Archive for the ‘International’ Category

French Military Adopts Aimpoint COMP M5 For HK416 F Rifle

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

On 17 July, The French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) which is their French government’s procurement agency awarded on the Aimpoint AB / Heckler & Koch France SAS a contract for the supply of CompM5 red dot sights for the recently adopted HK416 F French rifle.

The contract covers the supply of up to 120,000 CompM5 sights over a period of six years. The CompM5 sight is the latest offering of the originator and worldwide leader in reflex sighting technology Aimpoint AB. Compact, lightweight and rugged, it will further increase the capabilities of the French soldier equipped with the new HK416 F.

During last fall’s Milipol exhibition in Paris, Heckler & Koch showed a HK416 F with a mounted Aimpoint.

Lockhart Tactical UBS-12 Under Barrel Mount – Shotgun Attachment System – 870 and Clones

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

The UBS-12 (Under Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge) is a door breaching shotgun system manufactured by Lockhart Tactical.

Typically, Soldiers or Law Enforcement officers are forced to carry a breaching shotgun in addition to their standard issue rifle during operations.

The Lockhart Tactical UBS-12 removes this requirement. Consisting of a Grizzly shotgun embedded in their proprietary quick release mount, it is used in an underbarrel configuration much like the M203 grenade launcher.

This shotgun cannot be operated independently due to not having a pistol grip behind the trigger. When firing the UBS, the magazine of the parent firearm must be used as a pistol grip. Soon, they’ll release a proprietary Pistol grip and Buttstock which will be able to be quickly attached and detached on the UBS for independent firing without being attached to another firearm.

What can the UBS-12 Mount do for me?

Whether or not you’re a Solider, LE Officer or Professional using this device for breaching, our UBS has a lot to offer. Civilian Hunters can benefit immensely by carrying our tiny UBS under their favorite bolt action hunting rifle.

Apart for security reasons, Hunters could also quickly attach the UBS to help ensure they don’t go home from a hunt empty handed. Maybe you won’t see a deer cross your path, but if an unlucky flock of turkeys happens to surprise you… Seize the day! It features a 2+1 magazine which means its perfectly legal for hunting.

Attachment Mechanism:
The Lockhart Tactical UBS-12 features dual locking levers manufactured 100% in the USA by American Defense.

Mount Features:

The proprietary billet aluminum mounts are machined entirely in BC, Canada and requires a mere 10 picatinny rail slots (4″ / 10cm”) to attach securely. The UBS-12 mount features a proprietary quick attach Buttstock and Pistol grip combination to convert into a shoulder fire-able compact shotgun which still retains the ability to be under barrel mounted. The Quick Attach Optic mount will sit on top of the UBS while in the shoulder fired configuration and shall retain zero on optics when detached and reattached.

Firearm Platforms:

Our mounts will be compatible with the following firearms:

• AR15

• AR10


• M4

• M14

• M16

• Robinson Arms XCR

• Norinco Type 97

• Just Right Carbines (9mm, .40, .45)

• Ruger 10/22

• MP15-22

• Mossberg Tactical 715T


• Heckler & Koch HK416

• Sig Sauer 522

• Sig Sauer 516

• SR-47

• AK47

• And More! (Strong Bottom Rail Required!)

Mount Specifications:

Weight: 0.2 lbs

Length: 7″

Width: 1.25″

Height: 2.75″

Available in Black or Flat Dark Earth.

Special Operations Forces K9 Conference

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The first Special Operations Forces K9 Conference (SOFK9C) has been held near Warsaw (Poland) in June 2018. The topic of this year’s event was “Use of Service Dogs in the Fight Against Modern Terrorism”.

Operators, dog handlers, trainers and canine specialists from USA and all around Europe gathered to share knowledge and their experience. Various K9 techniques and tactics used in special operations are discussed, demonstrated and trained.

The goal for this event is not only to share knowledge in SOF community but also to build and strenghten relationships between people working on this very special and relatively new subject.

The conference is organised by SOF Project (Poland), Silent Technical (Poland) and Norse K9 (Norway).

The next SOFK9C will be held in 2019.

P320 X-Carry to Become the Standard Service Pistol for the Danish Ministry of Defense

Monday, June 25th, 2018

We just got this announcement from SIG. It’s a pretty big deal for them and Denmark isn’t the only recent adoption of the P320 X-Carry.

Newington, N.H. (June 25, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Danish Ministry of Defense (MoD) has selected the SIG SAUER P320 X-Carry to replace their standard service pistol covering the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The Danish MoD is the ministry within the Danish government charged with ensuring peace and security, both nationally and internationally, and is comprised of the Danish armed forces, the Danish Defense Intelligence Service, and the Danish Emergency Management Agency.

The procurement process for the Danish MoD’s new standard service pistol lasted four weeks in which the Glock 17 Gen 5, Beretta APX, Canik TP 9 SF, and the SIG P320 X-Carry, were tested under all possible conditions and varying circumstances that the pistol would be used. Testing for accuracy, night shooting, and field testing were conducted by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and SOCOM. Additional drop, penetration, and precision testing were conducted by various selected experts for each of the contenders.

