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Warrior West – FLEX9 Armor with New Fabric Technology from Protect The Force

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

You may be familiar with FLEX9 Armor from Protect The Force as it’s a commercially available variant of the US Army’s new Ballistic Combat Shirt. Designed in conjunction with PTF, it offers ancillary ballistic protection in areas not normally covered by an Armor Vest. This patented design relies in 10 individual ballistic components which are ergonomically shaped and inserted into compartments sewn into the shirt. The Deltoid protection is particularly interesting. Either side is comprised of three each, lobster tail articulating panels. They move and articulate with the user making it preferable to the traditional deltoid armor appliqué.

They’ve just introduced a new fabric option which offers stab and slash protection. Originally developed to protect divers from shark bites, the Soteria material is also no melt, no drip. This combination makes it a great choice for riot control as well as corrections officers.

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Protect The Force Wins DoD ‘Game Changer’ Award for No-Contact Technology

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

VANCOUVER, B.C. – January 16, 2017 – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”) (TSX-V : MRS) announces that Protect The Force (“PTF”) has won the US Army Department of Defense Proof Challenge ‘Game Changer’ award for the integration of its proprietary No-Contact technology into BioChemical Warfighter Protection suits.

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPOE-CBD) of the Department of Defense Armed Forces invited the textile technology and innovation community to participate in the Proof: Department of Defense BioChemical Warfighter Protection Challenge for a chance to win cash prizes. In addition to the awarded prize money, winners will have their work seen by some of the top companies in the apparel industry, be showcased on the Proof Challenge Facebook page and will work with JPEO-CBD on the next steps of bringing their suit ideas to reality.

Protect The Force’s winning submission incorporates its proprietary No-Contact technology into a matrix of pulse electric conductive textiles and wearable components that can be modulated at different energy levels. PTF’s proposal is based on the concept of on-demand activation and deactivation of the No-Contact system, killing chemical and biological agents by means of modulated electricity discharges. “We are essentially introducing a wearable protective force field into the BioChemical Warfighter Protection industry”, states Francisco Martinez, Chief Technology Officer of Protect The Force.

The current chemical biological suit’s burden, weight and bulkiness restrict the Warfighter’s agility, range of motion and maneuverability necessary to conduct their duties. The incentivized prize competition sought innovative ideas for solutions that will increase Warfighter mobility, dexterity and tactility, allowing the Warfighter to complete all relevant tasks in a fast and comfortable manner, without cognitive/physiological fatigue associated with the ensemble.

Francisco Martinez further states, “Winning this award is a tremendous honor and an accomplishment that we are very proud of considering that all proposals were reviewed by the Department of Defense Subject Matter Experts (SME) – highly respected scientists and experts in the field of chemical and biological protection – and ours selected for the Game Changer technology award. We look forward to working with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.”

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Mission Ready’s Protect The Force Announces Initial Shipment of Flex9Armor

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

VANCOUVER, B.C. – November 23, 2016 – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: MRS) is pleased to announce the initial order and shipment of its Flex9Armor™ Tactical Police Shirt to a US County Sheriff Department SWAT unit. Developed and fulfilled through the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Protect The Force Inc. (“PTF”), additional Flex9Armor™ shipments are currently being prepared for a foreign military order while evaluations are underway by a number of European NATO nations.
Flex9Armor™ – jointly developed in cooperation with the U.S. Military – is comprised of a family of protective garments that provide stringent levels of ballistic protection while maintaining exceptionally lightweight and flexible characteristics.

Traditional Armor lacks coverage of the arms, chest and neck region of the body, and current additional protection for these areas adds weight and reduces mobility. Flex9Armor™ incorporates a network of NIJ Level II and IIIA body armor panels into a breathable anti-microbial material that is 30% lighter than conventional armor. Integrating all of these features into one combined garment makes Flex9Armor™ a superior option for first responders that is available in standard and fire retardant configurations. Additionally, PTF this week released a variant of the Flex9Armor™, the Flex9Spike™, designed for use by Federal, State and Local correctional facilities.

In a News Release dated October 27, 2016, Mission Ready announced that PTF had won an award through the US DoD’s Defense to Response (D2R) Technology Program for the provision of USD $110,000 in services from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Product Development Center (TEEX PDC) to commercialize PTF’s Flex9Armor™ to enhance public safety and homeland security. Protect The Force is currently working with over 70 US federal, state and local law enforcement agencies at various stages of the evaluation and purchasing process. In anticipation of a significant demand for the Flex9Armor™, PTF has streamlined its processes through a state-of-the-art online order fulfillment platform and recently launched a manufacturing division based in Jacksboro, Tennessee in order to efficiently and effectively meet client requests.

More information on the PTF line of products – including the Flex9Armor™ – can be found at: protecttheforce.com

Mission Ready’s Protect The Force Develops the US Marines Next Generation Ballistic Base Layer

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

VANCOUVER, B.C. – November 22, 2016 – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”) (TSX-V : MRS) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Marines Next Generation Body Armor development project (the “Project”) for the United States Marine Corps (“USMC”). Following a contract award by the Marine Corps Systems Command (“MARSYSCOM”), the Project was completed on schedule and under budget.

