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The Armored Group Celebrates 25th Anniversary Manfacturing State-of-the-Art Vehicles Designed to Keep Military, Law Enforcement and High-Profile Clients Safe

Friday, December 29th, 2017

(Phoenix, AZ – December 28, 2017) The Armored Group (TAG), a worldwide provider of armored and highly specialized vehicles, announced they are celebrating their 25th anniversary this month. Starting as a cash-in-transit (CIT) business in 1992, the company has expanded to include armored vehicles used by law enforcement, SWAT, police, tactical and individuals needing the highest level of personal protection. Today, the company is one of the largest full-line commercial armored vehicles suppliers with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Dubai, India and now in Germany with their recent acquisition of JPA Armoring & Fahrzeugbau Stadthagen GmBH.

Below is a timeline of milestones leading TAG’s growth over the last 25 years:

• 1992: The Armored Group is founded by Robert Pazderka; the company’s first order for armored Cash in Transit (CIT) vehicles is from Illinois Armor, now a Garda Company
• 1993: TAG is contracted as the exclusive builder of armored CIT vehicles for industry leaders like (Garda), Loomis, Dunbar and Brinks
• 2004: TAG begins production of armored SUV’s and Sedans for the US Government
• 2005: TAG designs and manufactures its first APC, the Ballistic Armored Tactical Transport (BATT), an armored personnel carrier 2006: TAG is awarded a 20-Year Long-Term Agreement (LTA) contract for armored vehicles to the US Federal and State Governments2006: TAG begins production of non-armored vehicles with Rapid Deployment and Mobile Command Vehicles
• 2008: TAG expands its global footprint with a new manufacturing plant in Toronto, Canada
• 2008: TAG is awarded its first LTA with the United Nations
• 2009: TAG expands its global footprint with a new manufacturing plant in the United Arab Emirates
• 2010: TAG expands its global footprint with a new manufacturing plant in Detroit, Michigan
• 2010: TAG is awarded a second 20-Year LTA contract for custom tactical vehicles to the US Federal and State Governments 2011: TAG’s LTA with the UN was renewed
• 2012: TAG’s VR7 armor solution is tested and certified by Beschassamt in Ulm, Germany
• 2013: TAG is awarded a second LTA with other United Nation offices
• 2014: TAG extends its LTA with the United Nations
• 2015: TAG’s awarded a third LTA with the United Nations 2016: TAG is awarded contract from SPAWAR for Custom Mobile Communications Vehicles (MCV’s) for top US Government officials
• 2016: TAG is selected for a 10-year blanket purchase agreement for armored vehicles to the U.S. Department of State
• 2017 TAG acquires German-based JPA Armoring & Fahrzeugbau Stadthagen GmBH, and opens new manufacturing plant expanding their presence in European Market
2017: TAG obtains VR9 certification from Beschassamt in Ulm, Germany, for the Nissan Patrol platform

“Over the last 25 years, we have seen The Armored Group grow from a company in a niche market, cash-in-transit vehicles, to a leading manufacturer of armored and non-armored vehicles around the world,” said Robert Pazderka, founder and president of The Armored Group. In the last five years especially, TAG has experienced impressive growth. We have a talented management, manufacturing and sales team in place that design, manufacture and deliver state-of-the-art vehicles based on clients operational needs.

Today, The Armored Group, LLC has grown to become one of the largest full-line commercial armored truck suppliers in the country, and continues to set the standard for customization, reliability and protection.

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USSOCOM Awards Revision Contract To Develop Advanced Technology Demonstration Helmet

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Even as USSOCOM continues to evaluate industry proposals for their next Family of Tactical Headborne Systems, the command’s Science & Technology arm awarded an 18-month, $1,813,065 contract to develop Advanced Technology Demonstration Helmet. The award is based upon USSOCOM-BAAST-2015 Appendix J, Amendment 14 published on April 20, 2017 under the BAA’s area of interest, Topic 4.4 Optical Electronics. In July 2016, Revision was awarded a similar contract for the advancement of headborne systems technologies.


During AUSA, Revision previewed their Sensys technology which serves as a platform to integrate new helmet and body worn technologies such as augmented reality and conformal power sources.

Dynamis Alliance Launches Two New Products Onto Their R&D Page

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Dynamis Alliance is proud to begin sharing with you the development story of the Zero Clips and Combative Training Barrel.

The Dynamis team has taken all the feedback we have been collecting from the previous clip’s function and applied it to the new Dynamis Zero Clips. The key features remain on the clips. Heat treated metal is used for durability, and we have included a cloth grabber to maximize security and reliability. This capability has been tested on clothing ranging from board shorts to combat pants. The clip also pairs nicely with dress attire, so that you can be prepared to engage in your suit and tie. The Zero Clip will be tuck-able behind a shirt, making concealing your tools cleaner and more discreet. Furthermore, the length of the clip has been reduced to give it the ability to hide behind your belt, reducing your overall profile. This clip will now be the standard on all Dynamis sheathes and holsters. The Zero Clip will be sold individually as well in both the holster and sheath versions.



