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Jankel Achieves Preliminary Technical Acceptance (PTA) with Belgium MoD and Enters into Production with their LTTV

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Jankel, a world-leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification vehicle conversions and protection solutions to defence, security and NGO Customers worldwide, has successfully passed the Belgium MOD’s (BeMOD) Preliminary Technical Acceptance (PTA) project milestone with their new Light Tactical Transport Vehicle (LTTV) and is now entering into high volume production. The LTTV programme will deliver 199 of the Mercedes UNIMOG based vehicles to the BeMOD.

The PTA milestone provides sign-off of the first of type vehicles against the contracted requirements, allowing commencement of the full production programme. Included in the PTA review is the quality plan for production, proof of compliance with European legislation, and an in-depth technical compliance review against the detailed customer requirement documents. Now PTA has been achieved, Jankel will commence the full production programme that will deliver 199 vehicles across the first quarters of 2022. In order to deliver this programme, Jankel has established a dedicated and state-of-the-art production capability based in the Midlands that was the subject of a company announcement in September 2021.

The LTTV order follows the earlier production contract to supply the BeMOD with over 100 FOX Rapid Reaction Vehicles (RRV), based on a modified COTS Toyota chassis system. Unveiled at DSEi in September 2019 and also displayed at DSEi in September 2021, Jankel’s LTTV is designed to provide a modular and configurable tactical support vehicle that benefits from unique, removable mission modules that enable the vehicle to be re-roled rapidly for operational platform versatility.  With a payload of over 3 tonnes, dependent on the final vehicle specification, the LTTV has 3 core variants for Special Operations support, including an ambulance variant.  Alongside a user-configurable, fully integrated suite of military sub-systems that includes a removable ballistic protection kit, a Roll-Over-Protection-System (ROPS), weapon mounts and communications fit, the platform will provide full interoperability with the Fox fleet of tactical vehicles.

The LTTV’s versatility already promises to be a world-leader, literally able to plug and play between rear bed configurations. Combining the strengths of a trusted and highly capable OEM platform with militarised and mission specific tactical enhancements, Jankel’s LTTV has already attracted the attention of several other countries and is of particular interest to those already operating with the Mercedes Benz UNIMOG platform.

Andrew Jankel, Chairman at Jankel said: “I am very proud indeed of my team for having achieved this significant project milestone with our client, the Belgium MOD. Achieving PTA allows us to progress into a production programme that will see us delivering 199 LTTV’s”. He added: “We are one of the very few UK based military vehicle manufacturers left that can offer genuine on-shore vehicle production capability right now. Of particular note is the fact that we have been working on much of this programme during a period made more difficult by the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. It has demonstrated that there can always be a way forward and that Jankel can continue to deliver, whatever the barriers – Driving Mission Success”.


AARDVARK Partner Sky-Hero Wins Innovation Award At Milipol Paris 2021 with LOKI Mk2

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Sky-Hero’s LOKI Mk2 tactical sUAS, distributed exclusively in North America by Aardvark Tactical, recently won an Innovation Award at Milipol Paris 2021. This award aims to reward the most innovative companies in terms of products, materials, services, solutions, or business models in the homeland security industry. The jury, composed of international experts in their respective fields, presented the winning title to the NATO-approved Beligan company, Sky-Hero, for its innovation in the category of drone & anti-drone systems and robotics.

The LOKI Mk2 is the second generation of the widely used LOKI Mk1, which was the first sUAS specifically built for tactical indoor use. Already adopted by more than 1,000 teams across six continents, 47 U.S. states, and all ten Canadian provinces, LOKI Mk2 is the world leader in tactical indoor sUAS.

Designed, tested, and produced in Europe and the United States in conjunction with the world’s top counterterrorism teams, LOKI Mk2 is a rugged, purpose-built sUAS that acts as a scout in close-quarter, indoor, and confined spaces. LOKI’s integrated flight stabilization system allows it to autonomously hover without user input in a completely denied environment. Its impact-resistant body can withstand the full-contact nature of indoor flight and allows LOKI to self-right in the event of a crash. Its forward-facing day/night camera and on-board HD microphone provide real-time, lag-free intelligence to the operator in any conditions, while front and bottom selectable and dimmable IR LEDs maximize visibility in changing light conditions and allow LOKI to operate in total darkness. LOKI features a custom-built Stand-Alone Ground Controller that can control up to four devices simultaneously and does not require GPS, WiFi, or cellular service to operate. LOKI is also designed to act as a platform for tactical payloads, including less-lethal diversionary devices, light and laser packages, alternative cameras, and breaching payloads.

