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AUSA 17 – FN SCAR Modularity

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

FN America breaks down SCAR modularity in this single graphic, which also serves as the backdrop to their AUSA booth.


Notice the caliber options along the bottom: 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 6.5mm CREEDMOOR, and .260 Remington.

Check Out The Invisio Intercom At AUSA

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

While the Invisio Intercom in fact envisioned for use in vehicles, it’s plug and play architecture also makes it suitable for use in command posts or other locations where multiple control units, intercoms, headsets and interface cables are in use.


3M Showcases Latest Advances in Soldier Protection at AUSA 2017

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Products leverage 3M’s advanced-materials expertise to give soldiers optimal protection at a light weight

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oct. 9, 2017 – Greater threats and changing missions demand a higher caliber of head and body protection than what many militaries around the world use today. 3M will be showcasing a family of soldier protection solutions that address this need in Booth 7243 at the AUSA 2017 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Among the 3M offerings on display will be the new Combat II Ballistic Helmet L110. This state-of-the-art helmet delivers 3M’s highest ballistic protection to date. Developed by Ceradyne, Inc., a 3M company, the L110 helmet is based on technology that has been tested, fielded and proven with the U.S. military.

“There’s tremendous interest globally for head protection that defends against today’s most prevalent threats, like explosive devices and rifle bullets, at the lightest possible weight,” said Cheryl Ingstad, business manager, Advanced Ceramics Platform – Defense, 3M. “We put our scientific expertise to work to deliver exactly that in the L110 helmet. We look forward to discussing the L110 helmet, our range of innovative soldier-protection offerings and future advancements at this year’s event.”

3M representatives will also be available at AUSA to discuss the company’s support for the U.S. Army’s Soldier Protection System (SPS) program.

Ceradyne was awarded a low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract in 2016 for the program’s Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) component. The IHPS will give soldiers a lighter-weight ballistic helmet system with passive hearing protection and increased blunt impact performance. The 3M IHPS offering is currently undergoing government testing.

Ceradyne was also awarded an LRIP contract for the SPS’s Vital Torso Protection (VTP) component, which seeks to give soldiers lighter-weight body armor inserts. Government testing of these inserts has been completed.

With more than 70 years of support for the U.S. Armed Forces, 46 technology platforms and proven performance in the field, 3M can help program managers solve their toughest challenges. Life-saving 3M innovations include: lightweight ballistic helmets and body armor, aircraft armor, 3M™ PELTOR™ tactical communications, and respiratory, hearing and eye protection.

For more information about soldier protection solutions provided by 3M, visit www.3M.com/Defense.

AUSA 17 – Team Wendy Introduces Ballistic Ears and Visor

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The new Ballistic Ears attach at the TW Rail 2.0 and new SL Rail. They are rated to Level IIIA and offer room for the wear of earpro underneath. Ears will be available by end of fourth quarter 17.

The visor is frag rated and uses an adapter to attach to the new SL Rail. Available January, 2018. More info on the SL Rail soon.


AUSA – Prototype Pinks and Greens

Monday, October 9th, 2017

At AUSA PEO Soldier is demonstrating a prototype World War Two Pinks and Greens-style service dress uniform.

SGT Schacher and SFC Johnson wear prototypes of male and female versions of the uniform. This is only a prototype, intended to solicit feedback and there is currently no requirement for a new Service uniform. However, if this concept is adopted by the Army, the final uniforms will be different.

Here, SFC Johnson shows us the Class B Shirt. I’m very impressed by the work the uniform’s designers have done to research historical uniform items and adapt the styles to reflect modern tastes and materials.

What do you think?

AUSA 17 – Polartec Power Wool 

Monday, October 9th, 2017

This is Polartec’s new Power Wool. It’s a 5.9 oz, no-melt/no-drip gridded fleece. It offers some mechanical stretch and has a great hand (that means it’s cozy). There’s a lighter weight (4.3 oz) fabric as well. It’s fully Berry compliant and would make a great upgrade to the level 2 garments in GEN III ECWCS.


AUSA 17 – Gerber Center-Drive w/Center Axis Tech

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Center-Drive is now available with a Black finish and Berry Compliant sheath. Additionally, they’ve added the same accessory M4 bit set from the MP1-AR weapon tool. I really like the Center-Drive becuase the tools aren’t off center while you are twisting. The action is much smoother.

12-piece bit set includes:
-Torx bits
-Hex bits
-Philips bits
-Front sight adjustment tool
-Trigger assembly pin punch


Look For Gentex & Ops-Core At AUSA

Monday, October 9th, 2017