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Morgan Advanced Materials – LASA Ballistic Shield

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Morgan Advanced Materials, a global leader in the field of materials and advanced lightweight ballistic shield systems technologies, has launched a new range of high-specification ballistic shields as part of its Lightweight Armored Soldier Architecture (LASA) range.

Complementing Morgan’s existing range of hybrid composite helmets and ballistic inserts, LASA Ballistic Shields deliver outstanding multi-hit protective performance despite weighing 20% less than existing in-service solutions, at a thickness of just16mm (0.6inch).

Utilizing Morgan’s world-leading ballistics expertise and pioneering research and development into composite materials, the LASA ballistic shields offer protection to NIJ 0101.06 Level III and the following special threats: 7.62 x 51mm 149gr M80 FMJ; 5.56 x 45mm 55gr Ball (M193); and 7.62 x 39mm 123gr PS Ball (Mild Steel Core).

Available in four standard sizes to suit a broad spectrum of operational requirements in both military and law enforcement situations, designs can also be customized to meet specific customer needs, as required.

Smaller variants in the range have been specially designed to offer full mobility to end users, enabling the user to move at speed while remaining protected. The larger variants are available for environments where a more comprehensive level of protection is required.

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites & Defense Systems, commented: “Our goal with the LASA range is to provide a range of solutions which offer proven, premium protection at the lowest possible weight, for both military and law enforcement applications. Lower weight means greater mobility and reduced fatigue – a key benefit for those operating on the front line. Our world-leading expertise in composite research and development for ballistics, coupled with extensive testing, enables us to meet the varied needs of elite military and law enforcement personnel around the world.”

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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Overlap Cummerbund

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

This week we are going to give you an update on a great FirstSpear product, the Overlap Cummerbund. Its rapid adoption among State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies along with positive customer feedback has pushed FirstSpear to incorporate the Overlap Cummerbund as the new standard cummerbund on flagship plate carriers like the Strandhögg and Assaulter Armor Carrier.

Originally, developed at the request of a FS Professional User, the Overlap Cummerbund is designed to provide additional overlapping soft armor at the front side of the plate carrier where the Tubes closure system meets. The additional soft armor tucks in behind the Tubes allowing full opening and closing of the vest.

The Overlap Cummerbund has been modified so that the body side allows for the attachment of Ragnar Pockets. This means that magazines and other items can be held in close to the body, providing a more streamlined silhouette, a benefit to users who are working in or from a vehicle, conducting tubular assaults, or who simply wish to carry more magazines than a traditional front loading carrier would allow.

-Soft armor inserts extend behind the tube and overlap the body of the plate carrier, while still allowing full functionality of the Tube system.
-Body side of cummerbund now has loop allowing you to attach pockets from the Ragnar Pocket Suite (our full Velcro backed pockets)
-The back bungee cord has been replaced with Velcro and stretch material.

TYR Tactical Response Kits

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

TYR Tactical has just launched two Response Kits which are only available for purchase by law enforcement officers with valid ID.

These kits consist of plate carriers and in-conjunction hard armor plates for use over existing soft armor vests. In the case of Kit A, you’ll also get soft armor backers for the plates. Either carrier can be quickly donned when threat level increases to go beyond soft armor protection. Ample MOLLE/PALS webbing give you the ability to add additional, mission specific, pouches. The both also use TYR’s PV material which offers significant weight reduction with increased resistance to abrasion. PV has been tested to have 7-10 times higher abrasion resistance than standard mil-spec nylon. PV also enhances the ballistic attributes of armor within the vest. Antimicrobial/FR treated padded spacer mesh is used internally for comfort.

TYR Tactical Basic Plate Carrier-M Law Enforcement Kit A

• Fixed Side Buckle Closure
• NEW 1.5” Low Profile Shoulder Pads with easy front to back overlapping adjustment
• PALS Webbing for MOLLE Attachment
• Reinforced Horizontal Drag Handle
• Average Weight: 1.50 lbs Carrier Only
• Includes Certified T52/SP Soft Armor Level II NIJ0101.06 Specifications
• Qty.2 TYR Tactical Hard Armor Level 3+ I/C Plates (TYR-HA3/7)
• Level III+ protection when worn in conjunction with designated soft armor. “In-conjunction” plates are designed to stop a specified threat within the soft armor & plate combination. NOT TO BE WORN ALONE

Multi- Hit In-Conjunction Plate Specs:
• 5.56 x 45mm – M855 (Green Tip)
• 5.56 x 45mm – M193 Ball
• 5.56 x 45mm – SS109
• 5.45 x 39mm – AK74
• 7.62 x 51mm – NATO M80 Ball
• 7.62 x 39mm – Mild Steel Core

Plate Dimensions:
• Medium: 10.5″x12.75” Plate Pocket
• Large: 11.25″x13.5” Plate Pocket
• Wt. 3.62 lbs. (Medium Plate)
• Dim:.5” Thick

TYR Tactical Basic Plate Carrier-M Law Enforcement Kit B

• Fixed Side Buckle Closure
• NEW 1.5” Low Profile Shoulder Pads with easy front to back overlapping adjustment
• PALS Webbing for MOLLE Attachment
• Reinforced Horizontal Drag Handle
• Average Weight: 1.50 lbs Carrier Only
• Qty.2 Stand-Alone TYR Tactical® LTC 27400 Plate (TYR-LTC27400)
• Ballistic Protection to NIJ III and NIJ IV when in conjunction with existing officer’s armor.

