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PEO Soldier Tests Modular Scalable Vest at Fort Carson

Monday, October 30th, 2017

FORT CARSON, Colo – Soldiers with the 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and 10th Chemical Hazardous Response Company participated in the final round of field-testing for the Army’s new body armor, the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV), during a weeklong series of evaluated tasks conducted here Oct. 16-20.


SPC Hannah Carver-Frey, a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear specialist with 10th Chemical Hazardous Response Company, participates in the final round of field-testing for the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV) during a weeklong series of evaluated tasks at Fort Carson, CO, Oct. 18, 2017. Once this evaluation is complete, the vest will go into production and is expected to reach Soldiers in the field by summer of next year. (US Army Photo by SSG Lance Pounds, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Public Affairs)

According to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s website, the MSV is part of the Soldier Protection System (SPS) and is the Army’s next generation Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) system. The SPS is a modular, scalable, tailorable system designed to defeat current threats at a reduced weight in comparison to the Army’s existing PPE.


Damon Brant, a new equipment trainer from Project Manager Soldier Protection Individual Equipment at Prince George, VA, ensures the proper wear and use of a new body armor system by SPC Creed Cooney, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with 62nd Ordnance Company, during a weeklong field-test of the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV) at Fort Carson, CO, Oct. 18, 2017. Following the field-test, the vest will go into production and is expected to reach Soldiers in the field by summer of next year. (US Army photo by SSG Lance Pounds, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Public Affairs)

Stephen McNair, test manager for Project Manager Soldier Protection Individual Equipment (PM SPIE), a division of Program Executive Officer Soldier (PEO Soldier) at Fort Belvoir, was on-site to observe as Soldiers conducted an obstacle course, weapons training, don and doffing procedures, tactical vehicle access capabilities, and a ruck march.


Soldiers with in the 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and 10th Chemical Hazardous Response Company participate in the final round of field-testing for the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV) during a weeklong series of evaluated tasks at Fort Carson, CO, Oct. 18, 2017. Once this evaluation is complete, the vest will go into production and is expected to reach Soldiers in the field by summer of next year. (US Army photo by SSG Lance Pounds, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Public Affairs)

“We have been working on this vest for the past five years and have since have gone through four versions of the vest and an additional two versions of the Soldier plate carrier system,” said McNair.

McNair said once the evaluation is complete, the vest will go into production and is expected to reach Soldiers in the field by summer of next year.


1LT Dawn Ward, a platoon leader with 663rd Ordnance Company and evaluation officer in charge, participates in the final round of field-testing for the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV) during a weeklong series of evaluated tasks at Fort Carson, CO, Oct. 18, 2017. Once this evaluation is complete, the vest will go into production and is expected to reach Soldiers in the field by summer of next year. (US Army photo by SSG Lance Pounds, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Public Affairs)

Debuting in 2008, the Improved Outer Tactical Vest’s modular design was carried over and improved upon for the MSV. Most of the pouch attachment ladder system (PALS) have been replaced with a rubber-like material with laser-cut slots. The improvement still allows Soldiers to affix mission essential gear to the vest, while reducing overall weight.

The MSV weighs approximately 11-pounds, based on a medium size vest without ballistic plates. Fully configured, the MSV weighs approximately 25-pounds, which is five pounds lighter than the IOTV.


Michael Spencer, a new equipment trainer from Project Manager Soldier Protection Individual Equipment at Fort Bragg, NC, demonstrates how the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV) can be separated into different configurations, during the final round of field-testing of the vest at Fort Carson, CO, Oct. 18, 2017. Once this evaluation is complete, the vest will go into production and is expected to reach Soldiers in the field by summer of next year. (US Army photo by SSG. Lance Pounds, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Public Affairs)

McNair said the big push to design a new body armor was based on “cutting down on the weight of a Soldier’s load.”

Many of the testers said the MSV was noticeably lighter than their current body armor.

“Compared to my IOTV, this vest is lighter and cooler, has a greater range of motion, and a better fit,” said 1st Lt. Dawn Ward, a platoon leader with 663rd Ordnance Company and officer in charge during the evaluation.

“It is a huge improvement over previous body armors,” Ward said.


