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TYR Tactical Tuesday – Hard Armor Facility and HA3/ST Plates

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Since the beginning, TYR Tactical® has never stopped developing and improving upon their soft and hard armor offerings. They now offer Level II, IIIA, III and IV armor solutions. Additionally, they currently have the lightest Level IIIA, III and IV Shields on the market.

TYR Tactical® has invested nearly $14M to construct a New Armor Manufacturing Facility on their Peoria, AZ Headquarters Campus. This new building will house state-of-the-art presses and autoclaves to support hard armor production. This much needed expansion, along with their current in-house Ballistic Test Range, will give them unmatched armor development capability.

So why now? Owner & CEO Jason Beck had this to say about the driving force behind the Armor Facility Expansion: “As one of the few remaining family owned businesses in our industry I feel a responsibility to always be the guy making everyone else strive to get better. I felt the armor industry had grown stagnate, become too reactionary, and too contract focused. The industry stopped innovating and the end user community simply deserved better. We have had a very productive year in spite of the ongoing pandemic.  Investing back into the company and our people seemed like the right thing to do. We are building a world class armor production facility and adding next generation equipment, to continue to push our industry and build kit for the Next Generation Warrior®. Innovate or Die®!”


Download PDF here.

Check out the TYR Tactical® Level III HA3/ST Hard Armor Plates. Available now at www.tyrtactical.com.

HA3/ST Torso Plate: www.tyrtactical.com/products/details/hard-armor-plates/tyr-tactical-level-iii-ha3-st-hard-armor-plate

HA3/ST Side Plate: www.tyrtactical.com/products/details/hard-armor-plates/tyr-tactical-level-iii-ha-awpsb-66-hard-armor-side-plate

TYR Tuesday – IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield Spec Review

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Episode Nine of Innovate or Die® Tour Virtual Trade Show #IDTOURVTS is here!

Episode Nine:
IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield Spec Review

CQB Shield with Viewport Available Now:
www.tyrtactical.com/products/list/shield-systems/ballistic-shields-and-armor

New episode launching every Tuesday.

What is IDTOURVTS?
Our mission has always been about protecting those who run towards the threat. To that end, we created the Innovate or Die® Tour and Mobile Showroom. Over the past couple years it has allowed us to meet you face-to-face, gather your feedback and answer your questions.

Life has been put on hold for many people around the world, but you have not stopped risking your safety and health against all the threats we face today.

We can’t wait to meet you on the road again.

Thank you to the men and women of the armed forces, first responders and health care professionals who continue to put their lives on the line. You haven’t stopped working and neither will we.

Episode One:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| PICO-DS & DSX Plate Carriers

Episode Two:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| The Ultimate Range Bag

Episode Three:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield & Dolly System

Episode Four:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Huron™ Hot Weather Uniform

Episode Five:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| PICO-MVW-DSX Plate Carrier System

Episode Six:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| EPIC-DSX Plate Carrier System

Episode Seven:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Gunfighter Belts

Episode Eight:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield Camera System Preview

Hungarian Armed Forces Establish Joint Venture with Rheinmetall to Produce Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Deal helps the Hungarian Army meet its NATO commitments through continued modernization of the country’s defence industry

Key facts

Major order: Hungary intends to procure the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle

Order volume expected to exceed €2 billion

New Joint Venture for the production of the Lynx in Hungary

First NATO and EU customer for Rheinmetall’s innovative Lynx IFV

With the signing of an agreement in Unterlüss on 17 August 2020, the government of Hungary has embarked on a massive programme worth over two billion euros to modernize the country’s defence industry and military capabilities. The move was announced by Hungary’s Secretariat of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology and the Commissioner for Defence Development. Rheinmetall, Europe’s foremost maker of army equipment, will be cooperating with Hungary to create a joint venture and production facility in Hungary to manufacture the most modern Lynx infantry fighting vehicle.

Hungary is the first NATO and EU member state to choose the Düsseldorf-based Group’s innovative new IFV. The step is of central importance in Hungary’s ongoing programme of military and industrial development, which aims to transform the Hungarian Army as quickly as possible into a world-class fighting force capable of actively addressing security challenges in the Euro-Atlantic region.

In the words of the joint statement read by László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, and Gáspár Maróth, Commissioner for Defence Development: “As part of its commitment to NATO, Hungary is replacing its heavy ground forces equipment. Following the tanks and artillery, it is now the turn of the infantry combat vehicles, which form the backbone of the capabilities set. As the most advanced system of its kind, the Lynx has demonstrated its suitability for a central role in the Army’s capabilities spectrum for decades to come. In keeping with earlier promises by the Hungarian government to enhance the nation’s armed forces, this cooperative endeavour extends far beyond the modernization of military technology. Partnering with a major European corporation will result in the modernization of our defence industry and thus to the expansion of our industrial portfolio.”

