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General Dynamics at AUSA 2019: Investing Now in the US Army’s Future

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Stryker A1 MCWS: The Stryker A1 Medium Caliber Weapon System is the next generation of the Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon (ICVD), which is currently in theater with the Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Europe. Featuring a lethal 30mm cannon mounted on a combat-proven Double-V Hull chassis, the Stryker A1 Medium Caliber Weapons Systems was successfully live fired in August 2019. It provides a solution for the Army’s operational need for greater lethality in the Stryker fleet. This low-risk, proven solution is ready to meet the Army’s program timelines.

 See it in Booth #803.

DroneShield’s Deployment Results in Arrest at College Football Game

Monday, October 14th, 2019

• DroneShield’s™ system deployed at a Division I football game

• Unauthorised drone flown over the stadium

• Law enforcement identified and secured the drone and arrested the operators thanks to the system

• Most counterdrone deployments are confidential

• This is a rare instance of a publicly-disclosed operation

Sydney Australia, London, UK and Warrenton, Virginia, USA – DroneShield Ltd (ASX: DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield”), a publicly-traded leader in the emerging industry of drone security solutions is pleased to provide the following update on a live deployment of its products.

Stadium Incident

On August 31, 2019, DroneShield’s system was being utilised at the opening game of the football season at a major college team stadium. This deployment was part of the university’s efforts to provide protection against unmanned aerial vehicles.

As has become common at sporting events, an unauthorised drone was flown over the stadium at the end of the game’s third quarter. In the absence of the DroneShield deployment, the drone and its controller would have operated with impunity. However, thanks to DroneShield’s equipment, the law enforcement officers on the scene were able to track the drone in real-time, recover it rapidly and thus secure the site at which over a hundred thousand members of the public were present.  Their efforts ultimately led to the arrest of the drone’s pilots.

DroneShield’s Leadership Position

DroneShield is one of the very few companies in the counterdrone industry that have progressed to products that have been proven in a range of environments, against a range of drones, with multiple governmental and commercial users. Its products can be operated in a layered stand-alone defensive system or integrated into a larger command and control common operating system. 

As a result, just in the recent several months alone, DroneShield:

• entered into a memorandum of understanding with a subsidiary of The Saudi Telecom Company;

• commenced a collaboration with Collins Aerospace;

• partnered with Bosch;

• entered into a watershed partnership with BT Group to provide counterdrone solutions to its customers across the United Kingdom;

• won a competitive Australian Department of Defence tender for portable counterdrone devices; and

• experienced substantial revenue growth, quarter after quarter, for three consecutive quarters, from a standing revenue start.

 DroneShield’s products have been deployed for counterdrone security at, among others:

• an ASEAN meeting of heads of state;

• several Boston Marathon events over the years;

• the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics;

• the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games;

• Hawaii IRONMAN World Championship;

• World Economic Forum in Davos;

• and a number of other high profile events.

 Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s Chief Executive Officer, commented “The threat of drones to the public is real, clear and present. Most of the time, we are unable to disclose to the public the specifics of the deployments in which our products are utilised, or the very real and effective outcomes that our products achieve in protecting the public, service men and women, law enforcement, and others. We are pleased to be able to share this positive outcome with the public today.”

Further Information

Oleg Vornik

CEO and Managing Director 


Tel: +61 2 9995 7280

Visit Wild Things at AUSA for FR Clothing Solutions

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Wild Things is exhibiting at AUSA in Washington, DC, October 14-16! Come visit us in booth 644 and checkout our selection of FR apparel featuring GORE PYRAD, including the Rescue Jacket FR-GT pictured above, as well as an assortment of base layers to loft, and everything in between. To schedule an appointment, email or call (828) 421-4349.

And make sure to swing by booth 644 for a Wild Things patch or sticker!

Follow Hollow Brand Unveils New Alpaca Socks

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

High-performance socks made to fit a modern lifestyle

Appleton, WI, October 10, 2019 – Follow Hollow, a new outdoor clothing brand, creates performance socks that last all day. The Wisconsin-based company uses alpaca fiber as its technical advantage against synthetic, oil-based fibers and other wool options to deliver a modern, high-performance sock.

