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, October 30, 2018 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance armor solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the Marine Corps Systems Command (Contract #: M67854-19-D-1509). The contract was competitively procured as a total small business set-aside, with a potential value of $59.4 million. Under the terms of the award, the Company will provide up to 65,469 Plate Carrier Generation III – Soft Armor Inserts and data reports, with production expected to be completed by October 2023.

Jim Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of the holding company that owns both Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems stated, “It is our extreme honor to be chosen by the U.S. Marine Corps for this prestigious award, and we thank them for the trust they have placed in us. We also commend ongoing efforts by the U.S. Armed Forces to develop lighter body armor systems, while improving the modularity and flexibility of plate carriers deployed in the field. It is the servicemen and women who ultimately benefit, and all of us at Armor Express and KDH Defense Systems, stand ready to deliver.”

Mr. Henderson added, “With the recent contract extensions KDH received for the Modular Scalable Vest and Blast Pelvic Protection, along with this most recent ballistic protection award for Armor Express, we have secured over $140.0 million of potential business with the U.S. Armed Forces over the past two months. Working in tandem with our supply chain and technology partners, it remains our goal to provide all customers with the most advanced, lightweight and comfortable protection, supported by unparalleled delivery and service.”

The Company intends to leverage the manufacturing capabilities of KDH Defense Systems and will produce the ballistic armor at KDH’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Eden, North Carolina.

www.armorexpress.com

The Big Picture – Combat Pack

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

In case you were wondering how good you’ve got it compared to the Soldiers of World War Two and Korea, check out this excerpt of “The Big Picture” discussing individual load carrying equipment.

“The Big Picture” was a television series produced by the US Army during the 1950s and early 60s to educate the public on its capabilities. In total there were 828 episodes.