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AUSA – Family of Tactical Headborne Systems from Revision Military

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

At AUSA, Revision Military unveiled their new Family of Tactical Headborne Systems which they submitted in response to USSOCOM’s requirement for a Next-Generation Helmet Program. Seen below on a mannequin set up as a 21st Century SWCC Operator, the helmet is impressive.

The core of the system is a bump helmet which can be upgraded with an appliqué offering ACH-level 9mm ballistic performance. Below, you can see the system as it will most commonly be used.

Revision’s ballistic shell has approximately .5 lbs reduction in weight from the current helmet. The helmet is also upgradable to 7.62 rifle protection with a two piece appliqué. These photos depict how the appliqué attaches to the bump helmet.

In addition to the ballistic upgrades, Revision has instituted a five size approach versus the existing four currently available sizes. This results in a better fitting helmet.

Above, you can see the rear of the helmet.

In addition to the actual helmet, Revision has introduced several accessories which include:

Comfort ready liner with removable dial fit band

The removable dial fit band has been asked for by numerous users. The liner can be worn with integral over the head communications by removing the center set of pads as seen above, or the helmet’s rail can be fitted with rail adaptor Peltors.

Daytime visor (smoke/clear)

The visor mounts to the Night Vision Shroud.

Laser Enabled NVG Splash Shield

The Splash Shields attach to the NVGs and protect the eyes from debris and sea spray in a maritime environment.  Revision also offers laser protective versions of the Splash Shield.

Bump and ballistic swing away mandible guard

The madible’s buckle is located at the rail.  When disconnected, it swings out of the way.

Skeletonized rails for weight reduction

Notice the bungee for cable management.

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Revision Helmet Saved Orlando SWAT Officer’s Life

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

By now, we’ve all seen the photo of the ballistic helmet that saved Orlando SWAT officer Michael Napolitano during the shootout with an Islamic terrorist at the Pulse nightclub a few weeks ago. Now, we know that the helmet was a Batlskin Viper A3, manufactured by Revision in their Newport, Vermont factory on July 29, 2014.

This version of the Batlskin Viper A3 has the midcut ‘Gunfighter’ geometry applied to an ACH style shell. Looking at the photo, the helmet was obviously fitted with a one-hole night vision shroud which was sheared off from the impact of the projectile. It is a NIJ level IIIA helmet made from aramid and was fielded with an ACH-style four-point chinstrap and proprietary pads.

As you can see, Officer Napolitano was injured, but the important point is that he survived. Events like this remond us why Law enforcement officers need access to personal protective equipment, since their jobs are inherently dangerous. Hopefully, they’ll monitor him for TBI.

Revision Military Testifies Before US Senate Judiciary Committee On The Danger Of Counterfeit Products

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Essex Junction, Vermont (April 27, 2016) – After recent successful actions against foreign counterfeiters, Revision Military, a world leader in protective eyewear solutions, was invited to share testimony with a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the impact of foreign counterfeiting. Gregory Maguire, Revision’s Senior Director of Legal and Government Affairs, provided a comprehensive analysis of the current and future challenges facing American manufacturers, and outlined the dangers to consumers presented by illegal counterfeit ballistic products. Several recommendations were offered to the committee for consideration, including proposed steps for Federal government action that would strengthen efforts to curtail the sale of inferior counterfeit products.

“In recent years, despite forceful measures taken to protect our intellectual property, Revision has seen a dramatic rise in counterfeit products across multiple distribution channels,” said Maguire during his testimony. Maguire continued, “We expect that this trend will continue as our brand awareness and product penetration grows. As a small business, Revision is deeply concerned about the rise in businesses using and manipulating our intellectual property to produce counterfeit goods. The emergence of this activity requires ever-larger and more aggressive efforts to offset the effects that put significant strain on our resources.”

The U.S. Department of Defense maintains high standards for personal protective equipment. The U.S. Army uses these standards in the development and maintenance of the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL)—a record of examined and tested manufacturers and products proven to satisfy standards for ballistic protection. Soldiers utilizing protective eyewear while on duty are required to select APEL-listed eyewear products. Revision eyewear, particularly the Desert Locust goggle, has been listed on APEL since 2007.

Maguire reiterated Revision’s commitment to cutting-edge protective products throughout its history, stating, “Revision Military was founded in 2001 with a singular mission: to produce cutting-edge protective eyewear that makes a real- world impact. The company is in the business of protecting those that put themselves in harm’s way for our safety. To this end, Revision has invested significant resources making state-of-the-art ballistic protection available to its customers. Counterfeits do not meet such standards, so these illicit products endanger the soldiers and law enforcement officers who unknowingly receive them, leaving wearers vulnerable to maiming and/or blinding, if not more serious injury, or death.”

Two prominent and illustrative encounters Revision has had with foreign counterfeit operations were detailed during the hearing. Most recently, in January 2016, Revision worked in conjunction with the Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office in Indiana to enact a sting at a trade show in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, in 2014, Revision submitted a bid for a Ukrainian eyewear tender for 1,500 protective goggles. Revision lost the tender to a company that provided counterfeit versions of Revision’s own Desert Locust product line.

