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Safariland Introduces Two Enhanced Armor Systems

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

SHIFT 360 Scalable Plate Rack System and FAV (Fast Attack Vest)

ONTARIO, California – Safariland®, a brand of The Safariland Group, a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets,  announced today that it has released two new highly customizable armor systems: the SHIFT 360 Scalable Plate Rack System and the FAV (Fast Attack Vest).

“Safariland’s armor represents the best embodiment of its mission statement: Together, We Save Lives,” James Duncan, VP/GM of Armor for Safariland said. “These new armor systems will offer even more flexibility for those who serve. The SHIFT 360 offers maneuverability and adaptable, user customizable coverage for the most extreme threats. And the FAV allows for life-saving protection for those who prioritize speed.”

The third generation, SHIFT 360 is scalable plate rack system designed to accommodate multiple sizes ranging from small to extra-large SAPI plates. The lightweight, highly durable, flex internal lining system ensures a tight and secure fit and will support a variety of plate thicknesses. And the SHIFT is available with either Advanced Webless System with our new proprietary Divergent MOLLE (AWS) in 500D Cordura® nylon, or Traditional Modular Webbing (TMW) in 500D Cordura® nylon (Coming soon).

The SHIFT 360 is available in Black, Navy, Ranger Green, Tan, Multicam, Tactical Green, and Coyote.

The Gen 3 FAV provides front, back, shoulder and side soft armor ballistic coverage. The independent, bottom-loading front and rear rifle plate pockets accommodate 10”x12” and SAPI plate sizes. Our new external cummerbund system provides enhanced fit and adjustability with proprietary attachment options for Velcro or First Spear Tubes. An internal flex-pouch accommodates radio and accessory storage, while SWIFT Clip attachment offers compatibility with a variety of different pouch systems.

The FAV is available in Black, Navy, Ranger Green, Tan, Multicam, Tactical Green, and Coyote.

Kia Showcases New Defense Vehicle Technologies at IDEX 2021 Defense Exhibition

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

– Kia displays Light Tactical Cargo Truck and Bare Chassis concepts at the IDEX defense exhibition in the UAE

– Kia displays Light Tactical Cargo Truck and Bare Chassis concepts at the IDEX defense exhibition in the UAE

– Unique design optimized for military use offering superior mobility, durability and functionality

– Modular platform can underpin mobile workshops, communication hubs and troop and cargo carrying capabilities

– Four-wheel drive, independent suspension and run-flat tyres ensures enhanced usability in harsh environments

Kia Corporation has showcased two light tactical defense vehicle concepts at the 2021 International Defense Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in the UAE, the largest international defense exhibition in the Middle East and Africa.

Kia has been supplying its light tactical vehicles to the South Korean army since 2016, becoming the standard-bearer for vehicle quality in the country’s military operation system. The new four-seater Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept displayed at IDEX adopts a bold, commanding design and has been equipped with a cargo container for transporting troops alongside diverse armory. Kia expects the added visual appeal and usability to stimulate further demand for its military vehicles.

Together with the Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept at IDEX, Kia is displaying the vehicle’s Bare Chassis. With the body removed, the bare chassis showcases the truck’s powertrain and basic frame, providing a glimpse of the platform’s scalability as a basis for a range of armored vehicles. Kia is actively developing vehicles based on the Bare Chassis for clients’ eclectic taste around the world.

Ik-tae Kim, Vice President for Kia’s Special Vehicle Division said: “Our participation at IDEX 2021 is an opportunity to promote Kia’s latest developments in the design of future defense vehicles. Both concepts on display have been developed to be highly flexible and durable, with the capability to be used in some of the world’s harshest environments.”

Kia’s involvement at IDEX is its largest to-date, with the region being seen as a key strategic military vehicle market. Kia first participated at IDEX in 2015, with this year’s exhibition space shared with Kia’s affiliate, Hyundai Rotem Co.

Kia Light Tactical Cargo Truck
Kia has developed the Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept in close cooperation between the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. The vehicle’s modular chassis has enabled Kia to offer standard and long-wheel base variants alongside armored and unarmored versions for purposes including tactical commanding and reconnaissance, weapon installment, target observation and multi-purpose for supporting.

Differentiated by its unique design, the four-person Light Tactical Cargo Truck has been optimized for use by military forces by offering superior mobility, outstanding durability and a high level of functionality. The unarmored long wheelbase design features a superstructure that can be tailored to underpin different structures such as a cargo box, a mobile workshop and a communications centre. The vehicle can also carry ten fully-armed soldiers and up to three tons of cargo in the vehicle’s rear compartment.

