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FirstSpear Friday Focus – FirstSpear Technology Group Launches Website

Friday, August 31st, 2018

FirstSpear® Technology Group LLC – Enhancing the protection, lethality, and capabilities of the warfighter, first responder, and law enforcement professional.

FirstSpear® Technology Group LLC is the sister company and industry outreach partner of FirstSpear® LLC. FSTG operates independently to develop, acquire, promote, integrate and protect technological innovation in the areas of Personal Protective Equipment, Load Carriage, and Technical Apparel.

FSTG is driven on the premise that we are all on the same side constantly trying to improve what we do to support our men and women, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters; who are out there every day keeping peace and defending our very way of life. With all of that in mind the quickest way to make the latest technological innovations available to the professionals who need it today is through partnering with forward thinking manufacturing companies to assist in the rapid fielding of advanced personal protective products.

In short, FirstSpear® Technology Group is about collaborative win/win efforts that benefit the warfighter and law enforcement professional.  We look forward to working with industry leaders in support of that mission.

Email [email protected] for more information on our technology systems and how you can integrate them into your next project.

Extreme Outfitters Labor Day Sale

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Save 15% in store and online. Use discount code LABORDAY. Sale ends 09/03/18



GunfightersINC Labor Day Sale

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Starting today through Monday! Our Annual Labor Day Sale. 15% off all GunfightersINC products, including the Kenai Chest Holster. Use the code LABORDAY2018 to redeem your discount. http://www.gunfightersinc.com



Viktos Law Dog Boots

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Featuring a polishable heel and toe, the Law Dog boot is constructed of full grain leather. These were built with LE and First Resoonders in mind, integrating waterproof/breathable as well as Blood-borne Pathogen resistance. In addition to a Reinforced Toe Box, the Law Dog boot also features their Strife™ Warfighter Bottom Unit.

Available in Nightfjall, a Black shade, in sizes 7-15.


Aquabotix Joins Information Warfare Research Project Consortium

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

• Aquabotix becomes a member of the Information Warfare Research Project (“IWRP”) consortium.

• Will gain access to the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Other Transaction Authority agreement, valued at US$100 million.

• A faster path to contracting with the U.S. Government. 

UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (the “Company” or “Aquabotix”) is pleased to announce that it has been accepted as a member of the Information Warfare Research Project consortium (“IWRP” or the “Consortium”), a consortium focused on advancing information warfare capabilities to enhance United States Navy and United States Marine Corps mission effectiveness.

Aquabotix was approved to join IWRP as a demonstrated technology leader with competencies in autonomy, assured communications, and battlespace awareness – all key focus areas for the consortium. As a member of IWRP, Aquabotix will gain access to US Space and Naval Warfare (“SPAWAR”) Systems Command’s Other Transaction Authority (“OTA”) agreement previously awarded to the Consortium. The aggregate amount of this particular OTA across the Consortium is US$100 million over the next three year period, and the OTA will be used as a vehicle to advance information warfare technologies and innovation delivery to the U.S. fleet. The OTA enables the Consortium members to engage in a broad range of activities advancing such technologies and allows for the delivery of new technology faster and more efficiently than traditional U.S. federal acquisition requirements might permit.

In a release made last month by the United States Navy, Rear Adm. C.D. Becker, commander of SPAWAR Systems Command was quoted as stating, “The IWRP OTA will accelerate acquisition and bring non-traditional sources, research and development labs, and industry together to provide new, innovative information warfare solutions.” SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Deputy Executive Director, Bill Deligne, was also quoted remarking on the use of OTAs, stating, “This mechanism is faster and more attuned to getting something quickly that we want today, as opposed to traditional federal acquisition. […] While speed is a critical element, reaching beyond the traditional DoD industrial base, further into the commercial sector to capture new, innovative solutions, is also a key element of the IWRP.”