These compelling examples were taken into consideration by members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and provided a persuasive foundation for the following recommendations made by Revision:

  • Enable the Department of Homeland Security, namely U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to seize at the border imports that infringe U.S. design patents, and enable the recording of design patents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, IPR Enforcement Program.
  • Second, large online retailers need to be held more responsible and accountable for the sale of counterfeit goods on their websites.
  • Finally, federal law needs strengthening along the lines of jurisdictions, such as in Indiana, with regard to enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Revision Military will be working with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and other government agencies to pursue these intellectual property reforms. For a transcript of the hearing and to access Greg Maguire’s complete testimony, please visit: www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/counterfeits-and-their-impact-on- consumer-health-and-safety.

    Revision Counterfeit Eyepro Sting

    Monday, February 1st, 2016

    ARREST MADE IN REVISION-AIDED STING OPERATION AGAINST CHINESE COUNTERFEIT BALLISTIC EYEWEAR

    Denver, Colorado (February 1, 2016) – Revision Military, a world leader in integrated, purpose-built soldier solutions, aided a sting operation to arrest owners and representatives of a Chinese company illegally manufacturing and selling counterfeit eyewear. Revision worked in conjunction with the Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office in Indiana to execute this action. The operation was carried out on January 28th at the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show in Denver, Colorado. Guangzhou Botai Optical Visor Co., Ltd. (“Guangzhou Botai”) U.S. representative and part owner, Gong Peiwen, also known as Daniel Gong, was arrested on the showroom floor. Arrest warrants have also been issued for brothers Jiang Xingde and Jiang Xinglin, co-owners of Guangzhou Botai, and Ding Xiaoxia, also known as Crystal Ding, Sales Associate for Guangzhou Botai, which is based in Guangzhou, China. The four are facing six felony charges: counterfeiting, theft, corrupt business practices, conspiracy to commit counterfeiting, conspiracy to commit theft, and conspiracy to commit corrupt business practices. These charges are being brought in Indiana.

    Guangzhou Botai has been producing unauthorized counterfeit versions of Revision Military’s Desert Locust™ goggle. Additionally, these fake products have been distributed under the pretense of providing military-grade ballistic protection which presents a hazard to the safety of users expecting the high level eye protection of authentic Revision products. After extensive investigation of the company and testing of the counterfeit products it produces, conclusions showed none of the established industry standards for optical or ballistic quality were met by these unauthorized product knockoffs.  

    “We were alarmed to learn of these counterfeit products,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision Military, “our customers expect only the best quality and performance from our products. We take pride in exceeding the highest specifications for optics and ballistic impact protection and have invested huge amounts of money to create the best possible protective products. We have built our name and reputation on exceeding standards and will not tolerate inferior, non-authorized knockoff products in the marketplace.”

    Mr. Blanshay reiterated that, when it comes to customers being victimized by inferior forgeries, Revision has a zero tolerance approach, stating, “the Revision brand signifies integrity and elite performance. Fraudulent products undermine our core mission to protect the troops who protect all of us. We are taking this matter very seriously and will do everything in our power to ensure that any individuals or corporate entities involved in an illicit enterprise that threatens Revision’s customers and the Revision reputation are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Our mission is to provide the very best protection to soldiers and we will fight to prevent any undermining of that promise to global warfighters.”

    Revision Military maintains all intellectual property rights on all Revision products – rights that are total and international. This includes the distinctive Desert Locust goggle, Revision’s flagship goggle line first launched in 2006 that has proven immensely popular and highly regarded for its superior ballistic protection, craft, and comfort. Revision’s products are designed, manufactured, and tested in-house at state-of-the-art, certified facilities. All of Revision’s protective eyewear has consistently and unequivocally exceeded global military-grade testing requirements and has been proven in action around the world.

    Revision Military Hires LTG (Ret) Michael Dubie

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

    Michael Dubie Portrait

    Essex Junction, Vermont (November 9, 2015) – Revision Military, a world leader in integrated, purpose-built soldier solutions, announces the addition of Michael Dubie as President of Revision Military Technologies. Dubie retired in October after thirty-six years of military service and most recently was the Deputy Commander of United States Northern Command, where he was responsible for the air and land defense of North America. Dubie was also the Adjutant General for the state of Vermont from 2006 – 2012.

    “I am extremely pleased to announce that we have hired LTG (retired) Michael Dubie as the new President of Revision Military Technologies,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision. “Throughout his distinguished career, Mike has been an ardent supporter of providing the U.S. and allied militaries with the very best equipment available. That commitment was exemplified throughout his time as Adjutant General of the state of Vermont. It is truly an honor to welcome Mike to the Revision Team.”

    Revision Military Technologies (RMT), a subsidiary of Revision Military, was established in 2013 and is located in a separate optical research facility in Essex Junction, Vermont. This specialty research entity accommodates the Company’s need for an advanced laboratory capable of handling sensitive military projects. It is dedicated to independent research and the development of advanced materials science and unique engineering solutions. In addition to ongoing Research and Development programs with the US Army and Air Force military research laboratories, RMT is developing a number of innovative and proprietary technologies, several of which have the potential to be commercialized into Revision’s product portfolio. RMT has extensively experienced scientists as well as high-tech equipment for advanced optics testing, microscopy, spectroscopy, high energy pulsed laser systems and prototype injection molding and coating equipment.

