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Marine Corps Wants New Military Ski Systems with Universal Bindings

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 18.1 ski toward their next objective during a winter warfare training exercise at Haltdalen Training Center, Norway, April 12. The Marine Corps is searching for a new ski system with universal bindings. Marine Corps Systems Command will release a Request for Information to formally conduct market research and inform the contracting strategy. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook)

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —

The Marine Corps is searching for a new ski system that can withstand harsh conditions during training and cold weather missions.

The goal is to acquire a system with ski sets that are compatible with the Corps’ Extreme Cold Weather Vapor Barrier Boots and the Intermediate Cold Weather Boots, eliminating the need to purchase new specific ski boots. The sets will include the skis, poles and universal bindings.

In order to deliver an over-the-snow capability before the end of fiscal year 2019, Marine Corps Systems Command will release a Request for Information to formally conduct market research and inform the contracting strategy. MCSC will then establish a 5-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract with an initial order of 1,500 military ski systems with universal bindings.

Currently, the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier is also evaluating skis with universal bindings, and the Army’s 10th Mountain Division has procured and used similar systems with favorable results.

“When we went to contract the NATO ski system last year, there were delays in procurement,” said Christopher Woodburn, Capabilities Development director of the Deputy Maneuver Branch at Combat Development and Integration. “Because of the Army’s exploration with cold weather equipment, we know there are other sources for a ski system that will satisfy the Marine Corps requirement and offer the capability more rapidly.”

MCSC gathered feedback from Marines at the Mountain Warfare Training Center to ensure the future ski system chosen will meet mission requirements and improve existing cold weather equipment. Marines want a lighter, low-maintenance and easy-to-use system that is also easy to learn for new or intermediate skiers.

“We’ve been talking to Marines at MWTC to make sure the current equipment they have is still viable, and we also made a few updates to the Marine Corps Cold Weather Infantry Kit,” said Capt. Ryan Moore, project officer in Infantry Combat Equipment at MCSC.

The Marine Corps Cold Weather Infantry Kit is comprised of multiple components, including avalanche probes, hatchets, shovels, snow saws, cook sets, thermoses, a tent and anything else Marines need to survive in a cold weather environment. Each kit serves four people and is pulled on a sled by Marines on skis.

The RFI will help MCSC assess possibilities and find a solution to field the ski system to scout snipers, reconnaissance Marines and select infantrymen.

“We are trying to do our due diligence with tax payers’ money to make sure we get the best value, while also pushing out capabilities as quickly as we can to Marines,” said Woodburn.

Infantry Combat Equipment is part of the Ground Combat Element Systems program at MCSC.

By Kaitlin Kelly, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

US Army Purchases 20 MRZR X Vehicles for Soldier Trials

Friday, May 18th, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (May 17, 2018) — Team Polaris® and its advanced MRZR® X multi-mode vehicle platform have been selected by the U.S. Army to be one of the robotic systems used by infantry brigade combat teams for the next year of trials as part of the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) program.

“The optionally-manned MRZR X helps ease the transition from manned vehicles to unmanned because it maintains the functionality, drivability and multi-mission capability of a traditional MRZR,” said Patrick Zech, program manager, Polaris Government and Defense. “Providing the Army with the option for high speed operations or missions with a soldier driving behind a traditional steering wheel is an important part of our offering.”

As military forces worldwide look to lighten the warfighter’s load now and smartly network vehicles in the multi-domain battlefield in the coming years, the MRZR X provides an evolving, robotics capable, multi-mission platform. In addition, the MRZR X provides worldwide commonality with the MRZRs already in service in the U.S. and more than 30 allied nations.

“In addition to meeting or exceeding all of the current robotics requirements, we’ve designed a layered, modular, open architecture, integrating sensors and software that will make it easier for the Army to securely upgrade technology in the vehicles,” Matthew Fordham, group lead and associate division manager for Unmanned Systems and Security Products, Applied Research Associates Inc (ARA).

The MRZR X provides warfighters with a modular, multi-mission support platform and that has multiple modes of operation that span a broad spectrum from traditional operator driving, to multiple levels of autonomy, including the capability for remote control, teleoperation, follow-me, leader-follower and full autonomy. This allows the MRZR X to enhance and evolve mobility in varying roles including service as a robotic equipment mule, autonomous resupply vehicle, warfighter-driven squad carrier, logistics support vehicle, rescue mission enabler and high-speed casualty evacuation capability. In the future, the connectivity of the MRZR X will provide the ability to act as a networked node in the multi-domain battlespace.