As Armin Papperger, chairman of the executive board of Rheinmetall AG, explains: “The Lynx’s market breakthrough is a major success for us. And the fact that we were able to convince Hungary – an important EU and NATO partner – to choose this innovative vehicle makes this success all the greater. In making this forward- looking procurement decision, Hungary’s top political and military officials have demonstrated real leadership. Not only does the move place Hungary at the forefront of European army technology. It reaffirms the Hungarian government’s commitment to being a reliable, more militarily effective partner of its NATO allies, a policy which it is pursuing with systematic energy.”

“We’re very proud”, said Mr Papperger, “to be able to make an important contribution to the sustained expansion of Hungary’s defence technology capabilities in cooperation with local industry. We look forward to working together with our Hungarian friends and partners, and will do everything in our power to assure the long-term success of this venture.”

Recon K9 Seeks and Finds New Ballistic Partner

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Pompano Beach, Florida August 17, 2020, Recon K9 announced today that they have selected Point Blank Enterprises (PBE) of Pompano Beach, FL as their official manufacturing partner for their K9 ballistics offering. Recon K9 is taking aim at the global tactical K9 market as they hone their focus on becoming the strongest and most sophisticated tactical K9 vest manufacturer for federal, law enforcement, and military working dog handlers.

“We’ve decided to really narrow our focus on doing what we do best, which is creating customer-centric K9 tactical vests that exceed the handler’s expectations and mission requirements. When deciding on who to partner with regarding our ballistic offering it became apparent that Point Blank Enterprises was committed to the same vision we have for superior quality and attention to our customer’s needs. They made our choice an easy one to make” stated Jason Watson, Founder and President of Recon K9 LLC.

Watson began developing working dog equipment for USASOC (United States Army Special Operations Command) back in early 2013 while working for Remington where he developed Remington K9. Several years later when Remington changed course, Watson transferred his passion and his products to Capewell Aerial Systems to start their own K9 tactical manufacturing operation. After two corporate sales to private equity firms, Watson decided to take the reins and spin off his own company with the blessings and support of Capewell to start Recon K9. “I finally get to call all the shots with regards to the products and performance we put out to the market. Recon K9 is the culmination of my 14 years in K9 product development. It’s more than a passion, it’s a desire to create the most excuse free canine equipment that the market has experienced”, Watson noted. 

Jack Greenberg, a Director of Business Development for PBE said, “We’re very excited to collaborate with Recon K9 on their ballistic offerings. They have tremendous expertise in K9 applications, and now coupled with our superior ballistic solutions, I believe it’s a winning combo. We’re excited to support the global working dog community in a bigger way.”

TYR Tuesday – IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield Camera System Preview

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Episode Eight of Innovate or Die® Tour Virtual Trade Show #IDTOURVTS is here!

Episode Eight:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield Camera System Preview

Coming Soon 2021

CQB Shield with Viewport Available Now:

www.tyrtactical.com/products/list/shield-systems/ballistic-shields-and-armor

New episode launching every Tuesday.

What is IDTOURVTS?

Our mission has always been about protecting those who run towards the threat.  To that end, we created the Innovate or Die® Tour and Mobile Showroom. Over the past couple years it has allowed us to meet you face-to-face, gather your feedback and answer your questions.

Life has been put on hold for many people around the world, but you have not stopped risking your safety and health against all the threats we face today.

We can’t wait to meet you on the road again.

Thank you to the men and women of the armed forces, first responders and health care professionals who continue to put their lives on the line.  You haven’t stopped working and neither will we.

Episode One:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| PICO-DS & DSX Plate Carriers

Episode Two:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| The Ultimate Range Bag

Episode Three:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield & Dolly System

Episode Four:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Huron™ Hot Weather Uniform

Episode Five:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| PICO-MVW-DSX Plate Carrier System

Episode Six:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| EPIC-DSX Plate Carrier System

Episode Seven:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Gunfighter Belts

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Strandhogg MBAV Cut

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Today we are getting a closer look at one of FirstSpear’s flag ship body armor systems, the Strandhögg MBAV cut plate carrier. The Strandhögg is a full featured vest that incorporates FirstSpear patented 6/12™ Laser Fused Platform and patented Tubes™ Rapid-Release buckle system. The MBAV cut is identical to the SAPI cut Strandhögg except for the top part of the plate bag was designed to accommodate a wider variety of ballistic plates and soft armor coverage options allowing the user to choose which cut is best for them.

The Strandhögg comes standard with the popular overlap cummerbund that will accept soft armor, side plates, and hook backed pockets on the body side of the cummerbund. Enjoy fast drying comfort padding in the shoulders, front and back plate bags with a built in channel and anti-microbial mesh to help direct airflow and keep the operator cool. Premium USA construction with top of the line materials and manufacturing innovations all designed to increase the lethality and survivability of the operator.

100% American Made with US Materials (Berry Compliant). In-stock and now shipping in black, ranger green, Multicam, and coyote.

www.first-spear.com/strandhogg-mbav-cut-plate-carrier

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles Produced by Blackwater for Sale by Bulletproof IT

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

I recently found out that BULLETPROOF IT, LLC was selling MRAPs. That alone is interesting, but what really caught my attention is that the MRAPs in question were built by Blackwater Manufacturing. From 2007-2009, I worked on that program as the head of Test & Evaluation. I shot, blew up and drove Grizzlies in all sorts of environments. There’s a bit of me in those trucks. This graphic shows the evolution of the trucks.

BULLETPROOF IT, LLC a Service Disabled Veteran owned and operated business has 10 Blackwater Grizzly Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) for sale. The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) is a 22 ton Armored Infantry Mobility Vehicle designed and built for the U.S. Military and DOD contractors destined for Iraq and other high conflict hostile territories.

The Armored exterior is as aggressive as they come! The Ballistic walls can withstand .50-caliber rounds for perfect protection against high caliber ambushes, while the fully reinforced belly and enclosed drivetrain are protected against improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. In addition to the armor, it has more doors, gun ports, hooks, compartments, outlets, and lighting than most civilians’ vehicles on the road. The roof has duel turrets capable of accepting mounted machine guns.

The Armored Vehicles are street legal and can cruise on the highway at 65 to 70 MPH. Each equipped with the proven caterpillar diesel engine. The Armored Vehicles were built in 2007 and 2008. Essentially these vehicles are brand new and most of them with less than 800 miles on them, some as low as 77 miles on them. BULLETPROOF IT, LLC has 4×4 and 6×6 wheeled (APC’s) available.

Features are listed below.

FEATURES
• Automatic push button Allison transmission
• Single rear axle
• Seagrave glider chassis
• 4×4
• Air brakes
• Some have rear electric door
• Front right window hatch

EXTERIOR FEATURES
• 22 ton .50 caliber bulletproof exterior
• Front mount Ramsey winch
• All terrain run flat tires
• High intensity exterior lighting
• Storage compartments

DRIVETRAIN FEATURES
• Caterpillar diesel engines
• Allison automatic transmission
• 4×4 configuration
• Seagrave glider extreme duty chassis

INTERIOR FEATURES
• Dual zone a/c
• Roof hatch access
• Day/night vision camera
• Multiple seating configuration
• Blackout lights

For pricing and availability please email our MRAP Sales Manager Josh Malcom at [email protected] or feel free to give him a call 360-771-2657.

For more information and pictures, please follow the direct link below.

www.bulletproof-it.com/armored-vehicles

Mountain Horse and NP Aerospace Selected for US Navy Maritime Body Armor Contract

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

LASA LWB III+ IC06 MBP Maritime Buoyant Plate

Mountain Horse Solutions, a U.S. Defense and Mission Critical Equipment Supplier, based in Union City TN, and NP Aerospace, a ballistic hard armor company, have been awarded a four-year U.S. Navy Maritime Buoyant Plate body armor contract framework valued at over $20m.

Mountain Horse and NP Aerospace will supply up to 11,000 of the LASA LWB III+ IC06 MBP Maritime Buoyant Plates, which are lightweight and feature a highly durable waterproof Polyurea coating. The contract framework is for a four-year period and has a maximum value of $20,599,334. Mountain Horse and NP Aerospace were selected due to their ability to meet U.S. Navy strict performance requirements.

Mountain Horse, a key supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces and Government Agencies, selected NP Aerospace as hard armor manufacturer due to the company’s extensive experience working with global defense organizations including Canada’s Department of National Defence and the UK Ministry of Defence. NP Aerospace has supplied over 200,000 body armor plates to British and Canadian Armed Forces, more than 1 million ballistic helmets and armor systems for over 2,000 NATO vehicles used in overseas operations.

Chris Witts, Director, Mountain Horse Solutions, said: “We are thrilled and honored to be awarded this contract. Supplying the U.S. Navy with a top-quality critical safety product, like the Maritime Buoyant Hard Armor plate, is a significant achievement. Mountain Horse Solutions is an expert in supply chain management and prides itself in providing the US Armed Forces with the highest quality and most innovative equipment available. This award confirms the strength of Mountain Horse Solutions’ partnership with NP Aerospace and our commitment to supplying rapid response innovative solutions to the military.”

James Kempston, CEO, NP Aerospace, said: “Being awarded the U.S. Navy Maritime Buoyant Plate body armor contract is a testament to our experience in composite armor technology. Our personal armor has been used by frontline allied forces for over 25 years.  We are proud to be supporting Mountain Horse and the U.S. Navy in supplying our troops with the lightest weight, highest performing, top quality products in the market. The LWB III+ IC06 MBP Maritime Buoyant Plate is able to comfortably meet the ballistic threat required by the U.S. Navy and delivers the wearability and buoyancy required in maritime operations.”

NP Aerospace is a global armor manufacturer with extensive experience in complex, military programs. The company’s body armor portfolio includes a range of ballistic plates to meet demanding defense requirements from NIJ Level III plates for standard military operations to NIJ Level IV plus special threats plates.

Mountain Horse Solutions and NP Aerospace were awarded the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract N61331-20-D-0014, as an ID/IQ (Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity) to provide Maritime Buoyant Body Armor (MBP), both in torso and side configurations.