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ADS – Stabilizing Retention System for AN/AVS-6 NVGs

Monday, March 26th, 2018

ADS Inc recently published a case study on work they did to stabilize Color Night Display Modules for Army Aviators.

THE CHALLENGE:

Army rotary wing pilots flying with AN/AVS-6 night vision goggles (NVG) and Color Night Display Modules (CNDM) reported excessive vibration during flight.

This vibration created blurring of the CNDM displays, as viewed through the NVGs. This blurring rendered the CNDM displays unreliable, causing aircrew to discontinue use of the CNDM altogether.

THE SOLUTION:

ADS and partner Syncro saw this challenge as a critical operational deficiency. In response, the team designed and developed a custom stabilizing retention system for the Army’s AN/AVS-6 NVGs to reduce vibration during flight.

The ADS/Syncro NVG Stabilizers system equips Army AN/AVS-6 NVGs with retention collars to maximize their stiffness and stabilize the CNDM. The NVG Stabilizers allow the full range of NVG movement and adjustment.

To read the rest of the story and get the full details, visit adsinc.com/past-performance/stabilizing-retention-system-for-an-avs-6-night-vision-goggles

ADS Fort Bragg Warfighter Expo

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

The 2018 Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo by ADS is next week at the Iron Mike Center. It’s free to attend and open exclusively to all Active Duty, Reservist, National Guard, State and Local Federal Customers.

The vendor list is impressive.
ARC Products
Aspen Water
Atlantic Signal
Avadim Technologies
Basic Concepts
Beaverfit
Berg Mfg.
Beyond Clothing
Brainscope
Bren-tronics
Cardiac Science
CAVE Systems
Cinemassive Displays
Cocoon
Cool-space
Crystal Clear Technologies
Darn Tough
Decon 7 Systems
Dix Defense
DRIFIRE
ESS Safety Systems
First Light
Gantz Mountain
HDT Expeditionary Systems
HHI Corp.
HUPP Aerospace
INI Power Systems
Kappler
Kelty
L-3 Technologies, Insight
Litefighter Systems
London Bridge Trading
Macrotrac
Matbock
Med-Eng
Meggitt Training Systems
Military Systems Group
Mirion Technologies
Mithix Pro
Morphix Technologies
Mystery Ranch
Oakley
Operative Experience
Ops-Core
Ops Dirt
OTIS Technology
Outdoor Research
PLAE
Polaris
Princeton Tec
Rini Technologies
Riveer Environmental
Rocky Brands
S&S Precision
SAAB Barracuda
Scientific Analytics (DARI)
Skydyne
Spacesaver Storage Systems
Streamight
Tac Med Solutions
Tactical Electronics
Truvia Group
United Tactical Supply
Wilcox Industries
Wiley X

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Get Training At Warrior West

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Warrior West is coming up in just under a month. In addition to seeing some great technologies, there are opportunities to receive training.

Here’s a list of what’s in store:

Advance Your Agency: Principles & Practices for Training

Participants will learn the most effective way to develop, test, and deliver cutting-edge curriculum for their agencies and units, evaluating results where performance counts-during training and in the field.

REGISTER: Wednesday, April 18 | 1400 – 1530

Battle Born Leadership

What type of leader will people willingly follow into harm’s way? How do you become that leader? This instructional clinic on operational leadership answers these questions through lecture and short exercises.

REGISTER: Wednesday, April 18 | 0900 – 1030

REGISTER: Thursday, April 19 | 1330 – 1500

Modern Use-of-Force & Legal Review

Some use-of-force scenarios are unavoidable, based on studies of career offenders and assailants. Therefore, armed professionals must be educated, aware, and prepared-physically and intellectually.

REGISTER: Thursday, April 19 | 1115 – 1315

Streamlined Procurement: An Open Forum

Following a discussion on End of Year (EOY) funding strategies, attendees will participate in an open forum Q&A session with speakers from NIB, GSA, DLA, and Source America.

REGISTER: Wednesday, April 18 | 1100 – 1200

Performance Drone Works Presents: Introduction to Advanced Manual UAV Pilot Training

Interested in the most cutting-edge defensive and offensive drone tactics? Performance Drone Works (PDW), the premier developer of custom UAV technology, will present a summary of their five-day manual UAV course.

