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Polaris Expands Line-up of Industry-Leading, Award-Winning Work Utility Vehicles

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

New gas-powered Pro XD models broaden work UTV options

Minneapolis, Jan. 21, 2020 – The industry-leading vehicle designed for work, Pro XD, is now gas-powered. With the addition of two new gas models to the Pro XD line-up, Polaris broadens the applications where the utility task vehicle (UTV) can be used. Pro XD is built to withstand tough duty cycles and usage on the job while also increasing productivity.

“At Polaris, we are passionate about delivering state-of-the-art capabilities to all of our hard-working customers. With the launch of our Pro XD diesel work vehicles last year, we delivered huge value to our government, commercial, rental, and construction sectors,” said Sean Cheatham, vice president of Product Development, Strategy, and Marketing at Polaris Commercial, Government and Defense. “Today, with the addition of gas-powered models, customers who prefer gas can now take full advantage of the ultra-productive Pro XD line.”  

Like the diesel models, the new Pro XD gas models provide seating capacity of up to four individuals, industry-leading payload of up to 2,075 pounds and towing capacity of 2,500 pounds. Designed for work across various off-road and on-road terrains and factory shipped at 26 mph, the gas-powered models are the ideal vehicle for increasing capabilities within municipalities, and emergency response. The new models continue to provide the same best-in-class durability, serviceability and safety features with some additional model updates.

Durability Components

Pro XD vehicles lower total cost of ownership with heavy-duty components such as puncture resistant seats and tires, commercial-grade wear components and heavy-duty suspension. These components provide customers with peace of mind that their vehicle will last through tough duty cycles and work abuse. Additionally, the all-new Pro XD gas models include a Polaris Pro-Star 1000 cc gas engine capable of enduring the harshest on-the-job conditions. 

Serviceability Features

By designing with universal and simple-to-replace parts such as easy-install accessories and common size, non-directional tires and easy maintenance access points, Pro XD vehicles make service updates simple. The state-of-the-art gas-powered models further decrease necessary downtime with a high output charging system that increases battery life and powered accessory capacity.

Safety Attributes

All Pro XD models provide added safety features to help keep operators safe on the job. Safety components include operator warnings, highly visible colors, improved sightlines for greater visibility, operator horn and pedestrian alarms, and minimized dust ingestion within the sealed cab. Additionally, the new gas models are designed with a tamper proof, digital speed calibration, allowing the owner to decrease the top speed to as low as 15 mph.

The gas-powered models include the two-seat 2000G AWD with a payload of up to 1,900 pounds and the four-seat 4000G AWD with a payload of up to 2,075 pounds. The vehicles join the current Pro XD line-up of the diesel-powered 2000D 2WD, 2000D AWD and 4000D AWD.

SIG Range Day – TYR Tactical Armors Hendrick Motor Sports STEED

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Hendrick Motor Sports Silent Tactical Energy Enhanced Dismount, in my opinion the most impressive improvement to small unit mobility since the mule, is now even better.

The STEED remains capable of improving mobility and load carriage for the squad. This electric cart has zero emissions and can carry up to 500 lbs over complex terrain at speeds from 0-6.5 mph. STEED will even climb stairs and can be used in water.

But now it is armored thanks to TYR Tactical. They’ve armored the motor underneath and developed a kit to mount a level IV Ballistic Shield. The shield adds 43 lbs to the front of the STEED which they’ve offset with a soft container for ammo crates at the other end.

Rheinmetall Modernizing a Further 21 Bergepanzer 3 Armoured Recovery Vehicles for the Dutch Army, Bringing Them Up to the Latest Standard

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

The Royal Netherlands Armed Forces have awarded Rheinmetall an order for the second phase of the modernization of their fleet of Bergepanzer 3-Büffel/Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles. The operational effectiveness of twenty-one vehicles will be upgraded. The order is worth a mid-double-digit euro million figure. Now launched, Phase 2 follows a first order awarded in April 2019, when the Royal Netherlands Army contracted with Rheinmetall for the modernization of four Bergepanzer 3 Büffel/Buffalo ARVs.

Starting immediately, Rheinmetall will completely overhaul another 21 Bergepanzer 3 Büffel ARVs of the Royal Netherlands Army, bringing them up to the latest technological and tactical standard. This will extend the service life of these tried-and-tested combat support vehicles – developed by Rheinmetall on the basis of the Leopard 2 chassis – through to the year 2040. The Dutch armed forces will take delivery of the first vehicles at the beginning of 2021.

