Paratore Enterprises, Inc Receives Aerospace and Defense Review Award Naming It A Top Aerospace And Defense Consultancy Of 2021

February 27th, 2021

(Wellington, FL, February 18, 2021) – Paratore Enterprises, Inc, a Florida company, is proud to announce it has been awarded the 2021 Top Ten Defense Consultancy Award of Excellence by Aerospace and Defense Review.

Headquartered in Wellington, FL, Paratore Enterprises, Inc, despite the hardships caused by the Covid 19 crisis, has been able to continue to help manufacturers grow while expanding its own team of local professionals. With over 70 years of experience working in defense and law enforcement distribution in various capacities, Paratore Enterprises helps manufacturers and companies access the U.S. federal government and law enforcement space throughout the country. The Aerospace and Defense Review Award recognizes Paratore Enterprises’ three-tiered relationships: with worldwide manufacturers, a vast reseller network and end users in multiple verticals. This difference in approach allows Paratore Enterprises to provide organizations with the know-how to sell their products to the U.S. government, military, law enforcement agencies, and OGAs.

“We go beyond the scope of a regular consultancy and become an extension of our client’s sales, marketing, product, and engineering teams. We help them demonstrate their product to government organizations, represent them at various trade shows, and visit government agencies on their behalf,” mentions Dalia Paratore, President and Founder of Paratore Enterprises. Dalia brings years of expertise in helping companies with professional development, industry best practices, communicating brand/content and messaging, and improving outreach. Paratore Enterprises brings all this experience to bear in all its client interactions, helping them achieve their goals.

“In order to understand the requirements of prospective clients, we communicate with them extensively before onboarding them,” says Chris Harrison, Vice President of Paratore Enterprises. Through a collaborative approach, the team at Paratore Enterprises ensures that their clients get better returns on their investment.

Canadian Department of National Defence Releases Draft Tender for C22 Modular Pistol

February 27th, 2021

Canada’s Department of National Defence has released a long overdue Draft Tender for the C22 Modular Pistol which is a 9mm striker fired, semi-automatic, recoil-operated, magazine fed pistol to replace their long serving Browning Hi-Powers.

Here is the tender’s definition of modular:

According to the draft, they are seeking a full sized pistol, with three grip sized housings: small, medium and large. This requirement can be achieved by offering a single frame with small, medium and large backstraps.

They also seek different models of right and left hand Level 2 polymer holsters for the pistol.

Here’s a smattering of requirements:

DND expects a 35,000 service life, with a mean rounds between stoppages rating of 2,000 rounds for Class 1 stoppages, 2,000 rounds for Class 2 stoppages, and 5,000 rounds for Class 3 stoppages.

The C22 FF pistol must be operable and able to fire three full magazines in 60 seconds without cooling the pistol.

The C22 FF pistol must have a separately demandable replacement slide configured to mount commercially available reflex/red dot sight (e.g. Leupold DeltaPoint® Pro, Trijicon RMR® or similar) at the rear of the slide in front of the rear sights.

The pistol must be Flat Dark Earth in color and offer a 17 round magazine.

In addition to offering a threaded barrel, the vendor must also offer a suppressor that can achieve an 18 dB noise reduction.

Yes, DND also has a drop test requirement, which is the same one used by US DoD:

The C22 FF pistol in its operational state (full magazine with a primed cartridge in the chamber) must not discharge when dropped 1.5 m, onto a concrete backed, 5 cm thick plywood surface, IAW TOP 03-2-045A section 4.8.2 1.5 Meter (5 Feet) Drop or AC/225(LG/3-SG/1)D/14 section 2.10.8 Safety Drop Test 1.5 Meter or an alternative test approved by the technical authority using the following drop orientations:

Muzzle Down: Muzzle must be the closest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Muzzle Up: Muzzle must be the farthest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Slide Up (Horizontal); Top of the slide must be the farthest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Slide Down (Horizontal): Top of the slide must be the closest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Right Side (Horizontal): Right side of the pistol must be oriented as the closest part of the pistol to the concrete floor;

Left Side (Horizontal): Left side of the pistol must be oriented as the closest part of the pistol to the concrete floor.

After each drop ( each pistol must fire 15 rounds of ammunition.

Overall, it sounds an awful lot like the US issue Modular Handgun System which is manufactured by SIG SAUER.

