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Warriors Online Tactical Magazine – Commando Assault Vehicle (CAV)

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

This is a piece by Bryan Ferreira of Warriors, a Portuguese online tactical magazine on the Portuguese Commando Assault Vehicle.


In the world of Elite Commando Units there are hundreds of light assault vehicles. Land Rover is one the most prominent builders in this area, since the famous Special Air Service (SAS) pink panthers of 50’s, to today’s Australian SAS 6×6 desert patrol vehicles and the pictured Portuguese Commandos, Commando Assault Vehicle (CAV). The CAV are presently deployed in Central African Republic in the UN MINUSCA mission and their multitask capabilities are a must have for any unit.


Afghanistan’s operations changed the role and usage of this kind of vehicles as the war demanded for more heavy armor to defeat the IED (improved explosive device) threat. They were put aside and replaced for MRAP and APC vehicles. But with terrorism spreading all over Africa, the presence of small detachments of Elite Forces in so many places needs to be supported with vehicles that not only permit high mobility, range and firepower, but that can be easily airborne and relocated where they are most needed. They also have the big advantage of being relatively cheap, so abandoning and destroying them isn’t that uncommon in Special Operations. The CAV is a Land Rover 130 TD4 all-wheel drive and it only has light armor in the floor to give some protection against small explosive devices, what allows it to go to speeds of up to 145km/h (90miles/h). It takes a crew of 5+1, with 4 swing arms for the passengers (3 to the sides and one rewards) and a central 360° rotating ring mount. This permits them to have a wide range of weapons to employ in these vehicles. In the passengers mounts they use either the HK (Heckler & Koch) Mg4 in 5,56x45mm or the Rheinmetall Mg3 in 7,62x51mm. In the central rotating mount they will use the MG3, the Browning M2 (12,7x99mm) or even the HK GMG 40x53mm Automatic grenade Launcher. They usually carry additional firepower, the famous 84mm Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle, which is one of the most versatile rocket launchers in the market, and a 60mm lightweight handheld mortar.


The CAV can be used as an assault vehicle but it will also perform very well as Long Range Reconnaissance asset. Either in an Airport Airborne assault as in the hunt for enemy insurgents, this is one Commando lethal vehicle.

Speer Secures Long-Term Ammunition Contract from French National Police

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Latest Round of International Contract Highlights Speer’s Commitment to Excellence

LEWISTON, Idaho – February 14, 2017 – The French National Police recently awarded Speer with a long-term contract for its 124-grain, 9mm Luger Gold Dot Duty ammunition. This contract reflects the company’s industry-leading technologies and longstanding commitment to excellence.

“The French National Police are one of the world’s finest law enforcement agencies. We’re proud to provide Speer Gold Dot for their duty ammunition needs,” said Jason Nash, Senior Director of Marketing, “and are honored they selected us for this important contract.”

Gold Dot was the first handgun ammunition loaded with true, bonded-core bullets. Speer’s exclusive Uni-Cor construction process bonds the jacket to the alloyed lead core one atom at a time. This process virtually eliminates core-jacket separation while guaranteeing uniform jacket thickness for superior accuracy.

Each Gold Dot hollow-point cavity is tuned by caliber and bullet weight to ensure optimum expansion and penetration. Additional Gold Dot features include ultra-reliable CCI primers, plus high-powered, clean-burning propellants and nickel-plated brass cases for smooth function and extreme durability.

Headquartered in Lewiston, Idaho, Speer has a long-standing reputation for making the world’s finest bullets and in 1996 became one of the first U.S. ammunition manufacturers to achieve ISO 9001 certification for quality. The company manufactures a variety of bullets and cartridges for law enforcement, reloading and sporting applications.


Speer is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Speer, go to

Mawashi UPRISE Exoskeleton

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Last year we introduced the Mawashi UPRISE Exoskeleton to you. It’s an human powered system, designed to reduce injuries and fatigue.

