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ACT Optics – AVS-Ground Adapter

Friday, April 24th, 2015

ACT GA 5

ACT’s AVS-Ground Adapter (AVS-GA) is a system which turns AN/AVS and similar NVGs into a fully-functional standalone NVG for ground use. The AVS-GA replaces the standard ball point mount and adjustment axle, and includes an internal power supply and on/off switch. Different mounting platforms are currently and will soon be available including bayonet and dovetail.

www.actinblack.com

Wilcox Industries Is Now Manufacturing Products In Australia

Monday, April 20th, 2015

PM Tony Abbott and GB

Wilcox – Made in Australia.

A major milestone occurred today, when Graeme Bulte CEO and Founder of Melbourne based company Aquaterro, presented Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with the very first Wilcox product “Made in Australia”.

Wilcox Industries is a leading American defense products manufacturer from New Hampshire, who specializes in advanced manufacturing, computer aided design and rapid manufacturing.  Wilcox is well known as a provider of equipment of the highest quality and specification to Special Forces, law enforcement and other military clients.

Wilcox and Aquaterro are currently in the middle of delivering on a significant contract for Night Vision Mounting Systems to the Australian Defense Force (ADF) as part of a multi-million dollar night vision capability upgrade for the Australian soldier.

“Wilcox Industries Pty Ltd” an Australian Company, was recently incorporated as a stand-alone Joint Venture between Wilcox Industries and Aquaterro, in order to expand the supply chain and global footprint of Wilcox, and to more closely mirror the kind of rapid customer response and operator focus that Wilcox provides for its U.S. customers.

“Wilcox understands that in order to succeed in Australia and the region, it needs to have a footprint and investment in Australia” said Graeme Bulte, “ and we are committed to bringing that customer focus and capability, along with the advanced manufacturing jobs opportunity it represents, to Melbourne”.

The Australian Made Wilcox EF1500  rail allows for accessories such as laser aiming devices to be securely fitted to Australian Army rifles.

The new “Wilcox EF1500 Exo-Skeleton Rail” is destined to be the first of many success stories as these close USA-Australian allies grow this cooperation across the Pacific in support of our soldiers and the growth of advanced manufacturing jobs.

www.wilcoxind.com

The British Military Has Adopted TSG Associates’ Xtract 2 Stretcher

Friday, April 17th, 2015

NEW Xtract®2 Stretcher adopted by British Military

Halifax, Yorkshire (March 2015) – Ex-Corporal teams up with fabric experts to make the lightest military stretcher.

Ex-Corporal in the British Army Medical Corp, Colin Smart, has worked extensively with experts in the fabric industry and researchers at Leeds University Technical Textiles Department to design the latest stretcher to be issued to the UK military.

After serving on the front lines during the first Gulf War, Colin Smart realized that there was a place for a lightweight, compact stretcher which would protect the casualty and help a rescuer quickly move them to safety. 18 years later he was in a position to put those ideas into practice. A further six years of development, testing and research and Colin’s ideas have become reality, the patented Xtract®2 stretcher has now been adopted for use throughout the British army.

“I know that when it comes to operational equipment there is a lot that you have to carry. It simply isn’t feasible to take a regular stretcher on patrol”, says Colin Smart, “however, if you do end up in a situation where you take a casualty, you need to be able to move them quickly and safely.”

The Xtract®2 is an innovation in casualty evacuation. Rather than relying on bulky rigid stretchers made of canvas and steel, typically weighing 16-20lbs, the Xtract®2 weighs in at a game changing 3lbs and can be packed so small (about the size of a loaf of bread) it can be easily carried alongside standard infantry equipment. So much so, that it will, as of this year, be issued to 1 in 4 soldiers in the UK Army.

But don’t be fooled by its small size, Colin and his company TSG Associates, have built this little stretcher to pack a big punch. Tested to a massive 2,000 lbs the Xtract®2 is rated to take 660lbs, more than three times the weight of an average soldier.

It is specialized fabric coatings, applied before sewing that gives the Xtract®2 great abrasion resistance as well as its high strength, allowing it to be dragged over short distances, giving a single rescuer the ability to move a casualty quickly, reducing both of their exposure to a potentially hostile location.

“I am incredibly proud that an idea I first had whilst sitting in the desert will now be helping wounded soldiers wherever they are in the world”, stated Colin Smart. “We will continue to develop solutions which will make a positive impact on the injured person, both for the military and at home in our civilian services.” The Xtract®2 is also being considered for use by a number of ambulance services.