Modernization work will take place at Rheinmetall locations in Kassel, Germany as well as in Ede in the Netherlands. It will include a complete overhaul of the individual armoured recovery vehicles and a new digital operating concept; the installation of advanced visualization technology; mission packages featuring ballistic and mine protection; and new battlefield recovery equipment together as well as a universal transport platform. Also included in the contract are technical documentation, training and other services.

This service life extension will give the Dutch armed forces a reconfigured state-of-the-art ARV with significant growth potential. New force protection features both on and in the vehicle will keep the crew extremely safe from modern battlefield threats. Cutting-edge visualization systems, digital operating elements and command systems will support the crew while carrying out their tasks. Furthermore, new battlefield recovery equipment will boost the vehicle’s tactical effectiveness. It will be transferred to the rear section of the vehicle. This will let the crew hook up to a damaged Royal Dutch Army vehicle such as the Bushmaster, Boxer, CV 90 infantry fighting vehicle, PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer, Leguan bridge-laying tank, Kodiak combat engineering vehicle or the Leopard 2 main battle tank without having to leave the safety of the fighting compartment, before towing it from the battlefield at high speed in forward gear. In addition, the modified version of the Bergepanzer 3 Büffel ARV will feature a flexible-use universal transport platform mounted on the rear section of the vehicle. To cite just one example, this can be used for carrying equipment for recovering other vehicles. The new equipment has already demonstrated its effectiveness during deployed operations.

This contract confirms the emergence of a new standard for modern armoured recovery vehicles. As recently as December 2018, the Bundeswehr contracted with Rheinmetall to modernize its fleet of Bergepanzer 3 vehicles, ensuring they remain a match for current and future operational scenarios. Similar mission configurations are in service with the armed forces of NATO member Canada as well as Sweden.

Already underway, the service life extension of the Royal Netherlands Army’s armoured recovery vehicles underscores once again Rheinmetall’s comprehensive expertise when it comes to the globe-spanning Leopard 2 family. This expertise extends from maintenance and modernization programmes to advanced armament concepts, and from the production and technical knowledge of the system’s original equipment manufacturer right through to comprehensive technical and logistic support for entire vehicle fleets – including service support during deployed operations. The portfolio of the Düsseldorf-based high-tech group for mobility and security also includes training and simulation solutions for Leopard 2 crews.

Overland Journal Launches Podcast

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Hosts Scott Brady and Matt Scott share their experience overlanding on all seven continents, along with insights into the industry, its technologies, products, and innovations. Each episode features in-depth discussions on topics ranging from equipment to travel destinations. The podcast features regular guests and experts, along with intrepid travelers from around the globe.

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Angel Armor’s AVAIL III+ Ballistic Door Panels to be Unveiled at SHOT Show 2020

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

AVAIL III+ Engineered to Defend Against NIJ Level III Rifle Threats with Additional Protection Against Special Threats

FORT COLLINS, CO. — December 6, 2019 — Angel Armor will unveil its latest ballistic door panel — the AVAIL+ — at SHOT Show on January 21, 2020.

“Reducing the risk in high-risk stops is always our goal,” says Josh Richardson, co-founder of Angel Armor. “Our AVAIL+ ballistic door panels will provide patrol officers with the next level of protection as they are engineered to defend against NIJ Level III Rifle Threats with additional protection against special threats. We’re excited to introduce the AVAIL+ at Shot Show.”

Richardson adds that although the AVAIL+ comes with added protection for patrol officers it remains true to the AVAIL series by remaining durable and simple to install. “We’re determined as ever to continue innovating so that law enforcement personnel throughout the nation are safer,” says Richardson. “That’s how we — as a company — say, ‘Thanks for your service,’ to those who protect and serve our communities.”