Industry insiders expect pushback on the module requirement which can only be fulfilled by a couple of vendors such as SIG and Walther. Particularly after the SIG P320 was recently withdrawn from service by Canadian Special Operations Command (CANSOF). However, this draft tender was released after the CANSOF incident came to light, indicating DND is dedicated to obtaining a modular pistol.

Army Partners with Air Force’s THOR for Base Defense

February 27th, 2021


In an effort to counter the increasing threat posed by enemy drones and other airborne threats, the U.S. Army is making an investment in directed energy prototype technology, with the Tactical High Power Operational Responder, or THOR, system, developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, playing a key role.

THOR is a prototype directed energy weapon used to disable the electronics in drones, and specifically engineered to counter multiple targets – such as a drone swarm – with rapid results. The technology is housed in a 20-foot-long shipping container that can be stowed in a military cargo plane and assembled by just two people.

Army Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, the director for Hypersonics, Directed Energy Space and Rapid Acquisition, who oversees the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, paid a visit to Kirtland AFB Feb. 11 to watch THOR in action and to meet with its developers.

“The Army’s directed energy capabilities will need to provide a layered defense with multiple ways to defeat incoming threats,” Thurgood said. “High energy lasers kill one target at a time, and high powered microwaves can kill groups or swarms, which is why we are pursuing a combination of both technologies for our Indirect Fire Protection Capability rapid prototyping effort. Our partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory gave the Army a running start on the high power microwave mission, and we look forward to continuing to advance these capabilities to protect our warfighters.”

Drones represent an emerging threat to U.S. military bases, personnel and infrastructure. Prior to THOR’s deployment overseas, the prototype is undergoing a series of risk reduction and system characterization efforts at Kirtland AFB, as well as hands-on Soldier touchpoints that solicit input from operational users.

“THOR, and other DE systems, provide non-kinetic defeat of multiple targets at once,” Thurgood said, after watching a system demonstration that took place in a remote canyon of the 52,000-acre base. “Keeping our Soldiers safe is our number one priority, and we need to employ effective defensive weapons systems to stay ahead of the changing threats presented by our adversaries.”

The AFRL THOR program took on the challenge to design, build and test an effective counter-UAS system that could engage many targets at once, and at long distances. High power microwaves are one solution to this challenge.

“The system output is powerful radio wave bursts, which offer a greater engagement range than bullets or nets, and its effects are silent and instantaneous,” said Amber Anderson, THOR program manager.

During and after THOR deployment, the RCCTO will continue to partner with the Air Force on the THOR program in support of the U.S. Army’s effort to provide a prototype Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Power Microwave system to a platoon by fiscal year 2024.

Additionally, the Army will deliver a prototype IFPC-High Energy Laser capability in FY24 that uses a 300 kilowatt-class laser for fixed site defense.

Courtesy Air Force Research Laboratory

2021 AUSA LANPAC Symposium & Exposition Cancelled

February 26th, 2021

Due to the ongoing conditions surrounding COVID-19, AUSA has determined that it is in the best interest of the community to cancel this year’s event, originally scheduled for 18 – 20 May in Honolulu, Hawaii. The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and staff remain our top priorities in making this difficult decision.

We will certainly miss being in Honolulu this year but the good news is, we will be returning in 2022. We are already looking forward to next year’s event and expect it to be our best one yet! Start making your plans now to join us at the 2022 AUSA LANPAC Symposium & Exposition.


2022 AUSA LANPAC Symposium & Exposition

Sheraton Waikiki Hotel

Honolulu, Hawaii

17 – 19 May 2022

We’ll plan to launch exhibit sales later in the year so please look out for our prospectus.

If you are not familiar with this event, the AUSA LANPAC Symposium & Exposition is a world-class, international forum that focuses on the role of land forces in the Indo-Pacific theater and their contributions to the Joint Force in peace and war. The strategic location of Hawaii brings together key Army, government and industry leaders as well as our allies in the Indo-Pacific theater. Key topics that have been addressed at this event include:

• Assessing Shared Regional Security Challenges and Opportunities

• Perspective of Land Forces in Combined Joint Operations

• Exporting Global Partnership through Enlisted Development/Professionalism

• Non-Kinetic Power Projection

• Multi-Domain Operations in Megacities

• Sustainment of the Force in Contested Environments

• Developing Regional Leaders for a Complex World

• Multilateral Approaches to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

We thank you for your continued support of AUSA through these difficult and unprecedented times. AUSA has a full lineup of virtual events so you can stay connected with the Association, the Army, and the defense industry from home. Please visit for more information. 

