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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

What Is Soldier Systems Digest?

Sunday, November 19th, 2023

Quickly approaching the end of its third year of weekly publication, Soldier Systems Digest is our newsletter.

Sign up here and you’ll see content not on the website, plus last week’s top stories.

2023 Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales Page – Sponsored By Tactical Distributors

Monday, November 13th, 2023

Once again, our friends at Tactical Distributors are sponsoring our Black Friday/Cyber Monday master list. To see it, updated regularly with the latest sales info, click here.

Deals are updated daily, so check often!

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales Announcements

Tuesday, November 7th, 2023

Industry and readers, please start sending in your Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and everything in between sales information for our 2023 master list which will go live at the end of the week.

You May Need To Reestablish Your RSS Feed To Get SSD Updates

Monday, October 16th, 2023

Last Friday night we found ourselves under assault so we turned on war mode on Cloudfare to protect access to the site for legitimate visitors. Everything is back to normal but this may have interrupted RSS feeds.

To establish a feed:

1) Visit It’ll look like this:

2) Subscribe to the feed using the dropdown menu. You can utilize Live Bookmarks, Microsoft Outlook, or any other program which supports RSS feeds.

3) Alternatively, a number of web services also allow for subscription to an RSS feed. Just search ‘RSS Reader’ or a similar term in your search engine of choice and work from there. Usually, with online services you’ll simply have to provide the website for the feed to pull from, which in this case would be

4) Enjoy your new subscription to the SSD RSS feed!

DSEI 23 – HK421 from Heckler & Koch

Wednesday, September 13th, 2023

The HK421 is a new 7.62 NATO belt-fed machine gun which made its debut at DSEI.

Based on the MG5, it has a hydraulic buffer which allows it to accept various buttstocks like this collapsible MP7 stock. It has also been seen with an HK416A8 buttstock. You’ll also notice the handguard module which can be detached to expose a Pic rail for accessories.

Offered in 13″ (8.3 kg) and 16.5″ (8.5 kg) barrel options, it features a 3-position gas block for normal operations, sustained fire, and suppressed. It can also be set on safe in any loaded state.

Heckler & Koch shared this photo of the HK421 on social media which shows the FDE version. They also adverstise a Sniper Grey version.

Accuracy X Expands Their 2011 Pistol Family with

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

Virginia USA. – Sept. 12, 2023 Accuracy X, Inc., announced today the addition of the D1 Gunfighter and T1 Darkfighter models to their 2011 pistol family, bringing the number of models in the family to eight.

The Gunfighter and Darkfighter models are the result of a collaboration with the professional tactical knowledge group, 

Both new models bring together the renown accuracy, performance and versatility of Accuracy X pistols with the features and styling ques inspired by the professionals at LF.

“The development of these limited edition Lightfighter 2011s was the result of a mutual pursuit of excellence and the desire to create configurations for the 2011 platform focused on duty and defense use,” said Accuracy X Inc. President Steve Huff. “We have combined our standards of exceptional performance and reliability with distinctive design enhancements to improve aesthetics and capabilities. The outcome results in a highly adaptable and confidence inspiring shooter experience on the firing line, at the range and in critical situations where split seconds matter.” 

Among the design features included on both pistols are the patented Multi-Sight™ / SLOT Sight™ mounting system, Picatinny attachment dust cover rails, classic High Power slide cuts and BlackSTAR finish. The Darkfighter model features the single port carry X Comp which ensures flat shooting performance while providing a compact slide length.

The D1 Gunfighter and the T1 Darkfighter will be available for order beginning September 12, 2023.

For more information about these new tactical defense 2011 pistols, contact Accuracy X, Inc. or go to:

Read the full in-depth review here:

Australian Defence Force Selects Hanwa’s Redback as New Infantry Fighting Vehicle to Replace Aging M113s

Thursday, July 27th, 2023

Redback to bring Army some sting

A Redback infantry fighting vehicle on display in Canberra. Army will take delivery of 129 of the vehicles, to be built in Geelong. Photo: Andrew Green

The Army will receive 129 new infantry fighting vehicles in response to Australia’s changing strategic environment.

Making the announcement today, the Australian Government said Hanwha’s state-of-the-art Redbacks would be built at the company’s facilities in the Geelong region, supporting Australia’s strategic imperative to develop sovereign defence manufacturing capabilities.

At a cost of between $5 billion and $7 billion, the LAND 400 Phase 3 project will be one of the largest capability acquisitions in Army’s history.

Replacing the M113 armoured personnel carriers, which were acquired in 1964, the first Redback will be delivered in early 2027.

With its latest-generation armour, cannon and missiles, they will provide the protection, mobility and firepower required to transport and protect soldiers in close combat, giving them the highest chance of achieving their mission and returning safely.

The government said the acquisition was part of its drive to modernise the Army to ensure it could respond to the land challenges in the region.

The new vehicles will be delivered about the same time as the new HIMARS missile systems and landing craft, reflecting the Defence Strategic Review’s call for Army to be transformed for littoral manoeuvre operations from Australia.

The government said it was providing the ADF with the capabilities it needed to defend Australia and protect national security.

Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy said the government was committed to investing in the security of the nation and the safety of Australian soldiers.

“We are also committed to supporting Australian defence industry so we can make more of the critical defence equipment we need in this country rather than relying on overseas suppliers,” Mr Conroy said.

“Our decision to build the Redback infantry fighting vehicles in Australia will support up to 600 direct jobs and more than a thousand jobs in the Australian industry supply chain.”

By Australian Defence Force