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Sneak Peek – Mystery Ranch PowerBuckle

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

During a visit over the weekend to Mystery Ranch in Bozeman, Montana, founder Dana Gleason gave me a quick look at a new technical development. Dubbed the PowerBuckle, it offers the same functionality and stength of a standard side-release buckle, but with the added utility of use as a databus.

Essentially, it buries a data cable in a National Molding buckle such as the quad release buckle used on the IOTV. While it is still a prototype, it is a Mystery Ranch exclusive.

Due to the buckle’s architecture, they can embed between two and 16 conductors.  This one is set up as a USB and features four conductors. You’ll notice an access plate at the rear of the female portion of the buckle. This will only be present on the first thousand or so. Once users begin to integrate the PowerBuckle, they’ll be built to spec and there will be no need to access the circuitry in order to configure the circuits because each will be purpose built for the task. Dana went on the explain, “You may also notice that this isn’t waterproof. It’s a prototype and the production versions will be.”

Regarding the buckle, Dana related, “We saw a clear need for this technology, so we developed it. There were guys with cutaway vests getting hung up by comms cabling and we wanted a way for the gear to cutaway completely and safely.” He went on, “National Molding is our manufacturer. If anyone else is interested in using the PowerBuckle, you know where to find us.”

Patent pending.

Visit Black Diamond Advanced Technology at SOFIC for an APEx Predator System Demo

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Come see BDAT at SOFIC for free demo copies of FAC-US and the best swag at the show! Contact to see if they have any personal demo times still available. They went quick this year!
As always… Warfighters first!


Friday, May 15th, 2015


This is Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided kNowledge (BATMAN), an AFRL Advanced Technology Demonstration, is a family of capabilities that enhance warfighter performance, making battlefield Airmen lighter, smarter, and more lethal.

Warrior Expo – Juggernaut Defense

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

I first saw the Radio Dock several years ago during a visit to Juggernaut’s HQ.  While they’ve been offered to various programs, they’ve never been a standard product, until now.  
The Radio.Dock was designed to attach directly to the PALS webbing on armor to house any bottom-battery tactical radio in the inventory (148/152 style battery). The Radio.Dock™ utilizes a rugged battery eliminator with capability to be power-only or power/data capable. Thales even uses it with their 148’s with Mission-Modules on the back. The open configuration effectively allows all of the data-sidehats to stay attached and the face of the radio to be protected while allowing much of the radio housing and the top half of the battery housing to stay exposed for conducting heat off the radio (very critical). The radio is secured via the patent pending PPIP and BOA-Closure System allowing the user to pivot the radio away from the armor to interface with the display/control on the faceplate.

The Radio.Holster on the other hand is a sub-$100 alternative to the Radio.Dock for those who don’t need a data connection.   It still has the PPIP and Boa-Closure System with a ‘battery-cup’ rather than the bayonet features used on the Radio.Dock™ to create the  Radio.Holster™.   

Both are PALS compatible. Available from

Pelican – ProGear Vault Cases For iPad Mini

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Pelican’s Vault Case is a protective, fold open case for the iPad Mini series of tablet computers. It has been tested to MIL-STD-810G standards for multiple drops, and meets IP54 standards for complete protection against intruding dust and dirt. Additionally, the Vault Case has an elastometric liner, a hard cover screen protector, and a dual axis hinge.


An iPad Air compatible case will be available starting mid/late April.

Sneak Peek – New Juggernaut Case

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Several new Juggernaut.Case products moving to production over the next month! Samsung GALAXY S5 and Note 4 are just a few. Also GALAXY Tab S 8.4 Tablet Juggernaut.Case is on the horizon.


Digital Close Air Support – BDATech Test Success

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


Black Diamond recently completed another successful Forward Air Control Utility Suite (FAC-US) SADL test with the A-10. This test completed full SADL messages to A10. Congratulations to the entire BDAT SW team for completing something that has never been so simple and accurate to use, and also dramatically increasing Sensor Point of Interest accuracy. This is going to revolutionize CAS with this platform.