Cry Havoc Tactical Parts Now Available from Brownells

February 26th, 2021

You know Cry Havoc Tactical for their work on the They delivered 2700 Quick-Release Barrel (QRB) kits in six months, completing their contract in October of 2018.

These parts are now available from Brownells for those interested in building a ASDW clone or would just like to add the take-down feature to their carbine.

With the QRB Kit, you can take down your rifle to a shorter configuration by removing the barrel rather than disassembling the upper and lower receivers.

The ASDW program was created to provide aircrew in ejection seat equipped aircraft a full sized, 5.56mm carbine for use while isolated, in the event of a shootdown.

The Mute – A New Nonmetallic, Baffleless Suppressor, Controls Thermal Mirage

February 26th, 2021

The Mute is a new nonmetallic suppressor offering self-thermal regulation via the Thermal Shroud feature which the manufacturer claims reduces heat, mirage, muzzle rise, felt recoil, and sound compared to an unsuppressed firearm.

Manufactured from a proprietary polymer material called D28, The Mute features unibody construction.

As the projectile travels through The Mute, gases are focused out the front vent, bringing cool air in from the rear. The more rounds you fire the more air is cycled through, allowing The Mute to cool faster via the Venturi effect. They have measured 109 degrees outside temperature after a 30 round mag dump. Cool enough to touch.

At launch The Mute is available in .22, 9mm, .223/5.56, with .45, and .30 cal coming soon.

The D28 material also saved weight. The .223 variant wraiths 11.4 oz, the 9mm is 6 oz and the .22 version is a scant 2.5 oz.

The Mute comes with a 1/2×28 thread pattern flash hider.

The Mute Suppressor’s initial price $599; after May 31st price is expected to be $799.

5.11 Announces Partnership with 3M on New Carbon Black Uniform Application

February 26th, 2021

Irvine, CA (February 24, 2021) – 5.11, Inc., the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, is excited to be the first in the public safety space to offer 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black embellishment now available through the 5.11 Custom Shop in Manteca, CA. This patented reflective film has a high level of durability while still maintaining flexibility which makes this glass bead technology a perfect candidate for application to uniform and outerwear alike.

Officer safety is the primary intent of this product giving off-angle brightness in low-light situations, however, remaining a muted appearance during daylight conditions. Unlike other treatments, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black will not lose the dark coloration or reflective properties while still maintaining a peak performance for the life of the product.

3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black Embellishment for 5.11

“While not replacing the ANSI Level 2 Reflective Vest, Carbon Black is an all-the-time option to aid in better viability during low-light situations and has a clean look to maintain traditional appearance that our law enforcement end-users expect,” said Matt Page, 5.11’s Vice President of Global Product.

Capability for embellishment is near limitless from custom agency or standardized law enforcement callout. Additional recommendations are to include piping around sleeves and stripes down pant and pocket to allow more points of viability. “We have had great initial feedback from early field testing with select agencies,” says Brian Tripp, 5.11’s Vice President, Guardian Sales Division. “Improvements in uniforms to elevate officer safety is paramount, and 5.11 strives to drive this effort.”

For additional information or sample interest around 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black embellishment, please contact 5.11’s Innovation Team at [email protected].

Learn more about 5.11’s best-selling gear and accessories at Find a full list of 5.11 company-owned retail stores at

Arrowhead Tactical Apparel

February 26th, 2021

Arrowhead Tactical Apparel has developed a line of clothing intended for concealed carry of firearms.

Their designs incorporate a Patent-Pending Carrier Retention Waistband which supports holstered sidearms. It is used in conjunction with an internal retention belt that adjusts to secure an IWB holster (1.5″ or 1.75″ holster clips recommended).

The line includes:

Standoff Concealment Hoodie

Although this garment doesn’t support the weight of the firearm like the others, it’s a great layering piece to wear with them in order to help conceal. The hoodie features a Pass Through Pocket for Concealed Draw.

Carrier Sweatpants

The Carrier Sweatpants include ATA’s removable Carrier Rapid Clasp Retention Belt.

Carrier Joggers

In addition to the Carrier Rapid Clasp Retention Belt, the Joggers feature Zippered Rear Pockets (with internal magazine pouches) and Hip-Mounted Knife/Tool Pockets.

Carrier Shorts

The Carrier Shorts feature a Zippered rear pocket and deep hand pockets along with a Breathable mesh crotch gusset.

Each product is offered in several colors, sizes Small – 2XLarge.