The Dynamis Alliance Combative Training Barrel is designed to allow you to train with your carry pistol in either a combative environment or during safe, dry fire practice. This aluminum barrel will be anodized high-vis red to make a clear distinction that this is a training tool and not a live barrel. This barrel is blocked off to make accidental loading impossible. This barrel will fit Gen 4 and below Glock 19 and 17 pistols.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – The Squadron Smock Returns!

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Its Back! The FS Squadron Smock is back and better than ever, now built with FS ACM MID 400 through the torso for maximum wicking and warming comfort.

The Squadron Smock is a hybrid garment that depending upon your circumstances can be a uniform top, a weather barrier, or even hasty load carriage. An oversized hood will fit over your helmet with most NVGs attached and an easily adjusted stiffener in the bill will help keep the shape.

Loaded with pockets and features, the Squadron Smock has a loose fit to accommodate additional layers. Oversized buttons that interface into slightly undersized holes provide security from windblast received in open vehicles or helicopters. Tough and flexible brushed Nylon exterior with a Wool interior made 100% in the USA out of 100% US materials. The Squadron Smock has so much character that Colonel Sir David Stirling would have worn it!

The squadron smock will be available in Black, Ranger Green, Coyote, Manatee Grey, and even some Multicam has been rumored. Coyote is in stock and shipping now. Place your order today for Ranger Green, Black, Manatee, or Multicam – shipping next week!

For all those who waited patiently for the Squadron Smock enjoy 10% off MSRP on any Smock from now until SHOT Show ends – January 26th 2018.

INVISIO to equip US Army’s new Security Force Assistance Brigades with communication and hearing protection systems

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Stockholm, December 28, 2017

INVISIO has received an order concerning deliveries to the US Army’s new specialized unit Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB). The order is valued SEK 10 million and connects to the previous order of SEK 20 million announced on December 4, 2017, amounting to a total order value of about SEK 30 million. Deliveries will take place during the first half of 2018.

The order includes communications system with control units and headsets for use with a radio. By ensuring a good hearing protection while the wearer can communicate and maintain situational awareness, the INVISIO systems address the Army’s modernization initiatives and provides Soldiers with the tactical advantage necessary to achieve mission success.

“We are proud to deliver our advanced communication systems to new units within the US Armed Forces. INVISIO’s systems are world leading in its segment and with this order we are strengthening our position further,” said Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

The Security Force Assistance Brigades are specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations. Soldiers in SFABs are highly trained and will help brigade combat teams build readiness by freeing them from advisory missions.

Panteao Productions Expands Video Library

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Columbia, SC, December 28, 2017Panteao Productions is happy to announce the upcoming release of instructional videos that were originally produced and offered by Paladin Press. With the recent and unfortunate demise of Paladin, many videos titles faced going into limbo and no longer being available to viewers. Starting in January, Panteao will begin re-introducing video titles from instructors like Jeff Cooper, Louis Awerbuck, Jim Cirillo, and more. The videos will be initially available as digital downloads as well as digital streaming from the Panteao website, Make Ready mobile apps, and Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.

Panteao will also be relaunching three previously published books from Louis Awerbuck and Jim Cirillo’s “Guns, Bullets, and Gunfights” in both paperback and Kindle edition.

Spiritus Systems – Lunchbox

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Designed with input from the Direct Action Resource Center, the Lunchbox was designed with Breachers and Assaulters in mind. Considerably larger than its little brother the “SACK” pouch the Lunch Box provides a simple solution for carrying explosives or collecting SSE.

It can easily accommodate multiple Roll-Ups, 8”x8” Puck Charges plus it has 5 elastic slots on the back to carry Interior Door Charges of varying length.

The pouch rolls up into a convenient stowage position using toggles and shock cord when not in use.

We brought the Tourniquet loops on the bottom to this new design as well as the stretch zipper stash pocket on the front. The stretch pocket makes it easy to carry remnants of det cord, rolls of tape or even spare plungers.

Finally we added elastic loops on both sides for stashing extra shock tube up while rolling primed to the door.

Releasing 29 December 2017 at 1700 EST.

Saber Solutions – M-LOK Grip Enhancement Tape

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

The M-LOK Grip Enhancement Panel is the answer to increasing weapon control and maintaining positive grip.


The mineral coated panels provide traction in all conditions while the acrylic adhesive ensures adhesion on plastics, metals, and composites in a wide range of temperatures. The M-LOK Grip Enhancement Tape does not appreciably impact the circumference of the gripping area, all while providing a gripping surface that is superior to most rail panels on the market.

Delivered in a pack of seven, each panels can be trimmed down to user-specific lengths or configurations.

Designed to be compatible with all hand guards that meet the outlined dimensions in the Magpul M-LOK TDP and Made in the USA with American materials.