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Polaris Government and Defense Announces Recent Contracts with Latvia and Turkmenistan

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Polaris® Government and Defense Signs a Two-Year Agreement with Latvia


Minneapolis, January 24, 2018 –  Latvian National Armed Forces has entered a two-year agreement with Polaris Government and Defense for vehicles via the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The approximately US$500 thousand contract is for undisclosed quantities of the Polaris MRZR® 2 side-by-side vehicles, SPORTSMAN® 6×6 and MV850™ all-terrain vehicles. The contract also includes spare parts for the vehicles, as well as operator and maintenance training, which will be conducted in country by Polaris.

“Latvia’s contract for MRZR 2 and ATVs will greatly enhance the mobility of their fleet in the Baltics, positively impacting their tactical advantage and support efforts to reinforce Latvia borders,” stated Doug Malikowski, director of international business development, Polaris Government and Defense.

Over the years, Latvia has strengthened security on the border due to increased regional disputes. The Polaris ultralight and all-terrain vehicles will be used primarily for border security. Polaris military vehicles provide off-road mobility for expeditionary forces in the U.S. and more than 25 allied countries to meet current and future mission demands and threats. Polaris service ranges throughout the world, creating a high degree of interoperability and commonality among U.S. and allied forces, such as Latvia.

Polaris vehicles ensure flexibility and modularity to support the various ranging uses including: border patrol, rapid personnel deployment, command and control, casualty and evacuation and supply transport missions. The vehicles are proven, reliable, and easily maintained through the Polaris global network.

Turkmenistan Special Operation Forces Equipped with Polaris Vehicles


Minneapolis, January 24, 2018 – The Turkmenistan Special Operation Forces has awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to Polaris Government and Defense for military and commercial vehicles. The Polaris vehicles provide mobility options to their combat commanders to pose multiple dilemmas to the enemy.

“Polaris is looking forward to supporting the Government of Turkmenistan and their defense forces as they update their ground vehicle fleet with Polaris lightweight tactical vehicles,” said Doug Malikowski, director of international business development. “The vehicles we provide are highly transportable, off-road capable and are relied on for helping Special Forces navigate restrictive and complex environments.”

Polaris was also honored to have had its vehicles featured in the Turkmenistan Independence Day parade. Polaris Government and Defense has other military customers in Central Asia including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Philippines, and Malaysia.

With seating for up to nine, DAGOR™ comprises the optimal balance of rapid air transportability, payload capacity and advanced mobility. DAGOR gives an advantage back to dismounted warfighters, allowing formations to move faster, carry more and significantly reduce combat fatigue. And its weight and size allow it to be internally transportable on a variety of in-service aircraft, including CH-47 and C-130.

The Polaris MRZR® platform is flexible and modular to support uses ranging from rapid personnel deployment, to command and control, casualty evacuation to supply transport missions. MRZRs have redefined ultralight, off-road mobility for military vehicles and are mission critical for expeditionary forces in the U.S. and allied countries.

The MV850™ is loaded with features which make it as comfortable as it is powerful. Operators experience less fatigue because the MV850 provides the smoothest, most responsive power steering available in an all-terrain vehicle, variable assist for easier steering and active descent control and engine breaking system work together to monitor and control descent and deceleration. A powerful engine, two fuel tanks and 270 kg (600 lbs) of total rack capacity make it optimal for long distances.

Polaris vehicles are proven, affordable, reliable and easily maintained throughout the lifecycle with a commercial supply chain and the Polaris global network. to meet current and future mission demands and threats. And because the vehicles are in service throughout the world, there is a high degree of interoperability and commonality among U.S. and allied forces.

INVISIO Awarded Danish Defense Contract

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

INVISIO has signed a framework agreement with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to supply communication systems to the Danish Army. The agreement is for five years with options for another two years.

Collaboration with DALO and the Danish Army on a larger scale, began in 2012 when INVISIO’s communications system was integrated with the army’s new tactical radio to increase the safety and operational effectiveness of soldiers, and to reduce the risk of hearing damage.

”The Danish Army is a very important customer for us and our cooperation goes back many years. DALO places high demands on effective solutions that are integrated with the soldier’s other equipment, contributing to our continuous innovation work. For us, the contract is a clear sign of the continued confidence that the Danish Ministry of Defense has in us and our solutions”, said Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

With INVISIO’s communication system the users get a market leading hearing protection and can communicate and maintain a state of the art situational awareness in tough environments. The systems consist of headsets and control units connected to an external team radio or a vehicle’s intercom system, for example.

