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Rheinmetall Sets Three New Distance Records For Indirect Fire In South Africa

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

At a test fire event on 6 November at the Alkantpan Test Range in South Africa, Rheinmetall demonstrated its extensive expertise in the world of indirect fire. In the presence of international partners and customers, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based defence contractor proved how new technologies can be used to boost the performance of systems that are already in extensive use around the world – those which meet the NATO standards set out in the Joint Ballistics Memorandum of Understanding (JBMoU) as well as non-JBMoU systems.  During the event, three new maximum effective range records were set using various guns.  A G6 howitzer with a 52-calibre gun achieved the longest range ever attained with a conventional 155mm artillery round: 76 kilometres, while the 52-calibre gun of PzH2000 self-propelled howitzer lobbed a shell 67 kilometres. Finally, a field howitzer with a 39-calibre gun attained a range of 54 kilometres.

The following table shows the ranges achieved with various projectiles and charges.

Rheinmetall Waffe and Munition, Rheinmetall’s centre of excellence for cannon technology, showcased the self propelled howitzer PzH 2000’s main armament in action. Over the past decade, this 155mm weapons system has proven to be one of the world’s most effective conventional artillery systems, capable of attaining the high rates of fire specified in the JBMoU. Developed and manufactured by Denel Land Systems, the G6 used at the live fire event was a new version designed to attain greater ranges in line with non-JBMoU standards.

Using the celebrated Assegai V-LAP shell is an example, modular upgrades of the artillery ammunition were on show at the event. The delegations could see for themselves the marked improvement in its performance with respect both to propulsion and range when fired from 39- and 52-calibre guns. Coupled with technologies from Rheinmetall Waffe Munition and Nitrochemie, Rheinmetall Denel Munition artillery shells exceed previous maximum effective ranges when fired from any conventional 155mm artillery system currently in use.

The maximum range of over 76 km was achieved with a non-JBMoU-compliant gun. This gun served as evidence of the feasibility of a new howitzer with a range of 83 km. Working in close cooperation with the German procurement authorities, Rheinmetall plans to develop and manufacture a new 155mm gun of this type, which will feature a significantly larger chamber and a longer, 60-calibre barrel. The gun should be able to fire existing JBMoU-compliant rounds as well as new ammunition families. On the one hand, these new ammunition types will be optimized with respect to stresses occurring in the new gun, but will also be able to be fired from legacy JBMoU-compliant guns. Here, 83 kilometres serves as the benchmark, since the course correction fuse necessary for precision at these ranges reduces the attainable range by approximately ten percent. This means that the maximum effective range of 75 kilometres specified by the German procurement authorities is attainable.

Rheinmetall Norway’s 120mm Ragnarok motor system and ammunition from RDM round out the Group’s indirect fire profile. This combination lends itself especially well to multipurpose vehicle applications with a rapid-fire capability. It also enables friendly forces to quickly evade counterbattery fire.

The event’s host, the German-South African joint venture Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM), welcomed participants from several NATO nations to the event in Northern Cape province on 6 November. As RDM managing director Jan-Patrick Helmsen explains, “Our goal is to be a true partner to the military. That’s why transparent cooperation and trust are so important to us. Tube artillery can provide defensive and offensive fire support. It’s cheaper and faster than rockets or air support, can operate around the clock, and engage targets with great precision using indirect fire anywhere within its range. Of course, range has proved to be a limiting factor in recent years, giving rise to the need for increased operational reach.” During the event, Jan-Patrick Helmsen noted that RDM has already been working to extend the range of artillery shells for some time now. “We’re known for the Assegai family and our V-LAP round, the longest-range conventional artillery projectile. The combination of South African technology and German expertise has already resulted in enhanced range, effectiveness and precision. When it comes to artillery, Rheinmetall takes a totally holistic approach”, declares Helmsen.

Transition Combat Eye Protection Capability Added To Army Approved EyePro List

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Lt. Col. Ginger Whitehead has seen the gruesome consequences when Soldiers chose to don eyewear that didn’t appear on the Army’s authorized list.

Deployed Soldiers have suffered severe damage to their eyes or lost their sight entirely.

