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Ever Considered Joint Communcations Unit?

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Communicators might want to consider an assignment with JCU on this anniversary of Operation Eagle Claw. It was one of many units that were created based in lessons learned during that mission.

Gentex Introduces Argonaut Ground Crew Headset to European Market At SAFE Europe

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

JSF-Based design supports the most extreme noise environments

Carbondale, PA, April 05, 2016. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense, emergency response and industrial personnel will introduce its Argonaut double hearing protection (DHP) communications headset to the European market at this year’s SAFE Europe Symposium. Based on the design of the ground crew headset Gentex developed for the U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, the Argonaut DHP headset is designed for use in other harsh military and industrial noise fields.


The Argonaut DHP communication headset is a product of Gentex’s recent acquisition, Aegisound, an established provider of products that significantly improve hearing protection, safety and communications in high-noise environments. In addition to the expansion of their aircrew product line, the acquisition also increased Gentex’s contribution to the JSF program. Gentex now provides protective hearing and communication products to JSF ground crew, in addition to the JSF aircrew helmet system platform and respiratory protection system, on which there will be a technical presentation during the symposium.

“The introduction of the Argonaut DHP communication headset to the European market demonstrates how the addition of Aegisound has strengthened our hearing and communications offering and allowed us to further expand in this category internationally,” said Robert McCay, vice president, Aircrew Systems, Gentex Corporation. “We’re excited to demonstrate the Argonaut headset at SAFE, and honored to have been chosen to provide our expertise during the symposium on the latest in aircrew helmet system technology, as demonstrated through our work on the JSF program.” Product experts from Gentex Corporation will lead the presentation “Protecting the F-35’s Most Valuable Asset,” scheduled on Wednesday, April 13th at 1:30 pm.

The Argonaut DHP headset is appropriate for noise fields up to 130 decibels and features a digital noise cancelling microphone, and high-performance earcups with integrated communication earplugs that yield a 32 noise reduction rating (NRR).

Gentex is the leading supplier of high-performance flight equipment for military, law enforcement, and rescue aircrew worldwide. Their comprehensive line of durable and innovative products for fixed and rotary wing aircrew includes: modular, integrated helmet systems; protective visors and spectacles; high-altitude oxygen breathing equipment; communication and hearing protection systems; chemical/biological defense respirators for fixed-wing aircraft; aircrew flight equipment test sets; and a full suite of accessories. Gentex also offers aircrew flight equipment servicing, fitting, and operations/maintenance training. A global network, with expanding services in the U.K., supports the company’s aircrew customers.

SAFE Europe takes place April 11th through the 13th in Old Windsor, U.K. Gentex Corporation is located at stand number 4. Product experts and executives from Gentex will be on hand to meet with customers and media throughout the show. To attend the Gentex presentation on JSF helmet and respiratory protection system technology, please visit the SAFE Europe Symposium website. For more information on the Gentex Aircrew portfolio, visit


Thursday, February 25th, 2016


SWANSBORO, North Carolina – Feb. 25, 2016 – High Speed Gear® continues to innovate by developing new and improved ways to meet the highly diverse and specialized needs of our customers. Many of our products are inspired by direct feedback from our military, law enforcement, recreational and competitive customers. With that in mind, High Speed Gear® is proud to release its Multi-Access Communications (MAC) TACO®.


Originally designed as the issued pouch for a large communications partner, the versatile MAC TACO® uses our popular Soft TACO® technology and durable webbing in multiple sizes to create a secure but easily accessible storage solution for a wide variety of military and law enforcement personal communication devices. An over-the-top bungee retention tab provides additional security, and the open-top design and 2.5” side openings offer constant access to most controls without removing the device. The MOLLE version includes our HSGI® Clips and the belt-mounted version attaches easily to belts up to 2” with Velcro® One-Wrap®.


Made 100% in the USA, Battle Proven Tactical Nylon Gear™.

The MAC TACO® is available now.

ACR Electronics – SARLink

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

SARLink-front(First Handheld Device With Two-way Data Communications, Global Tracking and Immediate 406 MHz Emergency Access.)

Fort Lauderdale, FL., February 15, 2016 – ACR Electronics, Inc.announces the release of the SARLink. The world’s first communication device that combines the global services of Iridium’s Short Burst Data, and the Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz emergency network into an ergonomically designed hand-held device. The Iridium based features of the SARLink fulfil the requirements for Blue & Friendly Force Tracking, as well as two-way messaging for command and control. The 406 MHz locator beacon leverages the proven reliability of the Cospas-Sarsat network, which has successfully aided search and rescue personnel around the world in saving over 37,000 lives since the mid-1980’s.

SARLink can be provisioned to operate on the DoD Gateway utilizing the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services airtime contract, or the Iridium Commercial Gateway, supporting 10, 30 byte, and PECOS formats. The 406 MHz beacon can be configured to standard or national protocol. SARLink incorporates a second battery dedicated to 406 MHz operation, providing more than 24 hours of distress messaging.