The Kia Light Tactical Cargo Truck is powered by a 225 horsepower Euro 5 diesel engine, with power sent to all four wheels via state-of-the-art 8-speed automatic transmission. The truck also features an independent suspension system, air conditioning, a limited-slip differential, run-flat tyres and an electro-magnetic interference system.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: Ragnar Vest

Friday, February 19th, 2021

This week’s Friday Focus is the Ragnar Vest. They’re an FS nonstandard, nonstocking item, which means you’ll want to get them before they’re gone! The Ragnar is named for the intrepid explorer and cunning warrior Ragnar Lodbrok. This vest and its accessory components are suited for a wide variety of roles and circumstances.

• Loop fabric for pocket attachment
• Four special built-in pockets
• Works with Ragnar Tubes Cummerbund
• Compatible with Ragnar pockets

The carrier is covered in loop fabric and can be altered with different cummerbunds. Four special built-in pockets with retention tabs allow for storage of accessories based upon situational requirements.

You can upgrade the cummerbund to the Ragnar Tubes Tactical Cummerbund to increase functionality. The Tubes Tactical Cummerbund is offered as an upgrade to the Ragnar Vest. It comes with four special pockets with shock cord retention for storing accessories such as magazines. The cummerbund has tubes which connect at the front to keep your Ragnar Vest secure. Get in and out of your Ragnar in seconds with FS Tube Technology.

This is a great multi-mission vest with the sort of flexibility that allows you to use one system for a variety of profiles. There is also a full lineup of pockets compatible with the Ragnar.

Now available in limited quantities in black, ranger, multicam and coyote. For more information about the Ragnar, check out www.first-spear.com/ragnar-vest.

Soldier Center’s New Capability Streamlines Munition Fragmentation Data Collection

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

NATICK, Mass. – The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, or DEVCOM, Soldier Center, working in conjunction with academia and industry, has developed the Fragmentation Rapid Analysis Generator using Computed Tomography, or FRAG-CT.

“FRAG-CT supports the Army Chief of Staff’s priority to better protect the warfighter in current and future combat situations,” said Lisa King-Schiappa, the Protection Technology Development team lead in the Protection Systems Division, Soldier Protection Directorate, at the DEVCOM Soldier Center.

King-Schiappa explained that the “FRAG-CT analysis tool has matured into a stand-alone Graphical User Interface, or GUI, that streamlines the gathering of valuable munition fragmentation data from indirect fire arena tests.”

The method produces a data file of the munition fragmentation characteristics along with a data file used for armor design and also distinct 3D files of each individually scanned fragments for follow-on future analysis. FRAG-CT makes it possible to process arena test bundles up to 200 times faster than current hand-count methods. This new methodology can decrease bundle analysis time from months to hours.

“Timely, accurate and repeatable evaluation of indirect fire threats are critical for developing new armor designs and expeditionary protection systems,” said King-Schiappa. “FRAG-CT is the solution to time-consuming and unreliable fragment hand-count data.”

“The FRAG-CT analysis tool streamlines the gathering of munition data,” said Tom Reynolds, Protection Systems Division leader, Soldier Protection Directorate, DEVCOM Soldier Center. “This tool is less time-consuming and more reliable than other methods and will aid in the development of improved armor design.”

To develop FRAG-CT, the Soldier Center collaborated with a number of agencies, along with its development partner Compotech, headquartered in Brewer, Maine, and a CT scanning expert at the University of Maine.

“The collaboration with the National Ground Intelligence Agency, DEVCOM Army Research Lab, DEVCOM Data Analysis Center, DEVCOM Armament Center, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Compotech and UMaine was significant in the development of FRAG-CT,” said King-Schiappa. “The team was comprised of subject matter experts in the fields of threat assessment, munition exploitation, armor design, CT scanning and expeditionary ballistics – these critical aspects support the rapid development of an improved methodology for armor design.”

In addition to protective equipment, FRAG-CT may also aid in munition development.

“Warhead development is an iterative process from design to prototype to testing and back to design,” said Henry Hsieh, mechanical engineer, DEVCOM Armament Center. “This process is often cost prohibitive due to the time and labor required to collect and analyze vast amounts of data after a destructive warhead event. The FRAG-CT technology has the potential to minimize or even eliminate the laborious process of manually picking, cleaning, weighing and sorting tens of thousands of fragments after each warhead test, drastically reducing labor cost as well as data turn-around time. With this technology in place, warhead developers can rapidly and confidently design munitions adapted for our next generation of warfighters.”

Data collection and analysis play an all-important role in DEVCOM Soldier Center’s commitment to advancing capabilities and technologies for the Soldier.

King-Schiappa noted that software technology and analysis capabilities associated with FRAG-CT will also help address mission priorities that emphasize increased maneuver and lightweight expeditionary ballistic protection — thus, delivering protective expeditionary maneuver systems and Mission Command Technologies into Soldiers’ hands more quickly to increase warfighter readiness.

