Archive for the ‘SOFIC’ Category

Catoma Outdoor – Badger Hybrid

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

During last week’s SOFIC Catoma exhibited their Badger Hybrid Shelter. It’s the latest addition to their Burrow family of personal shelters and it’s an interesting design combining an integrated frame system with an external pole so that it can be used indoors our out, on a cot or on the ground. Additionally, the Badger Hybrid offered lots of ventilation with zip closures to secure the 70D Ripstop nylon flaps over mesh panels. This construction means you don’t need a fly.

The Badger Hybrid is FR and Permethrin treated. Offered in Coyote or MultiCam, Made in USA or foreign assembly.

2016 SOFIC Supports Special Operations Forces

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

TAMPA, FL – The 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) hosted well over 10,000 attendees and featured 400 exhibiting companies. Located at the Tampa Convention Center from May 23–26, the conference provided a forum for military, government, academia and industry stakeholders to network, collaborate and discuss current and future initiatives for supporting Special Operations Forces (SOF).

USSOCOM Commander, GEN Raymond Thomas III, and USSOCOM Acquisition Executive, Mr. James F. Geurts, provided perspectives on SOF requirements, trends, and future needs and how industry partners can contribute solutions and new capabilities. The conference included panels of USSOCOM’s Component Commanders, Theater Special Operations Command Commanders, and senior military leaders who provided overviews of acquisition requirements, operations, and technology needs in the context of SOF’s global missions.

“The industrial base is an indispensable SOF partner that continues to innovate and develop new technologies that will give our forces the advantage to decisively win,” said GEN Thomas. “This week was an opportunity to gather all the components of the special operations force enterprise to share collective ideas and explore our future together.”

“SOF requirements have grown substantially, as has the demand for the best equipment and technological advances. This week gives our operators, acquisition specialists, logisticians, industry and partner nations the opportunity to come together in one place, at one time to discuss issues, review challenges, and examine new opportunities and solutions so we can rapidly field technology, provide better protection and better capability for our forces operating around the globe,” said Geurts.

SOFIC also provided updates on the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), and included a USSOCOM Marketplace, where Command experts provided overviews of the specific areas where they could use assistance.

“This week was a great opportunity for innovators, industry stakeholders and SOCOM to meet in-person and exchange ideas to assist in fulfilling the evolving needs of the warfighter,” said NDIA Executive Vice President Gen. Barry Bates, USA (Ret.). “SOFIC attendees will walk away with constructive information about how to work with SOCOM and a better understanding of what they need to get the job done. It was a very productive week that provided value to all in attendance.”

In addition to keynotes, panel presentations, roundtable discussions and program-specific breakouts, the SOFIC Exhibit Hall was filled to capacity and featured new technologies, training systems, vehicles, aircraft and individual equipment, all designed to support the SOF community.

Video footage can be found at

SOFIC – STIDD Diver Propulsion Device

Friday, May 27th, 2016


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Check out the STIDD 2016 catalog. It details all the latest performance enhancements that STIDD proposes for its Diver Propulsion Device which was on display at SOFIC:

  • TEC2 brushless thruster
  • RNAV2 precision navigation system
  • 2S sonar for RNAV2
  • AP2 auto pilot
  • Cargo pod
  • The STIDD DPD is the most widely used military-grade underwater mobility platform in the world (over 450 DPDs in operation globally).

    SOFIC – Pelican Introduces Pelican Air Line of Cases

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    Pelican introduce a new line of cases called Pelican Air. Although up to 40% lighter than other Pelican cases, they still protect your valuables during storage and transit. That’s because they are molded from the use of their new HPX resin which rebounds without breaking as well as the use of honeycomb structural elements.

    The design has been tested by dropping on concrete with loads from a height of six feet on all sides and corners as well as sustaining a 28lbs steel dart dropped on all sides from three feet. Additionally, the case is capable of being submerged for 30 mins at a depth of one meter.