“We have seen some really horrific injuries with roadside bombs,” said Whitehead, the product manager for protective equipment at Program Executive Office Soldier.

Using eyewear approved from the list, which features 27 products that have undergone extensive testing, could mean the difference between saving a Soldier’s vision or going blind, Whitehead said.

“The Soldier’s face is all chewed up,” Whitehead said. “But when they pull his glasses off, where the skin is intact around their eyes, where you know without a doubt that eyewear saved their eyes.”

To help protect Soldiers from serious injuries during combat missions, PEO Soldier has tested several protective eyewear models in compiling the authorized protective eyewear list, or APEL.

The Army introduced a lens model on the APEL that adds a new capability to the Army’s Soldier Protection System: an advanced transition protective lenses. The Transition Combat Eye Protection, or TCEP lens, features sensors with a greater sensibility than traditional transitional lenses, responding to visible light instead of UV rays.

The transition happens in milliseconds allowing Soldiers to go from sunlight to indoors quickly without loss of their situational awareness to see incoming projectiles or enemy attacks instantly. Typically, commercial transition lenses can take up to 5-10 minutes to transition and adjust to changing light levels. Often they will not darken in bright sunlight if a Soldier sits inside of a Humvee. The TCEP lenses will.

“It’s a one-second button,” said Capt. Michael McCown, assistant product manager of head protection at PEO Soldier. “It’s not like your transition lenses that you get from your doctor that change as you go in and outdoors … it’s electronic.” It can also be set to transition automatically.

PEO Soldier also unveiled a cold-weather goggle that can resist fogging in colder conditions. The new capability could help Soldiers at cold-weather installations or troops taking part in winter operations.

Soldiers can access the Army’s APEL list online at www.peosoldier.army.mil/equipment/eyewear. Each product on the APEL must meet the Military Performance Standard, titled Military Combat Eye Protection, or MCEP System. The APEL, updated about every two years, offers a wide range of brands and styles of protective sunglasses and goggles. Approved eyewear has an APEL logo and can be purchased online, and at post exchanges and AAFES stores.

PEO Soldier also took feedback directly from Soldiers, who responded in surveys, that having faster transition lens glasses along with high-quality sunglasses ranked atop their lists.

“They aren’t forced into a particular set of eyewear,” McCown said. “They’re able to choose which ones they want for their preferences.”

APEL-approved eyewear undergoes rigorous trials and a series of ballistic and non-ballistic testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and at eyewear production facilities. Those tests include optical distortion, UV absorption and resistance to abrasion, and many more. The Army has placed a high priority on Soldier eyewear safety, bringing in ballistic experts and quality-assurance specialists to evaluate and witness the tests.

The Army requires each vendor to test their items every six months for conformance and have their items tested by a third-party laboratory every two years for recertification. Quality audits are also conducted annually at each facility to make sure they are in compliance with ISO 9001 – Quality management systems — and ISO 17025 — General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

McCown said Soldiers prioritize choice and style but he warns Soldiers and their commanders about the critical importance of APEL-approved eyewear. McCown cautions Soldiers only to trust products with the APEL-approved logo or to refer to the APEL list when choosing protective eyewear. Products with an APEL logo marked March 2019 or earlier remain valid and can still be used for ballistics fragmentation protection.

Whitehead added that the Army keeps the list at 27 to encourage competition among vendors to deliver higher quality protects, as well as keep prices affordable for Soldiers of each rank.

The APEL is a part of the Army’s Soldier Protection System, which guards Soldiers against threats using reduced-weight equipment in a modular, adjustable, next-generation protective system.

By Joe Lacdan, Army News Service

Pop Culture Brand Supreme Sued by Owner of ASAT Camo

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Earlier this year Supreme introduced several garments in what they described as “Tribal” pattern, but it looked so much like the 80s-era hunting pattern ASAT (All Season All Terrain) that the owners, Chapter 4 Corp, have that pattern have filed suit in federal court for $150,000.

The only difference is that Supreme added ‘Supreme’ into the pattern.

