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AUSA 2018: Double Shoot Presents for the First Time a Unique and Innovative Smartphone Application for Zeroing Weapons, Scoring and Comparison

Friday, October 5th, 2018

The versatile application can be used with a variety of assault rifles and machine guns
AUSA, October 8-10, Washington, D.C., Hall B, Stand 27523 October, 2018- Double Shoot – a pioneer in advanced systems for zeroing high accuracy weapons and scoring systems – presents for the first time a unique and innovative smartphone application for zeroing weapons, scoring, and comparison. The versatile application can be used with a variety of assault rifles and machine guns.

Double Shoot’s unique application is a response to the manual weapon zeroing process currently being used by armies and security forces around the world. This manual process is slow and requires a great deal of ammunition, making it expensive while not delivering a high level of accuracy. The new application developed by Double Shoot streamlines the zeroing process, making it significantly more efficient by saving 30-50% in training time and ammunition. Optimizing the entire process of shooter training, the application turns every shooting range into a smart shooting range.

Double Shoot utilizes data-based analysis within a restricted web interface in order to provide a wide spectrum of reports, not only to individuals and instructors, but to entire units, HQ and the staff levels. The system, intended for both military and police forces, works even when the smartphone is in airplane mode, and can be installed on both Android and iOS phones.

The company has been awarded a Certificate of Patent in Israel and has filed an international patent application.

According to BG (ret) Oren Avman, CO & CEO, “We are pleased to present our unique weapon zeroing solution at AUSA 2018. Designed for the military and law enforcement, this application – utilizing today’s most advanced technologies – is smart and easy to use. It reduces the amount of time and ammunition needed to properly zero weaponry by 30-50%, significantly lowering the costs and manpower required at shooting ranges, and immediately creating a smart shooting range out of any shooting range.”

For more information on Double- Shoot, please visit the company’s website:

New Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset Introduced at AUSA

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Configurable headset solution delivers true 3D audio and advanced hearing protection for combat operations

Carbondale, PA, October 4, 2018. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel will introduce the latest addition to its growing hearing protection and communications portfolio, the Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset, at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, October 8 – 10, Washington, D.C.

Designed for defense forces and law enforcement personnel, the advanced 3D hear-through and hearing protection capabilities in the Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset enhance situational awareness and user safety. For optimal flexibility and mission performance, the modular headset can be easily configured to meet a wide range of mission needs with options for headband or helmet rail-mounted use, single or double hearing protection, left- and right-handed configurations of headset downlead cable and boom microphone, and single or multi-channel communications.

“The introduction of the Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset demonstrates our dedication to strengthening and expanding our hearing protection and communications offering, which includes advanced products such as Gentex’s F-35 AHNR Headset and the Ops-Core RAC® Headset.” said Tom Short, vice president ground systems, Gentex Corporation.  “Building on the strengths of the RAC, the AMP sets a new bar for hearing protection and situational awareness for ground forces. We’re excited to demonstrate the Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset along with all of our market leading headborne protective technologies at AUSA.”

Also, featured in the company’s booth will be the Ops-Core FAST® SF Helmet System, shown among the full lines of Ops-Core FAST and Sentry Helmet Systems—all designed for elite defense, law enforcement, and security forces; the Gentex family of Tactical Ballistic Helmet Systems—mission configurable ACH/ECH style helmets for ground forces; and a full array of performance enhancing eye and face protection, respiratory, CBRN, and hearing protection and communications accessories.

Open to all, Gentex Corporation will hold a special hospitality event in its booth on Tuesday, October 9th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to celebrate the launch of the new Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset.

Visit Gentex Corporation in booth #4017.  To learn more about the Ops-Core AMP Communication Headset, click here.

MDM 18 – Black Diamond Advanced Technology Bare Kit

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Black Diamond Advanced Technology exhibited their full line of tactical C4 systems. They have created many different cables to mate communications and computing devices together.

Their BARE Kit 1-Port Hub Systems connect a Harris AN/PRC-152/A, AN/PRC-117G, or L3 Technologies TacE directly to your Android or Windows End User Device (EUD). The Bare Kit Systems allow for POWER + DATA between connected peripherals and EUD devices such as the Panasonic FZ-M1, GETAC MX50, or Samsung phones. Operators can also recharge EUD’s from the Radio. The Bare Kit’s minimalist design allows users to integrate onto any vest with little to no impact to existing kit setup. The CB-0516-00 is DATA only and a bi-directional EUD cable is required for use.

MDM 18 – Invisio V10

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Invisio’s V10 is a Single Comm Control Unit.

The V10 was designed for use with a single radio. It features a large exchangeable Push To Talk button which can be oriented left or right. It can be combined with the X5 headset (seen here) or other Invisio systems. Just plug in and go.

The V10 weighs just 122 grams and is submersible to 20 m. Its dimensions are 69 x 40 x 27 mm. Available in Coyote and Black.

Cubic Receives Orders for GATR Inflatable Satellite Communication and Networking Systems from US Army

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Cubic Mission Solutions awarded orders to deliver GATR systems and services to support Army expeditionary communications
SAN DIEGO – Sept. 6, 2018 – Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division received orders worth more than $55 million to deliver its inflatable satellite communication and networking systems to the U.S. Army. These orders will satisfy the Army’s upcoming fielding need for 1.2- and 2.4-meter GATR systems, associated spares as well as training and sustainment support.