Military personnel equipped with a SARLink will benefit from the following distinct operational capabilities:

  • Dedicated SOS Button – redundant emergency notification through both the Cospas-Sarsat and Iridium networks with embedded Precise Location Information (PLI)
  • Iridium Only Distress Alerting – option to engage the Iridium-only distress alert, user-defined notification to proprietary command centers and personnel
  • Two-Way Data Communication – send and receive free-text and canned messages using the on-board QWERTY touch screen keyboard to:
  • Verify and validate distress messages as well as routine operational command and control;
    Communicate via text with:
    – other mobile cellular and satellite devices;
    – other SARLink devices; and
    – any email service.

  • Contact lists can be pre-defined and can incorporate canned messages that are scripted and loaded across agency devices
  • Friendly Force Tracking – transmit PLI at selectable intervals from once per minute to once per day. Create, save, and send waypoints as well as manual check-ins
  • Gerald Angeli, ACR Electronics President and General Manager stated, “We are proud to provide an elite product such as the SARLink to support our military’s communication and emergency needs. As a leading manufacturer of survival gear, developing new products like the SARLink to enhance the safety of military personnel brings further validation to the importance of what we do here at ACR.”

    Post SHOT Show Wrapup – CORE Survival’s PIM for Hel-Star 6

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

    Program Interface Module For Field Re-Programming of the HEL-STAR 6 & F2

    The PIM-701 is a handheld, wireless device that allows military users to re-program the four functions of selected HEL-STAR 6 and F2 models in the field. The PIM itself is programmed through a USB connection to a Windows-based computer or laptop using software that is included with and downloaded from the PIM. Setting new functions in the PIM is handled through an easy to learn, image-oriented graphical user interface.

    The PIM functions wirelessly through an infrared (IR) interface with the HEL-STAR over distances of a few feet. The PIM can either re-program any or all of the four factory-installed functions (the NEW PGM button), or to return the HEL-STAR to its original factory settings (the DEFAULT button). The HEL-STAR device provides visible or visible and vibratory confirmation of both program mode readiness and acceptance of the new program or default instructions. The PIM re-programming system provides various protocols and automatic time-outs to prevent inadvertent re-programming and
    conserve battery capacity.

    SILYNX Announces Entry into Civilian Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Markets with the Launch of CLARUS PRO – Rugged Noise Cancelling Headset

    Thursday, January 14th, 2016

    ROCKVILLE, Maryland – Silynx Communications, Inc. (Silynx), a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of tactical, in-ear headset systems, announces the release of its line of ruggedized hearing protection headsets for shooting and outdoor enthusiasts. Silynx has been hard at work during the year, leveraging its expertise in tactical in-hear headsets for military and law enforcement to develop the CLARUS PRO, the first in Silynx’s new line of headset systems for the outdoorsperson and recreational shooter.

    The CLARUS PRO represents Silynx’s formal entry into the civilian shooting, hunting, and outdoor, and industrial space. Leveraging combat proven Silynx technology and experience, CLARUS PRO provides active hearing protection and hearing enhancement, hear-thru capability for situational awareness, and cell phone / mobile audio connectivity. While Silynx expects recreational shooting to be a key application for this product, the product is applicable to anyone requiring compact audio in any extreme environment.

    Soon to be available in the retail market, the CLARUS PRO is also sure to catch the eye of officers looking to upgrade their standard issue microphone handset for a unit that allows constant clear communication. Other industries that require hearing protection and the ability to communicate in loud environments will also take note, as the affordability of the CLARUS PRO makes it an excellent option for security, hospitality, and industrial workers as well.

    The CLARUS PRO is offered at an MSRP of only $249.00.

    The CLARUS PRO will be on full display at the SHOT Show (Booth #7310) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 19-22, 2016

    AUSA – TEA 20m Kit

    Thursday, October 15th, 2015

    Television Equipment Associates’ 20m kit consists of the Sub Assault Lightweight Tactical Headset, cable, PTT. Certified to IP-68 and MIL-STD 810G, the gear is also offered in 1m and 3m versions.  The Headset incorporates an adjustable neckband as well as temple conduction speakers.  This keeps the ears unobstructed.  The boom mic can be specified by the customer from several choices.


    AUSA – Bluewater Defense & Vorbeck Introduce Wearable Antenna

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

    I walked up to the Bluewater Defense booth and noticed that they were sharing it with an electronics company named Vorbeck.  Intrigued, I introduced myself to the Vorbeck team and they started to show me what they were up to.  About a minute into the presentation on their flexible 4G LTE antenna I was hooked.  


    The technology is a printed graphene broadband antenna on a thin substrate that can be encapsulated between pieces of fabric for concealment into clothing or equipment.  Testing indicates it doubles the range of a cell phone.  

    The frequency range is 824-894, 1850-1990, and 2400-2500 MHz.  Additionally, it has 50 Ohms impedance and 2:1 VSWR ratio.  While it’s currently tailored for 4G, the technology offers a great deal of opportunity.  In addition to cellular use for transmitting voice and data, it can also be used for Tagging, Tracking & Locating of friendly, threat and other targets of interest.  I can’t wait to see how Bluewater Defense integrates this technology into clothing and lad carriage.