“Threats of interest are ever changing,” said King-Schiappa. “The Army is working diligently to narrow the capability gaps that affect Soldiers and enable the rapid delivery of capabilities to the warfighter. FRAG-CT enforces the aspect of rapid delivery for ongoing threat characterization work.”

The DEVCOM Soldier Center is transferring the software technology and the analysis capability to both the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory and DEVCOM Armament Center.

DEVCOM SC, DEVCOM ARL, and DEVCOM AC have signed a software use agreement, or SUA, that is emplaced for work to support both arena-test methodologies and water-test methodologies using FRAG-CT. This GUI and upgraded test methodology will enable DEVCOM AC and DEVCOM ARL to process arena- and water-test data with greater accuracy, speed and repeatability.

“FRAG-CT is a state-of-the-art software package that allows the user to quickly and accurately process large amounts of fragment data under one platform,” said Justin Pritchett, a mechanical engineer at the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory. “It has a multiple-input, multiple-output capability that supports data input from different types of fragmenting munition experiments and outputs various data formats for modeling and simulation codes. This technology advancement will drive how we process and collect large data sets in the future.”

King-Schiappa explained that the methodology and GUI may also feed modeling and analysis efforts tied to software such as the Advanced Joint Effectiveness Model, or AJEM. AJEM is a survivability, lethality, and vulnerability computer simulation code that is capable of analyzing one or more threats attacking one or more rotary-wing or fixed-wing aircraft, small watercraft, ground-mobile system, and mounted or dismounted personnel.

Mike Maffeo, a senior engineer on the Ballistic and Blast Protection Team, Protection Materials Division, Soldier Protection Directorate at the Soldier Center, explained that there are other models in addition to the AJEM model that can also use this data, including a casualty software called the Integrated Casualty Estimation Methodology, or ICEM, model.

Maffeo, who serves as the model manager for ICEM, explained that ICEM was developed specifically to model dismounted soldiers and the body armor they are wearing.

Maffeo believes that FRAG-CT is an important innovation in fragmentation data collection and analysis.

“FRAG?CT looks to be a real game changer in getting new fragment files quickly for armor assessment and vulnerability analysis,” said Maffeo. “With all the data that is being collected by FRAG?CT, it opens opportunities to increase the fidelity of the modeling and analysis. Some of these newer munitions have asymmetric (non?symmetric) burst patterns that are difficult to model without the right data. FRAG?CT should allow us to get this type of data quickly.”

In the future, FRAG-CT may also have applications for Elastic Plastic Impact Computation, or EPIC, and beyond.

By Jane Benson, DEVCOM Soldier Center Public Affairs

Rheinmetall Modernizing 27 More Boxer Command Vehicles for the Bundeswehr

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Rheinmetall is currently bringing another 27 Boxer command vehicles of the Bundeswehr up to the latest A2 standard. Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded the order at the end of January 2021. The 27 vehicles are to undergo modernization at the Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH plant in Kassel, Rheinmetall’s centre of excellence for tactical wheeled vehicles. Work is set to begin in March 2021, with return of the vehicles to the Bundeswehr slated to take place during the 2022-2024 timeframe. For Rheinmetall, the order is worth a figure in the lower two-digit million-euro range.

The command vehicle, or FüFz in German military parlance, is one of four variants of the tried-and-tested, high-mobility Boxer armoured transport vehicle currently in service with the Bundeswehr. The FüFz is found in mechanized formations, where it serves as a mobile tactical operations centre or command post. The vehicles feature a full panoply of radio equipment and advanced C4I systems.

The upgrade to A2 status encompasses an extensive array of modernization measures, including (among other things) the driver’s visualization system; the exhaust emission and air-conditioning ducts; the towing gear; the driver’s station; the headlight technology; as well as software and system security modifications. In addition, the vehicle’s satellite communications capability, voice and data transmission and IT equipment will all be improved.

Now official, the latest order forms a sequel to the modernization to A2 status of the first lot of 38 Boxer command vehicles that commenced in 2017. The current combat performance upgrade of the second lot will ensure that the Bundeswehr’s entire fleet of 65 Boxer command vehicles reflects the latest tactical and technical state of the art.

Premier Body Armor Announces Jason Mammano’s Promotion to Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

GASTONIA, N.C. – February 9, 2021 – Premier Body Armor is proud to announce that Jason Mammano has joined the team as Premier Body Armor’s new Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Mammano’s new role sets the stage for an increased presence for the company across the industry.

