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MDM 19 – See The BE Meyers & Co MAWL- X1 In The OSS Suppressor Booth

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The new MAWL-X1 addition to BE Meyers & Co’s Modular Advanced Weapon Laser family. The MAWL-X1 features Near-Infrared / Visible lasers, EC2 Endcap and Dark Earth finish.

Here, you can see it is mounted to a representative H&K M27, mounted with the OSS Helix Suppressor.

You can see MAWL-X1 in person for the first time in the OSS booth #1629.

BE Meyers & Co Announces MAWL-X1, New DoD MAWL Variant

Monday, September 16th, 2019

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September 16, 2019 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is proud to announce the addition of MAWL®-X1, a United States Department of Defense specific variant of the company’s highly successful MAWL® (Modular Advanced Weapon Laser) line of high-powered aiming and illumination laser systems for individual and crew-served weapons.

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In 2017 B.E. Meyers & Co. submitted a Flat Dark Earth, Near-Infrared / Visible MAWL® featuring the EC2 threaded Endcap to the Soldier Enhancement Program (SEP) via the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, known as the MAWL®-X1. Following submission, PdM-SPTD procured it for Limited User Evaluations, which were conducted by various Combat Arms including units within the 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the 2nd Infantry Division, among others. Approximately 766 MAWL®-X1 units have been fielded since 2018.

True Modularity

The MAWL®-X1 is a truly modular design comprised of three separate Head, Body, and End-Cap components, which allows it to be sustainable at a supply chain level. As an ambidextrous system, it can easily be configured for either right or left-handed shooters.

The “Alt Mount” Body allows for increased versatility across multiple weapon platforms, including the M4/M16, M27, M249, M240G, and precision rifles.

Superior Ergonomics

As with all MAWL® variants, the MAWL®-X1 is designed for intuitive operation: in the dark, under stress, and with gloves on. Featuring a simple switch mechanism with finely balanced power and divergence presets, the MAWL®-X1 allows for target transitions from close to long range in under a second.

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Unparalleled Range and Clarity

B.E. Meyers and Co.’s optimized VCSEL technology delivers vastly increased performance, beam quality, beam clarity, and efficiency to the end-user. The MAWL®-X1 features balanced and stacked beams to increase situational awareness and overcome photonic barriers created by external light sources.

For more information on the MAWL®-X1 please click here.

For more information on procurement, please contact info@bemeyers.com.

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Marine Corps Awards Contract for New Night Vision Goggles

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —

Less than 11 months after seeking industry proposals for a new helmet-mounted night vision system, Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded a contract to provide an updated system to Marines.

Harris Corporation of Roanoke, Virginia, was awarded a maximum $249,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract Sept. 6, for the purchase of the Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggle system. Approximately 14,000 systems will be delivered, and the work will be completed by September 2024.

The SBNVG combines two systems: a binocular night vision device and enhanced clip-on thermal imager. It is lighter than the current Army/Navy Portable Visual Search devices, or AN/PVS-15. The SBNVG also has improved depth perception, and the ability to detect and recognize targets in extreme low light, in inclement weather and in the presence of obscurants.  

“Additionally, the use of white phosphor provides a greater capability to see at night with more clarity, giving Marines enhanced situational awareness,” said Lt. Col. Tim Hough, program manager for Infantry Weapons at MCSC.

The Corps previously used an existing Defense Logistics Agency contract to procure 1,300 systems to see how an interim solution could best meet the capability requirement.

“We made the investment to procure the 1,300 systems and fielded them to two infantry battalion, so we already had a good, robust understanding of the technology we were chasing,” said Roberto Gonzalez, team lead for Combat Optics at MCSC. “That allowed us to quickly get through the source selection process [for this contract].”  

Using full and open competition, MCSC also realized approximately $70 million in savings across the Future Years Defense Program.  

Marine infantry units will be the first to receive the new night vision goggles when fielding begins in the spring of 2020.

“Awarding this SBNVG contract and fielding these systems to the warfighter is one more step toward increasing the command and control, lethality and ability of the infantry squad to overwhelm our adversaries,” said Hough.