Follow Hollow is derived from the alpaca fiber that is completely hollow on a microscopic level. The hollow cavity creates a capillary action to move moisture away from the skin keeping feet dry and regulating temperature.

The proprietary yarn (80% baby alpaca, 15% nylon and 5% spandex) is imported from Peru and manufactured in North Carolina. Combining the highest quality alpaca fiber with the best manufacturing creates a sock that lasts all day long.

Founder of Follow Hollow Brian Davis said, “I started looking for an all-day sock to wear to work, to work out, and go out for the evening. I am always trying to squeeze every minute out of my day and get more out of less. Alpaca is often considered the perfect material for socks, but no one was making perfect alpaca socks, so I decided to do it.”

Davis continued, “After two years of working on this project, I am thrilled to be launching it on Kickstarter. We’ve had hundreds of product testers, and the response has been extraordinarily positive from all types of sports from hunters to runners.”

Davis is hopeful that this Kickstarter campaign will be successful. He has previously launched five other campaigns, all of which exceeded their stated goals.

“We’re excited to educate consumers about alpaca fiber and its numerous technical advantages. But at the end of the day, I am only a guy running a business out of my garage, so that means I have to start small. We’re launching one style of sock, one color, and two sizes, so I don’t have to lose my one wife, one house and two kids!”

The campaign is started October 10th on Kickstarter. For more information visit

Fire Escape – The Newest Must-Have Multi-Tool Carabiner

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

A fire starting, window breaking, seatbelt cutting, bottle popping, O2 tank opening, every-day-carry, multi-tool carabiner, a must-have, life-saving tool for everyone.

The Fire EscapeTM has a patent-pending, innovative design which includes a beefy seatbelt cutter, a window breaker, a fire-starter, a bottle opener, an O2 wrench and a hex wrench (double as hang-slots for keys), all disguised in an aesthetic carabiner clip. It has EverSpark technology, same as the Firebiner, which works with a replaceable ferro rod housed inside the stainless steel body. So clip it, cut it, turn it, smash it, pop it, spark it, escape it with the fire-starting multitool carabiner. It weighs only 1.7 oz and holds up to 100 lbs of gear..

Be prepared and able to escape with the Fire EscapeTM. #fireescape

KDH Defense Systems and Armor Express to Showcase Next-Gen Soldier Protection Equipment at the 2019 AUSA Conference

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Eden, NC and Arlington, VA, October 10, 2019 – KDH Defense Systems, Inc. (“KDH”) and Armor Express, both industry leaders in the manufacturing and distribution of high-performance protective solutions, will be demonstrating some of the most technologically advanced ballistic systems, carriers and hard armor solutions available, at the Annual Meeting and Expo of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). KDH and Armor Express will be exhibiting at booth #4043 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on October 14-16.

“We are excited to gather with America’s military and defense leaders to engage on the key issues and re- affirm our commitment to protecting all customers with the most innovative and reliable body armor solutions they require,” stated Lushana Offutt, Senior Vice President, Government Operations. “The systems we are producing for the U.S. Department of Defense and Federal agencies, are based on the real- world experiences of our service men and women. It is our honor to support them.”

Among the innovations to be showcased at AUSA are the:

Modular Scalable Vest (“MSV”) Gen II – The MSV-GEN II is the latest release from the Army and only produced by KDH. Chosen by soldiers, the vest offers enhanced protection and maneuverability at a significantly reduced weight. It includes both full Up Tactical and Concealable Vest components. The MSV-Gen II can be worn over the soldier’s uniform and is made up of the concealable components inserted into the tactical carrier.

Soldier Protection System Torso and Extremity Protection Blast Pelvic Protector (“BPP”) – The Blast Pelvic Protector is the latest addition to the soldier protective ensemble and its design underwent a stringent multi-year development program by the Army. The BPP offers both 9mm and Fragmentation protection to the vital pelvic area.

USMC Plate Carrier Gen III – This new carrier for the U.S. Marine Corps consists of a cummerbund style main vest with the option of using the Improved Modular Tactical Vest’s (IMTV) groin and lower back protection. The PC provides more efficient weight distribution and is designed to scale based on mission requirements. It features a 2-point cut away system, fully integrated side protection, communication routing channels, and increased MOLLE attachment points.