“I’m thrilled to have Jason join our team full-time as VP of Marketing,” said Frank Stewart, President of Premier Body Armor. “He is not only a friend, but also a vital and creative mind on our team as well as a leader in all our marketing efforts. I am confident in his promotion and know that he is going to help us get to the next level. We are seeking to innovate armor solutions into everyday life, a mission that Jason is already actively helping us achieve.”

“We are very excited to have Jason join the PBA team,” Alex Stewart, Premier Body Armor’s Vice President of Business Development said. “Jason has been instrumental in shaping the marketing strategies of Premier Body Armor and is an asset to the company. His new role will allow us to build partnership with more companies, do more with event sponsorship, and to grow our Pro Staff and affiliate team.”

Mammano (left, with Alex Stewart in the image below) is no stranger to Premier Body Armor. His experience in information systems and analytics made him a valuable asset for Premier Body Armor in a behind-the-scenes role. After two decades of educational instruction, Mammano has made the transition away from his advisory role to assume the new role as Vice President.

“Premier Body Armor builds armor for every-day life,” said Mammano. “I’m excited to increase my role with Premier. This is not a job; it’s a family. My new role allows me the opportunity to make a difference for people who need protection when it matters most. Together, we’ll be able to take Premier’s life-saving armor solutions to a whole new level.”

Learn more about Premier Body Armor and their complete line of off-body inserts and new low-profile body armor at premierbodyarmor.com.

Ballistipax – Survivor-1 Body Armor

Friday, February 5th, 2021

The Ballistipax® Survivor-1™ is a patented quick-deploy, concealed body armor system hidden securely within a rugged yet comfortable shoulder pack. When deployed, front and rear NIJ-rated ballistic panels protect the user’s front and back while providing easy access to firearms, magazines, edged weapons, medical gear, and more. Three levels of ballistic armor plates are available with the Survivor-1: Flex Pistol Armor IIIA, Rigid Pistol Armor IIIA (PE), and Rifle Armor III+.

Survivor-1 features a full front MOLLE panel and optional quick-detach IFAK pouches allowing users to configure their armor system for any mission. Within seconds, the patented Quickdraw™ deployment action allows the user to pull the plate carrier handle over the head and down over the torso to protect vital organs.

Elastic Waist Retention Bands (WRB) fasten behind the back and secure the plate carrier to the body.


Safariland Announces New Hardwire Armor Packages

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Innovative Design Offers Lightest, Thinnest Ballistic Panel Protection Available


Jacksonville, Florida – Safariland®, a brand of The Safariland Group®, a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, announced today the next generation of Hardwireâ Ballistic Panels. Hardwire optimizes the strength of compressed Dyneema fibers to create the thinnest and lightest level II and IIIA ballistic panels available.

“The collaboration between Safariland and Hardwire will continue to bring advanced armor protection to end users,” James Duncan, VP/GM of Armor for Safariland said. “This strategic relationship incorporates the thinnest, lightest and highest performing armor panels into our state of the art tactical and concealable vests. Hardwire is an exceptional company that shares Safariland’s vision, and together we are learning how to maximize the effectiveness of armor and how to protect those who serve.”

“Hardwire’s advanced ballistic properties afford the bullet’s shock wave more time to spread out before getting to the body,” George Tunis, CEO of Hardwire LLC, said. “The panel is 100% Dyneema, but it’s more than material alone that makes it work. It’s the Hardwire process and strategic layering of the materials that results in game-changing performance. We use a bullet’s own rotation and exploitable weaknesses to shock the projectile into submission. Meaning, the bullet doesn’t attack the vest, the vest attacks the bullet.”

The second generation Hardwire Ballistic Panel offers the thinnest profile available in soft body armor while weighing just .51 and .68 pounds per square foot for level II and IIIA, respectively. This minimalist design allows for Hardwire Armor to be worn all day without interfering with routine tasks. Hardwire panels stand up to a range of special threat rounds above NIJ standard and the technology was originally developed for use by the elite U.S Special Operations Command and Marine Corps.

Safariland Armor continues to lead through innovation and design that sets the standard in ballistic protection. By continuing to bring cutting-edge body armor designs to market, Safariland provides its customers with high-performance, life-saving armor systems.

By combining Safariland’s proprietary ballistic panel shapes with carrier systems designed to maximize both comfort and protection, this next generation Hardwire ballistic technology takes ballistic protection to a new level. These new Hardwire Level II and Level IIIA ballistic panels will be available for use in all of Safariland’s concealable and tactical vest designs and platforms.

The partnership between Safariland and Hardwire offers a new standard in shock dissipation physics, momentum transfer efficiency, and ultimately, ballistic protection. Taking a round should not be the end of the fight. With the goal of enhanced survivability and minimized injury, Safariland and Hardwire are designed to save the lives of first responders.