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INVISIO Receives SEK 11 Million Order From Existing Customer Within NATO

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

INVISIO (IVSO) has received a follow-up order for communication and hearing protection systems from one of the company’s existing customers within NATO. The order is worth approximately SEK 11 million and delivery is planned to take place in the first part of 2017.
INVISIO’s advanced communication systems with hearing protection enable professionals working in noisy and mission-critical environments to communicate and collaborate effectively. The systems consist of headsets and control units connected to an external team radio or a vehicle’s intercom system, for example.

Philippine Army Adopts Camo Pattern Developed By Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Late last Fall, the Philippine Army adopted a new camouflage pattern (Army CAMOPAT) developed by Canada’s Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. Hyperstealth has been quite successful in developing patterns for other international clients including Jordan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Jamaica and the Mexican Marine Corps as well as developmental efforts in support of both the US Army and Marine Corps and the Canadian military’s CBRNE unit.

The published a sighting of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, wearing the new pattern during a gisit to Lanao del Sur.

Dutch Military Announces Smart Vest

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Dutch Army purchased 80 Smart Vests. The Smart Vest is a ballistic vest with an integrated, mobile communication system which includes GPS and Blue Force Tracking, and is a part of the material project, Improved Operational Soldier System (VOSS). With a comms package by the Israeli firm Elbit and battery and GPS systems from Thales Netherlands, the Army plans to begin fielding 5,500 examples of the Smart Vest in 2017.

In the photo below, from the Dutch Army newspaper, a member of C Company from the 42nd Battalion “Limburgse Jagers”, tests a prototype of the Smart Vest, which took place over a three week period. The evaluation results will be shared with the manufacturers for any possible improvements.

As you can see in this second photo, the Smart Vest is in the equipment camo variant of NFP. During the US Army’s Camouflage Improvement Effort, there was to be a family of camouflage patterns developed with three-to-four patterns, all sharing common shapes and geometry. The first would be for Transitional use. Additional bookends for Woodland and Arid environments were to be offered as well as an optional fourth pattern specifically for use with Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment, although most contenders chose to use their Transitional patterns for this purpose. The Netherlands Fractal Pattern program takes a similar approach, with specialty patterns for different environments. Coincidentally, this is the first public photo of the NFP equipment pattern. The combat shirt is a trial version as well, although it is in a Coyote color.

The Smart Vest is powered by the E-lighter, a Fokker developed portable diesel generator, which provides 48 hours of power. Like the Smart Vest, the E-Lighter is an independent subproject under VOSS, with development almost complete.

Polaris Wins Canadian Special Forces Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle Contract

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (December 20, 2016) — Public Works and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded its Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) contract to Polaris, following an open and competitive bid process. The $15.5 USD million contract includes DAGOR vehicles, maintenance and operator training, spare parts, and the option for additional vehicles (at an additional cost) to meet the requirements of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).

Ultralight ground mobility is at the forefront of many military’s needs – especially the Canadian Special Forces, which can deploy on extremely short notice for counter-terrorism operations and other time-sensitive Special Operation Forces (SOF) missions. The DAGOR ultra-light combat vehicle is just as deployable and was designed to be modular and light-weight to support a variety of expeditionary missions.

The ULCV contract is structured to provide CANSOFCOM with a custom vehicle to meet Canada’s unique SOF requirement. The flexible DAGOR platform will undergo engineering and mission configurations to incorporate new features and capabilities, including redesigned payload configuration, weapons mounts, electrical system improvements, and integrated communication systems. The final vehicle configuration, testing, and production of the ULCV will be a collaborative effort with CANSOFCOM.

“We are extremely pleased to have won the contract following the competitive process to provide our DAGOR vehicles to CANSOFCOM as this major international program award builds on our strong current domestic base,” said John Olson, PhD, vice president and general manager of Polaris Government and Defense. “We are proud to partner with the Canadian government and industry to deliver this ground mobility capability and the lifecycle support to smartly sustain it. Our program management, engineering, operations, and logistics teams are looking forward to working closely with our Canadian customer.

Olson added, “We greatly appreciated PSPC’s professionalism and found the ULCV procurement to be rigorous, thorough and well-executed as they delivered clear requirements, were extremely responsive to industry questions, and crisply executed the entire effort.”