In-Conjunction Plate Specs:
• .30-06 – M2 AP
• 5.56 x 45mm – M855 (Green Tip)
• 5.56 x 45mm – M193 Ball
• 5.56 x 45mm – SS109
• 7.62 x 39mm – Ball/Steel Core
• 7.62 x 39mm – API Type 56
• 7.62 x 54Rmm – L/LPS/B-32API

Plate Dimensions:
• Composition: High-Density Alumina Ceramic Core (AI203)
• Cover: Backed with Layered Woven Aramid Fiber
• Dimensions: 12”L x 9.5”W
• Thickness: .5”
• Weight: 5.85 lbs.
• Shape: Single-Curved, Shooters Cut shape
• Size: Medium

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Protech Tactical Debuts the New Bark-9 Carrier for Today’s Canine Officer

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The refined carrier enhances protection and maneuverability for canine officers

Jacksonville, Fla. – Safariland today announced the all-new Protech® Tactical Bark-9™ carrier, the next generation of protection in canine tactical carriers. As the industry’s best-in-class canine armor, the Bark-9 carrier is the first to meet the needs of police dogs for coverage, flexibility and maneuverability. Its contoured design allows for high-speed application and assaults vital for outperforming an assailant in high-threat situations.

The load-bearing carrier was redesigned to address the changing tactics of today’s canine units to be compact and lighter weight. In recent years, some departments have transitioned from large dog breeds to smaller, athletic canines whose speed and physical techniques are critical for the challenges of the job.

“With the demand for canine officers increasing and threat levels at an all-time high, this top-of-the line carrier delivers the necessary protection with maneuverability,” said Brian Santimauro, Category Director, Tactical Armor. “The Bark-9 tactical carrier was designed with the same passion and innovation as our products for the human officer.”

The interior of the Bark-9 tactical carrier features 420-denier Cordura® diamond ripstop nylon for breathability and a comfortable fit. Reinforced stitching on the exterior of the 1000-denier Cordura® nylon carrier resists mission wear and tear, prolonging the life of the carrier.

Notable features include a high-profile hook, loop and buckle closure system, a restraint handle with D-rings for adjustable leash attachment and a modular webbing platform along the spine of the carrier for attaching video equipment. A detachable spine can be added to the back of the carrier to provide ballistic overlap with lengthened ballistic protection.

Integral to the company’s product development process, the Bark-9 was distributed to several U.S. law enforcement agencies for wear-testing. This field input facilitated discoveries and design innovations to make this the next generation of tactical carriers for today’s canine officers. The Bark-9’s product testing, along with all Safariland gear, ensures that the company delivers the best performance possible.

The Bark-9 carrier is currently offered with four ballistic packages to accommodate various mission requirements and is available now with MSRPs ranging from $1,410.00 to $2,050.00, based on ballistics selection. The standard color offering is black, and other colors are available upon request. For more information, please visit

Warrior East – LBT Vest Prototype

Friday, July 15th, 2016

At this point, this isn’t a production item. It offers four individual points of one-handed release.

Warrior East – High Ground Gear Ballistic Shield

Friday, July 15th, 2016

High Geound Gear hadn’t planned on releasing this ballistic shield yet, but based on recent events, they moved it up. The handle is a boltless design that doesn’t compromise the integrity of the armor, but rather clamps at the bottom and sides.  It offers Level 3+ protection and the screenshot below details the threats from the ballistic lab test.

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TYR Tactical PICO-DS Assaulters Plate Carrier

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Earlier this week, I attended the TYR Tactical Innovate Or Die Tour at the DuPont plant near Richmond, Virginia. One of the products I got a chance to check the out was the new PICO-DS Assaulters Plate Carrier. One look at it and it made me think of the old Diamondback Tactical Fast Attack Plate Carrier. Of course, the PICO-DS has been greatly updated from that old, simple design.

The TYR Tactical PICO-DS Assaulters Plate Carrier is lightweight, configurable and scalable  Made from TYR’s PV, which is durable and also enhances the ballistic attributes of armor within the vest. A very nice feature is the internal, padded, areas of the PICO-DS which are constructed with 4-way stretch tweave for additional freedom of movement and comfort. 

This plate carrier utilizes a five piece design called the Integrated Ballistic System that increases ballistic protection, decreases side spall and reduces back face deformation.