French GIGN Selects MAWL From BE Meyers & Co

Monday, January 8th, 2018

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that the MAWL-DA has been selected by the French National Gendarmerie’s elite police tactical unit, the GIGN, as their official individual NIR/VIS weapon laser and illuminator. The GIGN is currently upgrading legacy systems, and has begun to integrate new technologies with the unit’s available weapons platforms.


After evaluating various laser aiming and illumination systems through rigorous testing, and in real-world scenarios, the MAWL-DA was proven to be the superior solution, and was selected for formal procurement and deployment within the unit. In addition to the MAWL-DA’s selection by the GIGN, other units in France, and other European SOF units have adopted it for use in their respective operations.

The GIGN is the elite Police Tactical Unit of the French National Gendarmerie. Its missions include counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, surveillance of national threats, protection of government officials, and targeting organized crime. It is renowned for its selection and implementation of innovative technology and tactics, using a comprehensive suite of both small arms solutions, and weapon enabling systems. The unit’s selection of the MAWL-DA as a tool for mission success is notable in light of the GIGN’s pedigree, and reputation as a premiere SOF unit. B.E. Meyers & Co. looks forward to the MAWL-DA’s service with the GIGN as NIR/VIS pointing and illumination system which will assist in the unit’s response to both domestic and international threats.

The MAWL-DA (Modular Advanced Weapon Laser – Direct Action) is a high-power infrared and visible green aiming and illumination laser for individual carbines. Offering improved ergonomics, interface, and performance, the MAWL-DA has been designed from the ground up around the needs of the modern night fighter.

Engineered to address the shortcomings of common laser devices in use with both military and law enforcement, the MAWL® incorporates cutting edge VCSEL technology which eliminates the current problem of inconsistent and granular, speckled illumination. This unparalleled beam quality is leveraged with multiple modes of divergence and power, based on the ideal settings for any operational environment: Close Range, Mid Range, or Long Range.

Orion UAS Contracted by US Air Force

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Manassas, VA, January 3, 2018 – The U.S. Air Force has awarded a new $48 million contract to Aurora Flight Sciences for the continued development of the Orion Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

Orion is a twin-engine high performance UAS that can stay aloft over 100 hours at a time with payloads in excess of 1,000 pounds. Development of the Orion started in 2006 and its first flight was in August 2013. In December 2014, the Orion established the current UAS world endurance record with an 80-hour, 2-minute and 52-second flight.

The new contract funds the development of a certified version of Orion that will be suitable for deployment anywhere in the world. The work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, and Manassas, Virginia.

US Army Unveils Soldier Borne Sensors Procurement Strategy

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

In a recent update to the Request for Information issued late last year to industry, the Army has unveiled its procurement strategy for Soldier Borne Sensors. SBS are quiet, lightweight, commercial off the shelf nano unmanned aerial systems, to be deployed at the Soldier level. The US Army has taken cues from Black Hornet, a system in use with the British Army for the past couple of years.

A proposed nano UAS that the Army wants to develop and field will be about the size of a Black Hornet, but will be a completely different UAS system, having no relationship to the Black Hornet. No vendor has yet been chosen and as such, no prototype photos are readily available. Nina Langli, shown here, holds a PD-100 Black Hornet unmanned aerial surveillance aircraft near its two charging stations at the National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations exhibit, Jan. 28, 2015. Langli works at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

They have invited industry, academia, individuals, and labs to participate in a face to face Industry Day and to as well as a second User Assessment. This User Assessment will be used to determine the best performing solution currently available within program cost constraints. The SBS program affordability cap constrains the average unit price over the first 2,423 systems procured to $14,997.00 or less. Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors (PdM SMS) intends to purchase up to 200 systems based on the User Assessment results through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) Contracts in the third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 (3QFY18). Participation in the user assessment is mandatory to be considered for the FY18 purchase. Assessment activities will be conducted at Fort Belvoir, VA; Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD; and Fort AP Hill, VA from January 18th through March 2nd 2018.

