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ORSM 18 – Camelback Mil Spec Quick Stow Flask

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Camelback showed their new Mil Spec Quick Stow Flask. It’s collapsible one-piece construction features a screw on lid with an adjustable flow rate, integrated bite valve.

Originally in their commercial line, Camelbak changed the flask film, which gives it this more subdued, Dark Grey hue.

Coming 2019 from www.camelbak.com.

US Army Containerized Ice Making System

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

NATICK, MA — The Army is closer to getting ice to Soldiers on the battlefield after recent field evaluations proved the Containerized Ice Making System, or CIMS, can successfully generate and bag 3,600 pounds of potable ice per day and keep 1,200 pounds of that in cold storage for future use.

The CIMS’ capacity to produce on-demand ice meets the field feeding, medical, and mortuary affairs needs of Soldiers fighting down range.

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Soldiers from the 3rd Expeditionary Support Command, part of the XVIII Airborne Corps’ combat service support element, pass bags of ice from the Containerized Ice Making System, or CIMS, during a training exercise held at Fort Brag in April 2018. The CIMS was developed by the Product Manager — Force Sustainment Systems, and can successfully generate and bag 3,600 pounds of potable ice per day and keep 1,200 pounds in cold storage for future use. The CIMS’ capacity to produce on-demand ice meets the field feeding, medical, and mortuary affairs needs of Soldiers fighting down range. (Photo Credit: Mr. Jeffrey Sisto (RDECOM))

“Ice is a valuable commodity on the battlefield,” said Will Feather, a mechanical engineer with Product Manager — Force Sustainment Systems’ Food Service Equipment Team, or PM-FSS FSET, and CIMS lead project officer.

“There is a cost and security benefit to the government if we can create an organic ice making capability that will enhance the Soldier’s day-to-day life by providing all the other support that ice creates, including cold drinks, medical applications, mortuary affairs uses, and increased morale.”

The CIMS is a TriCon-sized ISO container that produces ice on demand when provided the required power and water from a potable source. The ice is then bagged in 10 pound bags, heat-sealed, then moved to an internal holding location that can support 1200 pounds of stacked ice bags.

It can be opened on three sides and features a floor and walls that are fully insulated to minimize the heat transfer through the unit. The storage location features an integrated platform capable of monitoring the location of ice bags in order to intelligently and efficiently pack and store them.

The CIMS features three operating modes: Ice Production, Cooling, and Sanitation — which are selected from a digital menu displayed on a control panel mounted to an exterior wall of the TriCon.

The respective modes give users the choice to either produce approximately 150 pounds of ice per hour, simply store previously produced ice, or purge all the water from the system to prepare it for cleaning, maintenance, or cold storage.

The system can also monitor ice production rates as well as ice storage temperature data.
Originally developed by PM-FSS’ FSET to meet the requirements of the Force Provider Expeditionary (FPE) Capability Production Document (CPD), the CIMS provides an organic ice-making capability that will save the Army significant costs by producing ice for units directly on site rather than shipping it into theater, resulting in reduced logistical support requirements while saving on waste, fuel, and resources.

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The Containerized Ice Making System, or CIMS, was developed by the Product Manager — Force Sustainment Systems, and can successfully generate and bag 3,600 pounds of potable ice per day and keep 1,200 pounds in cold storage for future use. The CIMS’ capacity to produce on-demand ice meets the field feeding, medical, and mortuary affairs needs of Soldiers fighting down range. Two third generation prototype CIMS units were brought in to support the XVIII Airborne Corps’ 3rd Expeditionary Support Command during a training exercise held at Fort Brag in April 2018. (Photo Credit: Mr. Jeffrey Sisto (RDECOM))

Since 2016, the FSET has been working to test and enhance its functional capabilities with CIMS developer, Rocky Research, through a congressionally funded contract.
“Incorporating the CIMS into a unit’s combat support services would drastically reduce the need for resupply missions and the inherent risk to Soldiers transporting ice via vehicle convoys in support of ground combat operations,” said Feather.

At a spring warfighter training exercise held at Ft. Bragg with the XVIII Airborne Corps, two CIMS units were brought into the basecamp for Soldiers to have ice on demand, allowing their functionality and performance to be tested and analyzed in field conditions.

“XVIII Airborne Corps’ combat service support element, the 3rd Expeditionary Support Command, approached us to ask for the CIMS to support their WFX training mission and we were able to make it happen,” said Feather.

The WFX provided an opportunity for the FSET and partner organizations to view it in operation and observe its technical performance. This allowed the engineers to identify areas that required adjustments and optimization. Some identified areas included improving airflow in the storage compartment, and optimizing the heat sealing of the bagging system.

The exercise also raised important questions for combat support decision makers, such as, ‘who would be responsible for it, and how would it get to the battlefield?’

Fortunately, the CIMS is easily transported by military or commercial equipment, including flatbed truck, railway car, ship, forklift, or any other equipment capable of transporting an ISO container. It has been designed for downloading and uploading with the Force Provider ATLAS forklift, and can be easily deployed and operated where power and water sources are available.

The CIMS’ refrigeration unit is easily maintainable and utilizes low-loss, quick-disconnect refrigeration tubing for the ability to repair without brazing. Additionally, it is designed to be operated by non-Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) specific, or 92G, users.

