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ITS Offers OC Tactical Hearing Protection Covers

Monday, August 25th, 2014

ITS Tactical is offering the somewhat elusive Hearing Protection Covers from OC Tactical.

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Made from 1000D Cordura with a Dri-Lex backing for comfort, the Hearing Protection Covers includes a 5” piece of loop VELCRO for attaching your own name tape and small attachment loop for securing your hearing protection to a carabiner, GrimLOC or other point.

Available in these sizes:

-Peltor (Fits Earpro With 2? Wide Bands: Comtac, 6S, TacticalPro, Tactical Sport, and Sordin Supreme with Leather Headband.)

-Sordin Pro x (Fits Sordin with 1.5? Plastic Headband)

-Howard Leight (Designed Specifically for the Howard Leight Impact Sport)

Colors include AOR1, AOR2, A-TACS AU and MultiCam.

OR Summer Market – goTenna

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Probably the coolest thing I ran across at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was goTenna.

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Even if there is no wireless infrastructure where you’re headed, goTennna pairs with your smartphone enabling you to text and share your location with other devices. Or, maybe you want your own secure network. GoTenna will even work while your device is in airplane mode. Like, if you don’t want “the man” listening in on your messages. At least not without some serious work.

The device connects via Bluetooth so it must be within 20 feet of the goTenna, which retransmits messages in the 151-154 MHz band.

With location share and ping, think of it as a poor man’s Blue Force Tracker. Granted, range may be an issue due to the 2watt radio but looking at the advantages (location and secure txt), it’s definitely worth a look. They predict varying ranges but line of sight will have a lot to play in any results.

City street to city street: 0.5-1 mile
Forest to forest: 2-3 miles
Water to water: 4-6 miles
Desert to desert: 4-6 miles

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In addition to subscriber to subscriber texting, you can also text to messenger groups. There is also auto message retry if the receiver is out of range. Compatible with Android and iOS, the goTenna offers RSA-1024 encryption and self-destruct messages. Conversely, you can store thousands of messages in the flash memory.

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The rechargeable lithium battery offers a 3-day life. Weighing in at 2 oz, it attaches via strap to your pack or elsewhere. You could even mount inside a bag if need be.

So, think about it. Low power, Bluetooth connection, encryption, self-destruct txt, and all FCC approved. At less than $150 a pair, everyone should have a set just to keep track of loved ones at Disney.

gotenna.com

ADS C4ISR Vehicle Concept Demonstrator – Part II – The Vehicle

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

During Warrior Expo, ADS Inc exhibited a new concept demonstrator that integrates C4ISR technologies directly into a lightly armored vehicle based on the legacy HMMWV. While the demonstrator is packed with a variety of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and and Reconnaissance capabilities, it would mean nothing if you couldn’t protect the men and women inside the vehicle. That’s where project partner Granite Tactical Vehicles steps in. They’ve developed a set of five upgrade packages for the HMMWV. The High Mobility, Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle has been with us for over 30 years. Over this time, they’ve applied a variety of fixes to the vehicle, but fundamentally there 25 deficiencies in the design.

Over time, the HMMWV evolved from this simple replacement for the Jeep to an armored battle taxi. Along the way, it became overweight and underpowered.

HMMWV comparison

Engineers at Granite Tactical Vehicles have created five kits to enhance the vehicle’s capabilities:

1) GTV’s proprietary up-armored crew capsule offers 360 degree blast / ballistic protection with underbody armor and a V-Hull. That V-Hull is one of the most effective features to mitigate the effects of IEDs.
2) Upgraded brake calipers and larger rotors, upgraded shocks, spring mounts, lift kit (centered front differential allowing 4 identical half-shafts), frame enhancements and suspension to support up-armored capsule and return vehicle to expected mobility.
3) Upgraded turbo-charged 6.5 liter diesel engine.
4) Upgraded 4L85 transmission, which is critical to overcoming torque deficiency of standard Humvee.
5) Upgraded cooling / radiator system to ensure larger engine is efficiently and effectively cooled during operation.

In fact, application of these five kits, not only enhanced the capabilities of the HMMWV (of which we have thousands still in service) but also weighs in at 200 lbs below the current UpArmored variant. As funding for programs like the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle are reprogrammed for other needs, upgrades such as this, to existing equipment are a great way to extend their lifecycle as well as enhance capabilities.

Justin Boyle of ADS goes over the five upgrade kits for the HMMWV in this short video from ADStv.

For more information visit www.ADSinc.com.

Did You Know Battle Systems Has A Clearance Section?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

USMC Veteran-owned Battle Systems LLC makes, what I feel, is the best signal panel out there and I’ve written about it several times. The Marker Panel, Individual Lightweight sets the standard for an item created out of need. No longer do grunts have to lug around a full-size or even cutdown VS-17 signal panel.

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Now, they’ve added a clearance section to their website. It includes factory seconds and discontinued colors. The MPIL was already one hell of a bargain but with these clearance prices, there’s no reason not to have one, or two.

www.battlesystemsllc.com/Clearance_Section

Mutualink’s Mobile Operations Fusion Kit Enables On-the-Go Interoperability For Mobile Field Operations

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Compact, rugged “go kit” will be tested during DoD exercises at Aberdeen Proving Ground

WALLINGFORD, Conn., June 2, 2014 – Today, Mutualink, Inc. announced the availability of a new mobile operations fusion kit (OFK) for use by military personnel, coalition partners and first responders in the field. The kit, known as OFK 2.0, enables users to connect anywhere and anytime with the most flexible, agile, and secure communications and interoperability “go kit” available on the market today. It enables secure voice, full-motion video and information sharing on a global, real-time basis.