    At RMT, Dubie will be leading Business Development efforts and will work alongside RMT’s Chief Technical Officer, Shaun Abraham, who is currently heading the development of Revision’s advanced laser protective optical programs.

    Dubie recently said “I’m extremely excited to join the Revision team. I have great respect for the protection that Revision equipment has provided the men and women serving our Country, and I look forward to being a part of Revision’s future, not only through my work with RMT but also in providing leadership around Revision’s community affairs here in Vermont. My wife Amy and I are excited to make Vermont home again.”

    www.revisionmilitary.com

    Revision Military – UK Virtus program

    Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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    UK Virtus program

    The latest issue of the British Army’s Soldier Magazine featured an article on the Virtus Program, including details on the kit.  In the US, we have the Soldier Protection System program which is quite similar to Virtus.  Among the gear displayed, you can see Revision’s Cobra Plus Helmet system and Sawfly Military Eyewear.

    Additionally, Revision Military has released the following info on their involvement in the Virtus Program:

    Revision Military, a world leader in protective soldier solutions, has won the head sub-systems portion of the contract awarded to Source Vagabond Systems Ltd., to provide UK Troops with new kit as part of the Virtus program. The custom head protection solution, known as the Batlskin Cobra Plus, offers an ultra-lightweight helmet that exceeds the UK’s stringent ballistic and impact requirements and can be coupled with the Modular Protective Attachment System (MPAS) for full face protection. In addition, the Sawfly Spectacle and WolfSpider Goggle Systems will be provided for use when full-face coverage is not required.

    The first deliveries of Cobra Plus head protection systems are planned to be shipped quickly with 9,000 full systems scheduled for Fall 2015 enabling fielding to first-recipient troops in early 2016.

    Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

    www.revisionmilitary.com

    Revision Military Has Won A $20 Million Contract To Supply Silent Watch Battery Pack Systems For Canada’s RECCE 6.0 LAV Vehicles

    Friday, June 12th, 2015

    Revision Military has announced that they’ve won a $20 million, multi-year contract through General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to supply Engery Storage Systems to retrofit RECCE 6.0 LAV vehicles to silently power on-board sensor suites. The full release can be read below:

    Revision Wins New $20 Million Contract to Supply Silent Watch Battery Pack Systems for Canada’s Reconniassance Light Armored Vehicles
    The Revision system is built around its NERV CENTR SWatPack™ scalable battery system.

    Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) June 09, 2015 – Revision Military, a world leader in integrated, purpose-built soldier solutions, has won a $20 million, multi-year contract through General Dynamics Land Systems Canada to provide Energy Storage Systems to retrofit RECCE 6.0 LAV vehicles that will silently power on-board sensor suites. The Revision system, built around its NERV CENTR SWatPack™ scalable battery system, is capable of operating in a wide range of hot and cold temperatures and climatic conditions beyond the objective eight-hours of Silent Watch powering time. The Revision battery system provides more silent watch time than 30 standard 6T format AGM batteries at less than half the weight.

    This fully customized, ballistic-protected solution re-purposes the winch pocket on the RECCE 6.0 LAV vehicles to house this optimized energy storage with a plug-and-play modular solution that can be serviced in the field.

    “Both the silent watch energy storage solution and winning this contract are a testament to the Revision team of experts from the industrial designers, engineers and software programmers to the technical support and product management personnel who worked together to ensure a unique result for the Canadian DND” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision. He further stated, “Power is possibly one of the most critical elements for success on the battlefield today, whether for the individual soldier to ensure uninterrupted performance of his powered gear or for situations where silent delivery of power in varying conditions over an eight hour time frame is essential. Revision is a solutions provider that employs science, cutting-edge technology and an innovation-driven approach to solving complex battlefield problems. We are excited to demonstrate our capabilities in the field of energy storage and power management with this contract.”

    Development of scalable, upgradable vehicular power management and energy storage capabilities is a natural extension for Revision as the principles behind the design of this example, the Silent Watch Battery System, draw on the philosophy of providing technologically advanced products that focuses on meeting mission needs. This design philosophy has allowed Revision to deliver numerous protective products to individual soldiers from lightweight helmets to integrated facial protection, ballistic eyewear and personal power systems.

    www.revisionmilitary.com

    Revision Military Showcases Capabilities

    Thursday, January 29th, 2015

    Revision Military is so much more than eyepro. Over the past several years they’ve purchased a company or three and expanded their capabilities to provide a holistic soldier protection solution. Although they have been involved in USSOCOM’s TALOS program, it was more a conduit to showcase what they’ve done than a driver of innovation. They were already well on their own path when former Commander, USSOCOM, ADM McRaven called on industry to develop an “ironman” suit.

    Revision has been way out in front of everyone else bringing this all in house. Hopefully, their hard work will be rewarded.

    www.revisionmilitary.com