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Cubic Awarded Contract to Develop Small Form Factor Radio for US Air Force

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Cubic Mission Solutions to deliver and demonstrate low-risk solution for Data Link Enterprise small form factor radio capability 

SAN DIEGO – June 10, 2019 – Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division was awarded a delivery order from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for the development and demonstration of a Small Form Factor (SFF) Radio prototype for the Data Link Enterprise (DLE). The system is composed of one ground and one air component for improved communications capability, providing ground-to-air and air-to-ground real-time communications.

Cubic’s state-of-the-art solution is a lightweight, airborne and ground radio system delivering SFF capability in the most compact tactical radio prototype. In addition to a number of standard waveforms, Cubic’s system will demonstrate an internally developed, protected waveform known as “Boomslang.”

“We are very pleased to have been competitively selected by the USAF to develop and demonstrate our cutting-edge small form factor radio solution for the DLE,” said Mike Twyman, president, Cubic Mission Solutions. “Our system design is based on proven and mature technologies which we have implemented for a number of successful Department of Defense programs. We look forward to leveraging our expertise to provide the lowest risk and most capable solution for the DLE.”

Cubic’s SFF technical approach focuses on an architecture maximizing functionality and performance while minimizing the system’s size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) for both the ground and airborne systems. Cubic’s offering is modular, scalable and affordable with plug and play, open standard interfaces meeting Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) requirements.

“With decades of experience in developing systems for airborne and ground platforms, we are able to deliver a cost-effective solution, leveraging enhanced off-the-shelf technologies to build a prototype that will be ready for fielding in future follow on efforts,” said James Parys, program director, Cubic Mission Solutions.

MARCORSYSCOM Issues Elbow & Kneepad Challenge To Industry

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The Marine Corps wants you to help them identify innovative ideas and solutions that improve the currently fielded knee and elbow pads’ comfort.

The desired end-state is to determine a design or concept that provides improved comfort, impact protection and operator acceptance, while maintaining mobility and operator’s range of motion.

They don’t care if they are stand alone items, like those currently fielded, or integrated protection for the combat uniform.

For full details, visit www.marcorsyscom.marines.mil/Unit-Home/Marine-Equipping-Challenge/Knee-and-Elbow-Pad-Challenge.

FROG.PRO – Italian Tactical Designers

Monday, May 20th, 2019

This is a great video introducing you to Italian brand, FROG.PRO. I get to meet with them every year during IWA in Germany and they bring a fresh look to gear design.

Special Warfare TISC Opens Doors to Solve Tomorrow’s Problems, Dedicated to ST Founder

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) — The Special Warfare Technical Integration Support Center opened its doors during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Jan. 11, as the newly named Col. John T. Carney Center of Excellence.

With the name of “Coach,” Carney embodied within the 25,000-square-foot facility, the roots of special tactics aim to inspire employees of the SW-TISC every day.

“Every special tactics leader strives to give their men the best equipment and training to fight our enemies,” said Col. Spencer Cocanour, 24th Special Operations Wing vice wing commander. “Coach Carney pushed the envelope to get the very best for his people. He fought the bureaucracy with the same ferocity he fought the enemy.”

The wearable communication equipment that special tactics operators carry in the field needs to be the best that the Department of Defense can offer to fight tonight and tomorrow’s battles and this starts with the work of the men and women within the SW-TISC.

“This building is unique It will bring together a diverse group of professionals with different backgrounds to collaborate, develop, test, field and operationalize concepts to maintain our competitive edge,” said Brig. Gen. William Holt, the Air Force Special Operations Command special assistant to the commander. “This rapid response integration will create a tangible repeatable innovation rhythm to reduce the timeline from innovative concept to operational implementation.”

With the National Defense Strategy of 2018 outlining the Department of Defense objectives to include delivering performance with affordability and speed, the SW-TISC will aid AFSOC by streamlining development to fielding.

“The TISC will push the envelope on fielding technology,” Cocanour said. “That means placing cutting edge technology into the hands of the most lethal special operators this nation has ever produced.”

By integrating technologies, ensuring interoperability and providing appropriate updates and training on the equipment used in the 24 SOW, special tactics operators are able to answer U.S. Special Operations Command’s call to deliver tactical air-to-ground integration and conduct global access, precision strike, personnel recovery, and battlefield surgery operations.

“There’s a SOF principle of the hyper enabled operator that is a highly trained individual with elite skills, but they also have a network of systems on them that they wear and that they interact with,” said Todd Weiser, the chief technology officer and director of innovations with AFSOC. “The future is that operator is going to have the ability with their kit to inter-operate with an F-35 [Lightning II], with an F-22 [Raptor], with an Army vehicle. That network, the sharing of information and internet of things, micro sensors, micro small unmanned aircraft system; all of that stuff is coming together.”