Naval Security Forces Vest (“NSV”) – The NSV consists of a base vest and modular components for tailoring protection levels to defeat multiple ballistic and fragmentation hazards while performing security and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection. This new Naval Security Forces Vest features Level IIIA ballistic inserts, an outer carrier, and yoke and collar assemblies.

Busch PROtective AMP-1 TP Helmet – Designed for close quarter combat threats, the AMP-1 TP is constructed of a multi-layer aramid composite and a patented production technique that creates elite ballistic performance. Its increased edge and multi-impact capabilities enhance the helmet’s protective area by up to 50% compared to standard ballistic helmets, offering high fragmentation protection. It is certified to international VPAM-3 standards, as well as U.S. NIJ, DEA and FBI testing protocols.

Other ground-breaking solutions will be displayed, including offerings designed specifically for Federal and Domestic Law Enforcement. Among them, Armor Express’ Razor II ballistic system; American Revolution, Traverse and Lighthawk XT 3.0 carriers; Standard Outer Garment (SOG), Tactical Outer Garment (TOG) and Formal Outer Garment (FOG); and assorted hard armor/rifle plates.

Attendees are welcome to stop by booth #4043 to view firsthand and speak one-on-one with Company executives.

The Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting is the largest landpower exposition and professional development forum in North America. Taking place over three days, the Annual Meeting is designed to deliver the Army’s message by highlighting the capabilities of organizations and presenting a wide range of industry products and services. The conference comprises presentations on the State-of-the- Army, panel discussions and seminars on pertinent military and national security subjects, and a variety of valuable networking events. For more information, visit

Visit Wild Things for FR Clothing Solutions at SAFE Symposium

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Come visit Wild Things at SAFE Symposium in Reno, NV, October 14-16! We’re in booth 400 with a selection of FR apparel featuring GORE PYRAD, as well as our complete assortment of base layers to loft, and everything in between. To schedule an appointment, email or call 757-702-8773.

And make sure to swing by booth 400 for a Wild Things patch or sticker.

Gentex Awarded Contract for USSOCOM Coxswain Helmet System

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Carbondale, PA, October 11, 2019. Gentex Corporation, a global leader in personal protection and situational awareness solutions for defense forces, emergency responders, and industrial personnel announced today that its new Ops-Core® FAST SF Carbon Composite Helmet System has been chosen by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to fulfill their contract for Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS) — Coxswain Helmet System. The five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Firm Fixed Price (FFP) production contract carries a maximum value of $95M.

Gentex Corporation has been supplying products to USSOCOM since its activation in 1987 and is focused on designing and delivering solutions driven by end user input. Just recently, the company was awarded contracts for the USSOCOM SPEAR FTHS Ballistic and Non-Ballistic Helmets, as well as the USSOCOM Communication Accessory Suite Land (CASL) program for it’s Ops-Core Adaptive Mission Platform (AMP™) Communication Headset.

“We’re extremely pleased to have been chosen to provide the Coxswain Helmet System for USSOCOM,” said Tom Short, vice president of Ground Systems, Gentex Corporation. “The FTHS Coxswain contract validates our design process and helmet system innovations while bringing the FTHS Ballistic/Non-Ballistic and FTHS Coxswain Helmets together as one family of headborne systems with interchangeable accessories, common parts and simplified logistics.”

The FTHS Coxswain Helmet System consists of the Ops-Core FAST FTHS Carbon Composite Helmet with modular Ops-Core accessories:  Step-In Visors with clear and tinted lenses, NVG Snap Shields, FAST Ballistic and Carbon Composite Mandibles, and FAST Low Profile Ballistic Appliques. Additionally, the helmets will come with a variety of Ops-Core VAS shroud options, helmet covers, ARCTM rails, pads, exterior Velcro and will be available in four sizes with various color/camouflage options.  The Ops-Core FAST FTHS Carbon Composite Helmet is available today and commercial versions of the Coxswain Helmet System accessories will be available later this year.

Part of Gentex Corporation’s portfolio of helmet systems for defense, emergency response, and security forces, the focus and dedication of the company’s Ops-Core brand remains the same – protecting elite forces.  The modular, scalable, open-architecture design of Ops-Core products allows for the seamless integration and true system level performance.