Managed by Francisco Martinez, Chief Technical Officer of Protect The Force (“PTF”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, the two year Project was funded through the Department of the Navy (“DoN”) Office of Naval Research (“ONR”) Rapid Innovation Fund (“RIF”), the revolutionary combat shirt, the Ballistic Base Layer (“BBL”), is now being readied for field deployment in keeping with the RIF objective to accelerate fielding of innovative technologies into military systems.

Mr. Martinez states, “The Marines Next Generation Body Armor is a Marine-unique development that integrates a number of life saving features. The BBL is a First-of-a-Kind protective combat shirt, specifically tailored to the Marine Corps equipment requirements, that addresses deficiencies identified by injuries recorded through Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. PTF is honored to have been selected by ONR and MARCORSYSCOM to develop the Ballistic Base Layer.”

The BBL is a revolutionary armored shirt worn under the Marines Body Armor Vest that integrates modular deltoid, yoke and collar protection into an athletic flame resistant combat shirt. Newly developed breathable fragment protective knits were integrated into the sleeves and lower torso for additional protection against fragments resulting from Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonations.

The Marines Product Manager Clothing Infantry Equipment (“PdM ICE”) was the recipient of 100+ prototypes of the BBL and 6 additional prototypes with integrated micro climate cooling tubes.

Mr. Martinez further states, “The PM-ICE technical staff and all the contracting groups supporting the effort were a delight to work with and we are honored to have received their input and support. We look forward to working with the Marines PdM ICE as the requirements for the BBL are finalized and the item is fielded. Additionally, we wish to thank all of our employees, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers for their support in successfully developing the Marines Next Generation Ballistic Base Layer and look forward to continue working with them.”

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Mission Ready’s Protect The Force Wins TEEX Award

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

VANCOUVER, B.C. – October 27, 2016 – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: MRS) is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Protect The Force Inc. is the winner of the US DoD’s Defense to Response (D2R) Technology Program. D2R is the Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative’s (DPSI) Technology Transition Program that identifies three technologies, annually, and provides the full services of Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Product Development Center (TEEX PDC) to commercialize these technologies to enhance public safety and homeland security.
Protect the Force traveled as one of 11 Finalists to College Station, Texas to participate in the Defense to Response Technology Showcase. After two rounds of judging, Protect the Force presented their Flex9Armor™ technology to a final panel of judges and was selected to receive $110,000 worth of services from TEEX PDC.
Flex9Armor™, first developed and adopted by the U.S. Military, is comprised of a family of protective garments that provide stringent levels of ballistic protection and are simultaneously lightweight and flexible. Traditional Armor lacks coverage of the arms, chest and neck region of the body, and current additional protection for these areas adds weight and reduces mobility. Flex9Armor™ incorporates a network of NIJ Level II and IIIA body armor panels into a breathable anti-microbial material that is 30% lighter than conventional armor. Integrating all of these features into one combined garment makes Flex9Armor™ a superior option for first responders.
Last year alone, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (“TEEX”) served more than 168,000 people from every U.S. state and territory and 82 countries worldwide. TEEX is a leader in the delivery of emergency response, homeland security and workforce training and exercises, technical assistance, and economic development. The Product Development Center at TEEX utilizes these resources and networks to test, develop and launch products using the proven Think, Build, Sell method. Through the D2R Program, PDC will provide Protect the Force with market intelligence, product testing and a TEEX TESTED® report, business and responder mentors, and access to investors.
The Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative (DPSI), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, coordinates DoD efforts to identify, evaluate, deploy and transfer technology, items and equipment to Federal, state and local first responders. The Defense to Response Technology Program is sponsored and supported by DPSI.
“We are extremely honored to have been chosen for this program and proud of a product that we believe will make a difference to the first responder community here at home and around the world” states Francisco Martinez, Chief Technology Officer, MRS.

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Mission Ready Announces PTF Manufacturing

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Mission Ready Services Inc has announced a new manufacturing division, PTF Manufacturing Inc, located in Jacksboro, Tennessee.

Jeff Schwartz, who some of you may remember from LC Industries,will run PTFM which will offer tactical outerwear, canine armor, bomb suits/blankets, riot control protection, carriers, textiles with integrated electronics and ballistic panels.

“The PTF Manufacturing team brings significant value to our existing and future relationships through a wealth of skills and experience that will enable us to efficiently deliver quality, custom tactical and armor products,” states Rod Reum, President & CEO of Mission Ready Services Inc. “The ability to manufacture the products we have developed will allow us to retain margins internally, bid more competitively, control quality and preserve our know how.”

They’ve already established over 30 dealers, and I’m looking forward to seeing the technologies they’ve developed, like the Ballistic Combat Shirt, brought to market.

The choice of establishing manufacturing in Tennessee, was wise. Many textile manufacturers are located in Tennessee. In their case, they’re located in a Tennessee HubZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) and they’ve been offered tax credits and business incentives which could amount to over $1 Million in the first year alone.

