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DroneShield Progresses Collaboration with Thales in Spain

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

On 11 December 2018, DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”), announced it had entered into a Teaming Agreement with Thales Programas De Electronica Y Comunicaciones S.A.U. (“Thales Spain”) (a Spanish subsidiary of Thales S.A.), whereby Thales would utilise and promote DroneShield’s products in its defence and security contract bids in Spain involving counterdrone aspects.

Image: DroneSentry

Thales Spain has now made its first purchase of DroneShield detection and mitigation products, with the primary purchase of integrating them into its broader family of defence products to market in Spain and globally to its customers. The payment for the products has been received. Integration process includes Thales’s Squire radar (deployed with numerous militaries globally, including mostly recently the Royal Netherlands Army) and its Gecko Optronics System, paired with DroneShield’s specialist drone-detection systems.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO commented, “We are excited about the continued progression of our partnership with Thales in Spain, and look forward completing the integration and marketing the combined solution to Thales Spain customers globally.”

Finnish Defense Force Adopts RK 62M Rifle

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

After announcing the project in 2015, the Finnish Defense Force will begin fielding of the upgraded RK 62M rifle in 7.62x39mm in three variants.

M1 variant:

-Magpul stock
-New safety lever
-Optical sight mount
-Adapter for mounting accessories
-New sling

M2 variant:

-Magpul stock
-New safety lever
-Optical sight mount
-New handguard for accessories
-New flash hider that can be used to mount a suppressor or breaching device/rebar cutter
-New sling

M3 variant:

-Same as the M2 but comes with a OD green finish and is equipped with the suppressor and breaching device/rebar cutter

In addition to some Aimpoint optics and Magpul accessories, the flash hider, suppressor and the breaching device/rebar cutter on the M2 and M3 variants are manufactured by Ase Utra.

Nikola Reckless

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

SOFWERX partnered with Nikola, Planck, Profense and AimLock to create the Nikola Reckless. This technology is a weaponized, remotely piloted vehicle for exploration of man-machine teaming.

The Reckless goes from 0-60 MPH in four seconds flat thanks to its four independant electric motors which directly drive each wheel. This also means it will still get you or your payload there, even if one motor is damaged. Additionally, it has a low thermal signature thanks to its refrigerant cooling system.

Navy Introduces New Uniforms for Brig Inmates

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — To enhance security and provide for public safety, all pretrial and post-trial prisoners confined in Navy shore military correctional facilities (MCFs) will begin wearing a Navy non-military standardized prisoner uniform (SPU) May 1.

Wearing of the SPU will be mandatory for all prisoners, regardless of Service affiliation.

Currently, all prisoners confined in Navy shore MCFs wear their respective Service utility uniform.  The “military model” approach adheres to a Navy philosophy, that the approach curbs abusiveness, maintains structure and discipline with core military values to influence positive behavior in an effort to support the prisoners’ rehabilitation.

“However, having prisoners wear their Service uniform creates security and public safety challenges, such as difficulty in distinguishing staff from prisoners,” said Jonathan Godwin, senior corrections program specialist with the Corrections and Programs Office, Navy Personnel Command.

“Prison populations are largely comprised of prisoners incarcerated for crimes against people, which is reflected in courts-martial judgments with longer sentences and more less-than-honorable discharges from service,” Godwin added. “Additionally, punishments consist of total forfeiture of all pay and allowance, and it is rare for a prisoner to return to active duty.”

Pairing these challenges with a prisoner population almost exclusively in a non-pay status and not returning to duty, the costs associated with buying and maintaining Service uniforms becomes a tremendous and unnecessary fiscal burden to the Navy and the taxpayer.  The price for a Service-specific military utility uniform with one pair of trousers and a top is approximately $95. When you add in a fleece jacket, the total easily exceeds $150.

The new SPU top and trousers will cost approximately $18.50. Adding a belt, buckle, ball cap and watch cap, and the price is about $22.  Then add a jacket and the complete price to clothe a prisoner will be about $45.

There will be two, distinct in color, uniforms worn by prisoners with the prisoner’s legal status determining which will be worn. The pretrial prisoner uniform will be chocolate brown in color and post-trial prisoner uniform will be a tan-colored uniform.

The SPU consists of MCF issued shirt/blouse, pants, web belt with open-faced buckle, and Service-issued undergarments, service-issue socks and boots or facility approved footgear.  Additional SPU accessory items consist of a prisoner jacket and a baseball cap and/or beanie/watch cap.

“In addition to the enhancement of correctional security, improved public safety and significant fiscal savings, the wearing of the new SPU will produce numerous benefits across a wide range of Navy corrections operations,” Godwin said. “These include an SPU with a neat and professional look, an easier-to-maintain and care-for uniform, and less wear and tear on equipment, i.e. washing machines and dryers, and less cleaning supplies, i.e. laundry detergent.”

The SPU will be provided and funded by the Navy MCF.  During in-processing into a Navy MCF, prisoners will sign for the uniforms and they will be held responsible for care and maintenance. Upon release from confinement, the prisoner will return the issued SPUs back to the MCF.

Also beginning May 1, clothing and packing list for prisoners entering confinement will no longer require four sets of utility uniforms and jackets.  However, prisoners in pretrial-status will require their service dress uniform for court appearances.

Commands placing a service member into a Navy MCF for confinement are encouraged to review the required confinement documents and clothing packing lists, which can be found at www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/correctionprograms/brigs.

