Posts Tagged ‘ADS’

FirstSpear Range Day 17 – Safran Optics 1

Monday, January 16th, 2017

This is the Miskito TI (Thermal Imager) Lightweight Multipurpose Target Locator from Safran Optics 1.

In asdition to a low light thermal imager with direct view day optics, it also incorporates a laser range finder, out to 10 km. It also incorporates a digital magnetic compass. Additionally, a GPS module can be inserted.

They are also offering a lightweight, carbon fiber tripod for use with the Miskito TI.

Safran Optics 1 products are available for unit and agency purchase through ADS –

ADS Inc – Think LEDs are more expensive? Military Consumer Behavior Says, “Think Again.”

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

This is a pretty interesting article from ADS Inc regarding the adoption of LED lighting for use by the military. It’s not something I’d normally consider but they make a good case for its adoption when you start to do the cost-benefit-analysis of life-cycle costs.

Automobile headlights, office ceiling lights, shipboard lights, and flashlights are make up the bulk of LED converted lights used in the US Military today. And just like many emerging technologies widely adopted by the military, commercial and residential LEDs have gained popularity in recent years. Regardless of whether you are a civilian or soldier, the common misconception of LED lighting is that it’s more expensive. This case study provides consolidated research that thoroughly examines and demonstrates the benefits of LEDs over its counterparts.

The biggest initial barrier for the widespread adoption of LED lighting (also known as Solid-State Lighting (SSL)) was a purchase price greater than the equivalent Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) or incandescent bulb. SSLs are defined as a light source that emits solid-state electroluminescence through light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and do not use thermal radiation or fluorescent tubes. (Solid-State Lighting n.d.) Since 2000, the Department of Energy (DOE) has invested heavily in Solid-State Lighting (SSL) R&D projects in order to realize the full potential of LED lighting. Finding ways to optimize the use of LEDs included research and development into the reduction of material costs, greater light output, and remedy of underlying technical challenges. As a result of improved technology, the cost of LED lighting dropped almost 40% between 2011 and 2012. (Top 8 Things You didn’t Know About LEDs n.d.)

Cost Comparison

When researching the cost comparison of LED lighting compared to a CFL or incandescent bulb, the question became:

Does switching to LED lighting actually save money, and if so, when are those cost savings realized?

In Cost Comparison (Table A), the cost and lifespan of a single LED, CFL and incandescent bulb are compared. The top-level benefits of using LEDs over CFLs or incandescent bulbs are clear; LEDs cost more upfront but use less energy and last significantly longer.

The real cost-benefit analysis of purchasing an LED bulb over its counterparts becomes clear around the 5-year mark (see Table B – 1 Ballast). At the 10-year mark, CFL bulbs cost two times the amount and incandescent bulbs are six times the amount of a single LED bulb.

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?

It remains unknown, but what is clear is that LED lighting doesn’t need to be replaced nearly as many times as CFLs or incandescent bulbs. Using Table C – Maintenance/Bulb Replacement, let’s examine changing a CFL or incandescent bulb over the course of 20 years.

You may think to yourself, “Changing a residential light bulb may not require much manpower or preparation.” However, imagine changing a single commercial CFL or incandescent bulb 6 – 49 times over the course of 20 years. Commercial lighting, whether on a ship or in an office, is much more abundant and will require an unwarranted amount of manpower. When lighting requirements are in the thousands, as is with shipboard lighting, changing a lightbulb becomes a man hour intensive exercise.

When you consider the time it takes to replace thousands of commercial bulbs over the course of 20 years, you may be exposing your service men and women to unnecessary risk of injury and countless hours of maintenance that would be better spent on training or fleet operations.

DID YOU KNOWThe U.S. Military has been one of the largest consumers of LEDs sense 1998 (Snyder 2013)

Military Adotion of LEDs

As stated previously, LEDs provide substantial cost, energy, and time savings over CFL and incandescent bulbs. Since the Navy first installed LEDs on ships in 2007, more than 125 ships and submarines – almost half of the current fleet – have been outfitted with more than 500,000 LED products. The Navy’s investment of millions of dollars over the years doesn’t come without a thorough backing in LED research, development and fielding. The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus once stated that reducing just 3% of each vessel’s total energy equates to an annual savings of over $150 million in fuel consumption for the entire Navy fleet. (Shavers n.d.)