Michael Spencer, a new equipment trainer from Project Manager Soldier Protection Individual Equipment at Fort Bragg, NC, demonstrates how to transfer ballistic plates from the Modular Scalable Vest (MSV) to a plate carrier configuration enclosed within the MSV, during the final round of field-testing of the vest at Fort Carson, CO, Oct. 18, 2017. Once this evaluation is complete, the vest will go into production and is expected to reach Soldiers in the field by summer of next year. (US Army photo by SSG Lance Pounds, 71st Ordnance Group (EOD), Public Affairs)

In addition to saving weight, the MSV is scalable, which was made possible by a four-tier configuration. The tier system will allow the wearer to tailor the vest to better fit mission requirements.

The first tier enables the wearer to pull out the inside soft armor to be used as concealable body armor. The second tier is the soft armor with plates. The third tier is the vest with ballistic plates and soft armor.

The final tier is the addition of a ballistic combat shirt that has built -in neck, shoulder and pelvic protection and a belt system designed to relocate much of what Soldiers affix to their vest to their hips.


(Graphic credit: PEO Soldier)

Spc. Isaac Bocanegra, an EOD technician with 764th OD CO, said he prefers the MSV’s ballistic combat shirt over the IOTV’s yoke and collar set up because it gives him more range of motion.

“I currently wear the IOTV about twice each day and it is quite a bit heavier than this body armor,” said Bocanegra. “Having this new body armor would make my job so much easier,” he added.

McNair said the premise of the tier system is to evenly distribute the system’s weight and reduces stress on a Soldier’s upper body.

“It will be up to unit leadership to determine the level of protection required for wear,” said McNair.

The MSV retained the quick-release feature first used in the IOTV to allow for easy removal in emergency situations, but with a simpler and interchangeable design. Instead of a single pull-tab, the MSV has a buckle system that can be used in one of three ways; left shoulder, right shoulder, or both depending on the wearer’s preference.

Extended sizing options allow the MSV to be tailorable and more accommodating to most Soldier body types.

“The extended range allows Soldiers to be more comfortable while performing tasks with greater ease,” said McNair.

“I have an extra-small because it positions the plates where I need them to be and it has a tighter fit for me,” said Spc. Hannah Carver-Frey, a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear specialist with 10th Chemical Hazardous Response Company.

In addition to developing the lighter weight body armor, McNair said that developers at PEO Soldier are also working on an improved protective helmet system. It too, will be lighter than current protective helmets and capable of stopping certain 7.62 rounds.

For more information about the MSV body armor, visit the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s website at asc.army.mil/web/portfolio-item/soldier-protection-system-sps

For more information about the future of Soldier protective equipment, visit the PEO Soldier’s website at www.peosoldier.army.mil.

This article was written by SSG Lance Pounds and shared via the Army News Service.

Ambitec – USAF High-Value Plate Carrier

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Constructed of 500D Cordura, this vest was designed specifically for use by USAF Security Forces. The manufacturer commented that it is a lightweight platform stable enough to increase load carriage performance, reduce wearer fatigue, also to stabilize and enhance soft armor inserts.

Features:
• Pockets for applicable sized SAPI, ESAPI, XSAPI plates
• PALS webbing for MOLLE Attachments
• Hydration/Communication Tabs for Routing
• Removable MOLLE Kangaroo Front Flap, holds three 5.56 30rd magazines
• Shoulder pads that cover the entire strap connecting the front and back panels
• Reinforced personnel drag handle on the back panel
• Plate carriers have hook and loop fasteners for name tapes/ranks on the front panel
• Front and Back panels should incorporate padding so plates will not rest directly on individuals in the absence of soft armor.
• Available in ABU pattern (Air Force tiger stripe), Coyote Tan, and Multicam

www.ambitecinc.com/body-armor-ballistic-products/plate-carriers/ambitec-usaf-high-value-plates-carrier

TenCate Advanced Armor Updates the TenCate Cratus Portfolio of Body Armor Plates to Meet Future Requirements

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

TenCate Advanced Armor introduces the TenCate CratusTM hard body armor portfolio in a new lineup, which holds a more diverse range of certifications, to match future military, law enforcement, and Federal Agency requirements. The TenCate CratusTM portfolio includes a plate which meets the Blunt Gap Resistance Protocol specified in the Neutrally Buoyant Ballistic Plate (NBBP) NQ/PD 17-01, and the Maritime Buoyant Plate (MBP) NQ/PD 16-04 purchase descriptions. With these changes, TenCate Advanced Armor USA is a leader in the market by its products which meet the strict NBBP and MBP requirements.
The new TenCate CratusTM line provides end users with a portfolio of plates to meet or exceed current and future requirements in terms of protection level, weight, thickness, multi-hit capability, and buoyancy. To make this possible, the new TenCate CratusTM product line offers several innovative improvements to the design as well as the manufacturing process that will allow the plates to meet or exceed increasingly strict requirements.

