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Gregory SPEAR – Made in USA but Sold in Japan

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Gregory SPEAR

Whodathunkit? Leave it to the guys at Gregory, the only company shaken loose when BAE purchased Armor Holdings to make some headway with what is essentially a repackaged military product. The Gregory SPEAR line is inspired by the same products that they offered to the military during the beginning of the SPEAR program. Its almost ironic. But after all, they did bring us the UM-21. Nothing screams SPEAR more than that. While everyone referred to the pack by its nickname, the Strapmaster 2000, in all fairness you can’t blame Gregory for the design. They built to spec and those packs are bomb-proof. The line has been around for about a year. The reason you haven’t seen it? Its only available in the far east market.

Gregory SPEAR

The entire line is made in the USA using American materials and its quality the Japanese are after. The new SPEAR line is made up of an assault backpack, helmet bag, shoulder-bag, waist-pack, duffle-bag, and several small pouches. Materials are 1000D Cordura in Foliage Green and MultiCam. The Black color is 1680D Ballistic.

To view the line you will need to visit Gregory’s Japanese web site but to actually purchase the line you will need to go to Japan. If you’d like to take a look at any of Gregory’s other products visit: Gregory Mountain Products.

BAE ECLiPSE Modular Vest Program

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

ECLiPSE

Many already know that BAE’s Specialty Defense division won the USSOCOM contract for the SPEAR BALCS armor carrier. Their offering is called RBAV for Releasable Body Armor Vest and is designed to accommodate BALCS sut soft armor as well as front and rear plates. What most people don’t know is that it is now available commercially as the Releasable Body Armor Vest – Special Forces and that it but one product in an entire family of body armor carriers.

BAE ECLiPSE RBAV-SF

In addition, BAE is also offering the vests:

The Releasable Body Armor Vest – Homeland Security is intended for the Law Enforcement role. Similar to the SOCOM issue model but it also features Velcro on the chest and upper back to accommodate removable “Police” patches.

The Mounted Crewman Protective Vest is still under development but the concept unique to the ECLiPSE line. Resembling a slimmed down cross between a plate carrier and concealable armor package, the MCPV was designed with the tight spaces armor crewman have to contend with in mind.

The Tactical Body Armor Vest was designed for those who do not require a cut-away system.

The Enhanced Concealable Military Protective Vest is a low profile carrier which incorporates side pockets for magazines.

BAE offers their vests in Coyote, Khaki, Ranger Green, Black and Universal Camo but some products may not be available in all colors.

The ECLiPSE line is available from BAE.

All photos are property of BAE.