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Special Edition Gear From SODGEAR

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Italian gear company SOGEAR has released a limited edition run of gear such as the Spectre line of utility pouches and magazine pouches, and the Legion chest rig, in the camouflage patterns PenCott BadLands and CB62.

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www.sodgear.com/limited/en

Polish MultiCam “Inspired” Variants

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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According to an industry source, for the past few years Polish Special Forces have been utilizing a MultiCam knockoff pattern called “Suez”. “Suez” is very similar to MultiCam, and is missing only one color when compared to the original pattern. It consists of dark brown, olive green, light olive, beige, and tan on a sandy background. It is printed by the Polish fabric printing company Andropol, and has since also been introduced to other services such as the BOR – Polish Secret Service. Recently, at the MSPO trade show, Andropol introduced a green coloration as a proposal of a new pattern for the Polish Border Guard.

In the image above, you can see “Suez” on the left, printed on 50/50 PolyCotton fabric, with MultiCam on the right printed on 50/50 NyCo. The below image shows a swath of “Suez” printed on 50/50 PolyCotton.

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As you can see, “Suez” is very similar to commercial MultiCam in composition.

Polish SOF Using A-TACS FG

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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This US Army photo is of Polish SOF during a recent trip to Ft Bragg to train with 3rd SFG(A). You can see their A-TACS FG clothing and equipment.

Australian Multicam Camouflage Uniform Officially Launched

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Set to replace the current Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU) and Australian Multicam Pattern Operational Combat Uniform (AMP OCU) as Australian Army’s only camouflage uniform, the Australian Multicam Camouflage Uniform (AMCU) was officially launched earlier today at the Chief of Army’s Exercise in Brisbane.

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(From left) Private Stephanie Sims, Private Nicolette Lane, Corporal Dean George, and Lance Corporal Keith Hall at the Australian Multicam Camouflage Uniform launch during the biennial Chief of Army’s Exercise. (Photo: Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)

As we’ve mentioned in the past, the new Australian MultiCam Pattern is a hybrid pattern and color palette that combines pattern features of AMP OCU with the original color palette used for the DPCU. The kit consists of Combat and Field uniforms as well as Bush Hat, Belt and Rank Slides. Each Close Combat Soldier will receive 2 Combat uniforms and 3 Field uniforms while all others will be issued 3 Field uniforms. The design for the Combat uniform has been slightly simplified from the previous issue and all gear will be manufactured in Australia. Rollout begins next month.

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Australian Army soldier Corporal Thomas McCammont from 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, helps a team-mate over an obstacle during the Duke of Gloucester Cup at Singleton, NSW. (Photo: Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)

Features

AMCU Combat Shirt:
-High collar in woven fabric with zip closure.
-Knit fabric body with no pockets to allow for comfort under body armor.
-Integrated elbow pad.
-Woven fabric raglan sleeves.
-Angled sleeve pockets with Velcro closure.
-Velcro adjustment tabs at cuffs.
-Pen pocket on left sleeve.

AMCU Combat Pant:
-Stretch woven fabric in back yoke (below waistband), crotch and around knee.
-Adjustable waist with advanced design.
-Padded waistband.
-Button and zip front fly closure.
-Reinforced saddle seat.
-Integrated knee pad.
-Knee pad is snugly held in correct location using elasticised cord adjustment(connects to front thigh pockets) and Velcro closure tabs at the side of the knee.
-2 side thigh pockets with zip closure.
-2 lower front thigh pockets (external – contains toggle and elasticised draw cord for knee pad adjustment) with Velcro closure.
-2 front pockets below waistband (internal).
-2 lower leg pockets with Velcro closure.
-Cord and cord lock adjustment at cuffs

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Private Stephanie Sims at the Australian Multicam Camouflage Uniform launch during the biennial Chief of Army’s Exercise. (Photo: Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)

AMCU Field Shirt:
-Based on the current DPCU shirt.
-Near infrared (NIR) fabric.
-5 button closure at the centre front.
-Chest pockets with zip closure.
-Sleeve pockets with button closure.
-Shorter coat length than current shirt.
-Velcro adjustment tabs at cuffs.
-Rank slide at chest
-Increased width at coat hem compared to current shirt.
-Graded sleeve length.

AMCU Field Pant:
-Stretch woven fabric in back yoke (below waistband) and crotch.
-Button and zip front fly closure.
-Adjustable waist with advanced design.
-Padded waistband.
-Integrated knee pad with Velcro closure tab.
-2 side thigh pockets with zip closure.
-2 front pockets below waistband (internal).
-Cord and cord lock adjustment at cuffs.

Australia’s Assistant Minister for Defence, The Hon Stuart Robert MP said in an interview with Foreign Affairs,

“Defence is pleased to partner with Australian companies to manufacture the AMCU. I am confident the manufacturing of the AMCU in Australia not only supports local business, but also maintains high standards and keeps pace with current technology,” Mr Robert said.

“At the moment there are two manufacturers for the AMCU – Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) and Pacific Brands Workwear Group (PBWG).”

