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New Horizon Laminate Adaptable Modular System Now Available At www.britishtactical.com

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

HORIZON LAMINATE is a collaboration between British Tactical and Flimmuur Tactical, the goal is to bring you up to date innovative products based on Laminate fabrics along with select quality materials.

Our latest item to be launched is the Adaptable Modular System

• Adaptable Modular System based on a 6 Molle/PALS wide x 3 Molle/PALS high laser cut laminate PALS panel backed with low profile plastic moulded hook covered with soft velour loop.

• A complete system that allows you to modify parts based on use to go from a Plate carrier placard to various size chest rigs including spit-front with a variety of front openings options.

• High strength 500D Multicam laminated to 1000D Coyote Brown laser cut fabric along with low profile plastic moulded hook backer allows attachment of additional parts to build your system.

We have a number of preset options and additional parts along with Rifle Magazine Panels and more options under development.

www.britishtactical.com/adaptable-modular-system-1

Nordic Combat Uniform Enters Testing Phase

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

The Nordic Combat Uniform (NCU) project is now ready to enter the field-testing phase. Some 480 soldiers from all four Nordic countries will be testing the uniform systems from the final prequalified tenderers.

In these weeks some 480 soldiers, who are going to take a part in the field-testing phase, will be opening the boxes with the sample uniform systems from the tenderers. That will be the beginning of the comprehensive test period running from December 2019 to May 2020.

The Nordic Combat Uniform Project is a part of Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO). The purpose of the joint Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish Nordic Combat Uniform?project (NCU) is to acquire a common flexible combat uniform system that meets the operational requirements of the modern battlefield.

One system, one design, but national camouflage

The NCU clothing system includes uniform configurations from an underwear layer to outer garments, used in European, jungle and desert conditions. The configuration is the same in all countries, but each country will use its own national camouflage pattern in the uniforms. Headgear, gloves, footwear or personal protective equipment are not part of the NCU, and each country will procure those independently. The technical requirements for this purchase are a system approach which meets the operational requirements. This includes Nordic and European combat environment, but also in very cold environment and in extreme warm conditions like in jungle or desert. These functional requirements are based on joint user experience from all four countries and Nordic expertise.




One of the big advantages of a common Nordic Combat Uniform project is the scale of the acquisition. With a contract value of estimated 425 million Euros it has attracted worldwide attention from leading suppliers which creates ground for an increased competition and a more favorable price-quality-ratio.

Experiences from four nations packed into one combat uniform system

Although price is important the greatest advantage of the joint Nordic cooperation is the comprehensive test conducted by around 480 soldiers from the four countries. Test subjects include all types of soldiers from conscripts to Special Forces.

In the bids, the combat uniform tenderers described the uniform configurations that, in their mind, correspond to the functional requirements set by the NCU countries.

Based on the bids the project has invited combat uniform tenderers to field tests organized from December 2019 to May 2020. The field tests will evaluate the functionality of the offered uniform configurations in different conditions and collect user feedback about the uniforms’ suitability for use.

The field tests for the European area uniform configurations will be conducted in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark by the countries’ armed forces. The field tests for the jungle and desert uniforms will be conducted by the Danish Armed Forces including Special Forces in the first part of 2020. In Finland the clothing configurations will be subjected to separate tests used to assess their functionality in arctic conditions, among other things.

After the field tests are concluded the Swedish Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI) will collect the feedback given by the Nordic user groups. The NCU project will analyze the feedback, and on this basis make a functional performance assessment on the combat uniform candidates.

The assessment of the functional performance forms part of the evaluation of the technical performance of each offered combat uniform system. The overall evaluation includes both the technical performance and the offered prices.  This evaluation will form the basis for negotiations with the remaining tenderers and a request for best and final offers which will be finally evaluated resulting in the award of the NCU Framework Agreement.

Story by Nordic Defence Cooperation

Photos via Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation 

Max Talk 44: British Infantry Belt Kit: Review JayJays Gen 4 Web Gear

Monday, November 11th, 2019

This is the forty-fourth installment of ‘Max Talk Monday’ which shares select episodes from a series of instructional videos. Max Velocity Tactical (MVT) has established a reputation on the leading edge of tactical live fire and force on force training. MVT is dedicated to developing and training tactical excellence at the individual and team level.

