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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

Marker Panel, Individual, LW Mk1 Now Available In PenCott Patterns

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

PenCott Marker Panels

Battle System LLC has added PenCott BadLands and GreenZone as pattern options for the Marker Panel, Individual, LW Mk1. I am a huge fan of the MPILW and I think it should be standard issue for everyone. It’s lightweight, durable and effective, transforming from a compact 2.5″ x 2.5″ x .75″ to a full 17″ x 17″ reversible to orange for signaling.

battlesystemsllc.com/Marker_Panel,_Individual,_LW

Hat Tip: www.hydedefinition.com/latest/?p=1253

Juggernaut Defense – Wedge Radio Dock

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

During last week’s Warrior Expo Juggernaut Defense showed me the latest iteration of their Wedge Radio Dock. It’s based on a system they’ve been using and improving over the past several years. I really like the attachment system that interfaces directly with PALs webbing.

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The Wedge.Radio.Dock™ was designed to directly attach any “bottom-battery” style tactical radio to a dismounted warfighter’s kit and provide a battery eliminator interface for connecting larger capacity batteries for extended mission performance. The patent pending PPIP (Polymer PALS Interface Plate) directly attaches to the armor eliminating the need for a radio pouch. The increased thermal conductivity of the radio’s surface allows the radio to run much cooler addressing the issue of overheating radios.

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A BOA® closure cable secures the radio up against the PPIP and allows for many radio sizes and thicknesses to be attached. This also protects the radio keypad and display against the PPIP but still allows access to the HMI by simply releasing the BOA® reel and hinging the radio out from the armor, without disconnecting and cables or antennas.

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The Wedge.Radio.Dock™ is IP-67 dust/immersion rated, MIL-STD-810G, and MIL-STD-461 qualified. A 24″ cable from the Radio.Dock terminates in a Glenair plug and connects to any Nett Warrior style battery (Li-145 or Conformal style) or to a 25/5590 battery with the X590-C adapter offered by Juggernaut Defense. Voltage input range is 9-35VDC. Compatible radios include: Thales MBITR/MBITR2 (including Mission Modules), Wave Relay MPU-4, Harris AN/PRC-152A/7800T, L3 SIR 2.5 Tac Rover, and Coastal Defense MVR-IV.

www.juggernautdefense.com