The assessment will be kicked-off with a live Industry Day and 1-on-1 sessions at Fort Belvoir, VA on January 16th and 17th 2018. The purpose of the 1-on-1 sessions, which will be held on January 16th, is for vendors to deliver hardware for the User Assessment, provide instruction on basic operation of their hardware, and describe their hardware – all items delivered with a complete system, vendor part number for the complete system, all user-replaceable spare parts, and vendor part numbers for all spare parts. PdM SMS will use the part number data to request quotes from all participating vendors through the DLA TLS program. Vendors intending to participate in the User Assessment shall request a 1-on-1 session and bring five (5) complete systems of their solution for assessment to the 1-on-1. Vendors may also provide spare parts they believe may be necessary to sustain the five (5) systems over the course of five (5) weeks of assessment. The assessment will include at least sixteen (16) cumulative hours of flight.

The purpose of the Industry Day, which will be held on January 17th, is for PdM SMS to provide updated program information including acquisition strategy, schedule, and a detailed description of the User Assessment.

Participation in the User Assessment requires vendor attendance at four (4) events:
• Industry Day. The vendor must schedule a 1-on-1session on January 16th 2017 and attend the group session on January 17th 2017.
• Imagery collection for camera assessment. The Advanced Sensor Evaluation Facility on Fort Belvoir, VA will collect imagery from all systems under assessment on January 18th, 19th, and 22nd 2017. Vendor assistance is required for up to four (4) hours to ensure adequate imagery is collected. The timing of each vendor’s support will be scheduled to minimize total vendor support time and travel.
• Acoustic data collection. Acoustic data will be collected from each system under evaluation in anechoic chambers at APG, MD on January 18th, 19th, and 22nd 2017. The intent is to mount the air vehicles in a stationary position and command the motors to simulate various flight conditions. Vendor assistance is required for up to four (4) hours to command the motors during collection. The timing of each vendor’s support will be scheduled to minimize total vendor support time and travel.
• Soldier training. Soldier test participants will be trained at Fort AP Hill, VA on February 19th and 20th 2017. Vendor attendance is required for two (2) days to conduct the training.

All parties interested in the Industry Day and/or User Assessment have until 15:30 Eastern Standard Time (EST), 08 January 2018 to submit. Visit for full details.

USSOCOM Awards Revision Contract To Develop Advanced Technology Demonstration Helmet

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Even as USSOCOM continues to evaluate industry proposals for their next Family of Tactical Headborne Systems, the command’s Science & Technology arm awarded an 18-month, $1,813,065 contract to develop Advanced Technology Demonstration Helmet. The award is based upon USSOCOM-BAAST-2015 Appendix J, Amendment 14 published on April 20, 2017 under the BAA’s area of interest, Topic 4.4 Optical Electronics. In July 2016, Revision was awarded a similar contract for the advancement of headborne systems technologies.


During AUSA, Revision previewed their Sensys technology which serves as a platform to integrate new helmet and body worn technologies such as augmented reality and conformal power sources.

INVISIO to equip US Army’s new Security Force Assistance Brigades with communication and hearing protection systems

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Stockholm, December 28, 2017

INVISIO has received an order concerning deliveries to the US Army’s new specialized unit Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB). The order is valued SEK 10 million and connects to the previous order of SEK 20 million announced on December 4, 2017, amounting to a total order value of about SEK 30 million. Deliveries will take place during the first half of 2018.

The order includes communications system with control units and headsets for use with a radio. By ensuring a good hearing protection while the wearer can communicate and maintain situational awareness, the INVISIO systems address the Army’s modernization initiatives and provides Soldiers with the tactical advantage necessary to achieve mission success.

“We are proud to deliver our advanced communication systems to new units within the US Armed Forces. INVISIO’s systems are world leading in its segment and with this order we are strengthening our position further,” said Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

The Security Force Assistance Brigades are specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations. Soldiers in SFABs are highly trained and will help brigade combat teams build readiness by freeing them from advisory missions.

INVISIO Receives SEK 30 million Order from Existing Defense Customer

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Stockholm, December 21, 2017

INVISIO has received a follow-up order for communication and hearing protection systems from one of the company’s existing defense customers. The order is worth just over SEK 30 million and delivery is planned to take place in the first half of 2018.

With INVISIO’s communication system, the users get a market leading hearing protection and can communicate and maintain a state of the art situational awareness in tough environments. The systems consist of headsets and control units connected to an external team radio or a vehicle’s intercom system, for example.