From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

Expand your Operational Capabilities at Darley Defense Days at Fort Bragg May 7th – 8th

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Darley Defense Days is back at Fort Bragg’s Iron Mike Convention Center May 7th & 8th for its annual vendor showcase and procurement solutions expo. The industry’s best and most innovative vendors come together under one roof for 2 days of networking, new product releases, live demonstrations, and more…

From OCIE to C4ISR, Darley Defense has you covered, all easily procurable from one trusted source. Register now to learn how Darley can help expand your warfighting capabilities.

Warning Order – Limited Edition DEFCON x LBT Maritime VANS & SWAG

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

DEFCON has done it again, working with VANS’ new advanced sole CumfyCush technology and LBT’s MAS Grey to introduce limited edition VANS shoes along with T-shirts and hoodies.

Based on the VANS ComfyCush Old Skool and Skate Hi, the shoes are designed for wear on the job. However, as in past releases, these are limited addition. With uppers made from MAS Grey colored Cordura, developed by LBT, these share the same color as the SOF issue Maritime Assault Suit.

They will be available in low and high top versions.

The new ComfyCush construction makes them ultra lightweight and like the name says, comfortable. You see, even though the soles retain the classic VANS look, they are made from a soft foam.

These are prototype Maritime (VBSS / GOPLAT) shoes. For instance, they put drain holes on the bottom and side to assist with drainage. This is the rapid prototype concept and not the fully developed version purpose build for maritime needs. This is a first for VANS footwear with more to come hopefully in the near future.

As you can see, they’ll fit in a fin’s foot pocket.

The tongue of the Hi model also features loop fabric to accept patches like the DEFCON lightning bolt. The low has a lightning bolt directly embroidered to the tongue.

The T-shirts are available in White, Grey and Black.

Below, you can see the unique markings, denoting the collaboration with LBT.

The hoodies are available in Grey and Black.

Here are some closeups of the graphics.

The items will be available Wednesday, May 1 at 0900 PDT, exclusively from DEFCONGROUP.com.

Platatac – Giggle Bush Hat – Revised

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Platatac has launched their GBH-R. It’s got a short brim we associate with Recce hats as well as an internal pocket fashioned from hi-viz Orange signal panel. A rear barrel lock and cord. keep the hat from blowing off your head in the breeze.

• Lightweight and crushable to stow easily in a uniform pocket
• Medium height crown with a 4.5cm brim
• Self-fabric sweatband
• Internal hi-vis panel/pocket
• Internal mesh lining with heat dissipation vents
• 35x35mm square Velcro® brand loop on the crown for attaching IFF patches
• Self-fabric foliage loops
• Elastic shock cord adjustment
• Adjustable para cord neck strap
• Fours sizes available – 7, 7 ¼, 7 ½ and 7 ¾

Available in four sizes and a variety of patterns.


Cubic Hires Three New Leaders for Defense Business

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Cubic Global Defense to strengthen simulation and digital initiatives with update to business line  

SAN DIEGO – April 29, 2019 – Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced its Cubic Global Defense (CGD) business division appointed three new leaders to its executive team: Mark Schmaltz, vice president and general manager of synthetic/digital solutions; Michael Maughan, vice president of business development and strategy as well as Kenneth Lowe, vice president of financial operations and controller. All three executives will play key roles in Cubic’s transformation journey as it focuses on growth, digital product innovation and new recurring revenue streams.

In addition to its existing Air and Ground Training Solutions business lines, Cubic has created a new Synthetic/Digital Solutions line which consists of its maritime, virtual, immersive and game-based technologies. Synthetic/Digital Solutions will focus on growing Cubic’s simulation and digital transformation initiatives and is comprised of Cubic’s Orlando, Austin and Denmark Studios.

“Cubic Global Defense has a rich history of developing cutting-edge solutions for the U.S. military and our allied nations and we continuously look for new innovative ways to strengthen our business,” said Mike Knowles, president, Cubic Global Defense. “I am very pleased to welcome Mark, Mike and Ken to our team during this significant time as we continue to accelerate our growth and meet our strategic vision.”

Schmaltz, Maughan and Lowe bring diverse backgrounds with skillsets that further allow Cubic to drive innovation and profitable business operations:

• Mark Schmaltz – Schmaltz is a business/program management executive with experience delivering major revenue growth and robust business wins. Prior to Cubic, he worked for Rockwell Collins for over 30 years, where he was responsible for significantly increasing revenue streams in the company’s defense, commercial and training markets globally. He will take on the role of vice president and general manager of synthetic/digital solutions, overseeing Cubic’s Orlando, Austin and Denmark Studios.

• Michael Maughan – Maughan is a business development executive with a background in corporate, engineering, government and military. He was previously the senior director of advanced programs and strategic development for General Atomics. As vice president of business development and strategy, Maughan will be responsible for the global business development efforts across the CGD business, including the implementation and execution of business strategies that align with Cubic’s corporate long-term strategy.

• Kenneth Lowe – Lowe is a finance executive who previously served as the vice president of finance for L3 Technologies’ Electron Devices Division. Lowe will be responsible for the general and cost accounting activities for CGD in his new role as vice president of financial operations and controller. He will drive the financial planning process, including the analysis of return on investments and will execute measures to increase profit and cash flow.


To learn more about Cubic Global Defense, please visit www.cubic.com/training or follow @CubicDefense on Twitter.