With seating for up to nine, DAGOR comprises the optimal balance of rapid air transportability, payload capacity and advanced mobility. DAGOR gives an advantage back to dismounted warfighters, allowing formations to move faster, carry more and significantly reduce combat fatigue. And its weight and size allow it to be internally transportable on a variety of in-service aircraft, including CH-47 and C-130.

Polaris Government and Defense vehicles deliver a coveted combination of deployability, versatility and off-road mobility, forged from more than 60 years of off-road vehicle experience that is simply unmatched. Vehicles include the rugged Sportsman MV 850, the modular and nimble MRZR, and the DAGOR, which expands upon the range, payload and off-road mobility of any previous tactical off-road vehicle. The enhanced tactical mobility provided by Polaris Government and Defense gives an advantage back to dismounted troops, allowing formations to move faster, carry more and significantly reduce combat fatigue. Polaris FSR support is scalable worldwide and includes military vehicle training, service and maintenance. It also can be supplemented internationally through the Polaris network of distributors. And because Polaris vehicles are in service throughout the world, there is a high degree of interoperability and commonality among U.S. and allied forces.

High Range Outdoors – SR20 V2 Pack

Monday, December 19th, 2016


High Range Outdoors’ SR20 V2 Pack is now available. The SR20 V2, or Short Range 20L V2, is a 20 liter day pack designed for a wide rage of uses, including assault pack, lightweight overnight pack, or even a bushcraft pack. Available with either a roll top or draw collar, the SR20 features 4×7 side and 6×4 front MOLLE/PALS webbing for the attachment of additional load carrying pouches. The frame sheet, sternum strap, and compression straps are removable, and the SR20 also comes with an internal hydration sleeve & hose port. Additionally the SR20 comes complete with adjustable shoulder straps, an under ld pocket, and two accessory loops.

The SR20 V2 is being offered in the following colorways:

  • Arid – Tan w/ khaki webbing
  • Hood – OD green w/ black webbing
  • Ninja – Black w/ black webbing
  • MultiCam
  • Kryptek Highlander
  • The SR20 V2 is made in Australia from US-sourced Cordura 500D nylon.

    SPARTANAT – Gear Made in in Germany: Tactical Watches by BOMBFROG

    Saturday, December 17th, 2016


    Dirk a German Navy EOD Technician (Masterchief). His passion are watches. The result is BOMBFROG. He offers small charges of tactical and reliable watches for every mission. We talked to Dirk Assmann about BOMBFROG.

    SPARTANAT: Dirk you are an active duty Navy EOD soldier, in civil life BOMBFROG. How did you started making military watches?


    Dirk Assmann: I am an Navy EOD Technician since 21 years now and before I joined the Navy I was a big fan of pratical watches. After I finished dive school I got a IWC Porsche Design issued. A watch I had to use. Technically a complete desaster. It looked pretty, but keeping the time was not possible. As a dive supervisor I am responsible for my men. If my watch or I fail during dive operations or demolition, dead will be around. I needed an accurate watch and started making my own. This lead us to our brand.

    SPARTANAT: What is characteristic for a good watch?


    Dirk Assmann: You need to make a difference. Watches for land based operations need different functions than watches for dive operations. The perfect watch on the ground is a digital watch with a lot of useful tools. As a survival specialist you learn a lot at that school, but being country side as an civilian guy, you would love to have a compass, altimeter, count down or stopp watch function. At dive operations you don´t need all of that. You need a watch with a clean face and good lighting. You need to rely on the accuracy even in dark water

    SPARTANAT: What models does BOMBFROG offer? What is your target group of customers?


    Dirk Assmann: We get new watch models from year to year. We are very proud of that fact that we still grow, even that we are a small family operated business. You can view all our watches on our website. This year we made our first digital watch (DW-15). The response on that watch is awesome. Our target group service men and women who work in the Law and enforcement, Security or military branch. We also focus on outdoor and dive addicted people, who are looking for an affordable reliable watch.

    SPARTANAT: You customize your watches. Who is wearing BOMBFROG watches?