ARA has been producing Modular Robotic Applique Kits (M-RAKs) for more than 20 years, with a specialty in off-road robotics, further enhanced by the acquisition of Neya Systems. The advanced MRZR X fully integrates the autonomy systems and optimally places the sensors to safeguard the technology while keeping the physical and software architecture open so it can spiral in future technology. The vehicle drivetrain is powerful and reliable, allowing for longer missions, high speeds and silent drive when needed – all on the very familiar, sustainable and intuitive MRZR platform.

Polaris Industries Inc., Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA) and Neya Systems LLC formally teamed in 2017. The Team Polaris MRZR® X evolves squad mobility with advanced unmanned systems technology from ARA and the pioneering and unsurpassed autonomous systems behavior of Neya Systems. Team Polaris has many pursuits – together and individually – with U.S. services, allied militaries and commercial programs.

Team Polaris  |  Evolving Squad Mobility  |  Polaris.com/MRZRX

Warrior West 18 – StabilIcers Hike Macro

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

StabilIcers has launched the new Hike Macro which features a removable 1/2″ stainless steel cleat. When the crampon-like 1/2″ cleats are removed, the Hike Macro still offers their standard cleats.

Offered in 4 sizes to accommodate feet between sizes 4 and 16. A Black variant is coming.

www.stabilgear.com

The Armored Group Introduces its Newest Vehicle, the Terrier LT-79

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Terrier LT-79 offers tactical mobility, high protection level in light multi-role vehicles

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(Phoenix, AZ – (April 10, 2018) The Armored Group (TAG), a leading worldwide provider of armored vehicles, has just introduced its newest law enforcement vehicle, the Terrier LT-79. This new vehicle developed by the TAG Research and Development Team represents a well-balanced combination of protection, off-road mobility and payload. Most importantly, it offers unparalleled tactical mobility and survivability to armored vehicle end-users worldwide, in any climate or setting.

The standard Terrier LT-79 will hold up to eight officers (2+6 in individual MIL-STD seats) or alternatively, seating for 10 (2+8) with optional bench seating, depending on the size of operators and amount of gear. The vehicle is agile and extremely versatile and is designed to protect individuals in dangerous operational environments. The vehicle is bound to become a vital means of transportation for SWAT teams, law enforcement and military personnel that need a highly armored vehicle while staying economical and budget friendly.

Terrier LT-79 Features:

The Terrier LT-79 model includes, but are not limited to the following features:

Full Protection against Kinetic Energy Weapons conforming to STANAG 4569 Level 1
Heavy Duty Suspension & Axles
Upgraded Tires & Brakes for better off-road capability
Category-Leading Ground Clearance
UK Military Grade Locks & Heavy-Duty Hinges
Conveniently Placed High Visibility Gun Ports
3 Doors with Optional Roof Turret
Crew Cab or 5 Door Option
Hatch (2 Cabin, 1 Rear)
5100kg Curb Weight (Standard Protection); 1000kg Payload; 6100kg Combat Weight
Modern LED Headlights & Standard Military Convoy Lights
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Diesel 195 HP High Sulfur 1VD-FTV Toyota 4.5L V8
NATO Standard Slave Starting System
TAG Exclusive Flip Forward Armored Front Clip System
Hydraulically Assisted Recirculating Ball Steering
Rear HVAC System

Optional Equipment Includes:

Public address system, acoustic deterring system and intercom
Alternator upgrade
Auxiliary service battery with smart isolator switch and battery monitor
Blast attenuating seats
Interior weapon mounts
VHF/UHF communication system; MF/HF communications system
GPS
DVR
GSM-based live video monitoring system
Tracking system (depends on deployment region)
Smoke grenade launchers
Multiple launch systems for smoke grenades
Roof turret with a ring bearing and split hatch
Remote controlled weapon station
Gunshot detection system
Remote controlled searchlights
Forward-looking thermal camera
Reverse day/night camera
Perimeter day/night cameras
Outboard telescopic mast
IR driving and convoy lights
Overpressure air filtration system
Semi-automatic tire inflation system
Ballistic protection upgrade to STANAG 4569 Level 2
Fire suppression systems
Power inverters
Winch
Ballistic skip round shields
Emergency lighting systems
Cupola turret/hatch protection system
Interior compartment additional cooling fans
Computer workstations
Intercom systems
LRAD audio systems
Rescue medic/trauma pack with backboard/litter
Terrier LT-79:

The Terrier LT-79 is built using a reinforced and militarized Toyota VDJ79 truck chassis, and COTS components. The vehicle can be built to B6 or NIJ-III protection standards and is powered by a 195 HP high sulfur 1VD-FTV Toyota 4.5L V8 diesel and readily available in LHD and RHD configurations. Using upgraded axles, clutch and a reinforced frame as well as large super single wheels, the vehicle combines excellent mobility and high payload in all operating environments.