The LOKI Mk2 is exclusively distributed in North America by Aardvark Tactical. AARDVARK finds, develops, and manufactures products that are purpose-built to protect tactical operators.

Learn more about the LOKI Mk2 Tactical sUAS at loki.aardvarktactical.com.

“Niveh T’ah’in (Warrior)” a Film by Mystery Ranch & Mission Roll Call

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

MYSTERY RANCH has always had the utmost respect for the servicemen and women of our country. We build our gear to help them complete their mission with no compromise. Our commitment to helping these individuals does not stop when they finish their service but rather to help provide veterans connect with communities that advocate for positive change.

MYSTERY RANCH has partnered with Mission Roll Call, an organization dedicated to providing veterans with a powerful, unified voice that our Nation’s leaders heard, to create a short film called Niveh T’ah’in (Warrior) – centered around veteran of the U.S. Army, Sam Alexander, who served as a Green Beret and his transition into civilian life.

Sam’s story is about finding purpose in life after the military. Follow him through the centennial climb of Denali, his guided backcountry trips to bring people into his Gwich’in community, and his way of life in this short, powerful film.

Connect with Mission Roll Call to learn more about their movement.

Helen of Troy Agrees To Acquire Osprey Packs

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Helen of Troy Limited announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Osprey Packs, Inc.

Founded in 1974, Osprey is among the largest maker of technical and everyday packs in the U.S. Its product lineup includes backpacks and daypacks for hiking, mountaineering, skiing, climbing, mountain biking, trail running, commuting, school, and adventure travel packs, wheeled luggage, and travel accessories. Helen of Troy said it believes the acquisition is an “important next step as it advances its strategic goal of acquiring and investing in businesses that can accelerate profitable growth in categories where it can add value and leverage its scalable shared services and operating platform.”

Helen of Troy also owns Hydro Flask in the outdoor space. Its other brands include OXO, Vicks, Braun, Honeywell, PUR, Hot Tools, and Drybar.

The total purchase consideration is expected to be approximately $414 million in cash, including an estimated $6 million favorable customary closing net working capital adjustment. The net purchase price implies a pre-synergy multiple of less than 13.5x estimated calendar year 2022 adjusted EBITDA, which compares favorably to Helen of Troy’s current EV/TTM adjusted EBITDA multiple of approximately 17.5x. It expects Osprey’s calendar year 2021 net sales revenue to be $155 million to $160 million.

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Helen of Troy’s consolidated sales growth rate, gross profit margin, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted EPS, adjusted diluted EPS growth rate, and cash flow from operations. As a result of the acquisition, it expects to end fiscal 2022 with a post-acquisition pro forma debt/adjusted EBITDA ratio approximately one-half to one full turn higher than its ratio as of August 31, 2021. As a result, the company believes it can “deploy capital to generate shareholder return.”

Julien R. Mininberg, Helen of Troy’s CEO, said, “We are delighted to welcome Osprey and its employees to the Helen of Troy family. For nearly half a century, Osprey’s premium products have delivered superior consumer-centric designs, innovative features and construction, outstanding materials and quality, and sustainability that resonate strongly with outdoor enthusiasts around the world. This acquisition adds an iconic ninth Leadership Brand that complements our world-class portfolio and adds critical mass to our value-creation flywheel. Combining the capabilities, authenticity, and credibility of this proven, highly respected outdoor pioneer with our global footprint and scalable global shared services creates opportunities for new efficiency and growth. Along with Hydro Flask, we can now serve and delight an even larger number of passionate end-users in the large and growing outdoor adventure category. We believe we are better together.”

Mininberg continued: “Approximately half of Osprey sales are outside the U.S., further accelerating our strategy to invest in international. We believe Osprey and Hydro Flask make a compelling combination in the U.S. and provide further critical mass internationally with thousands of additional retail doors that can benefit both brands and consumers. Osprey also further diversifies our international brand portfolio, and its focus on EMEA and the Asia Pacific matches our focus in those regions. On the design and operations side, Osprey’s design center and sourcing footprint in Vietnam offers an established platform to advance our product capabilities in soft goods and accelerates work already underway at Helen of Troy to further diversify our supply chain beyond China and Mexico.”