In the US the Xtract®2 is available from Kingfisher Medical. kingfishermedical.com/solutions/xtract2

CORDURA Brand To Showcase Durable Fabrics And Products At LAAD Show In Brazil

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

INVISTA Team Member and Former Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army will host daily gear presentations at the booth

Kennesaw, GA (April 13), 2015 - INVISTA’s CORDURA® Brand will showcase durable protective fabrics at the LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition April 14-16 in Rio de Janiero. The latest advancements in tactical gear and apparel featuring No Melt No Drip CORDURA® NYCO uniform fabric and Solution Dyed Nylon (SDN) CORDURA® Classic fabrics for enhanced Near Infrared protection will be on display at the Invista brand booth L.54.

“For more than 45 years, CORDURA® fabrics have provided enhanced protection, durability, and comfort to military and tactical soldiers worldwide,” says Bill Colven, INVISTA Global Military and Tactical Segment Director. “Our number one goal is to help protect the lives and safety of those who use our fabrics. At LADD, we are able to get an international perspective on the how our innovations can better meet the protection needs of the people who depend on them.”

LAAD Defence & Security International Exhibition brings together Brazilian and international companies specialized in supplying equipment, services and technology to the Armed Forces, Police and Special Forces, Security Services, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, security managers from large corporations and critical infrastructure, consultants and government agencies.

CORDURA® NYCO fabric is based on an intimate blend of cotton and INVISTA’s T420 nylon 6.6 fiber. It offers comfortable durability in military and tactical uniforms while providing abrasion resistance and No Melt No Drip thermal protective performance. CORDURA® Classic nylon 6,6 fabric, including Solution Dyed Nylon (SDN) fabrics for enhanced Near Infrared (NIR) protection, provides rugged durable performance for a variety of end uses including load carriage gear, ballistic vests, footwear, and tactical apparel. CORDURA® Baselayer fabric is constructed to take on the types of conditions and climates today’s military and tactical officers face all around the world. CORDURA® Baselayer fabric provides the durability of nylon with the comfort of cotton and excellent moisture management.

INVISTA team member, J.D. Long, new Global Innovation Manager will be on hand to share experience gained over 22 years of active military experience conducting Counternarcotic and Humanitarian aid operations throughout Central America, and during Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Joint Endeavor Bosnia., The former Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army will highlight the importance of and the science behind durable and protective gear and will host daily booth presentations (L.54) at 11 a.m.

In addition, value chain partners, Santista Têxtil, Santanense, Cedro and Moais will be on hand at the CORDURA® brand both showcasing latest generation products made with CORDURA® fabric including jackets with thermal comfort, uniforms, ballistic vest applications and military accessories.

“Being on hand in the CORDURA® booth offers us a great opportunity to showcase our cutting-edge Duracam collaboration with the CORDURA® brand,” explains Mauro Preti, Director of Santista Work Solution. This high-tech camouflage fabric provides tear resistance and NIR protection.

According to industrial director of Moais Group, Leonardo Ishizuka, “The reliability and quality offered by INVISTA allows us to effectively deliver best in class products for Brazil’s security forces.” The company will showcase a new holster collection made with 500 and 1000d CORDURA® fabric for exceptional durability and abrasion resistance. This holster provides a modern safety design component currently used by US and European forces. Additionally, Moais will display latest generation lightweight ballistic vests made with 500 and 1000d CORDURA® fabric.

Cedro will bring its Force Rip Stop, powered by CORDURA® NYCO fabric technology, which is part of the company’s military uniform line and specially designed for the manufacture of combat uniforms that can withstand rigorous physical demands. “The military uniform market in Brazil is a traditional market, but at the same time it requires constant modernization, with camouflage patterns, special finishes and constructions with increased comfort and reliability,” says Renata Garcia Parsia, commercial manager of Cedro’s professional line. “Our Force Rip Stop is comfortable and the fabric has superior resistance to the mixed fabrics made of cotton and polyester, in addition to having protection against ultraviolet rays (UV 50+), ideal for professionals engaged in outdoor activities.”

Santanense will present latest samples of their application of Unicor Rip Stop fabric, a mixture of 50% INVISTA T420 nylon 6,6 and 50% cotton. The Unicor Rip Stop garments are examples of smart uniforms designed to add comfort, resistance and thermal protection. The company will also present products featuring 100% CORDURA® Classic fabric for added abrasion and tear strength, as well as new Action Denim Tech (85% cotton, 15% polyamide CORDURA® Denim fabric), ideal for activities requiring high performance of the product in relation to durability.