“The Terrier LT-79 is a modern era hybrid that combines the requirements needed for combat and fire support situations as well as mission-specific roles such as transport and logistics. The new Terrier LT-79 was designed on the Toyota chassis because parts are widely available enhancing serviceability in many parts of the world. It is also an affordable option to end users that need superior protection and fleet longevity while staying within their budget parameters,” said Robert Pazderka, President and Founder of TAG.

For more information, please visit www.armoredcars.com

Polymule Take 2

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

All-terrain carts remain a great way to move heavy and bulky loads in austere environments. The team behind the Polymule crowdfunding project has improved the product and reintroduced it on Indiegogo.

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Polymule offers 20 inches of ground clearance, 400 lbs of payload capacity but the biggest improvement to the design is the introduction of uphill assist which keeps the wheels from rolling backward as you negotiate hills and obstacles.

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Additionally, Polymule can be used as a rooftop carrier.

Available in Goldenrod, Desert Tan, and Moss Green.

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The original design raised $25,000 in 30 days on Kickstarter. They just launched their new design and raised $26,000 in the first 18 hours on Indiegogo. Those interested in getting in on the project, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/polymule-the-all-terrain-cart-with-uphill-assist-sports-innovation

Next-Generation Polaris DAGOR Evolves with Mission Requirements

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Minneapolis, March 21, 2018 –  Polaris Government and Defense is evolving its squad-ready DAGOR® off-road vehicle with the introduction of the DAGOR® A1. The DAGOR® A1 provides improved performance and capabilities with better mobility and operator functionality for customers which already include U.S. Special Forces, the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), multiple European militaries and additional global forces.

“DAGOR® is deployed around the world. Its flexible and modular design allows it to fulfill a number of missions and evolve with threats,” said Mark McCormick, senior director, Polaris Government and Defense. “DAGOR® A1 is our answer to operators that are asking for more payload and mobility, with an increase of more than 20 percent in total carrying capacity. The DAGOR® A1 is ideally suited to provide enhanced tactical mobility as well as command and control for infantry forces at the squad, company level and higher.”

The DAGOR’s modularity continues to allow for missionization, including the Squad Carrier configuration, the Personnel Recovery Kit, or Canada’s Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) configuration. New missionization components include newly designed fuel or water can holders that can be placed in several locations quickly and easily with newly offered cargo box aircraft rails, RF antenna mounts and a tailgate that is aircraft rail compatible for a convenient and familiar storage options for the tailgate’s 500-pound (227 kilogram) capacity.

DAGOR® provides exceptional off-road mobility, payload and transportability – carrying up to nine warfighters and their gear, for a total payload of up to 4,000 pounds (1,814 kilograms) on the DAGOR® A1. An increased ride height – even at full payload – provides better obstacle clearance and improves off-road mobility. DAGOR® A1 maintains air-drop, sling-load and internal tactical air transportability on CH47 and CH53 helicopters from the original ultralight vehicle platform. And DAGOR® has successfully completed hot weather trials in the Gulf Region.

The DAGOR® A1 also incorporates durability and improved operator functionality. An in-dash power management screen provides in-cab access to vehicle component condition – like battery state of charge – to aid in communications and silent watch. Expanded lighting options and integrated wiring expands on the utility of the open-concept DAGOR®.

“Polaris is centered around delivering constant innovation to our customers as the competitive commercial market demands,” said McCormick. “Our military customers worldwide benefit from our innovative DNA and perfected large-scale processes to field the latest technology, because it allows us to constantly deliver the very latest in mobility to the warfighter.”

Polaris® is under contract to provide CANSOFCOM with the DAGOR® A1 with a specialty ULCV package. DAGOR® ULCV delivery began in 2017 and will be completed this year.

DAGOR® uses a readily available commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) driveline, controls and components streamlining mechanic and operator training, like a diesel/JP8 COTS engine selected for its ideal combination of power, weight and size. DAGOR’s unique design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations. The open design of the cargo bed maximizes loading space, flexibility and access for mission-essential equipment. Polaris® provides sustainment for DAGOR® vehicles fielded, including parts through DLA and service through a global network of Field Service Reps (FSRs).