    Dirk Assmann: We personalize watches for our customers. This starts with the case color, goes over the face style and ends with a personalized case back. The biggest numbers on personalized watches are sold to different SWAT, police and military units around the world. As an example I can tell that we delivered to US Navy Seals, US Navy EOD Technician, SWE Army EOD, BEL Army EOD, SEK Berlin, Kampfschwimmer, Minentaucher, MEK Hamburg.
    It is important to know, that this sold watches were not ordered officially by the governments. They were ordered by members of the units.

    SPARTANAT: In private: What are you wearing yourself? What is the mother of all tactic watches?

    Dirk Assmann: I am switching between 2 watches. During my day to day work I wear the DW-15. If I do my job in 150 feet deep water, I wear my BT25 version 4, because I need a watch I can rely on for 100% .


    Name: Dirk Assmann
    Alter: 43 years old
    Job: Minentaucher (Navy EOD Technician)
    Family: Married, 4 kids
    Hobbys: Eishockey / Inline Skaterhockey



    Introducing Allied Risk Equipment Consulting, Ltd.

    Friday, December 16th, 2016


    Allied Risk Equipment Consulting Ltd is a newly formed multi-disciplinary company based in the UK. AREC specialises in consultancy, manufactures representing agents and where appropriate product distribution. Founder Richard Bell having been involved in the industry for some considerable time has divided it into three high-level demographics; Combative, Defensive and Recreational. Richard is working closely with several Global manufactures that are looking to expand within the UK and European markets. AREC also supports local, UK and European based manufactures in order to increase their opportunities and exposure in a wider market place.

    AREC’s focus is not just on the companies / products but just as importantly in Richard’s opinion on the people as well as the culture, ethos, mentality, commitment and professionalism of those companies. Richard feels that knowing the provenance and history of how that company or product formed certainly helps him and ultimately an end user understand what they are buying and why it will have a positive impact on their personal or professional lives.
    The companies that AREC has a strong desire to support are those made up of active or ex-service men / women or employee ex-service men / women who are looking to transition into a civilian life. Or they will also have close ties and / or support those in the Military, Police and Emergency Services.

    Ideally the focus for AREC is to work with companies who are not only based in Allied / Coalition countries but will endeavour to source as much of the materials, production and staff from those countries.

    With the launch of Allied Risk Equipment Consulting they are pleased to announce the 1st ‘Pro-staff’ appointment. Mark Jarvis, based in the UK is bringing with him a vast range of expertise and experience across a wide range of disciplines.


    ‘Mark Jarvis is a strength and conditioning coach who works closely with all levels of MMA fighters, boxers, athletes & celebrities specialising in performance conditioning. After leaving The Parachute Regiment, Mark worked in close protection & security, before moving into the field of military advisor in the film industry. There he trained actors for film roles which included weapons training, fighting forms as well as to physically look &move like soldiers and warriors. His many years of hands on training experience his first-hand knowledge of the human body, nutrition & supplementation has kept him at the top of his field as a personnel trainer and a strength & conditioning coach to a wide variety of clients from professional fighters, industry leaders through to Celebrities’.

    For more information on Allied Risk Equipment Consulting and how to contact them do visit the website

    ZU Bladeworx Australia – 1RAR Evaluating New Knife

    Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

    The order for the Nomad Mk2 is a trial for the Australian Army, being conducted by 1RAR and consists of metal live blades and 6061 Aluminium trainers (Army HQ specified Aluminium with a type 2 red anodizing).

    The Mk1 had a standard tip on it but the Mk2 has a reinforced tip for penetrating harder targets.

    ·100% Made In Brisbane, Queensland Australia
    ·Steel used is Cryodur 2363 (German made A2 imported in 15mm plate)
    ·The Nomad weights about 170grams
    ·A new kydex sheath was designed specifically for the Australian Army to be more compact than standard Mk1 sheath and to fit under a shingle
    ·Ever knife is machined out of the solid 15mm thick plate steel
    ·Each knife is one piece (integral) with no separation between handle and blade
    ·Each knife is heat treated in Brisbane to about 57-58RC
    ·Each knife is cerakoted in flat black
    ·The knives are hand sharpened by either myself or Dirty Harry and are all double edged

    The knife is currently not restricted to Army purchase and is available for civilian use (without the unit markings).

    ZU Bladeworx Australia