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Carinthia Caters to SOF Clothing Requirements

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Another great European brand we had a chance to chat with at DSEI was Austria-based Carinthia.  They manufacture a range of sleeping bags, shelters and environmental clothing systems.  Several of their items are used by European SOF units and they often create special make up variants of their products such as those shown below.

This is a Gore-Tex shell that has been adopted by a European SOF organization. It’s a modified version of the Carinthia Tactical Rain Garment which includes Trousers. It utilizes a Topaz ePTFE membrane with a polyamide shell.

That same unit also issues this jacket was an insulated garment. It’s a variant of Carinthia’s Extreme Cold Insulation Jacket and includes Trousers. It uses G-loft ISO+ polyester insulation with a polyamide shell featuring a GORE Windstopper membrane.

Steiner – M-Series LRF

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

At DSEI, Steiner Optics showed us the M-830r LRF, a binocular that integrates a Laser Range Finder.  It will range targets from 25m to beyond 6,000m.  


The laser range finder is a class 1 eyesafe laser, and this 8×30 power bino offers the Steiner Universal Mil Reticle (SUMR) for ranging in case of battery failure.  What’s more, the laser is out of band for NVGs so your adversaries won’t see your laser.


Friday, October 2nd, 2015


During DSEI, Golden Arrow Marine exhibited quite a few maritime systems but this electric outboard by Torqeedo caught my eye.  The Travel model is available in 1.5 & 3hp variants and utilizes a Lithium battery that can be recharged by solar panel.

Lincad Power Management Systems – Caravel Mk2 Charger

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The Caravel Mk2 Charger from Lincad will charge batteries regardless of electrochemistry or manufacturer. It utilizes a series of pigtail cables to aupport the range of batteries and can even recharge mobile devices.


It detects the type of battery as soon as it is attached to the charger. It offers full diagnostics of that battery and will not only charge it, but also discharge a battery via a heat sink in order to bring it to half charge for storage.

BAE Systems – Broadsword Spine

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Broadsword Spine is BAE Systems’ smart textile demonstrator. It offers both power and data connectivity through an etextile that is inserted as a fabric layer in a garment or piece of equipment. Early work in this field centered around cables inserted into webbing or run through a garment. But this new etextile from intelligent textiles limited is woven from conductive yarns.

As you can, see the etextile is extremely versatile and can be adapted to a wide variety of applications. It is not an outer fabric but rather sandwiched in between layers like an insulation material would be.

A wide variety of low profile ports can be integrated into the design to accommodate different cables. They are placed whe they are needed and sandwich the etextile in order to connect to the integrated power and data grid allowing ports to do double duty.

These ports also mean you can hot swap power sources/batteries as well as devices. Additionally, the elimination of cables lowers snag hazards and improves heat dissipation as the power load is carried over a wider surface area. For you guys who are now terrified you will be electrocuted, relax, the fabric is insulated just like a cable.

Lincad Power Management Systems – USB Power Adapter

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Lincad Power Management Systems has been around since the early 90s, specializing in batteries and chargers. In recent years there has been a proliferation of devices that charge via USB cable. Lincad created the USB power adapter as a simple means for Soldiers to charge/power their devices from commonly used radio batteries. This also also means that Soldiers can harvest as much power as possible from a better which is only partially charged and can’t be taken on a patrol.


This model is for the UK standard LIPS 10, 11 & 12 series interface. It offers two USB ports and will charge 5v, 1.5A Max per line.

Salomon – X ALP MTN GTX

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Along the perimeter of the Edgar Brothers booth at DSEI were a series of glass cases.  Inside one of these were four examples of Salomon footwear.  Three of the boots were from their Forces line but the fourth boot was a commercial mountaineering model.  

Turns out, it’s the X ALP MTN GTX and it’s currently undergoing wear trials with several European military and civil rescue organizations.  

It’s a GORE-TEX lined, lightweight mountaineering boot, designed to be used with B1 crampons.  They’ve balanced the sole system to make it flexible enough for approaches yet stiff enough for use with crampons.  


The Nubuck leather upper is paired with Cordura and a 3D edging chassis.  It’s got true to-toe lacing as well as a rubber toecap and heel counter.  Additionally, the forefoot is protected with EVA foam and the tongue is also padded.  


They’ve chosen the Contragrip sole which is combined with an EVA shaped footbed as well as a carbon fiber “edging” stiffener.  

Now, we just need to see a militarized version of this boot in the Forces line.

Supacat LRV 400 ‘Mark 2’

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Unveiled at the recent DSEI in London, the Supacat LRV 400 ‘Mark 2’ features a chassis based on the Land Rover Discovery. The reason it is referred to as a Mark 2 variant is that the design has received an overhaul after its initial sighting during DSEI 2013.


With a top speed of 100mph/160km, the LRV 400 has a range of 800km. It is CH-47 internally transportable. It is designed for a crew of 3 or 4 supported by an operational payload of 1700kg with a gross weight of 4200kg. This Light Reconnaissance Vehicle is powered by a V6 3.0 turbo diesel providing 256 bhp and 600Nm Torque with an 8 speed automatic transmission and high and low permanent 4WD with centre diff lock.


Here are a few shots of the driver and passenger positions.

The spare tire can be swung to the outside of the roll cage or toward the interior to make the vehicle narrower for rapid ingress and egress of aircraft.

These are a few additional photos of the rear compartment of the LRV 400.

Additionally, the truck incorporates reinforcement bars along the frame like a commercial off-road vehicle. While it isn’t much of a step, it could also be used to transport personnel a short distance such as assaulters.


The LRV 400 offers a very interesting capability. You see those four bolts in the photo below? You can insert an additional axel at that point transforming the LRV 400 from a 4×4 to a 6×6 design and lengthen the bed as well as increase carrying capacity.