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DSEI 17 – Arnold Defense FLETCHER, A Guided 2.75-inch Rocket Mounted On A Supacat LRV 600

Friday, September 15th, 2017

We told you about the Supacat LRV 600 when it was launched at DSEI 15. When we went by to see it this year, it was fitted with a rocket dispenser mounted to the rear roll bar on a swing arm.

Turns out, this is a development of Arnold Defense, a St Louis-based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers.  The “FLETCHER” is a guided 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System can be mounted on land-based military vehicles as well as maritime craft.

The FLETCHER concept is supported by a team of global defense industry companies working together under Arnold’s leadership to combine their complimentary expertise which includes Military Systems Group, Nammo and Supacat.

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets. FLETCHER can engage targets at ranges up to 6.5km, but from the ground.

Currently in the concept phase of development, a demonstrator fit of FLETCHER is mounted to the Supacat LRV 600, a lightweight special forces platform.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “FLETCHER is an exciting new development for Arnold Defense and our team partners. We’re already exceedingly well established in the air environment with our rocket systems being used on air platforms globally. Moving that success into the land environment with our 2.75-inch rocket systems fitted to wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as in a dismounted role, will provide ground forces with an entirely new capability”. He added: “there is further development work required but if all goes well, we’re expecting to have the system ready for sale towards the end of 2018”.

www.arnolddefense.com

DSEI 17 – Atlas Devices Introduces Lightweight Assault Ladder From Pilot Innovations

Friday, September 15th, 2017

leading up to SOFIC we told you about the Lightweight Assault Ladder by Pilot Innovations. It is now available from Atlas Devices.  Weighing in at 18 lbs (8.1kg), the ladder extends to 18′ (5.5m). The wide rungs are spaced 15.4″ (39.2cm) apart. Although the working load is 350lbs (158.76kg) and intended for single user at a time, it can be used for bridging, although training is a must to learn how wide the spans may be.

The carbon fiber construction features positive step locks which are located under each step. Additionally, the ladder can be fitted with removable nylon shoulder straps.

www.atlasdevices.com

DSEI 17 – Ramp Globaltec ROC 40

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Ramp Globaltec introduced their new two-piece Rapid Opening Connector 40k which has a 40mm opening for webbing.

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DSEI 17 –  TYR Tactical Combat Adjustable Rifle Double Stack Mag Pouch

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Based on a user requirement, TYR Tactical took their popular Combat Adjustable Rifle Mag Pouch and created a double stack variant. Like its thinner predecessor, it’s made from PV, accepts two 5.56 or 7.62 magazines and is adjustable via a bungee.

www.tyrtactical.com

DSEI 17 – Hippo Multipower Lightweight Tactical Mobility Platform

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Hippo Multipower displayed their Lightweight Tactical Mobility Platform candidate which is currently informing a U.K. requirement. It is an eight-wheeled, all-terrain, amphibious vehicle which offers three advantages: Payload, Terrain Accessibility and Power Generation.

The concept is to use a light vehicle to take the sustainment load, and possibly other burdens off the back of the individual Soldier. The platform needs to be able to keep up with the troops in complex terrain and be used for resupply as well as other ad hoc requirements such as CASEVAC. So far, experimentation has indicated that the vehicle should be used with a trailer.

The Hippo vehicle will accommodate a Platoon load of equipment, in excess of 750kg across complex terrain. Although, adding a trailer increases the payload. Additionally, the vehicle offers an onboard hydraulic generator boasting 5kw of exportable power. More than anough to power communications and ECM systems. Because the generator, which is contained in the belly of the vehicle is hydraulic it can be used to power tools as well.

www.hippomultipower.com

SureFire At DSEI Show In London, UK

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Fountain Valley, CA—SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest—and most innovative—illumination tools and tactical products, is co-exhibiting at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) show September 12-15, 2017 in London, UK. DSEI is the world’s leading event that brings together the global defense and security sector to innovate and share knowledge. DSEI expects over 34,000 attendees, including Defense Ministers, International Military and Armed Forces, key industry players, and private sector companies. SureFire will be displaying their best-in-class illumination tools, hearing protection, and several new additions to their extensive product line. If attending DSEI, be sure to visit the Edgar Brothers booth #S4-170, where SureFire is co-exhibiting.

DSEI – NAMMO Introduces Programmable Ammunition

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Keeping soldiers safe from drones – how Nammo can help


Though originally designed for counter-defilade, the accuracy of Nammo’s programmable ammunition allows it to act as an effective anti-drone system as well.

Winter 2017 – coalition forces, aid groups and reporters in Iraq are harassed by commercial drones used by ISIS to spread fear. Lacking effective countermeasures against what was potentially flying IEDs, they are forced to flee from the simple and cheap commercial drones, causing widespread disruption. However, in part thanks to a new technology from Nammo, that threat may become a thing of the past.