This video shows Mawashi personnel demonstrating the Exoskeleton in various Simulated Training and Operational Environments, including:

·         Gait Kinematics Analysis in Biomechanical Laboratory
·         Obstacle Course Training
·         Close-Quarter Combat (CQC) / Close-Quarter Battle (CQB)
·         Tactical Urban Rappelling
·         Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Environment
·         Amphibious Assault with Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC)
·         Stealth Amphibious Operations with Closed-Circuit Rebreather
·         Scouting & Patrolling in Woodland Environment
·         Rapid Mobile Assault with Lightweight Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV)
·         Long-Range Sniper Reconnaissance & Infiltration with Ghillie Suit
·         Tactical Mountain Rappelling
·         Emergency Exfiltration under Heavy Mortar Fire
·         Open Ground Firefight with Assault Rifle

A Quick Look At The Polish DROMADER Individual Equipment Program

Monday, February 12th, 2018

At the end of the recent article regarding Poland’s ongoing efforts of selecting a new camouflage pattern for its armed forces, there was a brief mention of the DROMADER individual equipment program, which is planned to be implemented, regardless of the final camouflage pattern chosen. Although info is limited, we did receive an update on the program regarding a consortium of PGZ companies which are being used to expand DROMANDER to include other specialist needs.

One such expansion is DROMADER-SF, which is aimed at police and army counter-terrorist units, images for which you can see above.

We were also provided with images detailing a comparison between DROMADER soldier with MSBS / GROT rifle in MAPA camo and a standard PL Soldier in wz. 93 camo, “Kandahar” vest and “BERYL” wz. 96. rifle.

Sneak Peek – Warfare Frog Bump Helmet

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Debuting at IWA from Warfare Frog, a new brand by Centurio Design.

Sneak Peek – Edgar Brothers Presents – ‘Reloading with Rosie’

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Edgar Brothers have a very special new mini-series starting with their very own Rosie Jones, whom you may know for her philanthropic work on behalf of UK and US charities as part of the Hot Shot Calendars. You aren’t going to want to miss ‘Reloading with Rosie’.


Rosie will be joined by some of the most familiar names in the UK reloading scene – sharing their expert tips and tricks. Who knows, you might even be tempted to have a go yourself!


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SPARTANAT – Andres Industries AG is bringing Diamond Age to Europe

Monday, February 5th, 2018


Andres Industries AG, hitherto known for its highly innovative thermal imaging systems (TIMRO-X, TILO-3 see SPARTANAT Review), starts a cooperation with the US company Diamond Age for the development of ballistic protection systems and takes over its European distribution. Diamond Age has been intensively involved in the development of new materials for many years and specializes in the production of high-performance ceramics for armour-plating.

At the IWA and EnforceTac in March, the company will be presenting the BASTION helmet it announced last year. This is characterized by an unequaled bullet-resistance up to the range of rifles (VPAM 7). Although thin special panels are used for this purpose, the total weight of the helmet remains below 1.9kg, i. e. it weighs no more than a normal fragment protection helmet.


But even without the additional VPAM-7 panels, the helmet achieves the protection class VPAM 3 with a lower weight of only approx. 930g (shell weight). In the lightest combat-ready version, the helmet weighs only 1.15kg. Another special feature is the very low back face deformation of only one centimeter (0.39″) when firing handgun ammunition (NIJ Level IIIa). This extremely low value will become increasingly important in the future, as recent studies show that it is often not enough to stop projectiles. It is equally important that the depression on the helmet caused by the projectile does not lead to a serious skull injury.


Commenting on the new cooperation with Diamond Age, Andres Industries AG CEO, Björn Andres, said “For over a year we have been working intensively on ballistic protection systems and have built up a successful new business line. Most manufacturers, and we too, have so far been working mainly on new techniques to process existing materials better and better. We have found that we need to work more closely with developers of such materials because we need new and even better materials. With Diamond Age we have found such a partner. Where others stop at boron carbide, Diamond Age is just beginning.”

Andres Industries und Diamond Age auf den Messen in Nürnberg
EnforceTac from 7-8. March 2017 Hall 10 – 614
IWA vom 9-12. March Hall 9 – 405
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DroneShield Ltd Announces DroneGun Tactical

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

DroneShield Ltd announces the DroneGun Tactical product, available for purchase by qualified end-users.

The release of DroneGun Tactical follows the release of DroneGun MKII in late 2017. DroneGun Tactical is much more compact than the MKII model but has a shorter range.


• No backpack – the product is entirely self contained within the rifle body, while maintaining lightweight and long effective range (over 1km).

• Addition of 433Mhz and 915Mhz frequencies, to ensure complete effectiveness across drone models.

• Ergonomic body and controls.

• Further alignment with standard military specifications, including standardised NATO military battery power.

DroneGun Tactical is not intended to supercede DroneGun MKII. Rather, it is designed for users with a different set of requirements than those using DroneGun MKII.