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SureFire Exhibiting at 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Fountain Valley, CA—SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest—and most innovative—illumination tools and tactical products, will be a featured exhibitor at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held June 18-20 in Denver, Colorado. SureFire will be displaying its best-in-class illumination tools, including the ultralight, 650-lumen Stiletto, which weighs just 2.8 ounces. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the SureFire booth (#42059-UL) to check out the latest SureFire offerings.

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One and a Half Tons of Love and Support Delivered for U.S. Veterans and Service Dogs

Monday, June 17th, 2019

3,210 pounds of Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food Arrives to Support Pairing of Veterans with Service Dogs in American Humane’s Pups4Patriots™ Program

STILLWATER, OKLA., June 13, 2019 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food has delivered one and a half tons of love and support (3,210 pounds to be exact) in the form of nutritious free pet food to support two of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: America’s vets and America’s pets.

American Humane’s Pups4Patriots™ program in Stillwater rescues qualified animals in need of forever homes and trains them as service dogs for veterans coping with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. While American Humane, which has supported military veterans and animals for more than 100 years, completely covers the cost of the dogs and their expensive training, which can run upwards of $30,000, the cost of food for these large, active service animals can be significant. Today’s donation will help feed the current class of service dogs being paired with veterans for six to eight months.

“By providing this welcome donation, Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food is helping both our brave veterans and animals who otherwise might never have found homes,” says American Humane veterinarian Lesa Staubus, DVM. “We and those who will be benefited by this extraordinary generosity are very grateful for their support.”

The delivery is part of a national effort by American Humane and Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to distribute more than a million meals of premium, all-natural Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to U.S. shelters each year. Last year, Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food also supported Oklahoma City by delivering 13,000 pounds of pet food to the Pet Food Pantry in Oklahoma City.          

“This campaign provides help where it is needed most,” said Robin Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO of American Humane, which was also recently involved in the rescue of animals in the devastating Oklahoma floods. “On behalf of all our brave veterans and the life-changing, life-saving animals who work with them, a big thank-you to our friends at Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food’s CEO Chris Mitchell said, “We are honored to play a part in helping our brave veterans and their valiant service animals and thank American Humane for advancing this vitally important work.”

Rheinmetall Books Order for Second Lot of Trucks: Bundeswehr to Buy 252 Unprotected Transport Vehicles Under Framework Contract

Friday, June 14th, 2019

The German Bundeswehr has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 252 unprotected transport vehicles with payloads of five and fifteen tonnes. This order falls under the framework agreement concluded in 2017 for more than 2,200 state-of-the-art military trucks. The order value of the 252 trucks just ordered comes to around €92 million, including value added tax. Before the end of 2019, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV) will build and deliver the vehicles, which include a total of 161 5-tonne trucks and 91 15-tonne trucks. Production of the lot just ordered will commence directly after completion of the first lot of vehicles, which are due to be delivered during the next few months, right on schedule.

Encompassing a total of 2,271 unprotected transport vehicles from RMMV’s HX family, the framework agreement concluded on 5 July 2017 with the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw) is worth around €900 million (without VAT), including special tools and training services. As a first step, an order was issued for an initial lot of 558 vehicles.

In undertaking this large-scale project, the Du?sseldorf-based Group for mobility and security solutions is making a major contribution to modernizing the Bundeswehr’s fleet of trucks, which numbers in the thousands. Consisting primarily of components made in Germany, e.g. the engines, axles, transmissions and build-ons, the vehicles will be assembled at the RMMV plant in Vienna.

Particularly when it comes to multinational operations, the widespread global presence of RMMV vehicles results in major advantages with respect to interoperability and logistics. Among others, current users include the armed forces of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark. Norway and Sweden have also placed substantial orders for trucks made by RMMV.

