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FBI HRT Adopts Aimpoint T-2

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team and Defensive Systems Unit are now being issued the Aimpoint Micro T-2 and Micro H-2, respectively. This seems to be a direct result of the recent fallout regarding the issues with EOTech optics.


Federal Burearu of Investigation Selects Aimpoint Micro Sights for use by elite teams

Chantilly, VA – November 24, 2015 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in electronic red-dot sighting technology, has announced that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now issuing Aimpoing Micro Series Sights to agents in the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and Defensive Systems Unit (DSU).

The FBI conducted rigorous testing on optics from a wide variety of manufacturers. Following this selection process, the Aimpoint Micro T-2 and Micro H-2 were authorized as issued optics. The Micro T-2 was chosen for use by the HRT, and the Micro H-2 was selected by the DSU.

Contracts were awarded via competitive bidding process, and Aimpoint Dealers began shipments to the FBI in July, 2015.

For more information on Aimpoint or the Aimpoint Micro T-2 or Micro H-2, visit the company’s webpage at:

Senator John McCain On The Army Modular Handgun System Program

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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Arizona Senator John McCain issued a five page report on the ongoing US Army Modular Handgun System selection, criticizing key points of the ongoing program. The report starts by establishing that the US Army is no stranger to expensive and ultimately ineffective weapon systems programs, and then goes on to detail what he feels are key errors in the ongoing handgun selection program, including:

  • An overly complicated 350 page requirements document, which among its contents specifies extraneous details such the size of the handgun’s exterior packaging and that “paper used for correspondence” must use “1” margins”.
  • The lack of a caliber study and unified caliber choice, and the lack of focus on caliber studies already conducted by entities such as the FBI and U.S. Special Operations Command, instead conducting “an open caliber competition” among vendors.
  • Conducing the Modular Handgun System in lieu of allowing for the selection of handguns, ammunition, and accessories already approved by USSOCOM and JSOC.
  • Not allowing rank and file Soldiers the opportunity to test and provide feedback on the handguns.
  • Senator McCain’s report is relatively brief, yet does a good job of touching on all the ongoing issues with the current Modular Handgun System program. I’ve got to say, I agree with much of Senator McCain’s criticisms. However, while I agree that the Army should just adopt a pistol already in the system, placing the decision on which one to use on a Brigade commander, is not the best course of action.

    It’s worth a read. You can check it out by clicking the image above.

    USMC Snipers Select Mystery Ranch Packs

    Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

    Marine Corps Systems Command selects Mystery Ranch by way of DLA’s Tailored Logistic Support Program to provide the Overload pack

    MYSTERY RANCH has been selected by Marine Corps Systems Command to provide their Overload pack for the Scout Snipers. The Overload pack is a unique carry system designed to securely transport all manner of crew-served weapons. Based on the carbon-fiber NICE frame, the pack folds away from the frame allowing weapons, etc to be attached close to the user’s back. Weapons are secured cross-carry, which allows for protection of a weapon’s optic while being transported and also helps conceal the sniper’s rifle from observation. Additionally, the pack can extend further to transport mortars, Pelican cases, ammo cans or larger gear.

    “It’s great to see this come full circle for the Overload pack –its design began with the Scout Snipers. I’m proud that we’re able to help them be more combat effective.” said Kent Orms, Director of Gov’t Programs for MYSTERY RANCH.

    The MYSTERY RANCH Overload has previous success with the Marine Corps; it and the 3-Day Assault pack have been the main issue packs for MARSOC since 2013.

    US Army Releases MHS Q&A

    Thursday, October 8th, 2015

    The Army has released the first round of Questions & Answers pertaining to the Modular Handgun System solicitation.  I didn’t see anything earth shattering, but worth a look all the same.

    AQYR Technologies Awared A $100 Million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Production Contract

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2015


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    AQYR Technologies has been awarded a $100 million contract as a result of a Small Business Innovation Research granted by the Air Force Research Laboratories, with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center being the contracting activity. This contract will allow AQYR to provide AN/PRS-12 and AN/PRS-11 Portable Receive Suites, spares, training, support, and engineering services to the US Air Force and other branches of the US Military.


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    These systems are portable, satellite receive suites capable of being deployed and operated by a single user. They allow Warfighters to receive crucial command center information and data, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems; video and imagery, weather, terrain, geospatial and mapping info; FLIR imagery; streaming video, web content replication, and other large files. The Portable Receiver Suites are also ruggedly built, able to withstand environmental conditions such as high humidity, blowing sand, rain, and extreme heat/cold.


    Gotta Be Careful With Those Titles on FedBizOpps

    Thursday, October 1st, 2015

    Stuff like this could give the term “solicitation” a whole new meaning.  

    More M4s On The Way From Colt & FN

    Sunday, September 27th, 2015

    Announced by DoD on Friday.

    Colt Defense LLC, West Hartford, Connecticut (15QKN-15-D-0102); and FN America LLC, Columbia, South Carolina (W15QKN-15-D-0072), were awarded a $212,000,000 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract for M4 and M4A1 carbines for the Army and others, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 24, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.

    There’s a lot of conjecture out there about this contract, but keeping the lines open through 2020 is a good move, especially considering the USMC’s interest in the M4.  I don’t see this as a response by DoD to the Colt bankruptcy but rather indicates their faith in the brand as a reliable contractor. It is my assessment that the Colt portion of this contract is in spite of the bankruptcy, rather than in reaction to it.