REGISTER: Wednesday, April 18 | 1230 – 1330

REGISTER: Thursday, April 19 | 1000 – 1100

To register for Warrior West visit adsinc.com/warrior-expo/warrior-expo-west.

2018 Warrior Expo T-Shirt Unveiled

Friday, March 16th, 2018

The ADS Warrior Expo 2018 T-Shirt is a Samurai theme. To learn how artist Parker Williams created the design, visit adsinc.com/warrior-expo-2018-t-shirt.

Remember, the only way to get one is to attend Warrior West or Warrior East. To sign up, go here.

SHOT Show 18 – SMAW Mod 2 by ADS

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The ADS booth contained numerous technologies, including the Mark 153, Shoulder-launched, Multi-purpose Assault Weapon Mod 2.

Weighing in at 16 pounds, the system consisted of the MK153 Mod 0 rocket launcher, MK3 high explosive, dual purpose (HEDP) encased rocket, MK4 practice rocket and the MF 217, 9mm spotting cartridge. Additionally, there are High Explosive Anti-Armor (HEAA) and Follow-Through Grenade (FTG) warheads. The 80s-era 9mm spotting rifle has been replaced with a Modular Ballistic Sight (MBS).

SMAW Mod 2 is manufactured in Lynchburg, VA by Wegmann, USA. The MBS electronics are by L-3. ADS is the System Integrator.

Mustang Survival Launches Next Generation SOF Life Preserver Unit

Friday, January 12th, 2018

For the past several years, Mustang Survival has been working to introduce a new inflatable life preserver. What they’ve come up with is so low profile and lightweight, it changes the way we will look at them. While the SOF LPU only weights 1 lbs, it provides 40 lbs of bouyancy. The biggest contributor to this weight savings is a new ultralightweight membrane film, used for the inflation chamber.

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But Mustang Survival didn’t build this new system in a vacuum. I first saw a prototype at last summer’s Warrior East. At that point, they’d already been working for five years with ADS to refine the form, fit, and function of what would eventually become the Mustang SOF LPU. But over the last six months that collaboration, conducting some pretty significant customer engagement and feedback, as well as market analysis, looks to have really paid off. In fact, the two companies have been working together for 20 years, since the whole Diving Equipment Prime Vendor program started.

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Since my first look, they’ve brought in long-time partner CM Hammar to develop a new programmable inflator which allows the user to configure it to trigger inflation by depth, time submerged in water, or a combination of both. They are also working together to identify and validate a next generation electronic inflator technology for the SOF LPU.

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However, the SOF LPU will be offered in three configurations which fit the operational profiles of most LPU users. The MD1500 utilizes a Programmable automatic inflator, MD1501 utilizes HIT Hydrostatic inflator, and MD1502 utilizes Hammar’s new manual inflator.

That video was shot during a demonstration in a Norfolk pool in November. When we discussed the history of the project, Mustang Survival reps told me that a SOF customer had initially approached them, asking if they could integrate a new life preserver into their armor vest. Mustang Survival took a look at how many different vests had been in use at that organization and suggested that they instead create an appliqué which could be attached to any vest. PALS compatibility seemed like the best answer.

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It’s being referred to as a SOF LPU, but everyone who currently uses some form of inflatable LPU is going to want this. Not only can it be attached to equipment via PALS webbing, but they’ve also created a stand alone harness so the LPU can be worn alone. That’s great for over the water Helo passengers, parachutists during admin jumps and small boat passengers. Additionally, SOLAS retro-reflective tape or GLINT can be attached to the inflation chamber via hook and loop to support those TTPs which use those markings.

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Because of the SOF LPU’s low profile, the wearer will barely know it’s there. It’s not going to impede movement or situational awarenes. In the event of inflation, the chamber is out front, above any equipment such as ammunition, first aid kit, or radios. That way, the wearer can still access that gear.

The SOF LPU will be offered in Sepia, MultiCam, Coyote Tan and Black.

ADS and Mustang Survival will be jointly launching the SOF LPU at SHOT Show 2018 (January 23-26 in Las Vegas).

ADS To Host Prolonged Field Care Scenario At SHOT Show

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

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Attending SHOT Show 2018? Strategic Operations, Inc. will host a live demo of a prolonged field care scenario in the ADS booth, #20415 on Jan. 24th at 2pm.