Story by Monique Randolph, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Joseph Neigh

DSEI 19 – Pathfinder Fused Thermal/Color NVIS Viewer by Carson Industries

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

During SOFIC we have you a sneak peek of the new handheld Pathfinder Fused Thermal/Color NVIS Night Vision Viewer by Carson Industries.

Pathfinder offers both color digital night vision and LWIR thermal cameras in a single, handheld unit. Controls are located along the top of the Pathfinder and are very easy to use.

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The user can move from full NV to full thermal with varying degrees of fusion along the way. The system also offers digital zoom capabilities at 2x and 4x. The screen is 400 x 400 color OLED.

Pathfinder allows digital and still image recording via 16 GB onboard storage or via Bluetooth and can be mounted to a tripod. It can also be integrated with GPS.

Expected to retail at $1500 this is a great option to either augment more capable Mil-Spec systems for those who have them or serve as an entry for those who don’t. It weighs less than half a pound and at 2″x3″x6″ easily fits in a pocket. Battery life is more than four hours thanks to an onboard Lithium Ion Battery.

www.carson-industries.com

Elbit Systems Unveils New Wearable Technologies for Infantry Commanders and Soldiers

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Haifa, Israel, September 10, 2019 – Elbit Systems DSEI 2019 display (booth S-2 120 and Royal Navy booth) will include new wearable devices for the dismounted warrior. As warfare becomes increasingly networked, Elbit Systems’ new devices address the requirement from infantry commanders and soldiers to enhance their interface with Command and Control (C2) applications, with other force members and with external sensing assets, thereby stepping-up situational awareness and combat effectiveness.

Expanding the Company’s DOMINATOR warrior combat suite, the newly launched set includes four devices that integrate seamlessly with radio systems and with Battle Management Systems: SmartEye – a head-mounted C2 display; Smart WristView – a wrist-strapped C2 display; SmartSight – a C2 add-on to weapon sights; and SmartNVG – a C2 add-on to Night Vision Goggles (NVG).

SmartEye is ballistic eyewear that provides dismounted commanders with a geo-oriented head-mounted C2 display. Projecting a see-through Augmented Reality (AR) symbology on the visor and enabling real-time image detection, SmartEye provides users with instant situational awareness. SmartEye interfaces with multiple visual sources, including weapon sights, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and input from reconnaissance units. 

Smart WristView is a compact, low-power, rugged wrist-strapped C2 display, providing warriors with a quick and convenient view of operational data in combat situations without altering weapon’s hold , further enhancing situational awareness and team-level C2 capabilities. 

SmartSight is a C2 add-on to most existing day and night weapon sights, projecting see-through AR symbology, laser rangefinder data and a compass onto the soldier’s weapon sight, greatly improving target acquisition capabilities and combat effectiveness.

SmartNVG is a C2 add-on to most existing NVGs providing superimposed AR navigation and operational symbology on any vision imaging system, significantly improving effectiveness in night operations. SmartNVG is compatible with both HDMI and Android.

The complete DOMINATOR warrior suite includes also the recently launched SmarTrack – a situational awareness system for dismounted forces in GPS denied environments.

www.elbitsystems.com

Atibal Introduces The Atibal Xs 1-10x30mm Second Focal Plane Scope

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

ONCE AGAIN ATIBAL PUSHES THE LIMITS OF HIGH QUALITY AFFORDABLE LOW POWER VARIABLE OPTICS WITH THE ALL NEW ATIBAL Xs 1-10x30MM SFP

Mesa, Arizona, September 5, 2019 – Atibal has built a reputation of providing premium quality optics at mid-range prices and Atibal continues to push that envelope with the all new Atibal Xs 1-10x30mm Second Focal Plane scope for under $800.

In the past Atibal has developed innovative new products to further enhance the shooting experience all while maintaining a very reasonable price point and we back our products with exemplary customer service and an honest lifetime warranty.