Latest generation CORDURA® Classic fabric packs from both Mystery Ranch and TRU SPEC® will also be on display.

Genuine CORDURA® fabrics are available in Brazil from the following certified weavers: Macias Têxtil; Santista Têxtil, Têxtil Omborgo; Cedro; Indústrias Têxteis Milagres (ITM); Vingi Têxtil; Tecelagem Oyapoc; Saltorelli; Sadasa; Santanense.

To learn more about CORDURA® brand fabrics and end use military products, stop by the CORDURA® brand booth L54 and visit www.CORDURA.com.

French Special Forces Spotted Wearing A-TACS In Mali

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

It appears that French SF are now wearing A-TACS AU camouflage uniforms. A long-time reader of SSD pointed out this video released by the French Ministry of Defense, in which French SF are shown eating along side Dutch national Sjaak Rijke, who they rescued over the Easter weekend. The video later shows the SF rehearsing drills, where you can clearly see the uniforms in use.

Thanks to ‘AK’ for the tip!

www.a-tacs.com

UK Pathfinders – Still Rocking the Belt Kit

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Here two Pathfinders from the British Army’s 16th Air Assault Brigade practice rifle to pistol transitions at Ft Bragg as a member of the 3rd SFG(A) looks on.

  

The Pathfinders have long used a rather substantial belt kit for load carriage that rides below the rucksack. It’s cool to see them still using what has always worked in this day and age of so many commercially available options.

Frag Out! Issue 3 – English Edition Now Available

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Frag Out! 3

FRAG OUT #03!
Featured articles:
HK MP7
HK SFP9-SF
SHOT Show 2015
Tactical Combat Casualty Care
IRON6 SCAR mod
AK Assault Rifle Training Pt 4
Arc’teryx LEAF Khard 60
MSA TC500/800 helmets

You can read it here: fragout.uberflip.com/i/483661-frag-out-magazine-03/247

Hyperstealth Develops New Jamaica Defense Force Camo Pattern

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Although we haven’t heard from Canada’s Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corporation in awhile, that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy. The Jamaica Defense Force just unveiled their new Digital Combat Uniforms which sport a camoflauge pattern developed by Hyperstealth. This pattern replaces the British DPM used since 1992.

Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, said said the new uniform has security features, which will ensure that it does not end up in the hands of criminals and is proprietary meaning it cannot be purchased at a surplus store.

The new uniform will be available in land and maritime variants amd is said to be up to 50% more effective at camouflaging troops than the outgoing DPM, as it blends more easily into both the urban and jungle-type terrain as well as coastal conditions in which the JDF operates.

ASE UTRA Civilian And Mil/LE 2015 Product Catalogs

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Finnish Suppressor company ASE UTRA has released their 2015 Civilian and Military/Law Enforcement catalogs. You can click the images below to view them.

MilLE
Military/Law Enforcement

Civilian
Civilian

www.aseutra.fi/index

TPG Awarded $1+Million Ballistic Helmet Contract

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

TPG Awarded $1+Million Ballistic Helmet Contract

TPG awarded contract to produce nearly 6,000 ballistic helmets for a large South American Military Customer

Boynton Beach, Fla. (March 2015) – Tacprogear (TPG), a leading manufacturer of tactical equipment used by professionals around the globe, announced today the receipt of a $1+ million dollar award to provide ballistic helmets to a South American Military.

TPG Armor and TPG BLACK, the American Made Mission Specific line of products made in South Florida, include a complete line of both hard and soft armor. The helmet line, which includes their standard PASGT, ACH/MICH and High Cut SCOUT helmets were all possible contenders for the end-user, who specified a product with certain performance, weight and overall ballistic properties important to the end-user on the ground.

Helmet 1

The new helmet production line, which recently relocated from Delray Beach, FL. to a state-of-the art 30,000 square foot facility in Boynton Beach, FL, is one of the fastest growing product lines for TPG.

Helmet 2

Alex Cejas, President of Tacprogear, stated, “We are excited about this new award given our recent return from Europe where we evaluated the latest new ballistic helmet technologies and machines. At TPG, we always want to be on the leading edge of development and production for all of our products,” Cejas added.

For more information on any of the Tacprogear product line, visit www.tacprogear.com or www.tpgblack.com