    SOFIC – Handl Defense

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    Handl Defense specializes in accessories and upgrades for the FN SCAR. They’ve expanded its capability to six calibers: .308, .260, .300 Blackout, 5.56, .7.62×39 and 5.45×39. The conversions include bolt, barrel, handguard and lower receiver. You provide your own magazines. They also offer a universal bolt carrier group which works with all of the different bolts. Additionally, the current handguard is carbon fiber, but Handl will be introducing an extruded aluminum version soon.

    SOFIC – Platatac ASAD Modular Dump Pouch

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    The ASAD from Platatac is a different take on the dump pouch.

    First off, it’s front mounted. Additionally, you can mount PALS pouches inside and it will accept an armor plate. There are also mesh panels at the bottom for drainage of sand as well as water.

    By the way, ASAD stands for All Singing All Dancing which means it does everything.

    SOFIC – Torraka Snow Camo Cold Weather Clothing System

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    Known in Europe as Taiga, the Swedish brand uses the name Torraka in North America. As you’d imagine, they’ve got some interesting cold weather clothing, although it’s a little different than what we are used to.

    Designed for conditions between 5 deg and -45 deg Celsius, the Torraka system starts with fishnet top and boxer base layer as well a level two long underwear.

    When you need more insulation, they offer a fleece jacket and knicker length pant which can be donned and doffed even while wearing boots.

    This is their cold weather combat uniform which constructed with a Gore-Tex membrane rather than offering an additional Gore-Tex outer layer.

    For even colder condistions, they offer a reversible (Torraka Multi Terrain Pattern to Torraka Snow UV Pattern) insulation level which can be quickly dried. You may also notice that the trousers are boot height rather than full length. With the addition of this level, you can go down to -45 Degrees Celsius.

    Torraka also offers a variety of head, hand and footwear to help you deal with these extreme conditions.  The loft insulation throughout was referred to as Thermalight.

    SOFIC – SureFire Dual Switch Tail Cap

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    This is the long anticipated Dual Switch (DS-07) from SureFire. It works with any Scout light and was designed specififcally for an Army requirement. It incorprates both remote tape switch as well as integrated button.  Thanks to the Vampire family of lights, it offers both white and IR light without the use of a filter. In this case, it’s a M350V. This configuration offers weight savings over redundant lights or use of a filter.

    SOFIC – High Threat Concealment

    Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

    The new IWB with Light Holster from HTC accommodates pistols with both Lights and Red Dot Sights.  As you can see, there’s a guard toward the body and you can adjust cant and tension.

    SOFIC – Wilcox Ind and Aviation Specialties Unlimited Partner To Offer Next Generation Aviation Mount Battery Pack

    Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

    Wilcox Industries has made a major announcement. They’ve teamed with Aviation Specialties Unlimited of Boise, Idaho to develop and offer a completely new mount and battery pack for aviation helmets.  For decades, the aviation community has used the same ANVIS mount and battery pack which are prone to damage and cannot be reliably repaired. The plan is to rectify that situation.

    The mount will be modular and can not only be used with standard aviation helmets, but also with other Wilcox ground helmet shrouds. The mount will also be molded from advanced polymer materials. Between the mount and battery pack, they’ve successes in lowering the weight by 20 grams. Field maintainable, the items can also be evac’d to ASU for repair.

    The power cord connector follows the contour of the helmet. Also, rather than a neck cord, aircrew will now have access to the Wilcox retractable lanyard like on ground applications.

    Wilcox loves their dovetail mounts and they’ve integrated into the rear of the battery pack. An adapter plate is available that can velcroed unto the helmet for mounting. They’ve also eliminated the battery cartridges. ust put the batteries in, positive side up and users can swap between primary and auxiliary power.

    ASU will be the exclusive distribution and maintenance channel as well the Parts Manufacture Authority for this new product, still under development with Wilcox. Their PMA certification is maintained through the FAA for safe to fly items. They expect full rate production by October, once EMI and environmental (Mil-Spec and DEFSTAN) testing are complete.