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This initiative to update the TenCate CratusTM line comes as a key initiative to increase TenCate Advanced Armor’s market presence in the Law Enforcement and Federal Agency markets. The capability to meet the NBBP and MBP requirements for body armor has required extensive innovative engineering, which TenCate Advanced Armor USA will employ to further optimize Personal Protective Products (P3) solutions, benefitting law enforcement officers and officials nation-wide. Several additional changes and extensions to the plates in the current line are planned to be added in the short term. Furthermore, the manufacturing facility, located in Hebron, Ohio, has increased capacity and modernized capability to manufacture plates.

TenCate Advanced Armor USA is a major provider of personal protection solutions for police departments, federal agencies, and large multi-year government programs. With years of experience in body armor development and manufacturing, TenCate Advanced Armor USA provides a diverse portfolio of stand-alone (SA) and in-conjunction (IC) plates with special capabilities to meet the needs of those in harm’s way.

www.tencateadvancedarmor.com

RMA’s Level III (Model #1078) Hard Armor Plate Garners NIJ Certification

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

CENTERVILLE, IA – October 17, 2017 – RMA Armament is excited to announce that its 3.3-pound Level III, model #1078 hard armor plate has earned its NIJ .06 Certification mark. With the certification, RMA now boasts three different Level III options on the National Institute of Justice’s certified product list (CPL), joining the 3.0-pound single curve model #1088 and the small-to-extra large multi-curve models #1061-1064 plates.

“Our first and foremost stated goal at RMA is to not only produce the highest quality armor on the market, but also to make it the most affordable for our brothers and sisters serving this country in law enforcement and in the military,” said RMA CEO Blake Waldrop. “And this certification continues to further our efforts toward that end.

“NIJ Certification is an important part of the plate vetting process for all potential customers because there can be a stark difference between NIJ Certified plates and NIJ Compliant plates. Certified plates are of the highest standard due the fact that multiple plates are put through numerous tests prior to ballistic testing. Many times a compliant plate has only been ballistically tested a single time, to the minimum standard, without the other important tests. And in our minds, that’s just not good enough. Because of the certification status, our plates provide peace of mind to the wearer, which allows them the peace of mind to do their job effectively and stay protected during any type of mission.”

In testing at the NIJ certified Oregon Ballistic Laboratory, RMA’s nine Level III (model #1078) plates each defeated six rounds of .308 M80 NATO from 50 feet, registering a minimum back-face signature of just 29.85 mm. For compliance to the NIJ 0101.06 level III standard, a hard armor plate must defeat six 7.62×51 M80 NATO rounds with a BFS of less than 44 mm.

The Level III model #1078 hard armor rifle plates are available to order at www.rmadefense.com.

Details:
-NIJ Certified 0101.06 (Defeats up to six 7.62×51 M80 NATO rounds)
-10” x 12”, Single-Curve
-SAPI/ESAPI Cut
-3.3 lbs. (1.49kg)
-Positive Buoyancy
-Lightweight Polyethylene Construction
-Made in Centerville, IA, USA

www.rmadefense.com

Beez Combat Systems BALCS GRID

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

·The ultimate in laser cut body armor carrier performance.
·Modular laser cut attachment points on entire vest for maximum versatility.
·Padded 3D mesh interior provides additional comfort and airflow.
·The carrier has an internal and a full external adjustable cummerbund.
·Supports 10×12, ESAPI Medium and Large, Swimmer cut.
·Side plate pockets on the inside of cummerbund – supports 6×6, 6×8 and 7×8.
·Cummerbund has velcro access for soft armor inserts(6×12-15″) or rigid inserts.
·Concealable rear adjustment sleeve for cummerbund.
·4” Shoulder pads with laser cut routing and fully adjustable shoulders
·Reinforced drag handle.

The BALCS GRID Body Armor Carrier is available in Small, Medium, Large and XL.

