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ADS Inc Wins USAF Non-FR Combat Shirt Contract

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Last week, the Department of the Air Force awarded ADS Inc a contract for $1,908,872.41 to deliver non-FR Combat Shirts under the Defensor Fortis-Load Carrying System 2 program. Intended for use by AF Security Forces, these Combat Shirts differ from the Airman Battle Shirt by being manufactured from lightweight, non-FR materials yet like the ABS, incorporate a mock turtleneck and also sport the Digital Tigerstripe Pattern worn by all stateside Airmen. These are going to be worn by SF on gate duty when they wear body armor such as IBA or equivalent to increase comfort and are not intended to be worn in a deployed environment.

Here is a full description:

All fabric shall be lightweight, breathable, moisture wicking and odor resistant; long sleeve “over the head” style with a semi-tight fit that eliminates bunching or riding up under armor; right & left sleeves shall contain: Air Force Digital Tiger Stripe Camouflage Print, hook and loop cuff closures, anti-abrasion padded elbow patches, two-channel flapped pen pocket on both forearms secured by hook & loop fastener tape, zippered shoulder pockets with 6-1/4 inch opening for all sizes (opening toward front of arm); right shoulder pocket must accommodate hook & loop name tape and rank insignia; fastener tape dimensions: loop fastener for name tape shall be 1 inch wide x 5-1/2 inches long, loop fastener for the rank patch shall be 2 inches wide x 2 inches long; torso & mock turtle neck shall be AF Sage Green 1641 (match color in Tiger Stripe Green) or Army Foliage Green 504; modesty panel covering chest area. These will be available in X-Small through XXX-Large.

There is still no award on the load carriage portion of the solicitation.

UPDATE – I’ve added a photo of the sleeve of the prototype shirt that I have. It doesn’t have a sleeve pocket or Velcro.


USAF Security Forces Mandate New Black Gould & Goodrich Molded Nylon Duty Gear For Use With Blues

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

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The US Air Force Force Protection Commodity Council has awarded a new indefinite quantity – indefinite delivery contract for Law Enforcement Black Gould & Goodrich Molded Nylon Duty Gear to ADS, Inc. Black Gould & Goodrich Molded Nylon Duty Gear is intended for use by DAF Civilian Police/Guards and Security Forces military members in blues only. The contract specifies the following 10 Black nylon items:

- Utility Belt (S, M, L, XL)
- Belt keepers
- Handcuff case
- Radio Case
- Single magazine M9 ammo pouch
- Triple magazine M4 ammo pouch
- Chemical spray holder
- Baton Holder
- Silent key ring holder
- Glove pouch

The contract is effective through January 14, 2019. Items are currently available for order. Look for info from Security Forces Center soon.

Register Now for Warrior Expo West

Friday, January 31st, 2014


Register now for Warrior Expo West, April 23-24, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Warrior Expo is the premiere industry event that brings end users, program managers, and procurement specialists together with industry-leading manufacturers in an environment designed specifically for government and defense organizations. Attendees can also take advantage of demonstrations and educational breakout sessions addressing safety, survivability, communications, energy efficiency, acquisition, and much more.

I go to a lot of industry events and the Warrior Expos are very focused on bringing customer and vendor together. If you can make it, I highly recommend it.

US Army Announces Improved Modular Tactical Holster Winners

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Way back in December, 2012, the US Army released a pre-solicitation for a new Improved Modular Tactical Holster (IMTH) for the M9 pistol. The concept was to look for:

improvements to be made to the current Army Tactical Drop-Leg Configuration Holster System for the Army M9 specification Beretta 92F / 92FS pistol. The improvements sought are increased modularity including a drop-leg configuration, that can be quickly transferred to a hip configuration, as well as the capability to be worn/attached to current Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE), load carriage equipment such as rucksacks and the Tactical Assault Panel (TAP) or on individual body armor such as the Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) or the Solder Plate Carrier System (SPCS).