This is an instructional session on the applicability and use of the British Army belt kit (webbing), focusing specifically on a review of the JayJays Gen 4 web gear, in this case the commanders version. www.jayjaysbrecon.co.uk

Gen IV Commanders Description:

The Gen IV Commanders is a totally flexible belt kit system where the pouches are permanently fixed to the pad.

For 20 years JayJays has been the UK market leader in permanently fixed belt kit systems and since the first concept was designed our belt kit has been constantly developed. Subtle design changes and features over the years have made this the preferred belt kit of the British Soldier.
Fixed pouches allow us to cater for users with a small waist size. Due to clever design we are able to keep the same number of pouches required and sew them to different length pads, making the belt kit a perfect fit for the user.

The design of the Gen IV reduces bounce of the belt kit. When all the pouches are full they stabilise against each other making a solid form that does not bounce or rock. This combined with the spacer pad ensures an ergonomic comfortable fit.
The latest version of the Gen IV comprises of all polymer hardware making it rust resistant in jungle environments. The addition of the polymer hardware also reduces overall weight without compromising strength.
Spacetec spacer fabric is used for padding to allow it to be as breathable as possible but still very flexible so it hugs the body.

Max is a tactical trainer and author, a lifelong professional soldier with extensive military experience. He served with British Special Operations Forces, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer; a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Max served on numerous operational deployments, and also served as a recruit instructor. Max spent five years serving as a paramilitary contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan; the latter two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Website: Max Velocity Tactical

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UF PRO Plans to Launch Its New Striker X Combat Pants on 20. November

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

TRZIN, SLOVENIA (6 Nov. 2019)—UF PRO today said its new Striker X Combat Pants for use by police and military units will become available on 20 November at the company’s online store and selected UF PRO distribution partners.

“Our Striker X Combat Pants build on the foundation of our already tough-as-nails Striker range to offer something extremely rugged when it comes to resisting rips, splits, tears, and other common forms of damage typically incurred during missions or operations,” said Armin Wagner, head of UF PRO product development.

“For example, a wearer could be maneuvering through a patch of dense brush, but thanks to the innovative way we construct Striker X Combat Pants they aren’t likely to be snagged and torn by any of the branches,” Wagner continued.

“We also achieved greater ruggedness by streamlining all the seams,” Wagner added. “Because none of them are uncovered, the potential for rips to develop along the stitching is scant.”

Despite the enhanced toughness, Striker X Combat Pants are exceptionally comfortable and do not restrict the wearer’s freedom of movement, Wagner indicated.

“These new combat pants are fitted to the anatomic form and function of the lower body, so they feel great and perform fantastically,” he said. “The pants move as the wearer moves, whether standing, sitting, kneeling, laying, walking, running, climbing, or jumping. This is possible because of our decision to include stretch panels made from Schoeller®-Dynamic polyamide-elastane blend stretch materials and to strategically position them in the most beneficial places.”

Other important features of the debuting Striker X Combat Pants include:

• Ergonomic triple-layer, knee-protection system that adjusts from the rear to provide extra cushioning or impact protection when needed;

• No-melt/no-drip construction throughout;

• Nearly a dozen pockets of various sizes to allow carrying a greater quantity and variety of essential items;
• Built-in hooks that fasten the hem to the wearer’s boots so that the pants legs can’t ride up;
• Double belt-loops that permit a holster to be rapidly attached or detached;
• Ability to accept a WINDSTOPPER thermal liner so that the pants can be worn in cold temperatures;
• Breathable nylon-cotton blend ripstop material throughout enables use in hot weather;

“We believe wearers will, as soon as they put on a pair of these, recognize that our Striker X Combat Pants are a radically different and superior piece of tactical gear,” Wagner offered. “These pants are designed with the needs of military units in mind. They need combat pants that can go out on a mission and come back home in one piece or easily repair them out in the field, if needed. We know this because they told us this is what they need. And we listened.

“The result is a model of combat pants that supplies maximum durability plus go-anywhere-do-anything capability in environments of every imaginable type. These pants embody functionality, comfort, usability and protectiveness.

“We are very confident that our Striker X Combat Pants will earn plaudits aplenty from those who wear them. They are, in our opinion, the ultimate combat pants for military operatives.”

The Striker X Combat Pants will be available in two colours: Brown Grey and MultiCam, according to Wagner.

 

For more information and to sign up to get updated on the release of the UF PRO Striker X Combat Pants click here.

