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SOFIC 19 – Power Reaper Scavenging System from Black Diamond Advanced Technology

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The BDATech Power Reaper allows users to recharge system batteries while simultaneously powering a BDATech hub system. The Power Reaper can charge the main battery under a variety of different conditions from multiple types of power sources including vehicle, battery, solar cell, or wall adapter.

SOF Select 19 – AMP Fixed Downlead by Ops-Core

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The Ops-Core Adaptive mission platform communications headset was recently selected by USSOCOM for issue (left in photo).

There’s a new version now available. It features a permanently fixed downlead and comes with a headband installed making it the first effect replacement for many legacy comms headsets.

Offered in all AMP colors, with or without Near Field Magnetic Induction earplugs and different cable connectors.

SOFIC: Persistent Systems Announces Hands-Free Full Duplex Audio

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

MPU5 users can now communicate continuously without having to push-to-talk

NEW YORK, New York. – May 21, 2019 – Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today that it has introduced a Full Duplex Audio capability to its MPU5 mobile ad hoc network radio, which will be exhibited at the upcoming Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), in Tampa, Fla.

With this new Full Duplex Audio capability, MPU5 users can now speak freely to each other, as if on intercom system, without having to push-to-talk each time they want to communicate. The Full Duplex Audio is multicast across the MANET enabling users to communicate continuously even in complex multi-hop topologies.

“MPU5 users are often in situations that require the use of both hands, such as holding a weapon, operating a vehicle, working with tools, and communicating with their team, all at the same time,” said Eric Stern, Director of Engineering for Persistent. “We built the Full Duplex Audio capability so users can communicate with their team hands-free and maintain functionality for other critical tasks.”

To activate the Full Duplex Audio capability, MPU5 users need only double-tap both buttons on Persistent’s Dual Push-to-Talk (PTT), and they are good to go until the capability is similarly turned off. While Full Duplex is enabled, users can still Push-to-Talk on the Dual-PTT to communicate on other talk groups. The Full Duplex capability works alongside the traditional push-to-talk functionality (not in place of it).

The Full Duplex Audio capability works best with stereo headsets from TEA (Television Equipment Associates, Inc.), which has collaborated with Persistent in developing a fully supported product for MPU5 users.

“For 50 years now, our mission at TEA has been to provide customers with the best communication ancillaries available anywhere in the market today,” said Jeffrey L. Norment, President of TEA Headsets. “By partnering with Persistent Systems and leveraging their vast capabilities and experience within the tactical radio networking arena, TEA continues to supply military personnel with the customized hearing protection they need while being able to maintain communications.” 

The Full Duplex functionality is available as a Technology Preview in Persistent’s 19.4 firmware which is available to all MPU5 customers. For more information on Full Duplex Audio, come by Persistent’s SOFIC booth (1712) at the Tampa Convention Center, on May 20-23, or visit our website:

Persistent Systems Uses TEA Headsets For MPU5 Radios

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The Persistent Systems – TEA Headsets collaboration combines TEA’s long history of providing advanced tactical headsets and communication products to specialized teams in the  Department of Defense with Persistent Systems ®cutting-edge Wave Relay MANET Technology®. We are proud to provide these advanced tactical headset solutions in support of the SOF mission.

The unique HTH T1-Auto Switching- O2 customized headset can be used for a number of tactical scenarios and can take advantage of the Full Duplex capability of the MPU5 radio. The Auto switching function incorporates specially designed circuitry that allows the user to seamlessly switch between the boom microphone or O2 gas mask microphone without having to change, disconnect and reconnect the boom microphone.

“For 50 years now, our mission at TEA has been to provide customers with the best communication ancillaries available anywhere in the market today. By collaborating with Persistent Systems, leveraging their vast capabilities and experience within the tactical radio networking arena TEA continues to supply military personnel with the customized hearing protection they need while being able to maintain communications,” says Jeffrey L. Norment, President of TEA Headsets.

Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset Selected By USSOCOM To Modernize SOF Communications

Friday, May 17th, 2019

New technology in configurable headset delivers 3D Hear-Through and advanced hearing protection for combat operations.

May 16, 2019

Carbondale, PA, May 16, 2019. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel was selected by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for its Ops-Core® Adaptive Mission Platform (AMP™) Communication Headset as part of the Communication Accessory Suite Land (CASL) program. The AMP headset features 3D Hear-Through Technology, which restores and enhances the operator’s “natural hearing” of the outside environment for improved situational awareness in high noise environments, while also providing robust hearing protection with a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 22db. 

The Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset pushes the boundaries of operator configurability with a modular design that can be changed quickly from headband to helmet-rail mounted use and includes removable connectorized downleads with options for single, dual, or no downlead configurations. Additionally, the immersion rated, noise-canceling boom microphone can be swapped to the user’s preference of earcup, without the use of tools, or removed entirely. 

“Listening to end users and responding to their evolving needs has fueled Ops-Core’s heritage of innovation, which is evident again in the configurable AMP Headset,” said Peter Harbeck, SOF Business Development Manager, Gentex Corporation. “Our business development and product management team, comprised mainly of former and current end users, are dedicated to upholding the mission of Ops-Core—getting elite forces the products they need to keep them safe and enhance their mission effectiveness.”

Additional features of the Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset include optional wire-free, battery-free, Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) Earplugs, which increase the systems NRR to 34dB, while maintaining clear-communication audio and ambient hear through.

“We’re proud to continue to support the military in combating the issues of operating in high noise environments with our latest communications and hearing protection technology,” added Tom Short, Vice President Ground Systems, Gentex Corporation.  “Based on decades of experience with military communications and hearing protection, Gentex also provides the Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headset for the F-35 program.”

The Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset will be on display in the Operator Pavilion during SOFIC 2019, May 20-23 in Tampa, Florida.

Part of Gentex Corporation’s portfolio for defense, emergency response, and security forces, the focus and dedication of the company’s Ops-Core brand remains the same –protecting elite forces.  The modular, scalable, open-architecture design of Ops-Core products allow for seamless integration and true system level performance.

Warrior West 19 – AR-20 from AR Amplifiers

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

The AR-20 is a 20 watt power booster which is body-worn and configured in-line between the radio and antenna. It operates in the 30-512 MHz Range.

It is powered by a BA-5590.

Word is that users are also mounting the AR-20 to vehicles such as the Polaris as well as motorcycles and quads.

AR Amplifiers‘ products are available for agency and unit order through ADS.

Check Out The Ops-Core AMP at SOF Select

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Darley Defense Days 19 – Raptor Tactical

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

This is a Sneak Peek of the new PRC-148C IMDR Pouch from Raptor Tactical. It’s made from laser cut laminate and is PALS compatible.

The radio is secured into the pouch via 550 cord and barrel lock.

Below, you can see the window.

The battery can be swapped out from the bottom via a flap which snaps shut.

They are also planning pouches for the 163 and 152.

Raptor Tacical products are available for unit and agency orders through Darley Defense.