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SPARTANAT – German KSK Adopts HK416A7

Friday, October 13th, 2017

SPARTANAT: This is the new rifle of German Special Forces


On October 10, the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology of the German Armed Forces) ordered Heckler & Koch from Oberndorf to supply 1,745 H&K 416 A7 weapons and accessories.

The Bundeswehr designation is expected to be G95 (G is Gewehr which is German for Rifle). It is a gas piston rifle in the caliber 5.56 mm x 45 NATO. The weapon has a weight of 3.690 kg and a barrel length of 14.5″. The G95 is to be the new standard gun of the KSK ( Kommando Spezialkräfte) and the special forces command of the Navy (KSM) and is expected to be delivered to the force beginning January 2019. Technical testing at the military service center 91 as well as tactical testing by the special forces starts in November 2017. This German Special Forces adoption is of a newer edition of the HK416 than that which in use with US and UK SOF. It will be very interesting to see which laser boxes and optics will be chosen for the new Sturmgewehr Spezialkräfte.

Larry Vickers noted that the A7 model is the first variant of the HK416 with a 45 Deg throw lever safety. Interestingly, this feature is also on the HK433.

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MD-Textile – Gunfighter Sling

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017


From Germany’s MD-Textile comes the Gunfighter, a lightly cushioned, Quick-Adjust 2-Point sling, which relies on the same adjuster used in ALICE Pack straps.


The 43 mm wide cushion consists of Cordura laminate and is fitted on the inside with a layer of anti-Slip Rubber. The 30mm laser cut slots are PALS compatible.


“Handmade in South Germany”, with a 5 year warranty.


MAPA Camo Clothing Equipment To Be Displayed At MSPO

Monday, September 4th, 2017


These are components of the “DROMADER” equipment system designed for Polish Territorial Army (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej) that will be presented during MSPO trade show, this week in Kielce.


MAPA camo has also been applied to ballistic plates and holsters.


PGZ is Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, the largest Polish defence company, which is state owned and sponsors this project with the Territorials.


IEE Rugged Displays Featured at DSEI 2017

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Displays Focus on Open Architecture (OA) and Open Standard Video and Data Interfaces

September 5th, 2017, Van Nuys, CA—IEE, a manufacturer of enhanced displays for military applications, will be exhibiting at the Defense Security Expo International (DSEI) exhibition in London, England September 12-15th. IEE’s array of smart and flat panel displays addresses a variety of applications across Ground Vehicle, Naval, and Airborne markets. Open Architecture (OA) Systems, and Open Standard Video and Data Interfaces across IEE’s product lines, address customers needs for modularity and reuse, to deliver compliant and cost-effective solutions.

12.1_ Smart Display

A highlight of IEE’s Ground Vehicle Displays is the 12.1” Control Display Unit, (CDU) utilizing networked open architecture standards to achieve interoperability and optimization of size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C). Standards such as Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA—UK DEF STAN 23-09), LAVOSAR NATO GVA (NGVA—STANAG 4754) and US VICTORY, emphasize the importance of networking in intra- and inter-vehicle communications.

“IEE’s objective is to provide competitively priced, high-quality display solutions that meet the needs of our customers all over the world,” commented Steve Motter, Vice President of Business Development at IEE. “Part of meeting customer needs is providing modular products designed with the flexibility to quickly and easily accommodate custom applications.”


For the Airborne market, IEE will be showcasing a new square aspect ratio display 3 ATI Line Replaceable Unit (LRU), that addresses the ongoing need for Instrumentation and Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) replacement. The 3 ATI is available in a variety of I/O configurations, including Ethernet, RS-232/422, 1553, ARINC 429 and ARINC 818. IEE’s field-proven avionics replacement displays have made them a display of choice for a variety of military aircraft platforms.

IEE is exhibiting in the South Hall-Stand S9-231 at DSEI, September 12-15th in conjunction with Solid State Supplies/Ginsbury Electronics, IEE has supplied rugged displays in partnership with Ginsbury for programs and platforms such as the Astute Submarine, Chinook Helicopter, Cutlass (UK Bomb disposal, Type 23 upgrade). Stop by or make an appointment with Steve Motter by calling toll-free 1-800-422-0867, ext. 327, or email

About Ginsbury Electronics: (Part of the Solid State Supplies Group)

Established in 1979 and located in Rochester, Kent, Ginsbury Electronics is a specialist displays and power component distributor and integrator for commercial, retail, industrial and military clients throughout the UK and Europe. For further information visit

About IEE:
For over 70 years, Industrial Electronic Engineers, IEE, has been a trusted provider of enhanced displays for military and industrial applications. From rapid prototyping of custom designs to full-scale production runs, IEE produces innovative displays with advanced features like multi-mode backlighting, optically bonded touch-screens, and lightweight, ruggedized enclosures. IEE’s direct control of critical process steps reduces costs, decreases production lead times and improves life-cycle management. IEE display products are distributed worldwide. Go to

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The NFM Group Releases GARM Combat Uniform 2.0

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

In Norse mythology, GARM is the goddess HEL’s hellhound, the trustworthy watchdog of HELHEIM’s gate (Norse Mythology’s name for Hell). GARM has enormous strength and will go to extremes to protect his master’s assets.

Ski, Norway, August 2017 – The NFM Group is announcing the launch of GARM Combat Uniform 2.0, comprising combat jacket and pants, which has been developed based on the Scandinavian heritage of multi-use clothing for harsh terrains and environment where mobility is key to preserve combat endurance. The GARM Combat Uniform 2.0, has been released first on the NFM Group’s European e-commerce site, NorseGear ( in Norwegian Woodland pattern.