Just over a year later, on December 19th, 2013, Natick announced the winners. Interestingly, the Army split the award between ADS Inc ($24,288,000.00) and Military Hardware, LLC ($49,000,000.00).

As we understand it, ADS bid a Serpa system from Blackhawk, probably similar to what they successfully won the Marine Corps contract with. To be sure, the Serpa is popular and has been adopted by militarized all around the world.


Military Hardware on the other hand, offered a G-Code system that we have covered here on SSD in the past.


The Military Hardware/G-Code holster consists of the XST holster along with Duty Drop Leg, H-MAR adapter for vests and MOLLE belt mount. The Kydex XST features an two forms of retention; the Over the Top, Power Assisted, Retention Canopy as well as their Adjustable Pro-Safe Tensioning. It is also outfitted with G-Code’s RTI (Rapid Transition Interface) which allows the user to securely move their holster from mount to another.

According the the pre-solicitation the overall 5-year IDIQ contract would not exceed $49 Million and consist of 225,000 holsters. Considering the ceiling on the Military Hardware award meets this, we are unsure how the Army plans to leverage this contract vehicle. Doubly so as they bid entirely different systems from different manufacturers, featuring different retention mechanisms. However, based on the two award amounts, it looks as if the Army expects to purchase twice as many G-Codes as Serpas.


On a final note, earlier this year, US Air Force Security Forces opted out of using the Serpa and mandated the Safariland 6004/6005. Likewise, the 75th Ranger Regt as well as other SOF organizations also issue the Safariland holster.

US4CES Bravo and Charlie Variants Released For Sale

Monday, December 16th, 2013

ADS Inc. and US4CES designer Guy Cramer, have decided to use Hyperstealth’s print on demand process developed by Cramer, President/CEO of Hyperstealth to release 45 new US4CES patterns in two new series: 15 US4CES Bravo Series patterns and 30 US4CES Charlie Series patterns to the commercial market and for printed camouflage trial material to foreign countries outside of the U.S. looking for a new advanced camouflage uniform.

The Alpha variants of US4CES are finalists in the still unresolved US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort and are not yet available for sale. However, with any of these patterns, you get the same technology improvements offered to the Army but in different colorways. Another difference between Alpha and Bravo, is in the color layering, reversing the order of lightest to darkest colors (the patterns are identical other than the color order). Additionally, none of these are NIR compliant.



The Delta variants were also developed for the US Army and in internal testing Cramer found that they performed better. The Charlie variants have been released for sale commercially. The difference between US4CES Delta and Charlie is in the color layering, reversing the order of lightest to darkest colors.



70/30 Poly/Cotton Lightweight fabric is now available for order in 5 yd increments. So everybody that has been chomping at the bit to get their hands on the US4CES patterns, this is your chance.

For more info visit

ADS, Inc. Recognized As A Top 100 Military Friendly Employer

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Congratulations to ADS for being recognized as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer.

Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse, recently recognized ADS, Inc. as a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer for 2014. The ranks are based on criteria including long-term commitment to military hiring and training and include many of the country’s most respected companies.

Laser Shot | ADS TV | AUSA Expo 2013

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Mark from Laser Shot speaks with ADS TV about their Small Arms Simulator, an affordable, portable simulator for smaller units with easier access. He also talks about their Indoor Modular Live Fire Range that can be scaled to your needs without obstructions.

Visit ADS for more information.

Salomon Quest 4D Boots in Absolute Brown Available Exclusively Through ADS

Thursday, September 26th, 2013


I am a HUGE fan of the Salomon Quest 4D Boot and I’ve been wearing them for the past several years. They are comfortable right out of the box and are extremely lightweight. Looking at them you’d think they were these big clodhoppers but that isn’t the case at all. They offer the stability you’d expect from a design this class, but not the weight. Note: These run true to size.