Hudson Supplies – Black Friday – Cyber Monday

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Hudson Supplies offering 15% off purchases from from Nov 29th to Dec 2th

Valid for online purchases only and products in stock.

Use code BLACKFRIDAY at Checkout

www.hudson4supplies.com

ODS Cyber Christmas Sale

Friday, November 29th, 2019

We are clearing out all our active inventory for you to save huge. Take advantage of these prices now before we pull them off the site.

www.opdsource.com/SALE-s

Donate to Toys for Tots

Friday, November 29th, 2019

When you’re out conducting your Black Friday shopping today, consider picking up a few things for those less fortunate.

Last year, my wife and I went shopping and were able to find multiple toys at under five dollars each, for babies, toddlers, young children, and even adolescents.

SureFire Field Notes Ep 50: How to Grip a Handgun with Robert Vogel

Friday, November 29th, 2019

SureFire Field Notes is a multi-segment informational video series with tips and techniques from subject matter experts of all backgrounds. In this episode, Robert Vogel of Vogel Dynamics discusses the proper technique in gripping a handgun for fast and accurate shooting.

If you have an idea on a suggested topic, be sure to drop us a line in the comments section!

Robert Vogel is a professional marksman, competition shooter, and National/World champion. He is the only Law Enforcement Officer ever to win World and National Championships in the Practical Pistol Disciplines of IPSC, IDPA and USPSA.

www.vogeldynamics.com

www.surefire.com

Vertx Introduces The Ultimate Pant To Take You And Your EDC From The Day On The Job To A Night On The Town

Friday, November 29th, 2019

New Low-Vis Twill Pants Feature Four-Way Stretch Comfort and Enough Pockets to Have a Home for All Your Everyday Essentials
 

Cincinnati, Ohio – Vertx® announces the availability of the new men’s Delta 2.0 Pant, which is sure to become an instant favorite for those who need flexibility, comfort and good looks whether they are working an extended shift or spending some downtime with the family. The Prepared Professional™ can be confident in his choice of the new Delta 2.0 pants as he loads the 12 strategically-positioned and thoughtfully-designed pockets with the assorted tools and devices he’ll need for any variety of assignments. These twill pants feature the unrivaled maneuverability of four-way stretch construction, and they pair well with the full range of Vertx shirts for maximum functionality and minimum signature on the street.

“We’ve taken everybody’s favorite pant and made it better,” said Denny Bogard, GM/VP of Vertx.  “Now you have more storage than ever with 5 more hidden pockets in our Delta 2.0.  We’ve adjusted our fit to a more athletic modern cut to help you blend into your environment, while adding things like mesh pocket bags for increased air flow and breathability. If you like our original Delta Stretch pants, you’re going to love our new Delta 2.0,” said Bogard.

Critical features that any user will appreciate include the assortment of pockets designed to accommodate the gamut of gadgets and tools they deem necessary to have on hand. Two deep front pockets are constructed with breathable mesh and have an internal lanyard with keychain anchor points. Knife notches keep your blade out of the way but always at the ready. A zippered security pocket is easily accessible at the top of the front right pocket opening. Two tool pockets are located at the thigh, just left of the side seams and are ideal for lighting and writing implements.

Pickpockets will be frustrated by the two deep rear pockets with unique wallet traps built in to ensure security of ID, passport and billfold. A pair of angled rear yoke pockets provide a snug and subtle location for smart phones, as well as back-up rifle mags. Judiciously-placed mini stash pockets are located on the inside for small items you may need to keep pre-loaded for emergencies. All 8 belt loops are fitted with a concealed DropLoop™ pass-through to allow discreet carry of flexible restraints or as reinforced attachment points for lanyards or other gear.

The 9.2-ounce 98% cotton/ 2% Spandex twill is enzyme-washed for a relaxed feel and streetwise appearance from day one. All heavy-wear seams are double-stitched and the full gusseted crotch allows a wide range of movement.

The new Delta 2.0 Pant is available in three colors- Tobacco, Shock Cord and Spine Grey- in a wide range of men’s sizes.

For more information and to obtain a list of authorized Vertx® dealers, visit www.Vertx.com