Thales Develops the Future of Soldier Weapon Systems in Lithgow

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Paris, Ile-de-France, France – In order to maintain a capability advantage for Australia’s Defence Forces, the soldier systems of the future will integrate disruptive digital technologies, advanced sensor and targeting equipment and networked communications – ThalesGroup.com. Euronext: HO

Thales is building on more than a century of small arms manufacture in Lithgow in developing the soldier weapon systems of the future.
• The digitised battlespace will require a fundamental technology leap to ensure Australian soldiers maintain a capability edge against emerging threats.
• This future weapon system is an evolution of the individual weapon and will provide soldiers with an enduring battlefield overmatch.

Drawing together advanced manufacturing techniques and materials, Thales’s advanced future soldier weapon system will integrate:

• cutting edge sensors and targeting systems;
• biometric security safeguards;
• tactical network links to enable collaborative engagement
• enhanced command, control and situational awareness for both individual soldiers and commanders.

Thales’s Lithgow small arms manufacturing facility has been proudly supporting Australia’s soldiers on battlefields around the world since 1912. The future advanced individual weapon system will continue this heritage of manufacturing the world’s most advance systems as the battlespace becomes more digitised and networked.

Building on this century of sovereign capability, Thales’s development of the future soldier weapon system is undertaken in Lithgow, NSW and aligns with the Australian Government’s recognition that the research, design, development and manufacture of small arms is a priority sovereign industrial capability.

“Rapid advances in digital technology bring increasing threats as well as new capabilities. Thales’s future weapon system accelerates the development process for an era of networked warfare.”
Chris Jenkins, CEO, Thales Australia

Southeast Asian Military Customer Awards AeroVironment $6.4 Million Raven Tactical UAS Follow-On Contract Award

Monday, November 4th, 2019

• New order expands customer’s fleet of Raven systems

• Raven is the most widely used military unmanned aircraft system in the world

• AeroVironment’s Family of Tactical UAS are deployed by more than 45 allied governments

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 4, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced it received a firm fixed-price contract valued at $6,408,542 from an existing Southeast Asian military customer on September 17, 2019 for additional Raven® unmanned aircraft systems.  Delivery is anticipated within 12 months.

“With nearly two decades of combat-proven effectiveness, Raven is a mainstay workhorse for this customer’s military, other allied governments, and the U.S. military because it gives troops closest to the fight immediate eyes in the sky to gain lifesaving situational awareness anywhere and at any time,” said Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development at AeroVironment.  “Raven’s ruggedness, small footprint and sensor capabilities ensure that allied forces throughout the world have a profound advantage at a moment’s notice in the most extreme environments.”   

 

AeroVironment’s Raven system is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for applications requiring low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing 4.2 pounds, the hand-launched Raven provides aerial observation, day or night, at line-of-sight ranges up to approximately 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). With its stabilized gimbaled payload, the Raven delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations.

 

AeroVironment is participating in the Defense and Security 2019 Exhibition and Conference in Bangkok, Thailand from November 18 through 21.  Please visit AeroVironment at Booth U03 or at www.avinc.com to learn more.

Multimillion-Euro Contract: International Customers Orders Air Defence Systems from Rheinmetall

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Rheinmetall has won an order from an international customer for state-of-the-art air defence systems. The contract, which is now official, is worth a total of around €210 million. Delivery is to be complete by 2022.

Among other items, the order encompasses Skymaster command and control systems, X-TAR 3D radars, Oerlikon Revolver Gun MK3-automatic cannon as well as an ammunition package that includes airburst-capable AHEAD rounds. Spare parts, technical documentation and service support round out the order.

As the world’s leading supplier of comprehensive ground-based air defence solutions, Rheinmetall combines all relevant sensors, effectors, platforms and C4I assets in overarching, scalable networks. This results in highly effective, modularly configurable ground-based air defence systems that assure maximum operational flexibility throughout the military mission spectrum.

www.rheinmetall.com

REBS Carbon Multi Ladder

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

The REBS Carbon Multi Ladder (CML) is a rigid, modular and multi-functional ladder system with a dual rail design. The system uses modular 90cm sections that can be locked together to create a ladder, stretcher or bridge.

It is manufactured from carbon fibre for a combination of excellent rigidity and a light weight.

Available from helixtactical.com/Products/Ladders/Rigid-Ladders/REBS-Carbon-Multi-Ladder