As a special tactics officer with years of experience in the field and operations, Lt. Col. Eli Mitchell, the branch chief of special tactics requirements with AFSOC, sees tomorrow’s battle requiring a more accurate and efficient way of delivering capabilities.

“(The SW-TISC) is a game changer — really what it does is speeds up bombs on targets and increases situational awareness on the battlefield,” Mitchell said. “You’re talking about reducing the potential for fratricide, increasing target engagement timelines and also increasing your munitions effectiveness by more precisely striking the appropriate target.”

By evolving for tomorrow’s fight, the special tactics enterprise is leading from the front with technology and equipment used on the battlefield on a global scale within the Air Force, SOCOM, and the DOD.

“The world’s more complex than it ever has been and it’s continuously getting more complex and we need to get ahead of it in a timely manner,” Wieser said. “That’s what this facility will help us do, get ahead of it so that we can compete with our near peers as well as other adversaries.”

Holt left the most recent addition to the AFSOC team with some motivations to do exactly what Air Commandos are known for; thinking outside the box.

“You are in the business of making the impossible, possible. Your mission is to get out of the box,” Holt said. “When someone tells you it’s impossible, double down to prove them wrong. Never forget there is always a way.”

By Senior Airman Joseph Pick, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Kimbo’s

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The tag line for Kimbo’s is “Don’t Per Half-Naked.” The idea is that the crotch Zip allows the ladies to relive themselves without having to drop trou.

They’re made from a 4-way stretch 80/20 nylon tricot spandex mix with a Nylon Coil zipper with an internal flap for comfort. Available in Black or Olive, sizes XS – XL.

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SOFWERX – Combat Ready Utility eXoskin

Friday, July 13th, 2018

SOFWERX, in partnership with Elysian Labs, has innovated the Combat Ready Utility eXoskin (CRUX). The CRUX is a Bluetooth device designed to allow the user to rapidly switch between user-defined Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) integrated capabilities.

The CRUX is fully programmable, can be set up in minutes, and is easy to operate between commands. The next step is to have the CRUX work with the Near-Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) Personal Area Network.

The Evolution of Kitanica’s Tactical Pants

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Kitanica’s new Raider Pant is essentially the combination of Kitanica’s Gen. 2 and All Season Pant. They’ve combined the better properties from both to make one pair of tactical pants that has it all. It stems from an effort to offer better availability for their customers by only sewing one style versus keeping up with two different styles. If you have shopped both Gen. 2 and ASP, you may know that they share a similar pocket layout. However, there are a few differences in build/features.

From the Gen. 2, the Raider Pant brings over the Cordura Fabric knees and knee pad sleeves. From the All Season Pants the pocket layout and the fabric selection (Nylon Cotton vs. Poly/Cotton Ripstop) are utilized. Over the years, Kitanica has found the NYCO to breath better than the Poly/Cotton and be equally durable if not more so.

SHOT Show 18 – Condor ELITE Ultralight Adjustable Mag Pouches and Modular Load Carriage Systems

Monday, February 12th, 2018

During SHOT Show 18 I was shown something that surprised me. In fact, it will surprise my readers as well, because I’m writing an article about Condor products. They’ve definitely stepped up their game. A few years ago, they introduced their Condor ELITE Line which features new materials and construction techniques but this, well it takes it a different level. They are innovating.

The Condor ELITE Ultralight Adjustable Mag Pouches and Modular Load Carriage Systems are impressive. I spoke with the designer, who offered me some details on the project.

The Universal Ultralight Mag System  (UUMS) is a patent pending, laser cut design, Made in the USA. The ultralight design weighs 1.35 oz  (60% lighter than TACO LT). UUMS features one pouch for long gun mags and one for hand gun mags. The pouch height is micro adjustable via the movable to accommodate different magazine height. Essentially, 5.56, 7.62 or other rifle magazines can be used in the same pouch. Additionally, the pouch can be configured for bungee retention or open top applications by threading the bungie in reverse. When used in the open top configuration, retention is micro adjustable on the fly. Triple mag and pistol magazine pouches sporting the same options are also available.

Condor ELITE also presented a modular system where different load carriage or plate options can be changed out on the front or back. Options for the front include a plate carrier, Spear ELCS zip platform and a Rhodesian-style front rack. On the back, options include: a plate option with laser MOLLE platform for attaching pockets, a lightweight harness and integrated assault pack.

Both utilize a patent pending Trilogrid laser cut MOLLE replacement system. The laser cut triangles allow for an exact 1″ base which eliminates side to side slop of pouches that reduces wear and movement. Furthermore, the triangular shape has greater strength than other laser cut configurations and it is far easier thread MOLLE pouch straps or clips.

Condor, you’ve got my attention. You’re showing some serious innovation with these additions to your ELITE line. You’ve combined innovative design with top quality materials and US made products.

condor-elite.com