Atibal introduces the all new Atibal Xs 1-10x30mm Second Focal Plane low power variable optic. We have adapted the already popular Atibal X 1-10x30mm FFP scope into a second focal plane configuration. Featuring an intuitive second focal plane “Christmas Tree” style illuminated MIL reticle, locking target turrets, 1/10 MIL per click adjustments, an integrated low-profile magnification adjustment tab, fully multi- coated lenses, extra low dispersion high definition ED Glass, and 10x magnification to make the Atibal Xs an exceptionally versatile low power variable optic. At Atibal we continuously push the envelope of affordable and dependable optics for almost every application. With insight from sportsmen and competitors in the world of firearms we work to develop superior optics with practical and sensible features. The Atibal Xs is our latest offering in the world of low power variable optics.

Find out more about the Atibal Xs 1-10x30mm SFP scope by clicking here.

Marine Corps Awards Contract for Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggle To Harris Corp

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

The Marine Corps has made the following Announcement:

Harris Corp., Roanoke, Virginia, is being awarded a maximum $249,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of Squad Binocular Night Vision Goggle systems; spare and repair parts; contractor logistics support; and test article refurbishment. Work will be performed in Roanoke, Virginia, and is expected to be complete by September 2024.Fiscal 2019 procurement (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $328,203 will be obligated at time of award and funds will expire the end of fiscal 2021.This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with six offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia, is the contracting activity (M67854-19-D-1501).

Seen here is the Harris F5032 Lightweight Night Vision Binocular.

Features:
• Fixed or adjustable diopter lenses to minimize eye strain
• Single, self-contained AA battery with an alert when running low
• Auto and manual brightness available
• Auto shut-off functions only when the goggles are in the stowed position

These systems are intended for the Marine Corps’ Close Combat Force, consisting primarily of its Infantry.

Harris Corp’s night vision business is currently being purchased by the US subsidiary of Israel-based Elbit Systems (Elbit Systems of America). Harris recently was acquired by L3 Technologies, Inc and now goes by the name L3 Harris.

DSEI 2019: RP Optical Lab Launches the Lightweight, High-Resolution MicroCORE 250HD Cooled Thermal Camera for Defense & HLS Applications

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

The company will also reveal for the first time the ZENITH lens for long viewing ranges

DSEI 2019, September 10-13, London, Israel Pavilion, Stand S5-220

2 September 2019, RP Optical Lab – a leader in the field of thermal and SWIR electro-optical solutions – will launch its latest microCORE 250HD cooled camera with a high resolution that was developed for use in various defense and homeland security applications, at DSEI 2019.

The lightweight camera has a x16 continuous optical zoom, 1280×720 resolution with small 10µ pixel size that allows long viewing ranges and providing the ideal solution for systems and applications that require low weight and compact size, together with long ranges and high-resolution imagery.

The microCORE 250HD features auto focus and delivers high-quality image processing. Ruggedized for use in harsh environments, it also offers open-frame and IP-sealed configurations.

ZENITH lens will also be launched at DSEI. The ZENITH is a modular lens for HD 10? sensors, which features wide/long range capabilities with the widest FOV (field of view) being 40 degrees at ZENITH400 and the narrowest being 0.7 degrees at ZENITH100. The ZENITH features a very high optical zoom ratio of X22, with focus maintained throughout the entire zoom range, providing fast zoom and focus response. It is also actively athermalized to maintain a focused image through temperature changes.

“At RP, we specialize in the development and manufacture of high-performance LWIR, MWIR and SWIR lens assemblies, thermal cameras and modules,” says Ran Carmeli, CEO of RP Optical Lab. “Our cameras and lenses are installed in defense systems around the world, where they actively contribute to mission success. While having an extensive off-the shelf product range, many projects are tailored to customers needs.”

Other RP solutions to be featured at the exhibition include the company’s cooled and uncooled IR-based thermal imagers for surveillance and tracking at various ranges, reaching over 40 km. Among the best-performing cameras in the world, RP’s systems are able to withstand all weather conditions.

www.rp-optical-lab.com