The OFK 2.0 is a complete multimedia communications system bundled into a compact, lightweight, waterproof, ruggedized carrying case. The kit is equipped with a military-standard 810G multimedia portable laptop (with microphone and speaker headset), an on-board rechargeable power supply, and connectivity for up to four different radios and communications assets in the field. Equipped with a MIMO mesh radio, OFK kits can be automatically linked together and provide robust broadband data connectivity with speeds as much as 40 Mbps over distances up to 5KM, enabling secure in field broadband device access. With multiband broadband access capabilities and advanced simultaneous access bonding, the OFK can utilize any available broadband wireless data connectivity for backhaul, including on board 4G LTE and 3G cellular mobile, MIMO ISM band and WiFi connectivity, as well as portable satellite and terrestrial connectivity access.

OFK can be used to support either a fully-meshed collaboration or an autonomous fielded operation by way of an independent and covert enclave. Easily deployed in minutes, the OFK is an instant Operations Center providing full situational awareness with multiple radio net connectivity, in and out video and ISR sharing, and information sharing. The OFK utilizes a flexible power system capable of both AC and DC power inputs with an advanced rechargeable battery. It has been successfully tested and used with portable solar panel kits providing additional resiliency and usability under austere power conditions.

Mutualink’s mobile operations fusion kit will be incorporated into the 2014 Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE), taking place June 16-27 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland. Throughout the exercises, OFK 2.0 will continue to undergo intensive testing and development of operational procedures in support of the warfighter and first responder.

Over the past year a prototype of the mobile operations fusion kit was evaluated, tested and used by field operators and commanders in the US, Canada, Italy, Poland, and Colombia. Feedback from these real-world experiences directly impacted the development of the OFK 2.0. Key features and benefits include:

· Highly-secure collaboration – all communications are protected by triple redundant AES-256 encryption.

· Easy to use – no in-field integration is needed; the kit is plug-and play and has an intuitive drag-and-drop user interface.

· Network agnostic – easily and quickly establish a connection to other users regardless of the available connectivity (3G/4G, WiFi, Ethernet, satellite, IP radio, microwave, Troposcatter, etc.).

· Affordable – the customer is able to leverage and integrate legacy and newly-acquired systems at an extremely competitive price.

“Mutualink is delivering unmatched interoperability and full spectrum situational awareness in and from the field for the military, coalition partners, and first responders for about the same cost as a pair of high-end military radios,” said Joe Mazzarella, Senior Vice President at Mutualink. “We listened to our customers and built a product that completely satisfies their mission requirements. With this technology, dismounted soldiers and field operators connect and collaborate – as and when needed – in a sovereign, secure manner. With this capability, field sensors and surveillance platforms can be integrated and shared with C2 points, and other partner and remote surveillance and information support views can be delivered to the field. With seamless on-demand radio net, telephone and mobile phone interoperability, its uses are virtually unlimited. ”

“During a stressful situation like combat or civil emergency, the soldier and first responder need to quickly and effectively interpret and share information. Mutualink designed the OFK 2.0 with that in mind,” said retired Air Force Colonel Sonny Blinkinsop, Director of Mutualink Defense Services. “This is the most complete and capable interoperability kit available on the market – bar none. It is mobile, chalk-full of capability, easy to use, and truly plug-and-play ready.”

www.mutualink.net

SOFIC 2014 – TEA Headsets

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

TEA Headsets is offering new adapters for their V60 PTT.

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In addition to the X5 they’ve added adapters for commercial digital media player/phone headsets and Peltor adapters. Because the commercial headphones also integrate a microphone, these can be used for covert applications.

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www.teaheadsets.com

SOFIC 2014 – CORE Survival’s New HEL-STAR F2

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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The new HEL-STAR F2 is a indent iffy friend or foe light system. Based on the footprint of the HEL-STAR 6 strobe, it consists of a field programmable strobe light and User Feedback Module Buzzer Pad. The UFM is attached by a removable cable to the strobe and when the strobe is interrogated by an IR laser, the UFM buzzes giving a silent, yet tactile alert. That let’s you know that friendlies are in the area. In testing, the system has detected IR Lasers at 800m. The UFM can be placed anywhere in the helmet for comfort.

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www.coresurvival.com

SOFIC 2014 – OTTO

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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OTTO has introduced a new, lightweight headset that integrates a special version of SureFire’s ear protection mated to a proprietary talk through system. The Situational Awareness mode requires no batteries and is available in single or dual comm variants. The Hurricane SureFire headset also incorporates a high noise canceling microphone. The headset can also be adapted to virtually any military or civilian radio via patch cables and fits comfortable with the ACH/MICH helmet.

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www.ottofedmil.com

Kopis Mobile Launches New Website

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Kopis Mobile

Kopis Mobile has updated their website to coinside with SOFIC. Additionally, they’ll be present at SOFIC at the ADS booth # 1324 and Eomax booth #2023 on Tuesday and Wednesday demoing their NTtv system.

www.kopismobile.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Cell Tag Technology

Friday, May 16th, 2014

In this week’s FirstSpear Friday Focus the indomitable Ronnie Fowlkes gives us the lowdown on their Cell Tag Technology.

Precision laser cut from Cordura, the FirstSpear Cell tags can be backed with Glow-Tape, IR or a combination of the two. I can speak from experience. FirstSpear does a great job of working with you make sure your art looks right on the patch.

These are custom items. Orders usually take 2-3 weeks with a minimum order of 6. IR orders restricted to US Mil/Govt only.

www.First-Spear.com