Color options are currently: Multicam, Coyote and Black. For more info please check out: www.beezcombatsystems.com/BALCS-Cumber-GRID-BCS-BG-Cumber

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PASGT Helmet and Armor Vest Testing

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

This circa-1978 US Army photo depicts a Soldier conducting a wear test of the developmental Personal Armor System, Ground Troops Helmet and Armor Vest, as they interact with use of the M202 FLASH system. PASGT was the first American use of Aramid (Kevlar) for an issue ground helmet. The helmet also offered a greater area of protection of the head resulting it briefly being referred to as the “Fritz” helmet due to its similar shape to the WWII German helmet.

As you can see, the Soldier is wearing OG-507 fatigues, although the Helmet features a camouflaged outer layer. The original concept was to just integrate the Camo pattern and forego cloth covers. This concept was abandoned due shine. Additionally, the print could wear off and the cloth cover better protected the Helmet’s Aramid material.

Armor Express Awarded Five-Year ID/IQ Hard Armor Contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, October 11, 2017 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, announced today that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has awarded the Company a five-year, multimillion dollar Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for its state-of-the-art plate armor.

“We are excited about this latest hard armor award and are honored to outfit the dedicated officers of CBP with ballistic plate solutions that offer the modularity, protection and size options for special threats they may encounter,” stated David Jones, Director of Federal Sales. “We continue to make it our mission to develop and deliver highly-engineered personal protection equipment – both hard and soft armor solutions – backed by revolutionary material science and innovative designs that meet the quality and performance requirements of the various branches of the Department of Homeland Security. We are committed to ensuring all officers have the most reliable equipment so they can perform at the highest level and with peace of mind knowing that their armor keeps them safe.”

Under the terms of the contract, Armor Express will provide its NIJ 0101.06 Level III front, back and side armor plates custom-designed to support the needs of CBP. Made in the USA, the plates were developed in conjunction with strategic partner, Hesco, and engineered to provide ultimate protection, ease of mobility and speed when encountering fast paced special-threat situations. Built with some of the strongest composite materials created in partnership with Honeywell Spectra Shield® technology and using next-generation processing techniques, these exceptionally thin and lightweight plates enable the user to leverage weight savings, without compromise in operational protection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations – with more than 60,000 employees – and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S., while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity. The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.

Scott Wyatt, Vice President of Sales for Armor Express continued, “This latest purchase order for Customs and Border Protection is testament to DHS’ continued trust in our field-tested and industry-proven solutions. We look forward to greater collaboration with the department as our success is only possible by the input received from actual end-users. We will continue to drive innovation to safeguard the life of every officer who wears our body armor.”

For more insights on the Company’s plate offerings and all other body armor solutions, go to the Armor Express website at www.armorexpress.com.

KF Armory to Introduce MIB²S AT THE 2017 AUSA ANNUAL MEETING AND EXPOSITION IN WASHINGTON DC

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

MIB²S SUCCESSFULLY DEFEATS 50 CALIBER ARMOR PIERCING INCENDIARY TRACER

Alpharetta, Ga. — KF Armory, LLC is proud to present the Modular Interlocking Ballistic Barrier System known as MIB²S at the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC on 9-11 October 2017. Through innovative design and purposeful development, the MIB²S successfully defeats up to 50 caliber armor piercing incendiary tracer (API-T) ammunition while incorporating easy assembly, disassembly, and extreme durability. The MIB²S is the ideal solution for creating a rapidly deployable and re-deployable ballistic barrier system for military and law enforcement operations, training, and safety requirements. The objective of MIB²S is to provide a highly effective protective barrier for personnel, equipment, buildings, and other critical infrastructure in unlimited applications.

The MIB²S is specifically designed to protect against ballistic projectiles and withstand conventional and improvised explosive devices. The MIB²S absorbs the projectiles and the resulting increase in density amplifies the protective nature of the system. The MIB²S is easily assembled in the field without the need for special tools or formal instruction. The MIB²S are available in three threat ratings: Handgun Block rated for NIJ 0108.01 Threat Level IIIA; Rifle Block rated for NIJ 0108.01 Threat Level IV and UL 752 Level 9; and 50 Caliber Block rated for NIJ 0108.01 Threat Level IV+ Special Threat 50 Caliber API-T and UL 752 Level 10. The MIB²S are also available in custom threat levels and a variety of colors to meet specific mission requirements.

Military and law enforcement now have a Modular Interlocking Ballistic Barrier System advantage, greatly increasing their ability to safely operate in hazardous environments. If you are attending the 2017 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, please stop by Booth #2753 to learn more about MIB²S.

For additional information about MIB²S please visit kfarmory.com/shop/mib2s