-Light-weight, breathable, abrasion resistantmaterial allows for breathability & comfort.
-Weatherproof Nubuck LeatherHigh-Cut Profile for increased ankle support,stability & protection.
-Material Bridge connects tongue to the uppereliminating debris from entering the shoe.
-Protective Rubber Toe and Heel Cap.
-GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort Footwear keeps your feet dry from the outside.
-Waterproof Bootie Construction.
-Non Marking Contagrip® – Delivering optimal traction on varied surfaces,
-Salomon’s Contagrip® outsoles use the ideal combination of specialized rubbers for each specific use.
-4D Advanced Chassis™
-A molded EVA midsole provides lightweight cushioning and stability.
-OrthoLite® sock liner creates a cooler, drier, healthier, better cushioned environment under the foot.
-Heel Foam.

The Absolute Brown color which pairs well with MultiCam and AOR1 camouflage is exclusively through ADS for unit and agency orders. These are in stock and I know that they are going to be gone before EOY. ADS has extended hours through September 30th.


Check out this link for details,

Get The Latest WL Gore Technology From ADS

Friday, September 20th, 2013

ADS Inc has garments featuring three great new technologies from WL Gore.



I’ve mentioned WL Gore’s Pyrad technology before which transforms their waterproof breathable fabric by adding FR properties. It’s fantastic that the process retains the base fabric’s inherent characteristics.

Features & Benefits:
-Protection Against Heat and Flame
-Increased Thermal Stability
-FR Properties Built Into Laminate Structure
-Maintains Physical Integrity
-Designed with GORE-TEX® Fabric – Protects Wearer in Rain, Snow, and Windy Conditions
-Durable Nylon Face Textile
-Comfortable Performance

Below is a video of a Pyrad garment compared to a Gen III ECWCS Level 6 garment during a Pyroman test.


This was adopted by USSOCOM as Level 3B of their Protective Combat Uniform and is constructed using a combination of a Gore shell fabric and PrimaLoft Fusion insulation. I’ve tried it out and yes, it’s comfortable and insulates quite well but the thing that I really like is that you can quickly stuff it into a pack despite the membrane.


Features & Benefits:
Air Permeable
Moisture Vapor Permeable
Water Resistant
Durably Windproof


I had a chance to briefly check out this final piece last week at DSEi in the UK. It’s the thinnest Gore membrane I’ve run across and is aptly named. Think of it as taking performance fabrics meant for conventional athletes and applying it to the military athlete.


Features & Benefits:
Durable, Waterproof and Windproof
Highly Breathable with Improved Next-to-Skin Comfort
Improved Utility for Enhanced Mission Effectiveness
Engineered for Highly Aerobic Activities

All of these products are available for unit and agency purchase through Also, look for them next week with Gore Military at Modern Day Marine.

ADS Inc – Tactical Communications: C4ISR Expanding the Grid

Thursday, September 5th, 2013


We helped put some content together for the latest volume of the ADS Tactical Catalog. In addition to a section of tactical lighting we also prepared some background on C4ISR (Yes, I know that the term C5ISR is coming into vogue but that extra “C” really doesn’t add any value to the acronym).


The communications technology available to our warfighers has made huge advances in recent years. Today’s C4ISR systems offer an unprecedented level of tactical communications, providing boots on the ground access to a global information grid of shared data and information sources. As with all technology, C4ISR systems are constantly evolving in complexity to support these new capabilities. Now, more than ever, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the communications functions required to effectively complete your mission, narrow down the best available solutions, and identify the most efficient way to procure them – whether by upgrading your existing equipment with accessories or transitioning over to a completely new system.


To download a PDF version or order a hard copy of Tactical Vol 10, visit

-Eric Graves
A lifelong shooter and outdoorsman, Eric served in the US Army before retiring from the US Air Force after 21 years of service. After his retirement Eric also worked in industry and has served as the Editor of Soldier Systems Daily since launching the site in May of 2008.