Archive for May, 2019

US Military Purchases Aquabotix Swarmdriver

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Aquabotix awarded an approximately US$150,000 contract to supply SwarmDiver system, training, and test support.

Sydney, Australia and Virginia and Massachusetts, USA – UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an approximately US$150,000 contract for the purchase of its SwarmDiverTM system along with training and test support for the United States Military. This hardware and services sale will enable necessary government evaluation activities for the Military’s consideration of operational use of the product in theatre.


This award represents the fourth (4th) order placed by the United States Armed Forces related to the SwarmDiver family of vehicles since the product’s launch in April 2018. Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Whitney Million, “We are proud to have this opportunity to provide our SwarmDiverTM solution once more to the United States Military and are optimistic about related future opportunities. We see this award as being significant for a few reasons. First, the award demonstrates a now solid trend of acquisition activity by the United States Military branches – a trend oftentimes followed by other nation’s navies as products become qualified for use. Additionally, the value of this award is significantly larger than those from the United States Military to Aquabotix in the past. While contract values for providing this type of hardware and services support for evaluation activities are generally small, they represent meaningful and necessary steps to progress commercially developed product to a state of full operational use. These facts leave us anticipating potential future, more sizeable orders from both United States and other navies.”

U.S. Military personnel reviewing the SwarmDiver system during the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise in August 2018.

CANSEC 19 – Integrity Tactical Solutions Breacher Chainsaw Available Through Parabellum Prime

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The MS 460 Breacher Chain Saw Kit is a backpack-mounted Stihl MS 460 Magnum chain saw with 16? guide bar designed for optimum speed during breaching operations. The saw features a displacement of 4.7 cu. in., engine power of 6.0 brake hp and powerhead weight of 15.2 lbs. The kit features a single pin quick release system allowing the operator to remove the chain saw from the pack rapidly and effectively. Weighing only 30 lbs., the system is lightweight and easily handled by a single operator.

What’s more, breaching equipment gets beat up during deployments. ITS can rebuild your gear and get it right back into service.

Integrity Tactical Solutions products are available in Canada from Parabellum Prime.

CANSEC 19 – ICOM Common Operational Awareness Situational Application for Use with ATAK

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The new Common Operational Awareness Plug-In App for the Android Tactical Assault Kit From ICOM enhances situational awareness with Coalition Forces.

It integrates seamlessly into ATAK, offering real-time S/A as well as AES Encryption. Additionally, COA is compatible with Icom’s F3400D / F4400D Series, radios by US and Coalition Forces.

CANSEC 19 – Millbrook Tactical To Introduce Two New Winter Boots From Lowa

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Millbrook Tactical is Lowa Footwear’s number one Retailer in Canada and for good reason. Millbrook works with Lowa to provide special versions of their boots, specifically for the needs of Canada’s uniformed professionals.

This year, they are introducing two new Lowa Task Force models. Both are cold weather boots.

The first is the Elite Patrol GTX Thermo TF. This mountaineering-style boot features a full grain leather upper with a 4-layer Gore-Tex performance comfort liner and 400 gr Primaloft insulation. The sole is Single injection DURA PU monowrap (support frame) combined with the grippy-on-ice Vibram Arctic Grip sole.

The boots seen are prototypes, but the brown final boots will feature a brown rubber rand, rather than the black seen here. The final production boot will also incorporate closed hook lacing. I fully expect demand for these in the UK.

The second boot is the R-8 GTX Thermo TF. This is more of a duty boot with a full grain leather polishable toe.

Like the Elite Patrol, the R-8 features a 4-layer Gore-Tex performance comfort liner and 400 gr Primaloft insulation as well as the Vibram Mottarone Arctic Grip sole. The final boot will feature closed lacing hooks.

Lowa Task Force boots are available in Canada from Millbrook Tactical.


Friday, May 31st, 2019

Please enjoy our somewhat limited coverage of CANSEC 2019. Next week will do a deeper dive on a few, key Canadian Soldier Systems initiatives.

MARCORSYSCOM Issues Elbow & Kneepad Challenge To Industry

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The Marine Corps wants you to help them identify innovative ideas and solutions that improve the currently fielded knee and elbow pads’ comfort.

The desired end-state is to determine a design or concept that provides improved comfort, impact protection and operator acceptance, while maintaining mobility and operator’s range of motion.

They don’t care if they are stand alone items, like those currently fielded, or integrated protection for the combat uniform.

For full details, visit

FirstSpear Friday Focus – USA Rash Guard

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The FirstSpear USA Rash Guard is back in stock! Built for FS professional users who work in or near water while wearing personal protective equipment like plate carriers and dive equipment.

Available in short and long sleeve with an ultralight compression fit and high collar that works great to reduce abrasion from slings. Premium materials, smooth flat seams and very fast to dry. 100% made in the USA.

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

Friday, May 31st, 2019

JB working with the Dominican Amphibious Commandos.