According to the Commander of Navy Installations Command (CNIC), energy bills are the single largest cost for Navy installations. Energy costs at one time made up 28% of the Navy’s overall shore budget. It was imperative to reduce these energy costs to free up budget to invest in crucial support training and fleet operations. In 2010, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) spearheaded an initiative titled the Navy Shore Energy Program to set specific energy goals geared towards reducing the Navy’s energy costs. The proposed outcome for these goals included reducing the shore energy consumption by 30% in 2015 and by 50% in 2020. (Navy Shore Energy Program n.d.)

Safety and Quality – Added Benefits

In addition to providing cost, energy and time savings, LEDs have been proven to improve performance and safety for our service men and women. Just by reducing the maintenance required, we are mitigating the risk of injury associated with disrupting workflow to replace a bulb. Depending on the mission, having a reliable light source can be critical to safety. Furthermore, the quality of light emitted from an LED creates a “daylight” ambient light that can increase performance and minimize the effects of eye strain, headaches, and migraines associated with traditional fluorescents. Some manufacturers even insist LED lighting can be attributed to changing a person’s mood.

LEDS Lead the Way

ADS is a proud partner and government supplier of Energy Focus, an industry leader in LED technology research and development. Outdated fluorescent technology, whether in a warehouse, on a ship or in an office is proven to cost more, use more energy, require more manpower and strain the eyes. The Energy Focus 2-ft. LED is a direct replacement for these legacy fluorescent lamps, operates with or without a ballast, works with the New Emergency Automatic Lighting System (NEALS), and has a starter that can be removed in either mode of operation. Energy Focus’ technology is the only LED replacement lamp approved by the U.S. Navy for shipboard lighting.

Test Your LED Lighting IQ with this QUIZ provided by the Department of Energy.

If you’d like to learn more about LED lighting and other energy efficiency solutions that can save you time and money, contact a knowledgeable ADS Representative at 866-845-3012.

n.d. Navy Shore Energy Program.
Shavers, Lt. j.g. Clyde. n.d. Navy Installations Go T-LED: Replacement of Fluorescent Bulbs.
Snyder, Tim. 2013. LED Lights Are Now Being Used By The Military. 09 16.
n.d. Solid-State Lighting.
n.d. The True Cost of Lightbulbs.
n.d. Top 8 Things You didn’t Know About LEDs.
n.d. Wikipedia.

ADS, Inc. Announces Partnership With OxyBand Technologies Inc.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016


State-of-the-art OxyBand Product To Revolutionize Healing For Injured Skin and Tissue

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. April 1, 2016 — ADS, Inc. provides customized solutions to all branches of the military, first responders, law enforcement and government organizations. As a leader in the industry, ADS, Inc. seeks out manufacturers and partnerships that are on the cutting edge of technology in order to provide their customers with the best possible products to complete their missions.

Enter OxyBand, cleared by the FDA to administer oxygen to wounds and tissue for up to 5 days directly from the dressing without a generator, tank or carrier solution. In a clinical trial conducted by the United States Army Institute for Surgical Research (USAISR), OxyBand significantly outperformed the standard of care for accelerating healing and reducing pain without infection.

When tissues in the body are deprived of oxygen, the irreversible process of tissue death begins. For those on the front lines suffering burns, blasts and other injuries, damage can occur to tissue and blood vessels; interrupting the blood supply needed to deliver oxygen to the wound site for tissue regeneration. Thanks to this recent partnership, OxyBand™ will be on the battlefield, in the line of duty or in the wake of emergency when needed most.

In an effort to simplify and expedite the procurement process for their customers, ADS, Inc. has made OxyBand available on their Distribution and Pricing Agreement (DAPA) Schedule with DLA, and proofed the product to fit the scope of a variety of their other Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts. ADS, Inc. is also stocking the product to minimize the delivery time for orders.

Virginia Beach Defense Contractor ADS, Inc. Awarded $975 Million Contract To Support DOD Counter Narcotics And Global Threats Operations

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. March 18, 2016 – ADS, Inc., the Virginia Beach based defense contractor, has received a Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with the Department of Defense Counter Narcotics and Global Threats Division (CN&GT) of the U. S. Air Force Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center (AMIC). The 3-year base contract includes two 2-year extensions for a total of 7 years with a total not-to-exceed value of $975 million.