GARM® is NFM Group’s combat clothing brand, which incorporates a complete line of combat garments, from underwear to outer wear. The end-users of GARM® are professionals who need to have complete confidence in the functionality and quality of the equipment they use.

“We are thrilled to release the new generation GARM Combat Uniform. We have been working on design, functionality and technology for over three years, and after extended field trials we feel confident to release the second-generation uniform for the professional users.”
Lasse Johansen, Norwegian GARM® Program Manager

The NFM Group have leapt one step ahead implementing new technologies and design to the various garments for comfort and functionality. Features like pre-bent knees, elbows and many other outdoor clothing functional fit features have been preserved to give the end-user optimal mobility. The NFM Group will release the new combat clothing in several standard colors; raptor green, hellhound grey and raven black. For volume program deliveries, NFM Group will be able to supply in colors and pattern of choice, as well as in various fabrics.

Following the GARM Combat Uniform 2.0, the GARM Combat Shirt 2.0 will be available for retail in 2017. Lasse Johansen states further, ” The next generation of GARM Combat Clothing based on Scandinavian heritage and craftmanship is just around the corner. Follow us on our website and through social media.”

Personnel Change at Heckler & Koch

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

August 29, 2017. The supervisory board of H&K AG, the parent company of the Heckler & Koch Group (“Heckler & Koch”), has revoked the appointment of Mr. Norbert Scheuch as Chairman of the Executive Board and as Chief Executive Officer of H&K AG with immediate effect. The appointment of Mr. Norbert Scheuch as executive director of Heckler & Koch GmbH was also revoked with immediate effect.

Until the appointment of a successor in the near future, Mr. Wolfgang Hesse, the sole executive board member of H&K AG and the sole executive director of Heckler & Koch GmbH, will take over Mr. Scheuch’s duties, in close cooperation with the supervisory board.?

The already initiated strategic realignment of the Group, the operational transformation process and the product innovation initiative will be continued unchanged.

Survitec PCS Aims to Significantly Reduce Preventable Battlefield deaths

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Norwegian Defence Material Agency signs up to $18m framework contract

Safety solution provider Survitec has launched a pre-hospital care system (PCS) – delivered by the Survitec Med division – that when effectively deployed will dramatically reduce preventable battlefield deaths, by providing world-leading pre-hospital medical equipment packaged ready for field use.

In line with the Norwegian Defence requirement, the PCS adheres to Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC); a battlefield medical doctrine that optimises the interventions and equipment required to reduce preventable battlefield deaths to a minimum.

Around 90% of battlefield deaths occur before reaching definitive medical care1. By employing Survitec’s PCS solutions, combined with the implementation of TCCC guidelines, battlefield personnel can be equipped with the latest and most innovative pre-hospital solutions available today.

Survitec’s PCS equips the user with the tools and training they need to rapidly assess, treat and extract casualties at all stages of the TCCC process; including Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care and Tactical Evacuation situations. It consists of four components to include high-quality equipment, tactical and emergency pre-hospital training, end-to-end expert support and a global servicing and restock network, ensuring all stages of global battlefield care are delivered seamlessly.

The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) has awarded the framework agreement to Sweden-based Promoteq AB, with Survitec as subcontractor, acting as the System Integrator. This is the first large-scale operation of its kind and is valued at $18m for three years – with an option to extend further – meaning the Norwegian Defence will be supported by the cutting edge of battlefield care into the next decade. Survitec’s partner Promoteq is a security and government contractor with more than 10 years of experience of providing Medical state of the art products and training to the Scandinavian market.

Survitec will be officially unveiling the system at DSEI at London’s ExCel, which runs between September 12th and 15th.

Rune Jensen, Chief of Project Department in the General Material Division, NDMA says: “So far the NDMA has a good experience with Promoteq as a System Integrator and Survitec as a subcontractor. We are looking forward to testing a System Integration of this scale and have very high expectations to further cooperation and their future deliveries.”

Survitec Med is staffed and managed by a team full of military experience, informed by years of real world combat deployments and by active, qualified civilian paramedics to provide the best solutions to all tactical field users.

Kevin Wheeler, Medical Director of Survitec, said: “This is a complete end-to-end solution and the only offering of its kind that combines modular designs, tactical medical training, expert support and servicing, anywhere in the world. In simple terms, it is a system that will significantly increase survivability – it will save lives. It not only equips military personnel with the tools they need to care for their comrades, but also provides the training they need to execute any support and care efficiently and quickly. We are proud to be supplying the system to the Norwegian Armed Forces and we hope that other militaries follow suit to ensure their troops are equipped with the latest and most innovative pre-hospital care medical solutions available today.”

Created by Survitec with support from Promoteq, the PCS is delivered with the close involvement of over 40 leading medical companies. Survitec supplies world leading equipment, with each component uniquely packed into a suite of modules optimised for the relevant phase of care, be it under fire, in-field or tactical evacuation.

Survitec’s mission is to provide innovative medical systems that deliver the right equipment to project forward the highest level of care in harsh environments.

The PCS supports extraction, field care, mobility, casualty sustainment and mass casualty events while meeting all required industry standards.

Invictus Games 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 2017


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The Invictus Games is an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, where wounded and/or injured Armed Forces personnel and associated Veterans participate in sporting events. The event, inspired by the Warrior Games held here in the States, is taking place in Toronto, Canada this year. If you’re in the area, check out the schedule above for the full range of events taking place at this year’s Invictus Games.

Additionally, there will also be a Multi-Faith Celebration being held at St. James Cathedral on September 19th. Tickets for which can be claimed at the link below: