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ADS Hurlburt Field Warfighter Expo

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The ADS will be held on March 3, 2020 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at the The Soundside Club located at 107 Thursday Drive, Hurlburt Field, FL 32544. They’ll have over 60 vendors on hand with the latest in equipping solutions.

To register, visit events.adsinc.com.

Hurlburt Field Warfighter Expo is not open to the general public.

Qualified attendees include active duty military, federal, state and local government agencies, law enforcement, and first responders. Military and government attendees must present official government-issued identification.

ADS Showcases Updates To Hydroid REMUS 600 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

In the past, Hydroid’s REMUS Underwater Vehicle would complete its mission and it would take 10 hours or more to download the datasets. With the addition of the new HISAS 2040 Module, the data is processed during the mission, so users get high-def images in near real time. Here is the ADS press release.

Hydroid Integrates HISAS 2040 Module with In-Mission Processor onto a REMUS 600 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle.

The in-mission processor (pictured in red) allows real-time processing of HISAS data, giving operators the ability to download high-resolution images immediately when the vehicle returns from its mission.

Unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) play a crucial role within the defense space with their ability to carry out unique missions. UUVs provide many advantages to the fleet with their autonomy and long endurance, making missions safer and easier to accomplish. Their modularity allows for them to be outfitted with different payloads for varying mission requirements.

REMUS 600 UUV applications include:

·         Mine Countermeasure Operations

·         Hydrographic Surveys

·         Search & Salvage Operations

·         Marine Research

·         Environmental Monitoring

·         Debris Field Mapping

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The REMUS 600 UUV from Hydroid, Inc. is positively buoyant and is designed to operate to depths of 600 meters. With mission duration capability of up to 24 hours, the REMUS 600 delivers unprecedented endurance. Sonar technology is used on these UUVs to capture images for organic mine countermeasure, hydrographic surveys, area searches, and surveillance and reconnaissance.

HISAS 2040 provides up to 2cm by 2cm resolution across a 300-meter swath. Synthetic aperture sonar uses algorithms to synthetically lengthen the aperture, providing consistent resolution across the entire swath, both along and across track, as opposed to traditional real aperture side scan sonars. Because of the high resolution of HISAS, the files are very large and can take several hours to download after a mission is complete.

To help solve this problem, Hydroid, Inc. integrated an in-mission processor on a REMUS 600 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) with the KONGSBERG High-Resolution Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (HISAS) 2040.

Pictured: High-resolution Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (HISAS) 2040 images from a REMUS 600 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

With the in-mission processor, HISAS data is processed and compressed in real-time along with the navigation data, allowing immediate download of the sonar imagery when the vehicle returns from its mission through a 10GB Ethernet switch. This is ideal for time-sensitive missions like mine countermeasures, where faster data access means safer, more efficient operations. Other HISAS applications include hydrographic surveys, pipeline inspection and rapid environmental assessment.
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SHOT Show 20 – ADS Inc Showcases Drone Technologies

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Stop by ADS Inc (booth #20415) to check out these UAS technologies:

Liteye Skywall Patrol Handheld Drone Capture System: SkyWall Patrol is a handheld system that gives a mobile operator the ability to physically capture a drone in a specifically designed ‘drone entangling’ net. It uses compressed air to launch a projectile up to the drone after the operator has targeted it using the onboard SmartScope.

FLIR R80D SkyRaider: This advanced multi-mission UAS was developed for U.S. Defense and Federal Government Customers and can carry and deliver multiple payloads up to 4.4 lbs, an open architecture, and one of the fastest, most powerful embedded AI computing devices available on sUAS. 

QinetiQ Shoulder-Worn Acoustic Targeting System (SWATS): QinetiQ’s SWATS is a compact, shoulder-worn acoustic targeting system that detects, locates and displays hostile shooter location in less than a quarter of a second. 

Phokus Research Group Launches Two New Medical Products in ADS Inc Booth at SHOT Show

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Phokus Research Group is launching two new products—a waterproof option for their behind the plate and pocket trauma kits, as well as the second generation Wound Cube™ simulator with five new wound patterns. See and experience both products in the ADS, Inc. booth #20415.

Full details below:

Phokus Research Group is excited to launch two new products—a waterproof option for it’s behind the plate and pocket trauma kits, as well as the second-generation Wound Cube™ simulator with five new wound patterns.

For more than a decade, Phokus has manufactured innovative medical kits and wound simulation training devices. Through the use of their individual first aid systems (IFAS), Warfighters always have lifesaving medical gear on them, regardless of their uniform.

Users have been requesting a waterproof version so they can take it into any environment. Now, with the addition of the patented TRU Zip waterproof zipper, Phokus Research Group’s trauma kits are waterproof.

Both their behind the plate split kit and pocket kits are tested dustproof and waterproof to IP67, meaning they withstand immersion in water one meter deep for up to 30 minutes.

Engineered to be undetectable to the wearer, the Extreme bladder shares the benefits from previous Phokus product lines, including total protection from water, dust and sand. It also gives the user full accessibility to the inside compartments in order to update contents or replace expired ones, meaning Warfighters can keep one kit throughout their entire career.

Advanced Behind the Plate Trauma Kit includes shaped bladder design with dual patented TRU Zip waterproof zippers, two separate chambers and a middle seam which keeps all contents in place.

The Low Vis Pocket Trauma Kit was made to fit easily and securely in the small of the back, inside a Cargo pocket, or Cummerbund pocket.

Additionally, the release of the second-generation Wound Cube™ wound simulator offers users five new, realistic wound patterns in a semi-transparent silicone cube for wet or dry training. The original Wound Cube was designed to increase muscle memory for students learning how to master the basics of stopping the bleed without the mess. Read Eric Graves of Soldier Systems Daily’s review of the first-generation wound cube.

The Gen 2 Wound Cube’s five new wound patterns include:

• Deep Laceration
• Gouge
• Exit Wound
• Flat Wound
• Large Bore

The cube design provides more effective training in any classroom setting, including the ability for a flashlight to be inserted in a wound channel to allow illumination of the wound from the inside.

Meggitt Training Systems to Demonstrate New FATS 180MIL in ADS Booth During SHOT Show

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The new FATS 180MIL from Meggitt Training Systems up to 20 simulated weapons, including FATS weapons and ammunition types, with the ability to assign up to four simulated weapons to each user.

This advanced screen system includes three borderless screens and fits into almost any space with at least a 10-foot-tall ceiling. Each screen is 150 by 84 inches (16:9 aspect ratio) with borderless projection surface.

Realistic Sounds – The self-powered audio system plays scenarios in 5.1 surround sound. Using the directional sound effects board, the instructor can incorporate unsettling sounds from any direction, including a barking dog, crying baby, gunshots and more to elevate situational awareness.
Immersive Training – Supports both 3D Marksmanship and Judgmental training.
Courseware – Delivered with a full array of training courseware.
Military Validation – The FATS 180 MIL offers the same high-fidelity ballistic engine validated by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and other military customers.
Hit Detection System – Three digital cameras interface directly with the same Off-CPU real-time (OCR) processor used by the FATS® 100 system for an easy upgrade path.
Projectors – Ultra short throw projectors provide the user greater freedom of movement within the training space while displaying stunning visuals in a 180°environment.
Low-Light Subsystem (optional) – Allows users to practice in simulated low-light conditions with both hand-held and weapon-mounted flashlights.
Rack – For easy transportation, the FATS 180MIL uses the same transportable rack as the FATS 100 system.

Additionally, existing FATS 100 systems can be easily upgraded to the FATS 180MIL.

Try it out in the ADS Inc booth (#20415) during next week’s SHOT Show at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. They’ll be holding an individual shooting competition, complete with prizes from Meggitt.

ADS Inc Declared Small Business and Added to Fire and Emergency Services TLS Contract by DLA

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Earlier this year, Virginia Beach-based ADS, Inc temporarily lost their Small Business designation based on a determination of the Small Business Administration. Late last month, the SBA made a final determination that ADS was indeed a small business. Furthermore, DLA has now added them to the FES TLS contract.

ADS Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (SPE8EH-20-D-0001), has been added as an awardee to the multiple award contract for fire and emergency services equipment, issued against solicitation SPE8EH-16-R-0001, and announced March 21, 2019.

Disco 32 – Antenna Relocation Kit V2

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

The new Antenna Relocation Kit V2 allows you to put your antenna where you want it on your kit. It has been extensively in stateside and overseas operating environments.

It includes:

-Harderned black chromed low loss TNC right angle RF adapters perfect for tactical communications. 

-19″ high quality low loss cable with abrasion resistant sheathing

-Raptor Tactical Relocation Pouch

*Antenna not included*

Assembled in the USA


By Laurice Graves

Former ADS Inc CEO Agrees To Pay US Government $20 Mil to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Fraudulent Procurement of Small Business Contracts

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The US Department of Justice announced that Luke Hillier, founder and former CEO and majority owner of Virginia Beach-based ADS Inc has agreed to pay the United States $20 million to settle allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by fraudulently obtaining federal set-aside contracts reserved for small businesses.

The government alleged that Hillier caused ADS to falsely represent that it qualified as a small business concern when it failed to do so, including due to its alleged affiliations with a number of other entities.  The United States alleged that, as a result of Hillier’s representations, his company was awarded numerous small business set-aside contracts for which it was ineligible.       

The settlement announced today resolves a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act, which permits private parties to file suit on behalf of the United States for false claims and share in a portion of the government’s recovery.  The lawsuit was filed by Ameliorate Partners LLP in federal district court in the District of Columbia and is captioned United States ex rel. Ameliorate Partners, LLP v. ADS Tactical, Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-1880 (D.D.C.).  Ameliorate Partners will receive $3.6 million from the settlement with Hillier.  

The government previously resolved related claims stemming from the same case against ADS for $16 million, and Charles Salle, the former general counsel of ADS, has agreed to pay $225,000 to resolve claims arising from his role in the alleged scheme. 

DoJ states that the claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.