Archive for May, 2019

Rheinmetall and FRAEN Corporation Announce Joint Venture to Serve US Defense Market

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

By setting up a joint venture in the military fuze sector, the Rheinmetall Group continues to expand its presence in the growing US defense technology market.

Rheinmetall and the FRAEN Corporation have joined forces to establish a joint venture in the United States called Rheinmetall Fraen Fuzes LLC (RFF) which, headed by Rheinmetall, will develop and produce military fuzes. The Düsseldorf, Germany-based technology group will hold a 51 percent share in the new company, with the remaining 49 percent held by FRAEN Corporation. The joint venture will be collocated with FRAEN Corporation headquarters in Reading, Massachusetts.

The combined capabilities of the Rheinmetall Fraen Fuzes joint venture lay the groundwork for establishing a new benchmark in the world of military fuze technology, with intensive research and development poised to create new technical and tactical capabilities.

Rheinmetall brings to the joint venture state-of-the-art technology, innovative drive, unsurpassed quality, and nearly 130 years of experience in developing and producing defense technology systems and products, especially weapon systems, ammunition, and related components. FRAEN Corporation is synonymous with precision fabrication of mechanical and electrical elements, automated production sequences with integrated quality control, and comprehensive production expertise.

In particular, America stands to benefit from the synergy effects arising from the new joint venture, coupled with access to cutting-edge fuze technology – a key component in the production of ammunition – together with an assured source of supply and excellent quality. Based on advanced Rheinmetall technologies and know-how, the creation of research and development capacity in America will be a boon for the US defense industry.

The new company constitutes a key element in the ongoing expansion of Rheinmetall’s Weapon and Ammunition division in the United States, and is an integral part of its strategy of securing existing and future US procurement orders in the weapon and ammunition domain.

As Werner Kraemer, managing director of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH, put it, “We’re very upbeat about the potential the new company opens up for our customers as well for ourselves. The combined capabilities of FRAEN Corporation and Rheinmetall mean that we’ll be able to offer our American customers the latest fuze technology and highly innovative products: Made in USA.”

“Our goal is to tap into the market for ammunition and grow the company to meet the needs of our customers in the best way possible”, states Nic Scarfo, CEO of FRAEN Corporation. “Combining our capabilities with technologies from Rheinmetall in the United States takes our business to a whole new level. We’ll be able to offer technologies and products that help our armed forces perform their important tasks. We look forward to working together with Rheinmetall!”

Darren Klein, who will lead the joint venture as CEO, stresses that “Rheinmetall Fraen Fuzes is fortunate to be able to build on the robust capabilities, experience, and product portfolios of its parent companies. Thanks to this joint endeavor, we’ll be able to offer our customers the kind of innovative and effective high-quality products they need to carry out their vital mission.”

Rheinmetall Defence is a leading maker of military vehicles and systems. In the USA, the Group is represented by American Rheinmetall Munition and American Rheinmetall Systems. Both subsidiaries are experienced suppliers of the US Department of Defense.

FRAEN Corporation is an innovative, large-volume producer of high-quality, precision metal components and assemblies, specializing in injection casting, punching, and turning.

Rampart Range Day 19 – BCB Fire Dragon

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Fire Dragon is a green and clean solid cooking fuel from BCB International. It will ignite even when wet and produces little smoke. A magnesium stick easily set it alight.

products are available in Canada from Rampart International.

Rampart Range Day 19 – Hyperspike Acoustic Hailing Device

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The Hyperspike Acoustic Hailing Device is a self-contained, lightweight (37 lbs), portable acoustic hailer for communicating long distances and penetrating high background noice. In fact, the 148 dB SPL peak acoustic output offers a range of up to 1500m with a beam width of +/- 12 deg. The frequency range is 300 Hz – 8 kHz, optimized for human voice. The user has the option of pre-recording a message of up to 16 GB in size or use a patch cable for external storage devices.

Hyperspike is available in Canada from Rampart International.

Rampart Range Day 19 – Salewa Mountain Trainer Lite Mid GTX

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

You’re getting a sneak peek of the Mountain Trainer Lite Mid GTX from Salewa which will be available next year.

It features a suede and fabric upper and uses the Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane which is becoming very popular with European footwear.

As you can see, it’s offered in a Black configuration. The sole is a proprietary design by Vibram specifically for this shoe.

Salewa Footwear is available in Canada from Rampart International.

Rampart Range Day 19 – ASP Transport Kit

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Made from forged aluminum, the ASP Transport Kit consists of rigid ultra cuffs, locking block, and stainless steel chain or nylon belt.

The cuff is offered in a variety of colors and has key holes on both sides to facilitate cuffing the hands in opposite directions.

It features a tongue that slides through a purpose-specific channel on the rigid ultra cuff wrist restraints. A high-security, proprietary lock fastens to the tongue instantly, without the key inserted. The key, which engages a cylinder lock with 2,187 possible unique keyway configurations, is only used to remove the system.

The loose end of the chain has a clip to attach the chain back on itself, at the rear of the prisoner. The alternative is a nylon belt with button holes.

ASP products are available in Canada from Rampart International.

Rampart Range Day 19 – Defense Technology 40mm Direct Impact Adjustable Range Less Than Lethal Munitions by Safariland

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Safariland conducted a live demo of their Defense Technology 40mm Direct Impact Adjustable Range Less Than Lethal Munitions.

The round consists of a plastic body and a crushable foam nose that contains a powder payload. This payload area can hold inert, marking, OC or CS powder. The crushable foam nose dissipates energy upon impact while releasing the powder payload. What makes this round different than others on the market is that it can be used as close as five feet.

Safariland’s full range of products is available in Canada from Rampart International.

GT Distributors GLOCK Salute to Veterans Discount Program

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

During the GLOCK Salute to Veterans Discount Program GT Distributors and GLOCK are extending blue label qualifications to any honorably discharged, active or retired veteran. If you meet these requirements you’re eligible to purchase one Blue Label GLOCK pistol through GT Distributors from Memorial Day to Veterans Day. Blue label pricing provides a significant discount below regular pricing for qualified purchasers. Participation in the Salute to Veterans program is as simple as using a copy of your DD 214 and valid driver’s license as credentials.

Guns like the newly released G48 and G43X  as well as the G45 and G19X are all available through this program. GT Distributors is a leading supplier of GLOCK firearms, parts  and accessories – from magazines to sights, and even installation.

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Thursday, May 30th, 2019

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