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Kopis Mobile – NTtv Video Segments Part 6 – Evidence Collection

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

In this sixth and final in a series of videos from Kopis Mobile, Kopis demonstrates how their Networked Tactical Television (NTtv) system can be used for evidence collection during an operation, as the NTtv system can record up to 30 hours of time and geo location stamped video. Additionally, each video stream can be individually and specifically labeled to identify which team member recorded the footage as well as the subject of the footage.

Kopis Mobile – NTtv Video Segments Part 5 – Improving Training

Friday, September 5th, 2014

In this fifth in a series of videos from Kopis Mobile, Kopis demonstrates how their Networked Tactical Television (NTtv) system can be used to improve training by allowing the instructor(s) to see multiple views and team members through a live feed of the scenario.

Kopis Mobile – NTtv Video Segments Part 4 – UAS Support

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

In this fourth in a series of videos from Kopis Mobile, Kopis demonstrates how their Networked Tactical Television (NTtv) system can be used for UAS Support, by integrating into an Unmanned Aerial System drone to provide surveillance on unknown threats.

Kopis Mobile – NTtv Video Segments Part 3 – Lowering Training Cost

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

In this third in a series of videos from Kopis Mobile, Kopis demonstrates how their Networked Tactical Television (NTtv) system can be used to reduce training costs. This is achieved by utilizing the various elements that make up the NTtv system for surveillance and observation rather than building dedicated training environments.

Kopis Mobile – NTtv Video Segments Part 2 – Various Environments

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

In this second in a week-long series of videos from Kopis Mobile, Kopis demonstrates how their Networked Tactical Television (NTtv) system is functional in a variety of environments, and how it can be adapted for use with tools such as an unmanned aerial vehicle or attached to a K9 unit’s harness.

Kopis Mobile – NTtv Video Segments Part 1 – Increased Situational Awareness

Monday, September 1st, 2014

In this first in a week-long series of videos from Kopis Mobile, they demonstrate how their Networked Tactical Television (NTtv) system can be used for increased situational awareness in an operational environment.

ITS Offers OC Tactical Hearing Protection Covers

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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


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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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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.


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.