Under this contract, ADS will provide services, equipment, material and perform minor construction to support U.S. Government and partner nation operations and logistics efforts to detect, deter, disrupt, degrade and defeat national security threats posed by illegal drugs, trafficking, piracy and transnational organized crime within the continental U.S. and abroad.

ADS has a long-standing relationship and proven past performance supporting the CN&GT Division. In 2014, the company stood up a team specifically dedicated to expanding its capabilities in an effort to earn the position of prime supplier with the division and provide even more value for their critical mission. After investing the resources to build the necessary capabilities and obtain the requisite certifications, ADS was awarded the contract in February.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity to continue to support DOD CN&GT efforts,” said Karan Rai, ADS President and Chief Financial Officer. “This is the culmination of many months of work on the part of many ADS team members. This contract has a lot of moving parts and our team looks forward to supporting our customers with the equipment and services they need to complete their mission while expanding our role in the defense of the U.S. and our allies.”

High Threat Concealment/ADS/SIG Sauer Range Day – SIG Sauer

Saturday, September 19th, 2015


SIG Sauer was displaying some of their latest firearms, including the P320 striker fired pistol series, the MPX machine pistol, and the MCX carbine, which were available to shoot, which we did.


The MPX was the 9mm SBR variant with the telescoping stock, 8″ barrel, and SIG’s proprietary aluminum handguard. The controls are similar to an AR-15, although it utilizes a short stroke push-rod gas system. The familiarity of the controls makes it easy to adapt to, and it’s an accurate weapon with very little recoil.


The MCX was chambered for .300 BLK and was outfitted with the 9″ barrel and SIG SRD762 silencer, which made it a very quiet gun; with that can, earpro wasn’t really required. The handguard features KeyMod attachment slots, for the attachment of accessories such as a grip or light. Like the MCX, the MCX has AR-15-style controls, and a short stroke gas piston system.

MCX .300 BLK

It’s accurate, with very little noticeable recoil. Frankly, it’s a joy to shoot.

The P320 series consists of several sizes of polymer frame, striker fired pistols. All the models at the range day were chambered for 9mm, although chamberings for 357 SIG, .40 S&W, .45ACP are also available, depending on the model. The Sub-Compact model comes with double-stack magazines with a capacity of 12 rounds. The Carry and Medium Full are capable of holding 17 rounds, and the compact can carry 15. They come standard with SIGLITE Night Sights, and the grips are interchangeable.

The Carry was the most comfortable to shoot, although even the Sub-Compact was comfortable despite the smaller frame. The sights were quick to pick up, and the trigger was crisp on each model.


This clear HTC holster was placed among the SIG table; it’s always cool to see non-production demonstration models on display like this.

High Threat Concealment/ADS/SIG Sauer Range Day – LBT Tactical K9 Harness

Friday, September 18th, 2015

K9 Harness 1

The Tactical K9 Harness is a harness made for canines in the 75-85 lbs. range. It features heavy duty mesh side walls, a 1000D Cordura spine with Lycra sides, and an additional, optional zip-in sizing panel which allows the harness to fit on larger, 100+ lbs. dogs.

K9 Harness2

The harness clicks in through 3 Cobra buckles and #10 YYK zipper, and has elastic binding around the shoulder and back for comfort. The harness also features a MOLLE webbing panel for pouches and/or a camera system, two reinforced handles, removable repel straps, and loops for strobes and lights.

K9 Harness3

The Tactical K9 Harness is available in Black and MultiCam.

High Threat Concealment/ADS/SIG Sauer Range Day – Ballistic Off-Body Bag (BOBB)

Friday, September 18th, 2015


The Ballistic Off-Body Bag or BOBB is a Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts design for a “purpose-built shoulder bag of discreet non-tactical appearance”. This translates to a satchel-style, non-“tactical looking” bag that allows users to discretely carry a sidearm, accessories, and other equipment in scenarios when wearing concealing clothing would be impractical, such as when in gym clothes or in hot weather, or when not wearing pants with belt loops.