The Australian Army offers a great fact sheet for those interested.

In closing, I’d like to point out that the Australian government modified this pattern (which is a national MultiCam derivative designed for them by Crye Precision) at their in-house labs. They could do this because they paid for the pattern.

Platatac – Helium Whisper Backed Pouches

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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Platatac has released a series of pouches with BFG Helium Whisper backers, offering a weight reduction of up to 60% versus traditional pouches. Currently, Platatac is offering magazine, medical, GPS pouches, and their popular KS pouch, with the Helium Whisper backers. Platatac plans to expand their HW line including radio, frag, and admin pouches in the near future.

Platatac pouches are made in Australia.

www.platatac.com/catalogue/hw-range.html

Australian Defence Force – Major Improvements Announced To Soldier Survivability Equipment

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston (left), tries the Army's new tiered body armour system and receives a briefing on its capabilities from Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Aaron Williams from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, at the Australian Defence Force Academy on 28 August 2014.

Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston (left), tries the Army’s new tiered body armour system and receives a briefing on its capabilities from Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Aaron Williams from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, at the Australian Defence Force Academy on 28 August 2014.

It has been recently announced that more than 20,000 Australian Defence Force personnel are set to be issued with new and improved personal protective equipment. Revealed at the Australian Defence Force Academy by Defence Minister David Johnston, the multi-million dollar roll-out is intended to significantly enhance the capability of ADF personnel deployed on military operations.

The program, known as Land 125 Phase 3B, aims to increase soldier mobility and endurance by providing new-generation body armor, combat helmets, hearing protection, and ballistic glasses and goggles, all of which consisting of lighter and better integrated components and materials.

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison (left), AO, and Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston, receive a briefing on Army's new Land 125 Phase 3B soldier equipment and the enhanced F88 Austeyr rifle from Australian Army soldiers Corporal Lachlan Robinson (centre) and Lance Corporal Aaron Williams (right) from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, at the Australian Defence Force Academy on 28 August 2014.

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison (left), AO, and Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston, receive a briefing on Army’s new Land 125 Phase 3B soldier equipment and the enhanced F88 Austeyr rifle from Australian Army soldiers Corporal Lachlan Robinson (centre) and Lance Corporal Aaron Williams (right) from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, at the Australian Defence Force Academy on 28 August 2014.

Under the terms of a five-year contract, the first of the Land 125 Phase 3B contracts have been awarded to Bendigo-based Australian Defence Apparel (ADA). They are tasked with supplying load carriage equipment, including ballistic plate carriers, packs, basic pouches, and equipment bags.

The first thousand sets of Load Carriage Equipment are expected to be delivered in May 2015.

www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/08/28/minister-for-defence-major-improvements-announced-to-soldier-survivability-equipment

The White St George’s Scarf from Pretty Green

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Available now, the St George’s Scarf from clothing brand Pretty Green is pretty cool whether you’re a soccer fan or just want to sport the colors.

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Yep, that’s Newman.

www.prettygreen.com/shop/product/ss14-the-white-st-georges-scarf

Argo Exhibits at NGUSA

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Argo, the Canadian ATV company, exhibited at the recent NGAUS conference in Chicago, IL. It’s great to see these guys starting to focus on the military market. Their family of amphibious ATVs have applicability not just for DOMOPS missions such as flood/hurricane response that the National Guard is assigned, but given the ‘Shift to the Pacific’ their vehicles make a lot of sense for use as a tactical mobility platform in jungle and mountainous terrain given their extremely low ground pressure and amphibious capability. Pictured above is their XTI 8×8 vehicle equipped with rubber tracks for over-snow or debris field applications.

Platatac – Mountain Shawl Collar

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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This is really cool. Platatac’s Mountain Shawl Collar is a heavyweight fleece top is designed to be worn as a comfortable and warm layer. It features thumb loops at the cuffs, a tube style front hand pocket, and taped buttons at the collar and an elasticized waist to trap heat. The ‘shawl’ style collar, from which the garment gets its name, can be fliped up to provide additional protection from the elements.

Available in Black, Brown, Khaki, Lime Green, and Navy in sizes SM – XL. Made in Australia.

www.platatac.com/platatac-mountain-shawl-collar-7946

Team Wendy v. FMA – Court Rules In Team Wendy’s Favor

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Very exciting news! Team Wendy has recently won a court battle against Hong Kong-based FMA in regards to the their counterfeiting of Team Wendy’s intellectual property. The final judgement and permanent injunction can be read below:

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Team Wendy v. FMA

Additionally, Team Wendy has released a brief statement regarding the matter:

Team Wendy decided to go after a Chinese/Hong Kong company (FMA) that has been knocking off our intellectual property. After we educated the court about the potential confusion and safety issues inherent in FMA’s knock-offs, the court entered the attached judgment in our favor. A nice victory/statement against those stealing American intellectual property.

Congratulations to Team Wendy for the court victory, and hopefully this ruling will serve as a precedent for ceasing any future instances of copyright infringement of gear by foreign companies.

www.teamwendy.com