He added, “One of the many features that make Osprey special is its commitment to offer high-quality, low-impact products by utilizing sustainable design and manufacturing practices. Osprey incorporates low-impact chemicals and materials and recycled or recyclable packaging. It sources 100 percent renewable electricity and purchases carbon offsets for natural gas and company-owned vehicles used at its facilities in Colorado and Utah. This commitment extends to enhancing the well-being of their employees and communities through efficient building design at their Cortez, Colorado headquarters and contributing to environmental conservation. This business philosophy and practice is very much aligned with Helen of Troy’s ever-growing ESG ambitions.”

Mike Pfotenhauer, the founder of Osprey, said, “I want to extend my appreciation and reiterate my respect to all of my current and former Osprey colleagues and their families for their commitment not only to our company but to each other and their communities. Their dedication has built Osprey into a brand and family that millions of end-users trust and care about deeply. Osprey was founded 47 years ago with the dream of creating the perfect pack. We first began custom-making packs for mountaineers and adventure travelers headed to points unknown. Demand grew and grew and so did our expertise in design, manufacturing, and on-time delivery. Osprey’s top-quality, high-performance, innovative gear is a reflection of the brand’s love of adventure and devotion to the outdoors. Today’s announcement is a natural next step as we look to build Osprey further. I know it will be in good hands with Helen of Troy, with its proven stewardship of outstanding brands and global scale. Its culture and values are highly consistent with Osprey. We expect the combination of Osprey and Helen of Troy to create significant opportunities for our employees, vendors, and retail partners to experience the next phase of growth and meet even more of the needs of travelers everywhere on whatever trail they are on.”

The transaction is expected to close before calendar year-end 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

Giving Tuesday – Coastal Authority Care Foundation

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

This Giving Tuesday, ADS Inc shares Coastal Authority Care Foundation with us as one of their Corporate Giving Partners.

Supporting U.S. veterans, Coastal Authority Care Foundation is a nonprofit that works to restore quality of life to veterans with service-connected injuries by providing grants to help with cutting-edge medical treatment costs at local Hampton Roads facilities. ADS was a proud sponsor of the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The Band Aid Music Festival.

To give to CACF, visit cacarefoundation.org.

SSD’s Top Christmas Gift Picks from 5.11 – Day 8

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

What’s with the Day 8? I told you it was going to be a week long series, but I had to include one of 5.11’s most classic items, the Performance Short Sleeve Polo. It’s an industry standard, worn by a myriad of companies and agencies, both with and without logos embroidered on the chest.

Made from snag and wrinkle resistant 100% polyester, it incorporates a pen pocket on the left sleeve as well as mic slots at each shoulder and chest. Most of us use the chest one for sunglasses.

I’ve got to admit, I’ve worn the long sleeve version quite a bit over the years as well. Both are comfortable and hard wearing.

There are loads of other gift ideas at 5.11 Tactical’s Merry Missions site.

KGM Technologies Wins Their Largest Non-Military Contract from DOJ

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

KGM Technologies is a service-disabled veteran owned business, based out of Peachtree Corners, GA. KGM’s 42,000sqft state-of-the-art manufacturing facility focuses on cutting-edge technology innovation, research, development, and fabrication. KGM has become the largest weapon suppressor company in the US.

KGM Technologies, Norcross, Georgia, is being awarded a $3,900,000.00 single Fixed Price, Indefinite Delivery – Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) type contract for the production of sound suppressors. This contract provides for .308 small arms suppressors that will be used on the BPR (Bureau Pattern Rifle .308). Work will be performed in Norcross, Georgia. The single contract will have a 12 (twelve) month base period and four (4) potential one-year option periods. The United States Department of Justice, Quantico, Virginia, is contracting the activity.

The R30T is compatible with .223 Rem – 300 PRC/300NM and is optimized for 308 Win – 300 PRC/300NM Precision optimized with a complete titanium construction, the R30T includes a taper mounted muzzle device for mounting; this puts the overall length at 7.3” and weight at 13oz. Users can expect an average recoil reduction of 40%.

Available now for agency and commercial sales. The MSRP is $1199.

For more information please contact: [email protected]


Or visit our website at www.kgm-tech.com

SOC-F x TD Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Tactical Distributors is going to give our proceeds to SOC-F this Tuesday 12:01 am- midnight from our website sales. We are excited to be giving back to a great organization like SOC-F.


SOC-F was created in 2013 for one purpose: to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of SOF families who have given so much for our country and our freedom. We do this by raising money for one incredibly worthwhile purpose: to provide medical, financial, and other support to SOF members and their families in ways that are often not met through other sources–what we call the “gaps.”