AeroVironment Acquires VTOL UAS Developer Pulse Aerospace, LLC for $25.7 Million to Strengthen Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

AeroVironment Acquires VTOL UAS Developer Pulse Aerospace, LLC for $25.7 Million to Strengthen Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

• Pulse’s complementary Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) product family strengthens AeroVironment’s leading family of fixed-wing small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)

• Acquisition expands total addressable market by increasing mission capabilities of AeroVironment family of systems

• Pulse Aerospace receives multi-year contract award with a maximum value of more than $13 million from undisclosed defense customer for Vapor VTOL unmanned systems, spares and services

• Acquisition expected to be accretive to AeroVironment earnings by the third full year of operations

 

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., June 11, 2019 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it has acquired Pulse Aerospace, LLC, a developer and supplier of small VTOL UAS, for $25.7 million in cash, including milestone-based earn-out payments of $5 million.  AeroVironment financed the transaction entirely from available cash on hand.

 

Pulse Aerospace is a leading developer of small VTOL UAS technology in the United States. Pulse’s HeliSynth™ technology brings flight control, payload, and endurance capabilities to market at attractive price points for both defense and commercial end markets.  Pulse recently received a multi-year contract award with a maximum value of more than $13 million from an undisclosed defense customer for its Vapor unmanned VTOL systems, spares and services.

 

AeroVironment expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings by the third full year of operations. 

 

“The talented Pulse Aerospace team has created a solution set that is unique and will expand our family of unmanned systems by addressing increasing demand from our customers for small VTOL solutions,” said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment’s president and chief executive officer. “This transaction brings together two highly complementary companies in terms of products, markets and culture, and will better position AeroVironment to grow our share of the small UAS market.  The team at Pulse Aerospace shares our focus on disruptive innovation and we welcome them to AeroVironment.  Together, we will deliver even more capability to our customers in the United States and more than 45 allied countries around the world.”

 

“We are excited to join together to realize the full benefits of this transaction as we employ key, future-defining technologies such as robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity.  Additionally, we look forward to gaining access to the strong technical talent pool in the Lawrence, Kansas area to help achieve our long-term growth objectives,” Nawabi added.

 

“AeroVironment’s global market presence dramatically increases the reach of Pulse’s VTOL UAS technology,” said Aaron Lessig, Pulse Aerospace, LLC’s chief executive officer. “Pulse’s offering expands AeroVironment’s mission capabilities with increased payload capacity, which broadens customer use cases. We look forward to growing AeroVironment’s share of the global unmanned systems market together.”

 

In connection with the transaction, Pulse Aerospace’s Lawrence, Kansas facility will become AeroVironment Innovation Center – Midwest, with a focus on small VTOL unmanned aircraft and mission planning solutions. 

 

US Army Ground Robots to Integrate Persistent Systems Network

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Wave Relay® MANET to serve as communication network on QinetiQ robot for CRS(I) program of record

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, New York. – June 12, 2019 – Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today that it will be supplying its Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc networking technology to the QinetiQ North America (“QNA”) team chosen for the U.S. Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS(I)) program of record.

CRS(I) is a backpackable robot, less than 25 pounds, that dismount users can carry with sensor suites for viewing and detecting threats, providing greater situational awareness in the field.

In March, QNA won the Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, valued at up to $164 million. And the company has already begun placing Low Rate Initial Production orders for Persistent’s Wave Relay®-enabling Embedded Module, which will be fitted into each new ground robot.

“We’re excited to, once again, deliver the Wave Relay® MANET to the U.S. Army and help lead the drive towards networking the battlefield,” said Leslie Hulser, Director of Programs for Persistent. “We are also very proud of our partnership with QinetiQ and congratulate them on this award.”

QNA was one of the first members of the Wave Relay® Ecosystem, an industry alliance of unmanned system and sensor companies putting their platforms on a common Wave Relay network—with the ultimate goal of giving the warfighter easy access to every unmanned vehicle, sensor and camera.

The Persistent Systems Embedded Module form-factor is QNA’s MANET radio of choice for CRS(I), providing secure, long-range data communication for the small ground robots.

For information on the Wave Relay® Ecosystem, visit www.persistentsystems.com/ecosystem

TAC SHIELD Addresses the Three Basic Belt Needs

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

JUNE 11, 2019, Pinehurst, NC—The world of tactical belts can be confusing and overwhelming, especially when trying to find a belt that works best for you and your application. 