“By far SIG SAUER’s P320 X-Carry outperformed the competition throughout our rigorous and stringent testing process,” Tom Elvius-Brisson, Chief of Weaponry Branch, Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization. “The P320 X-Carry pistol is the modern firearm we were looking for to support our soldiers. The P320 X-Carry has a larger magazine capacity, comes reflex red-dot ready for sighting, and has the ability to incorporate a suppressor – all extremely important features to our soldiers for their sidearm today and are all features which were missing on the current pistol in service in the Danish Defense.”

The P320 X-Carry is a modular, striker-fired pistol with a serialized trigger group available in varying grip sizes and adaptable to multiple calibers. The standard service P320 X-Carry pistol that will be issued by the Danish MoD comes with an enhanced X-carry polymer grip, flat trigger, extended beaver tail, extended removable magwell, and a deep trigger guard undercut. The pistol will come standard with XRAY 3 Night-Sights with the option to easily interchange reflex red-dot sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

The SIG SAUER P320 X-Carry will replace all pistols currently in service across the Danish Ministry of Defense.

“At SIG SAUER we are committed to manufacturing and providing firearms for the global military and defense community that surpass expectations in quality, performance, and safety. We are very proud that the P320 continues to be the top choice by military and law enforcement from around the world as their standard issue pistol.” added Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, Inc. “It’s an honor to earn the confidence of the Danish Ministry of Defense, to support their mission, and to strengthen our partnership through this selection of the SIG SAUER P320 X-Carry.”

Denmark is the first European NATO country to officially select a SIG SAUER P320 series pistol as the officially issued standard service firearm. The MOD contract will be serviced by our partner in Denmark, CT Solutions ApS.

South Korea’s Revitalizing Reforms Uniform

Monday, June 25th, 2018

This is a rare “camouflage” pattern indeed. Used exclusively by South Korea’s Capital Garrison Command (former name of the Capital Defense Command), it seems to have no practical purpose than to serve as a uniform.


Called the Yu-Shin bok (Revitalizing Reforms Uniform), it was worn up until 1981. The pattern appears to incorporate turtle shells which is significant considering the Geobukseon or Turtle Ships are recognized to be the first armored ships and were used by the Koreans to thwart Japanese attempts to conquer Korea in the late 16th century.


Information and photos from Imigur.

The IDF Is Now Looking To Adopt Camouflage Uniforms

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Israeli Camo

The IDF Technological and Logistics Directorate, in association with IDF Ground Forces, has just stated a pilot program to select a new camouflage field uniform. Up until this point, IDF uniforms were issued in OD Green, but “operational considerations and “camouflage simulations” drove the decision to opt for a camouflaged uniform.

Several hundred troops, from units within the Airborne Basic Training base, Bardelas co-ed infantry unit, 8200 Intelligence unit, and others are testing new uniforms, which consists of two separate camouflage variants in use with 3 shirt styles and 1 combat pant style. The uniforms feature rank, flag, unit, and combat solider patches, and are made of “advanced” breathable wicking fabrics.

Interestingly, MultiCam, a standard camouflage choice of US and Allied forces deployed in the Middle East region, was determined as not a good fit for Israeli terrain; while Southern Israel is vastly arid, Northern Israel, along with Southern Lebanon and Syria, is green and wooded.

Credit to Agilite Gear for breaking the story. You can check out the post on their blog here.

French Army Introduces New Combat Uniform 

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

The French Army recently revealed the Tenue Combat F3, a new FR combat uniform in Central European Camouflage. By 2019, all French Soldiers deployed overseas will be outfitted with this new FR uniform which is available in two weights. The summer version is an aramid and viscose FR mixture, which offers improved air permeability.

There are no seams along the tops of the shoulders.

They’ve incorporated zipper pulls and two-way zippers. Also, you can see close-ups of the fabric’s herringbone weave which they call a chevron ripstop.

The F3 uniform also incorporates slotted buttons.

Interestingly enough, I saw an example of a new French, 7-color camouflage pattern last year in Canada which looks to be influenced by MultiCam. They refer to it as Hot Climate Camouflage, which is not to be confused with the Tan-based Desert pattern. The garment seen here was created for use by elements of the French Special Operations Command and has a different cut and fabric than the F3 uniform.

Photos from the French Ministry of the Army, except the last three photos which were taken last year in Canada and depict a French SOF uniform.

Barrett Communications completes contract for VHF modernisation program

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Perth, Western Australia, June 11, 2018 – Barrett Communications have recently completed a contract worth AUD$7 million for tactical VHF equipment to an unnamed Middle Eastern military force. The new client has deployed the equipment as part of a planned modernisation of their existing military VHF systems.

The contract incorporated the full range of Barrett PRC-2080+ VHF equipment. The PRC-2080+ systems are designed for multi-role tactical military applications. This contract included the hand portable, manpack, mobile, base station and re-broadcast configuration. The Barrett PRC-2080+ system will provide secure voice and data communications over line of sight range.

Training was recently undertaken in country ready for full deployment within the coming months.