The Armored Group Introduces its Newest Vehicle, the Terrier LT-79

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Terrier LT-79 offers tactical mobility, high protection level in light multi-role vehicles

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(Phoenix, AZ – (March 16, 2018) The Armored Group (TAG), a leading worldwide provider of armored vehicles, has just introduced its newest law enforcement vehicle, the Terrier LT-79. This new vehicle developed by the TAG Research and Development Team represents a well-balanced combination of protection, off-road mobility and payload. Most importantly, it offers unparalleled tactical mobility and survivability to armored vehicle end-users worldwide, in any climate or setting.

The standard Terrier LT-79 will hold up to eight officers (2+6 in individual MIL-STD seats) or alternatively, seating for 10 (2+8) with optional bench seating, depending on the size of operators and amount of gear. The vehicle is agile and extremely versatile and is designed to protect individuals in dangerous operational environments. The vehicle is bound to become a vital means of transportation for SWAT teams, law enforcement and military personnel that need a highly armored vehicle while staying economical and budget friendly.

Features:

The Terrier LT-79 model includes, but are not limited to the following features:

Full Protection against Kinetic Energy Weapons conforming to STANAG 4569 Level 1
Heavy Duty Suspension & Axles
Upgraded Tires & Brakes for better off-road capability
Category-Leading Ground Clearance
UK Military Grade Locks & Heavy Duty Hinges
Conveniently Placed High Visibility Gun Ports
3 Doors with Optional Roof Turret
Crew Cab or 5 Door Option
Hatch (2 Cabin, 1 Rear)
5100kg Curb Weight (Standard Protection); 1000kg Payload; 6100kg Combat Weight
Modern LED Headlights & Standard Military Convoy Lights
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Diesel 195 HP High Sulfur 1VD-FTV Toyota 4.5L V8
NATO Standard Slave Starting System
TAG Exclusive Flip Forward Armored Front Clip System
Hydraulically Assisted Recirculating Ball Steering
Rear HVAC System

Optional Equipment Includes:

· Public address system, acoustic deterring system and intercom
· Alternator upgrade
· Auxiliary service battery with smart isolator switch and battery monitor
· Blast attenuating seats
· Interior weapon mounts
· VHF/UHF communication system; MF/HF communications system
· GPS
· DVR
· GSM-based live video monitoring system
· Tracking system (depends on deployment region)
· Smoke grenade launchers
· Multiple launch systems for smoke grenades
· Roof turret with a ring bearing and split hatch
· Remote controlled weapon station
· Gunshot detection system
· Remote controlled searchlights
· Forward-looking thermal camera
· Reverse day/night camera
· Perimeter day/night cameras
· Outboard telescopic mast
· IR driving and convoy lights
· Overpressure air filtration system
· Semi-automatic tire inflation system
· Ballistic protection upgrade to STANAG 4569 Level 2
· Fire suppression systems
· Power inverters
· Winch
· Ballistic skip round shields
· Emergency lighting systems
· Cupola turret/hatch protection system
· Interior compartment additional cooling fans
· Computer workstations
· Intercom systems
· LRAD audio systems
· Rescue medic/trauma pack with backboard/litter

Terrier LT-79:

The Terrier LT-79 is built using a reinforced and militarized Toyota VDJ79 truck chassis, and COTS components. The vehicle can be built to B6 or NIJ-III protection standards and is powered by a 195 HP high sulfur 1VD-FTV Toyota 4.5L V8 diesel and readily available in LHD and RHD configurations. Using upgraded axles, clutch and a reinforced frame as well as large super single wheels, the vehicle combines excellent mobility and high payload in all operating environments.

“The Terrier LT-79 is a modern era hybrid that combines the requirements needed for combat and fire support situations as well as mission-specific roles such as transport and logistics. The new Terrier LT-79 was designed on the Toyota chassis because parts are widely available enhancing serviceability in many parts of the world. It is also an affordable option to end users that need superior protection and fleet longevity while staying within their budget parameters,” said Robert Pazderka, President and Founder of TAG.

For more information, please visit www.armoredcars.com

Australian Army – LAND 400 Phase 2 Announcement: Rheinmetall has been selected to deliver Australia’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, the Boxer CRV

Thursday, March 15th, 2018


Following a rigorous testing process, Rheinmetall’s Boxer CRV was assessed as the most capable vehicle for the Australian Army. The vehicle will enhance the safety, security and protection of our troops, and will replace the ageing Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).

The vehicles will be equipped with high levels of protection; firepower and mobility provided by the vehicles will be used for operations, varying from peacekeeping to close combat. They will able be used at facilities in Puckapunyal, Bandiana, Adelaide, Townsville and Enoggera.

The Boxer will be manufactured in South East Queensland and use over 24 manufacturers located across Australia.

Photo: LTCOL McKendry