Known as ‘programmable ammunition’, this new technology makes it possible for any larger gun to fire shells that can be programmed to explode with pinpoint accuracy, either before, above or inside a target. Adaptable to several weapon platforms, including 40 mm grenade launchers, 30 mm guns, 120 mm tank ammunition and M-72 rockets, this makes the technology ideal for dealing with a number of different threats, including drones. With the first versions already combat proven and in production, the technology offers three distinct benefits – low collateral damage, flexibility and ease of installation – together delivering a significant and reliable advantage to its users.


The 40 mm version of Nammo’s programmable ammunition has already been proven in combat.

Low collateral damage

One of the challenges faced by modern warfighters is the danger of collateral damage when operating near civilian infrastructure. This makes it difficult to fire regular ammunition at small aerial targets such as drones, because if they miss, the bullet or shell will just continue and eventually hit something else, potentially causing significant unintended damage. This threat is virtually eliminated with Nammo’s programmable ammunition, as it will explode where intended, independent of whether it has hit its target or not. In the case of smaller ammunition types, such as 40 mm grenades, these are designed to maximize their effect within a specific range from the point of detonation, with more limited effects beyond that. This means that as long as they are set to detonate sufficiently high above the ground, the fragments created by the detonation will fall harmlessly to the ground.

Additionally, given the accuracy of the ammunition, it has a good chance of either detonating or disabling any explosives or weapons that the drone may be carrying when they hit, further reducing the danger to infrastructure or personnel below.


Flexibility

Another constant challenge for warfighters is the question of space and weight, which limits the amount of weapons and supplies that personnel and vehicles can carry. The benefit of Nammo’s programmable ammunition is that rather than being a dedicated anti-drone system, that has to be carried in addition to other weapons, it is instead an upgrade to an existing weapon system, allowing it to be effective against a wide range of threats.

In fact, the technology was originally not developed with drones in mind. It’s primary purpose is as a ‘counter defilade’ system, able to defeat enemy forces hiding in trenches or behind cover by exploding just above, or beside them. Alternatively, in the case of larger calibers, it can be set to penetrate a certain distance inside a target, such as a dirt wall, before detonating. The ability to take down drones is therefore mainly a demonstration of the flexibility of the technology, rather than a key design requirement.

Ease of installation

A final challenge is the question of cost and complexity. Use of Nammo’s programmable ammunition does not require any physical changes to the gun itself, nor its ammunition handling system. That means that instead of expensive modifications and upgrades, the system can be easily added to any existing platform.

The system architecture is quite basic – in addition to the ammunition, it consists of a programming unit, and an antenna that is mounted on either the weapon or the vehicle. The distance to the target is entered into the programming unit either manually, or based on input from an automated range finder. Then, in contrast to competing systems, instead of programming the ammunition before it is fired, or inside the barrel, it receives its instructions just as the shell leaves the gun. This eliminates the need for upgrades to the barrel.

Small piece of the puzzle

Anti-drone operations are extremely complex, and place high demands on rules of engagement, sensors, and targeting procedures. Nammo’s ammunition does not alone resolve this issue, but it offers ground forces something they so far have been lacking, which is a cost effective weapon that could be used even in urban areas.

At this year’s DSEi exhibition in London (booth S6-162), Nammo will be displaying both our programmable ammunition in its various forms, and the remains of the drone that was shot down in the attached video.

In Nammo we believe that those doing an important job deserve the right equipment. That is why we exist, and why we work every day to help ensure that our products evolve along with the requirements faced by the end users on the ground.

www.nammo.com

Survitec Agrees Performance-Based Logistics Contract with Lockheed Martin (Rotary Mission Systems)

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Survival and safety solutions provider Survitec has agreed a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract with Lockheed Martin (Rotary Mission Systems), a deal believed to be the first of its kind.

Six USAF pilots were the first F-35 pilots to be fitted under the new deal and are the first of 650 pilot kits to be delivered over a three-year period of performance.

The new logistics model is designed to reduce equipment lead-times, minimise downtime and overcome cumbersome commercial processes, but also transform how the equipment is issued to each pilot.

The “Perfect Fit” program is the first PBL solution for military pilot flight equipment and will also drive lower costs, improve availability and most importantly increase safety, continuing Survitec’s strong heritage as an innovations-led solutions provider.

Survitec’s Defence and Aerospace business unit has been providing pilot flight equipment to the US F-35 Lightning II Program since 2003, following competitive tender activity. The contract award was a major milestone as it saw Survitec become the first UK-based company to be selected ahead of US competitors.

June of this year saw contract activity spike, with an award of over 3,000 garments destined for Warfighters entering the training program.
Survitec has personnel co-located with other key F-35 stakeholders at three US locations to date, with a fourth location planned for 2018. Further Pilot Fit Facilities outside the US at international partner locations are still under careful consideration.

David Griffiths, VP – Defence Sales at Survitec, said: “We are pleased to be classed as a pioneer in our field as our PBL solution acts as a platform to drive lower costs, improve availability and increase safety. We are proud to offer this new solution after a number of years working on the project, to further streamline our processes.

“The new logistics model will transform the way equipment is issued to each pilot. We have significantly reduced costs and lead times, as well as providing greater safety and we hope to continue to innovate and drive new products and services that will leverage our capabilities.”

www.survitecgroup.com