Whitney Million, Chief Executive Officer of Aquabotix commented, “It is a privilege to be joining other industry leaders in the IWRP. We anticipate participation in this consortium will provide access to key partners and customers while enabling rapid research and prototyping using non-dilutive funding options under the OTA to support our goal of continuing to develop innovative and leading-edge solutions and product offerings for the U.S. and allied governments.”

MultiCam Shoe Laces? Sure, Why Not!

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

MMI Textiles prints webbing and dummied up these laces to showcase what they can do.

Interested? Visit www.mmitextiles.com and let them know.

SIG SAUER BDX Award-Winning Rangefinder and Riflescope System Now Available in Retails Stores for Hunting Season

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Newington, N.H. (August 29, 2018) – SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is pleased to announce that the award-winning Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX™) Rangefinder and Riflescope System is now available in retail stores for hunting season. BDX is a rangefinder and riflescope system that uses your ballistics, environmental conditions, and Bluetooth to illuminate the exact holdover dot. The BDX System is simple, fast, and intuitive – just Connect The Dot™.

To use the BDX Rangefinder and Riflescope system, simply download the “SIG BDX” app, pair the KILO BDX Rangefinder and SIERRA3BDX Riflescope, set up your ballistic profile, and you are ready to hunt. Once you are in the field, range your target, put the ballistic holdover dot on the target, pull the trigger, impact.

The BDX family of rangefinders includes: KILO1400BDX, KILO1800BDX, KILO2200BDX, KILO2400BDX, and KILO3000BDX rangefinding binocular. These rangefinders include many of the unrivaled features that the KILO name was built on: Lightwave DSP™ digital rangefinder engine, Hyperscan™ with 4 times per second scan rate, RangeLock™, and the Lumatic™ auto-adjusting display.

The SIERRA3BDX riflescopes are available in 3.5-10x42mm, 4.5-14x44mm, 4.5-14x50mm, and 6.5-20x52mm, and have the look, feel, weight, and size of traditional riflescopes. The riflescopes feature HD glass for superior resolution and optical clarity, 30mm main tubes, side-focus parallax adjustments, and the LevelPlex™ digital anti-cant system. The BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle is the evolution of holdover, with a second focal plane reticle that scales your ballistic holdover dot with magnification like a first focal plane reticle, providing a ballistic solution out to 800 yards with 1 MOA of accuracy.

Rounding out these superior features is SIG SAUER’s kinetic energy transfer indicator: KinETHIC™. KinETHIC provides hunters assistance in assuring an ethical hunt by indicating when energy on target drops below a threshold that can be set by the hunter using the BDX App.

The SIG SAUER BDX System was recently awarded the 2018 Golden Triggr Award for “Innovation in Optics” at Triggrcon which showcases the newest, most innovative products in the firearms industry.

The complete SIG SAUER Electro-Optics BDX Rangefinder and Riflescope system retails for $699 – $1,399.


DHS Awards $199K to Protect The Force for Development of Energy Harvesting Fabric

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded $199,260 to Boston-based Protect the Force, Inc. for the development of photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting fabrics. PV materials produce electricity through exposure to light. Energy harvesting fabrics produce and store electricity within a fabric weave to power portable devices.

Protect the Force received its award for its project titled “Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Harvesting Textiles for Homeland Security Ensembles” under S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation Energy Harvesting Fabrics – HSHQDC-17-R-00050. This is the first award under this solicitation.

Protect the Force will develop PV fiber that can be woven into a “power fabric” and integrated with first responder garments to provide a reliable, portable power source. The power fabric can be used to make first responder gear or placed as panels on protective clothing.

“Protect the Force’s proposed technology could change how first responders are able to perform during emergencies,” said Melissa Ho, SVIP Managing Director. “A wearable, portable power source could support safety equipment and communication tools; it has the potential to improve the work of first responders across the nation.”

The first phase will see Protect the Force fabricating and testing the PV fiber and weaving said fiber into a textile matrix.

Companies participating in the SVIP are eligible for up to $800,000 in non-dilutive funding over four phases to adapt commercial technologies for homeland security use cases.

For more information on current and future OTS solicitations, visit www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/svip or contact [email protected].