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First Annual ADS Inc UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day Wrapup

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Last week, I attended the First Annual ADS Inc UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day, held at the Va Beach Military Aviation Museum. Despite pressing foul weather, the museum offered ample room for booth space as well as in the hangar and apron area for demonstrations.

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Attendance was restricted to vetted government and industry members, but the individual demonstrations were quite technical and required a basic level of experience with the subject. Terminology alone would have marginalized the casual observor.

The event focused on two sides of the Unmanned Aerial System coin. There isn’t a single drone technology. Consequently, countering them requires a layered approach, with multiple technologies to go after the signals; commercial and military, as well as novel, the result of tweaking existing systems to operate outside standard parameters.

Below is an overview of the various vendors to demonstrate at the industry day.

Aeryon Labs Inc.

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Aeryon Labs focused on their Sky Ranger. It flies at 50 kph but will maintain station in gusts up to 90 kph. It also offers a 25-30 min flight duration with its heaviest payload (60 x zoom EO Offering the ability to read a license plate at 1500m) but can remain aloft for up to 50 min with lighter payload (FLIR Tau 2 EO/IR sensor).

Optimized to fly with tablet and stylus and boasting a 256 bit encryption datalink, it can also be controlled with a joystick.

The Sky Ranger offers a 120 to -20 deg operational window and integrates an auto landing using Sonar which kicks in at 10’ above the deck.

MyDefence

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MyDefense is a Danish firm which offers the Wingman 100, a TRL 9, manwearable UAS detection system. It is currently in use with US prisons and EU militaries.

It is an RF detector with a 60 deg directional antenna and a max range of 1000m. It offers general direction detection by turning the body and compares signals to a limited library (recreational systems are absent). When a signal is detected, the Wingman calls out “drone” or “controller”. It also offers light and vibration alert features.

They are currently working with JIEDDO to introduce the Wingman 101 which features an Aluminum backplate and removable battery. This model will also connect to common military batteries and will pertain up to 3 days.

Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin demonstrated their Indago 2 VTOL quadcopter. It can be folded up and transported in two Kevlar reinforced transport cases.

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The Indago 2 offers the DUO+, ION30X, and dual IR sensors (NIIRS 8 at 400m) as hotswapplable payloads and will remain aloft for up to 50 min at a range of 2km and an operating altitude of 10-500’ AGL.

Batelle

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Batelle’s Drone Defender is a handheld man-portable directional jammer, resembling the point and shoot operation of a rifle, which breaks the communication between the drone and controller and disrupt the GPS signal. The range is up to 400m.

Rohde & Schwarz

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Rohde & Schwarz brought out their demo van which incorporates a full suite of EW/SIGINT capabilities.

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Included in the van’s various capabilities is the Ardronis system which looks at 8 MHz of bandwidth at a time, searching for signal characteristics indicative of a UAS. In addition to geolocation of the signal, it can then characterize the signal using its onboard library. Library Data is updated quarterly. However, new drones can be added manually or via signal capture and classification.

AeroVironment

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Aerovironmemt flew their Puma SUAS System, outfitted with the new I45 payload which adds a low level light camera with improved illumination over the I25. In fact, the I45 payload offers NIIRS 9+ at 1000m oblique.

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The Puma boasts 2.5 hours of flight time and 20km LOS range, although there is also a 3 hour battery. It features auto land which allows it to essentially come straight down into a small area.

Dedrone

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Dedrone’s DroneTracker is designed tospecifically go after commercial drones which are the most prolific form of UAS. It can be mounted to windows or building facades to identify approaching drones via visual, acoustic and frequency sensors.  In addition to characterizing approaching drones, the system can tip and cue other sensors such as cameras.

FLIR

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FLIR discussed their sensor packages as well as their PD-100 Personal Reconnaissance System, which includes the pocket sized Black Hornet 2 sensor, boasting EO or EO/IR sensors. The entire system weighs just 1.3 kg.

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The Black Hornet 2 Offers 25 min flight time, 1.6 km LOS data link range and 5 mps ground speed, tolerating up 12 mps gusts.

Summary

UAS and CUAS technologies are rapidly changing. Fortunately, ADS plans to make this an annual event. If you involved in either, or both disciplines I highly recommend attending the next Industry Day.

To learn more about any of these technologies, visit www.adsinc.com.