I’ve been a big fan of Shakespeare’s Panther Mast that consists of a rolatube technology that rolls up flat and forms into a very strong tube as it is erected. In the past, you had to prepare the Panther Mast on the ground and pul it up like a more traditional antenna system such as the OE-254.
The new 2 meter tripod system allows you to guide the mast straight up as it is guided through the apex of the tripod making erecting and striking the antenna much faster as well as more stable.
The new TCI R4 PTT can be seen to the right of this photo. It replaces the older R3 across the board and is not only more compact, but more waterproof as well. This is due to some CAD work and a new tongue and groove fitting on the rear cover. Additionally, it is available in Black as well as Flat Dark Earth. tacticalcommand.com
The system was specifically configured for the operational needs and requirements of MARSOC and consists of the Invsiso V60 control unit as well as an array of radio, vehicle, and aircraft interface cables. This system also utilizes the TEA Hi-Threat Tier 1 Headset.
We’ve mentioned these in the past but they run out of stock as soon as we post an article. Looks like they are back. These stickers can be applied virtually anywhere and are great aides memoire for Medvac, Call for Fire and CAS Requests. There’s even a glow in the dark Medevac format.
OC Tactical has just completed another run of their OC Tactical HP2 Hearing Protection Covers. They are made from Cordura for wear resistance and foam backed Dri-Lex on the underside for comfort. There is also a small loop at the rear to allow you to hang your EarPro from your belt via a carabiner or similar.
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)
Tactical Headgear for Operational Requirements (THOR) has been adopted by the Finnish Defense Forces as the helmet component of their Soldier Modernization Program: Warrior 2020. A multi-year contract was recently let by the Finnish Defense Forces Logistics Command, with initial deliveries being used for acceptance testing. Savox is the prime contractor of the consortium behind THOR, along with industry partners, Millog Oy (night vision) and Fy-Composites Oy (ballistic protection).
The core of THOR is a boltless design ballistic helmet made from a Dyneema/Aramid blend providing protection against ballistic threats: fragments and bullets to STANAG 2920 1.1g FSP-v50: 450. 750m/s – back face deformation <25mm; NIJ0106.01 9 mm FMJ bullet 430m/s. The shell also meets EN 397 shock absorption requirements.
Additionally, special night vision goggles and hearing protection have been designed specifically to integrate with this helmet. As you can see in the photos, the NVGs stow very close to the helmet and are light enough to not need a counterweight. The goggles offer a 60°-wide view angle (also available is 40° FOV) and can be used in mono or bino configurations. These us Millog’s Hi60 3rd Gen tubes offering human recognition up to 150-250m as well as an integrated IR illuminator.
The various technologies developed specifically for the helmet are marketed under FLEXfamily.
For example, the FLEXfit ratchet system allows the rapid adjustment of fit for a wide variety of head types. Next comes FLEXadjust which covers the adjustable, multi-axis mounting systems for the NVGs and earpro. In addition to ANR headphones (23dB), the user can attach a boom or bone conductive skull microphone in addition to throat and internal respirator mic options. Like most systems currently fielded, power and volume adjustments are on the side via buttons. Additionally, the earphones can be placed in one of three positions without removing the helmet or losing communications.
FLEXnet is an integrated databus both internal and external to the helmet. This works hand-in-hand with the FLEXrail which allows the mounting of Picatinny compatible accessories to the powered rail system incorporating a USB integration interface. THOR features five of these FLEXrails which can bring data into the from cameras and sensors helmet as well as exfil it to other devices such as radios. These FLEXrails also incorporate FLEXpower which provides power to the devices as well as all accessories internally through the helmet.
The new Radio Audio Channel Enhancement from TCI corrects a longtime deficiency of dual Comms systems. Currently, one headset ear equals one channel and the other ear is a different channel. This patent pending technology listens for audio null on a channel and turns the headset into a stereo system on the active channel.
Additionally, TCI has introduced the Liberator III R.4 Utility Push to Talk. As you can see, it takes up much less space than the previous version as well as being lighter.