• PALS Webbing for MOLLE Attachment
• Features the Swift Clip system for integrating chest racks and other accessories
• The circumference of the New Mesh Base Cummerbund incorporates poly mesh which quickens dry time in both arid and humid climates. It also allows excess heat to vent, further decreasing dry time. It also has two rows of MOLLE/PALS webbing to attach pouches.
• Removable MOLLE Front Flap with MOLLE/PALS webbing to attach mission specific pouches
• NEW 1.5” Low Profile Shoulder Pads with easy front to back overlapping adjustment
• Ballistic Vein™ increases load carriage performance, provides a rigid platform, reduces fatigue, stabilizes and enhances soft armor inserts.
• Certified T52/SP Soft Armor Level II NIJ0101.06 Specifications

Optional Accessories:
• 3 Row Mesh Cummerbund
• Side Buckle Kit
• Happy Mag Front Mag
• Front Ballistic Lower Ab
• Front Low Ab General Purpose Pouch
• Side Wing Mag Pouches
• Side Wing Radio Pouches

Carrier size relates to the size of the plates:
Small: 9.75″x12” Plate Pocket
Medium: 10.5″x12.75” Plate Pocket
Large: 11.25″x13.5” Plate Pocket
XLarge: 11.75″x14.65” Plate Pocket

Available in two different styles depending on the profile (thickness) of your plate.
PICO 4 will hold the Morgan Level III plate (.75” thick)
PICO 6 will hold TYR-HA3/7 plate styles (.5” thick)

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories Announces Contract with US Army to Deliver Dragon Silk

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich., -July 12, 2016- Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (OTCQB: KBLB) (“Company”), the leading developer of spider silk based fibers, today announced that it has received a contract valued at up to $1.0 million, if the option phase is awarded, for the development of high performance fibers for protective apparel applications. Under the fully funded base effort, valued at $99,962, the Company will deliver ballistic shoot packs constructed from its proprietary Dragon Silk™ material for performance testing. These shoot packs will be tested and evaluated for critical Soldier protective applications including ballistic impact. If awarded, the option phase will significantly expand this work with the US Army.

“Dragon Silk scores very highly in tensile strength and elasticity, which makes it one of the toughest fibers known to man and the ideal material for many applications,” stated Jon Rice, COO. “Providing material for this ballistic shoot pack initiative is an important next step for Kraig and spider silk. This contract reinforces the many significant potential applications for recombinant spider silk. Today is a great day for spider silk.”

“We’re proud to be working with the Department of Defense to assess the exciting potential of spider silk for military applications,” stated Kim K Thompson, CEO and founder of Kraig Biocraft Laboratories. “We are honored that the U.S. Army has selected us for this program. This effort will provide Kraig Labs with the opportunity to validate our longstanding belief that spider silk technology has had an incredible potential for protective and lifesaving materials and expand our ability to design and engineer innovative materials solutions.”

The base effort on this contract is scheduled to last ten months and is the Company’s first US Department of Defense award.

Previous Kraig breakthroughs include;

Creating, with the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wyoming (the Company’s university development collaborators), the world’s first recombinant spider silk fibers via a transgenic silkworm capable of spinning recombinant spider silk
The first published peer reviewed study in this space, by the highly respected PNAS,
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories chosen as finalists for the inaugural ITMA Future Materials Awards in “Best innovation – Agrotextiles” and “Most innovative small company” categories. For further information please go to the following link:

Kraig is a biotech company with a proven track record of genetic engineering mastery. In a few shorts years the Company has gone from having the first peer reviewed recombinant spider silk technology to doing the unthinkable, exceed spider silk’s strength.

Bolt Technology, one of Kraig’s peers in this space, raised $40 million in its efforts to commercialize its version of spider silk technology,

The Company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with a Vietnamese provincial government concerning its plans to establish advanced fiber production at sericulture facilities in Vietnam and is awaiting final approval. Kraig is on target to deliver the world’s 1st commercially feasible mass produced recombinant spider silk, produced using very environmentally friendly and sustainable methods. Their technology could soon become a global standard for super fibers.

The Advantages of Spider Silk
• Potential uses include ballistic protection.
• Unequalled combination of elasticity and tensile strength.
• Interest in spider silk has exploded as the technology approaches commercialization.
• Genetically engineered spider silk fibers are a powerful new technological approach to potentially opening up new application and markets.
• The market for technical textiles is in excess of $120 billion annually.
• Spider silk technology has the potential to revolutionize the multi-billion dollar silk industry.
• The market for traditional raw silk alone is in excess of $5 billion per year.
• Biodegradable and biocompatible.
• Spider silk production could greatly reduce many of the toxins and pollutants used in conventional petroleum based fiber and polymer production process.

High performance technical fibers are currently used in a wide variety of military, industrial, and consumer applications requiring superior strength, toughness and flexibility.