In our mind, getting the right belt boils down to three basic needs:

1. I need a good belt to hold my pants up. If you just need a belt to hold your pants up then we have you covered. We suggest one of our single layered universal belts.  For Example: The 1.75” Tactical Garrison Belt offers great strength and support.  This belt’s single-layered 7,000-pound mil-spec webbing will not only hold your pants up, but it will also provide a strong platform for lighter-weight gear. 

2. I need a belt for my EDC Pistol and extra magazine. So you’re looking for a belt that is comfortable and can hold your Everyday Carry Pistol.  Whether you carry IWB or OWB, the Tactical Gun Belt is just what you need. Available in both 1.50” and 1.75” widths, the heavy-duty 2,000 lb. Cobra Buckles provide security, accessibility, and comfort. A special poly stiffener system also provides extra support for heavier firearms or additional gear. 

3. I need a survival belt that will carry all my gear. If you’re looking for a belt to keep your pants up, carry lots of equipment, and be used in emergency situations, check out our Riggers Belt Line. All belts feature double-walled, 7,000 lb. mil-spec webbing providing the strength you need while offering a comfortable soft edge design that doesn’t dig into your sides. The forged Steel V-Ring buckles are load tested at 2,500 lbs. giving the user peace of mind during emergency situations. 

Check out these and other rugged, US Made belts on our website.

Proforce Equipment, Inc. Welcomes New National Sales Manager

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Scott Collins brings over 22 years of sales and operations management experience to Proforce Equipment, Inc. and its multiple brands, including Tasmanian Tiger®.

Miramar, Fla. (June 2019) – Proforce Equipment, Inc., the exclusive distributor and representative for Tasmanian Tiger® and Snugpak® in the United States, has brought on sales executive, Scott Collins, as their new National Sales Manager.

“Scott comes to Proforce Equipment with an incredible background in sales and operational management,” Richard Lewis, President and CEO of Proforce Equipment, Inc., commented. “Utilizing his relationships within the outdoor and tactical markets, he will be responsible for developing new dealer and distributor partnerships, as well as, working with law enforcement and military units.”

“I welcome the amazing opportunity to take the high-quality Tasmanian Tiger brand, which has performed so well in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and pioneer the brand here in the US while continuing to grow Snugpak in the US market,” Collins added.

In Collins’ previous position as sales manager,  he was responsible for tactical nylon sales to law enforcement, military, first responders and government contractors. Prior positions also include outside territory sales of security and industrial uniforms and operations manager for the law enforcement, military, first responder, government contractor sector.

Stay in the conversation by following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All sales inquiries can be directed to tt@tasmaniantigerusa.com

Propper Donates Portion of Memorial Day Week Proceeds to USO of Missouri

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Military supporter Propper International donates over $6,400 from Memorial Day sales to the USO of Missouri.

ST. CHARLES, MO. JUNE 11, 2019

For the third year, Missouri-based tactical gear company Propper International teamed up with the USO of Missouri to honor Memorial Day and to further the USO’s mission to “strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation.”

This year’s donation of $6,404.55 included proceeds from Propper.com sales during the week leading up to and including Memorial Day.

“Propper has proudly supported our fighting men and women for over 50 years, starting with our first military contract back in 1967,” said John Negrau, VP, Marketing & eCommerce for Propper. “As a Missouri-based company, we are honored to continue to support our local USO of Missouri and the dedicated service members who use their great facilities.”

Each state’s USO branches operate independently and rely solely upon local support. The USO of Missouri is a non-profit 501(c)(3), is not part of the Department of Defense, and receives no government or military funding. All financial support comes from individual and corporate donors.

“Propper’s support and generosity over the last three years has helped us keep our facility open for service members,” said Christine Trotter, Development Director for USO of Missouri. “Without support such as theirs, we couldn’t continue to serve the over 270,000 military and their families who pass through our doors each year.”

The main USO of Missouri branch at St. Louis International Airport is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is open to all active duty military personnel and their dependents.