“Through the combined efforts of our partners from Combat Support/Combat Service Support (CS-CSS), the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), the Public Health Command, and Rocky Research, we’ve been able to successfully develop, test, and refine the capabilities of the CIMS,” said Feather.

The next step is to continue MIL-STD 810G representative testing of the third generation prototype, while developing an initial logistics package to include writing the technical and user maintenance manuals.

The continued testing will result in a Production Decision by ATEC in 2019, according to Feather.

“It’s our job to get ice to Soldiers in the most efficient way, and the CIMS design and capabilities are meeting the requirements to do that.”

At the publication of this article, Mr. William Feather has shifted to support the Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS) program. Mr. Jorge Lopez-Jiminian is the current project lead for the CIMS.

By Mr Jeffrey Sisto, writing for PM-FSS and shared by Army News Service

Light mobile Reverse Osmosis water purification for expeditions

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

This unit has a daily capacity of 1440 litres per day, giving 5 litres of drinking water for 288 people, or 72 pcs 20 L bottles. From any raw water source. ‘Plug & Play’ units ready for fast deployment. Drinking water setup in less than 10 minutes. Light weight, 27 Kg.

BLUEBOX 60 RO

Integrated internal gell battery (4 hours power) with multiple power solution: can run on flexible and foldable solar power, external battery 12V, power grid, 230 volt, power grid 110V is IATA proof, can be transported with a airplane and airdropped.

Filtration process

2x Ultra Filtration + 1x Activated Carbon + 2x Reverse Osmosis + 1x Ultra Violet-C. Integrated water pump and external hoses.

BLUEBOX 60 – 120 BO RECONNAISSANCE

This unit is like the BB60 with some extra’s

1x RO swith to produce 120 Liter per hour.

With 4x USB port – to load electrical equipement.

www.muchmorewater.nl

Warrior West 18 – Katadyn Tactical BeFree Water Filtration System

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

This is the EZ-Clean Membrane filter element for the Katadyn Tactical BeFree Water Filtration System. It filters to 1 Micron, will filter 2 liters per minute and will last for 1000 liters.

It comes with a 1 liter Hydropak Softflask. If you need to treat your water for viruses, Katadyn suggests the Steripen UV system

www.katadyn.com/en/de/50541-8020426-BeFree-1.0L-tactical

Warrior West 18 – Speedbox Endurance-40

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since we firs mentioned Speedbox, a wheeled deployment box. Created by a former SF NCO, the genesis was the need to quickly and efficiently build a pallet. The original version is now known as the Voyager-70.

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At Warrior West, Speedbox launched the new Endurance-40. While the Voyager-70 was designed for the 463L pallet, the Endurance-40 fits both the 463L pallet and ISU90, which many units use.

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In addition to the size change, Speedbox has also improved the ways individual Endurance-40 interlock with one another, making loads more stable on a pallet. They’ve also lengthened the pull bar so the Endurance-40 doesn’t hit your heels while you pull it.

It is 33.40”L x 19.95”W x 26.00”D and features a watertight seal with improved latches at either side of the lid with a load capacity of 250 lbs.

www.speedbox.us

Snow Peak – Titanium Mini Fork

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

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Weighing less than an ounce yeah, you read that right), the new Titanium Mini Fork is 4.5 inches long.

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It will also fit in their Ti-Mini Solo cooking set.

snowpeak.com/products/titanium-mini-fork

CamelBak and Primos Team Up on This Season of “TRUTH About Hunting”

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Partnership Precedes CamelBak’s Entrance into Hunt Market

FLORA, Mississippi – January 19, 2018 – Primos Hunting, a leading innovator of game calls and hunting accessories, announces CamelBak as an official partner for Primos’ award-winning “TRUTH About Hunting” television show. Upcoming episodes will feature CamelBak’s forthcoming hunting gear in the field as Will Primos, Jimmy Primos and Brad Farris chase turkeys, elk, deer, waterfowl and predators from hunting camps in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas, to points all over North America.

“Team Primos is thrilled to be working hand-in-hand with CamelBak, who has a heritage of building high quality products,” Will Primos said. “Primos has worked closely with CamelBak to bring this legacy of hydration into great products built specifically for hunters.”

CamelBak, the originator of the hands-free hydration pack and the gold standard in reservoir technology, has designed a new line of hunting packs and drinkware specifically for hunters. CamelBak’s new hunt line will be shown for the first time at the 2018 at SHOT Show in Las Vegas beginning January 23. Attendees of the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas can see the new hunt line at the CamelBak Booth #14551.

Primos TRUTH About Hunting returns for its 18th season as an Outdoor Channel fan favorite. The show airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. EST on the Outdoor Channel.

Primos, a Vista Outdoor brand, is one of the most recognizable and trusted names in hunting calls, attractants, trail cameras and accessories. For more information, visit www.primos.com.

Morphcooker – An Electric Camp Stove, Now On Kickstarter

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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Billed as the “swiss army knife of stoves”, the electric Morphcooker was developed after the inventor’s father was burned by a faulty gas stove.

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Featuring an internal, rechargeable battery, Morphcooker is made from silicone sides and stainless steel frame.

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www.kickstarter.com/projects/1103525718/morphcooker-the-all-in-one-electric-camp-stove