? 7.62x51mm NATO (M80) 150gr FMJ @ 2750 +/- 50 fps (~ 853 mps)

? Special Threat Protection (LAPD Specification MTD 11-BDP01)

? 7.62x39mm PS BALL (MSC) @ 2380 +/- 50 fps (~725 mps)

? 5.56x45mm M193 @ 3200 +/- 30 fps (~975 mps)

? 5.56x45mm M855 @ 3050 +/- 30 fps (~930 mps)


Chevy Tahoe (2015-2020)

Weight: 48.5 lbs Thickness: 0.33 in Coverage Area: 4.26 ft2 Areal Density: 10.6 lbs/ft2

Ford Interceptor (All New 2020)

Weight: 47.7 lbs

Thickness: 0.33 in Coverage Area: 4.25 ft2 Areal Density: 10.6 lbs/ft2

Dodge Charger (2011-2020)

Weight: 37.6 lbs Thickness: 0.33 in Coverage Area: 3.46 ft2 Areal Density: 10.6 lbs/ft2

Ford Interceptor (2016-2019)

Weight: 47.4 lbs Thickness: 0.33 in Coverage Area: 4.23 ft2 Areal Density: 10.6 lbs/ft2


? Seamless, single-panel technology

? Concealed design doesn’t interfere with internal door components

? Powerful Protection

? Precisely engineered to defend against NIJ Level III rifle threats with additional

protection against special threats

? Proprietary Ballistic Technology exceeds NIJ multi-round standards

? Advanced Innovation

? Proprietary one-piece design is durable, weatherproof and provides optimized coverage area

? Reinforced hinge kit included to deliver maximum door support

? Retention strap ensures flawless door functionality

SOFWERX – Family of Special Operations Vehicles Autonomous and Automated Mobility Capability Collaboration Event

Friday, December 6th, 2019

The SOFWERX Family of Special Operations Vehicles Autonomous and Automated Mobility Capability Collaboration Event will be held 19-20 February 2020. Request to Attend NLT 10 January 2020.

USSOCOM is looking for Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) to help explore, define and prioritize future desirements for cutting-edge autonomous and automated vehicles in tactical environments.

Interested SMEs are encouraged to request to join us on 19-20 February, as we collaborate on the art-of-the possible to:

• Explore tactical SOF Autonomy and Automation Mobility within 0-5 year gaps

• Analyze and define future concepts 

• Prioritize operational use cases to develop future SOF requirements 

This event will be a compelling opportunity for the leading minds in autonomous and automated vehicles to better understand and influence the future needs of SOF Autonomous and Automated Mobility operations.

For more information, visit

INKAS Armored Vehicles on Display at Milipol Paris 2019

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

November 11, 2019 – Over two decades of proven performance, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has become one of the largest armored vehicle manufacturers in the world – delivering high quality protective vehicles for private, commercial and law enforcement purposes worldwide. As a global leader in its space, INKAS® is proud to announce its appearance at the 21st session of the Leading Homeland Security and Safety event – Milipol Paris 2019 on November 19-22. 

INKAS® invites everyone to join the company for its opening keynote ceremony at 12:00 pm at their stand (5 D 076). Drinks and light snacks would be served.

At Milipol 2019, INKAS® will display a lineup of multipurpose armored vehicles, including personnel carriers and tactical special purpose vehicles. Apart from that INKAS® will showcase its unique vehicle-mounted signal jamming system and other tactical applications. “We have an international reputation for producing top quality and dependable defensive vehicles that protect personnel in law enforcement, peacekeeping missions, border control agencies, as well as high-risk civilians such as diplomats, political leaders, and dignitaries,” says Philip Daskal, Vice President of Sales, INKAS®. “Making use of our 100% in-house design, fabrication and assembling capacities, INKAS® consistently offers the fastest vehicle turnaround times in the market.”

INKAS® welcomes all interested parties to its booth at Milipol (Stand 5 D 076) to discover its new generation of vehicles and integrated defensive technologies. Milipol Paris 2019 will take place from Tuesday November 19th to Friday, November 22nd 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

Germany-Based US Army Field New Positioning System

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

ROSE BARRACKS, VILSECK, Germany — Members of Project Manager Positioning Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) landed in Germany in early September with a mission: outfitting Soldiers’ Stryker vehicles with the latest in Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) equipment. That equipment is the Mounted Assured PNT (Positioning, Navigation and Timing) System (MAPS) Generation 1, (MAPS GEN I), a powerful suite of new hardware and software that will ensure Soldiers have assured position and timing to navigate in a GPS degraded and denied environment. As adversaries across the spectrum field new capabilities to disrupt and degrade GPS, Soldiers will need more fortifications and assurances in those systems.