“Cubic’s GATR satellite communication and networking systems offer the transportability, high-bandwidth capabilities and the ease of setup necessary for Army units to execute their mission,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic Mission Solutions. “We are proud to continue our work with the Army and look forward to delivering solutions that offer tremendous operational advantages to our customer.”

Cubic’s solution provides robust high-speed links that enable secure network communications, sustainment support and mission command across the full spectrum of operations, from initial entry to sustained operations. The decreased size, weight and power (SWaP) of a GATR 2.4-meter system provides up to four times the performance when compared with similar transit volume and weight antennas.

The GATR systems’ compact pack-out size and innovative design provides significant improvements in transportability, throughput and setup speed, providing essential communications when and where they are needed most.

Persistent’s Low-SWAP Mobile Ad Hoc Networking Embedded Module Receives New Security Validation

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Now all Persistent Systems product offerings are validated at FIPS 140-2 Level 2
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sep 05, 2018 – Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today that its Embedded Module, a low-size, -weight and -power mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) unit for sensors and unmanned vehicles, received a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 security validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This achievement confirms that all Persistent’s main products have achieved this level of validation, increasing usability for users with nonnegotiable requirements for FIPS 140-2 Level 2.

The new FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation means the Embedded Module not only meets its Level 1 cryptographic data security requirement, but it also has in place physical security mechanisms, such as tamper-evidence, allowing it to handle sensitive data transmission.

“Now, all of our main products running the Wave Relay® MANET routing protocol are FIPS 140-2 Level 2,” said Eric Stern, Director of Engineering at Persistent Systems. “This is critical for our customers in the federal government, U.S. military and special operations, who require extremely secure networking.”

Persistent’s suite of Wave Relay® MANET products have been engineered to meet information assurance requirements in any use case, whether it is a person carrying an MPU5 or an Embedded Module built into a UAV, UGV, or sensor.  This is especially important for Wave Relay® Ecosystem partners who have incorporated Wave Relay® MANET radios into their products and are competing for government programs with FIPS requirements. The Wave Relay® Ecosystem is an alliance of industry-leading companies that develop and build products connected via the Wave Relay® MANET.

Persistent products have consistently met strict security requirements, with every product achieving both Level 1 and Level 2 FIPS 140-2 validation.

Persistent’s principal product is the handheld MPU5 MANET radio. The MPU5 allows users to transmit and relay voice, video, text, and sensor data in a true peer-to-peer fashion, without the need for external communications infrastructure. In July, it received its FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Security validation.

The Embedded Module, now likewise validated, delivers the same data networking capabilities, but in a smaller form factor, which can be built into an unmanned aircraft, ground robot or sensor. “This validation marks the Embedded Module as the go-to Wave Relay® MANET integrator for all systems and sensors,” Stern said.

Certificate numbers and information for each FIPS 140-2 validated Wave Relay® MANET product are as follows:

• Certificate #3183 – MPU5 – Level 1
• Certificate #3234 – MPU5 – Level 2
• Certificate #3180 – Embedded Module – Level 1
• Certificate #3259 – Embedded Module – Level 2

USMC Seeks Hearing Enhancement Devices

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Currently, the USMC has a requirement for between 7000 and 65000 hearing enhancement devices over the next three years to be used in conjunction with, or in lieu of, the current Combat Arms Earplugs Marines already wear.

USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel Kitandwe
The goal is to protect Marines’ hearing while increasing their situational awareness through a suite of devices. The systems can be circumaural (headset) or intra-aural (inner ear) but must include versions that are both communications enabled and versions that are not communications enabled. Regardless, they must work with Marine radios and the Enhanced Combat Helmet.

Consequently, the Marines have issued a Request for Information to industry.

In a press release, Steven Fontenot, project officer for Hearing, Eye Protection and Loadbearing Equipment in Program Manager Infantry Combat Equipment at Marine Corps Systems Command related, “Marines have the earplugs and they do provide protection, but sometimes they choose not to wear them because they want to be aware of their surroundings at all times. The new headset we want to acquire will allow Marines to wear hearing protection, yet still provide the opportunity to communicate and understand what is going on around them.”

He also explained that in February they seeded sample headsets to 220 infantry, artillery, reconnaissance and combat engineer Marines to ask their opinions on fit, form, function and comfort. Testing was conducted at the Air Force Research Laboratory and during live fire exercises with the Infantry Training Exercise 2018. Recon Marines also took headsets to Norway to conduct cold weather training and were pleased with the performance.

Based on the RFI, PM ICE plans to evaluate additional systems from industry, with procurement of systems beginning in 2020.

MODTAC Antenna Keeper Now Available

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Created by a pair of SF NCOs, the Antenna Keeper allows one-handed adjustment of VHF whip antenna length. No more rubber bags and folding.

The device is inexpensive and causes the antenna to roll rather than crease, increasing the lifespan of the antenna and avoiding a break while out on patrol.