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Bell Unveils V-247 UAS

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The most amazing thing I saw at Modern Day Marine was the new Bell V-247 which is intended as a candidate for the US Marine Corps’ Marine Air Ground Task Force – Unmanned Expeditionary Capabilities (MUX) program. They set up an extension of the tent in order to House the aircraft. But based on public interest, it was difficult to photograph it completely.


Based on development of the tilt-rotor V-22 and V-280, the V-247 is an unmanned system optimized for hover over speed in order to be used for persistent 24-hour ISR coverage as well as aerial fires. It can also be used as an armed escort for the two troop transport tilt-rotors.


It boasts more than 8 hours on station with 600 lbs of payload at a 450 nm mission radius and up to 1300 nm or 12 hours maximum on station. The service ceiling is 25,000 ft with no concern for an environmental system for a crew. The total payload is 2,000 internal or 9,000 lbs payload. The cruise speed is 240 kts and over 300 kts at max power.


The V-247 has the same shipboard footprint of a UH-1Y and can be operated from a Guided Missile Destroyer or larger ship.




MDM 18 – Black Diamond Advanced Technology Bare Kit

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Black Diamond Advanced Technology exhibited their full line of tactical C4 systems. They have created many different cables to mate communications and computing devices together.

Their BARE Kit 1-Port Hub Systems connect a Harris AN/PRC-152/A, AN/PRC-117G, or L3 Technologies TacE directly to your Android or Windows End User Device (EUD). The Bare Kit Systems allow for POWER + DATA between connected peripherals and EUD devices such as the Panasonic FZ-M1, GETAC MX50, or Samsung phones. Operators can also recharge EUD’s from the Radio. The Bare Kit’s minimalist design allows users to integrate onto any vest with little to no impact to existing kit setup. The CB-0516-00 is DATA only and a bi-directional EUD cable is required for use.


MDM 18 – Wizard Wall

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

No matter the trade show, I’m always asked what the coolest thing I saw was. Sure, there were cool lasers and jackets and UAVs, but the most innovative thing I saw was Wizard Wall, probably because it’s the most practical.

We all used butcher block paper in the service and most of us dealt with map overlays. While they are great ways to share information, the issue with both of them is how to hang them. Wizard Wall makes it a cinch.

Available in clear and white, it uses static cling to stay in place. Wizard Wall is dry erasable.


See Protonex at Modern Day Marine 2018 – Power Anything, Anywhere, from Any Source

Thursday, September 27th, 2018


If you’re at MDM, be sure to check out the PTX range of power management solutions from Protonex – they can be found on the Protonex booth , number 1110.  The SPM-622 in-field charging solution for the FirstLook® lightweight, throwable UGV can be found on Endeavor Robotics booth, number 1017.


For further background on the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and its full range of capabilities, check out this online article from MILITARY TECHNOLOGY magazine.


MDM 18 – Arbor Arms Tradesmen SALT Belt System

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Arbor Arms is another, small Veteran owned company making their first appearance at Modern Day Marine.

While they are displaying numerous products, we haven’t mentioned their Tradesmen Segmented Adaptive Lasercut Trio (SALT) Belt System before. Like the name says, it’s a three component system, consisting of:

1 the Keeper belt (worn on the pants  with loop Velcro to mate the molle sleeve),

2  the Core Cobra belt (this both holds the Sleeve on and provides base for 1 3/4? belt loop attachments ie; holsters and water wings)

3 the  Sleeve (mates to keeper belt, allows for molle attachment and wraps around  Core Cobra belt)

The Keeper belt, which uses a G-hopk closure, can be worn as the base of the system or stand alone as an every day belt.

Atop the Keeper belt is the Core Cobra belt. It is made from type 13 webbing and an AustriAlpin Cobra Buckle. They also sew in a soft loop for safety lanyards.

Finally is the sleeve which wraps around the Core Cobra belt and made from laser-cut Squadron material. It allows the attachment of PALS equipped pouches but is segmented, so sections can be quickly unwrapped without taking the whole thing apart for rapid load adjustment.


MDM 18 – Invisio V10

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Invisio’s V10 is a Single Comm Control Unit.

The V10 was designed for use with a single radio. It features a large exchangeable Push To Talk button which can be oriented left or right. It can be combined with the X5 headset (seen here) or other Invisio systems. Just plug in and go.

The V10 weighs just 122 grams and is submersible to 20 m. Its dimensions are 69 x 40 x 27 mm. Available in Coyote and Black.


MDM 18 – RE Factor Tactical 40mm Grenade Pouch

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Quantico Tactical gave us a sneak peek of a prototype 40mm grenade pouch from RE Factor Tactical. This is a 3D printed model but will be manufactured from high strength polymer.

It will hold three 40mm grenades and incorporates a lip at the top rear of each cup to help retain the grenade in the pouch.

Here, you can see how it works. There’s also a bungee cord to keep the grenade in place with a quick release at the front.

The pouch is also PALS compatible.

No word yet on when these will be released. But you can bet, they’ll be available through Quantico Tactical.


MDM 18 – Danner Tropical Boot

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Danner exhibited their tropical boot concept at Modern Day Marine.

It features rough out leather and Cordura upper with drainage holes and a combination of fabric and metal barrel lace eyelets. The deep lug Vibram sole is similar in configuration to the old Panama tread.