The BOBB quickly opens, revealing a holstered pistol and a large IFF panel, to which users can attach their ID or Credentials. The BOBB features Level IIIA ballistic panels which extends to both segments of the opened bag, offering 6″ x 18″ of armor coverage. The strap system can be adjusted to pull over both shoulders after it is deployed, so the bag, and by extension the armor, covers from the chest to the groin of the user. Behind the holster panel is a gear storage compartment for magazines, accessories, and other equipment.

The BOBB is manufactured by Velocity Systems, and the custom holster is manufactured by High Threat Concealment. It is available in a variety of colors, including Black, Gray, Forest Green, and Navy Blue, with custom colors upon request.

High Threat Concealment/ADS/SIG Sauer Range Day – High Threat Concealment

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Yesterday, High Threat Concealment, ADS, and SIG Sauer held a range day at C2 Shooting Center. The event was fairly low-key and casual, but we still got to see a few new products while we were there.

HTC Reduced Capacity Blowout Kit


The Reduced Capacity Blowout Kit was born from requests for a lower-profile blowout pouch compared to HTC’s standard Blowout Kit. Coming in at 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 1″ compared to the standard Blowout Kit’s 6.5″ x 3.5″ x 1.5″, it is perfectly sized for a minimalist GSW / IFAK kit.

A couple of additional changes include the removal of the dual top-mounted tourniquet straps, which was replaced with an elastic retention sleeve on the bottom of the pouch, and the new carry strap system, which attaches to the exterior of the pouch, keeping the strap out of the way during carry while still making it easily accessible.

HTC IWB Pistol With Light Holster


HTC has developed an IWB holster for pistols with weapon lights. It features dual adjustable tension screws and an adjustable cant. The model shown to us at the range was for a Glock 19 with an InForce APL, although we were told that they will offer models that accommodate a variety of pistols and mounted lights.

The Holster can also be outfitted with various mounting options, such as the belt clip or IWB loops.

HTC IWB Pistol Magazine Holder


Continuing with the concealed carry theme, we were also shown this IWB Pistol Magazine Holder. It features dual adjustable tension screws, and ‘ambidextrous’ magazine insertion. The model shown was designed for a Glock magazine, although other pistol magazine models will be made available.


Evolution Holster


The Evolution Holster is a multi-function holster that comes as a kit, allowing the user to configure for OWB, IWB, or appendix carry, with or without cant. Below you can see the appendix carry configuration in action. These holsters are going to be issued as part of a recently awarded State Department contract.


Warrior East 2015 Is Fast Approaching

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Warrior East 2015, presented by ADS Inc., is fast approaching, taking place 9-10 July, here in Virginia Beach. In addition to access to some of the best brands out there, this year’s Special Guest Keynote Speaker will be Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) – 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


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ADS, Inc. Awarded Key Supply Chain Support Contract by the Defense Logistics Agency

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

ADS to Provide Commercial Fasteners to DoD Customers Worldwide.

Virginia Beach, VA, USA, October 1, 2014: ADS, Inc. has been selected by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support to provide supply chain solutions in support of their Commercial Fastener Integrator (CFI) Initiative Program. DLA recently awarded ADS an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to supply thousands of commercial fastener products to DoD Customers around the world. The contract consists of a three-year base term and an additional two-year option with a total value of up to $84 million over five years.

The CFI Initiative is a critical step in DLA’s strategy to transform the way it orders, receives, manages, and distributes commercial fasteners. The agency is transitioning from directly stocking these items to utilizing ADS to provide supply chain support, rapid response, lower overall cost, and the best possible value to DoD customers through direct fulfillment of requisitions on behalf of DLA.

“We’re extremely proud of our track record supporting the Defense Logistics Agency with supplying our Nation’s men and women in uniform the best equipment available including items for maintenance, repair, and operations.” Said Jason Wallace, ADS Chief Executive Officer. “Our award-winning past performance in managing federal stock classes through DLA Troop Support Construction and Equipment represents a natural progression for ADS into commercial fasteners.”

In addition to fulfillment, ADS will provide DLA with a broad range of support ranging from forecasting collaboration with customers, total supply chain management, distribution and warehousing, to quality control, customer direct support, compliance with Time Definite Delivery (TDD) timeframes, data management, and minimum material availability.