Protect the Force Signs Exclusive Patent License Agreement with US Army for Integrated Body Armor Garment

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Mission Ready Services Inc. (TSX-V: MRS) – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or “MRSI”) is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive Patent License Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (“NSRDEC”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Protect the Force Inc. (“Protect the Force” or the “Company”). The license terms will provide Protect the Force with exclusive rights to market the Integrated Body Armor Garment (“Next Generation Body Armor”) anywhere outside of the U.S. Federal Government, including local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as internationally to markets such as the Canadian Army and all NATO countries and partners.
Developed over the past 4 years – under a Broad Agency Announcement for the Army Next Generation Body Armor – through a successful joint effort between Protect the Force and NSRDEC, the Integrated Body Armor Garment is a revolutionary breakthrough in soldier protection technology and answers the need for a high-mobility, light-weight Next Generation Body Armor. The Integrated Body Armor Garment is the basis for the Company’s previously announced Ballistic Combat Shirt (“BCS”) and Tactical Police Shirt (“TPS”).

The Integrated Body Armor Garment contains a network of body armor panels that provides protection from ballistic threats while permitting a wide range of motion and providing increased comfort and breathability to the wearer. Mission Ready announced the filing of the patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as an international filing under the Patent Cooperation Treaty for the Integrated Body Armor Garment in a news release dated August 12, 2014.

Robert DiLalla, NSRDEC Team Leader for the Infantry Combat Equipment Team in the Warfighter Directorate, was named as an inventor on the patent applications licensed by Protect the Force. Mr. DiLalla worked closely with the Company in their effort to ensure that the Warfighters’ needs were addressed by the Integrated Body Armor Garment. Mr. DiLalla states, “It’s been extremely productive working with Protect the Force over the past few years developing advanced concepts for the next generation of Soldier protection. Clearly, we’re both excited that some of the concepts, such as the ballistic combat shirt, fared well during the Army development test phases for the Soldier Protection System program of record. Our goal from the beginning was to improve Soldier performance while maintaining the same ballistic protection as the current Interceptor Body Armor system. We were able to quantify significant performance increases in laboratory testing, but it was the exceptionally high user acceptance across three development test phases that indicated we had something revolutionary. While our mission here at the NSRDEC is to support the Warfighter I am pleased to know that this technology has application to better protect members of the law enforcement community both domestically and abroad.”
Francisco Martinez, Chief Technical Officer of Mission Ready states, “Considering the emphatically positive feedback we have received from user evaluations in a variety of tactical and combat-related environments, we are excited to receive this exclusive license from the U.S. Army providing a largely uninhibited path for the Company to pursue our sales and marketing efforts on a broad scale with a primary focus on national and international SWAT and Emergency Response Teams.

The Patent: www.google.com/patents/US20150247705

Mission Ready’s Protect The Force Expands Partnership with MC10

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

This is really cool news from Protect The Force. There’s been a big push to come up with ways that Soldiers can harvest power while patrolling in order to lessen the power burden of carrying additional batteries.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Mission Ready Services Inc. (TSX-V: MRS) – Mission Ready Services Inc. (“Mission Ready” or “MRSI”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Protect The Force, Inc. (“PTF” or “Protect The Force”), has been awarded a 14 month, USD $120,000 sub-recipient contract (the “Contract”) through MC10, Inc. (“MC10”) for the provision of research, development, product procurement and consulting services in support of a research and development project for the United States Army – Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO-Soldier) Project Manager Soldier Warrior (PM-SWAR) . The project titled, Conformal Photovoltaic Module Low Observability (“ConPhormL”) aims to develop and integrate solar cells directly into the fabric cover of combat helmets and rucksacks.

Francisco J. Martinez, Chief Technology Officer states, “As a continuation of a previously funded effort that began in 2012 with the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), we are excited to expand our relationship with MC10 and work with this tremendous team of forward-thinking individuals on a revolutionary technology that, we believe, promises extraordinary possibilities for the future of Soldier power generation, power management, sustainment and survivability.”

MC10’s revolutionary products transform the conventional understanding of electronics and their interaction with the human body through a technology platform based on a unique combination
of conventional electronics and novel mechanics that enable a new generation of thin, conformal electronic systems that seamlessly integrate with the natural world. MC10 has joined forces with
the U.S. Army to transform renewable energy and provide Soldiers with discreet, lightweight solar energy harvesting patches that integrate virtually unnoticed into their combat equipment
and harness the sun’s rays to provide endless personal power possibilities.

During the initial 14-month Contract, Protect The Force will provide specific design, material and supply chain inputs for the fabric integration of the ConPhormL Photo Voltaic (“PV”) arrays
into a replacement cover for the US Army’s Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH). PTF will also provide design input on the attachment mechanism for PV array integration into a cover for the
U.S. Army’s MOLLE backpack as well as technical expertise and input into the ConPhormL verification and validation test plan relating to military testing standards and mobile warfighter usage scenarios. Additionally, PTF will provide ongoing business development services for future sales of production ConPhormL products.