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Air Force Awards Contract for Improved Female Body Armor

Thursday, July 9th, 2020


The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Female Fitment Program Office has awarded a contract to begin production and development for body armor designed to better protect female Airmen during combat and contingency operations.

Finding uniform items and gear optimized for female Airmen is an Air Force Chief of Staff initiative. The Female Fitment Program Office was created in response to identify problems and find solutions quickly. The office partnered with the Air Force Security Forces Center in San Antonio to find a “sufficient armored plate carrier system that addresses appropriate form, fit and function while providing adequate protection for female Airmen.”

“This is a perfect example of Air Force Materiel Command getting feedback from the field and delivering the Air Force we need to the warfighter,” said Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., AFMC commander. “I’m proud of the team pulling together to do what is right for our Airmen. They deserve gear that offers the protection they need while allowing them to complete their mission.”

AFLCMC’s Human Systems Division is the lead organization to assess, evaluate and acquire new body armor for Security Forces Defenders and other female Airmen whose jobs require them to operate in dangerous environments. The new body armor will be specifically fitted to the female body preventing exposure to risks.

“Our female Airmen had gaps due to poor fitment issues,” said Maj. Saily Rodriguez, Female Fitment Program manager. “The new gear fits properly which improves protection and offers better comfort for gear that has to be worn in difficult environments and conditions.”

The program office conducted an evaluation that included laboratory and field assessments. The contract was awarded to TSSi of Harrisonburg, Virginia for the Aspetto “Mach V” system that was deemed the best solution in terms of price, effectiveness and fitment.

“The feedback during our field assessment was overwhelmingly positive. This is something our Airmen want because it offers a great benefit to their health and safety,” Rodriguez said.

The first product deliveries are expected in Fall 2020.

IceVents Aero by Qore Performance

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

STERLING, VA – Consistent with their commitment to continually press the limits of design to enhance operator performance through thermoregulation, Qore Performance released to the public this week the IceVents Aero, their latest innovation in padding and ventilating load carriage systems.  Inspired by the aerodynamic profile of Formula One cars and the SpaceX Falcon 9/Crew Dragon, IceVents Aero use the same honeycomb thermoplastic elastomer from their popular IceVents Classic, but in a streamlined shape that removes all excess material.

The lighter-weight IceVents Aero prevent chafing on the neck when worn with low collar shirts and reduce fatigue on shoulders in the highest performance and lightest weight minimalist plate carriers and rucksacks. They also reduce chafing and bulk around the hips under a duty belt.

IceVents Aero are universally compatible with every plate carrier system on the market, and are compatible with many rucksacks and assault packs as well. 

IceVents Aero are available as a pair for shoulder strap venting and padding, or as part of combination sets with IceVents Classic to cover duty belt padding and torso ventilation with the IceVents Classic used as pontoon-style padding inside the plate bag.  IceVents Aero are available in Black and in AR 670-1 compliant Coyote Tan. More detail is available at

TYR Tuesday – CQB3A Shield Launch

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020





• NIJ 0108.01 Level 3A Compliant
• Forearm Pad
• Carry Bag
• Fixed Handle

• 9mm, 127 gr SXT
• 5.7 x 28mm, 40 gr SS197SR-Hornady
• 5.7 x 28mm, SS192
• 9mm, 127 gr SXT
• 5.7 x 28mm, 40 gr SS197SR
• .40-cal., 95 gr S&W (HP)
• 9mm Fiocchi, 115 gr (FMJ)
• 5.7 X 28mm, 27 gr SS195 (LFHP)
• 7.62 x 25mm, 95 gr Tokarev (FMJ)
• .357 SIG, 115 gr (JHP)
• .357cal, 125 gr SIG Gold Dot Hollow Point
• .357-cal, 125 gr SIG FMJ FN

TYR Tactical® 18”x32” CQB3A Rapid Response Ballistic Shield – Viewport (TYR-RBS/CQB3A-VP)
• Shield Weight: 12.3 lbs.
• Viewport Dim: 9.75″W x 3.75″H



TYR Tactical® 18”x32” CQB3A Rapid Response Ballistic Shield (TYR-RBS/CQB3A-NV)

• Shield Weight: 8.3 lbs.




IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| CQB3A Shields & Dolly System

Innovate or Die® Tour Virtual Trade Show #IDTOURVTS returns next Tuesday.

US Army Selects Kongsberg to Develop Wireless Lethality for its Light and Medium Robotic Combat Vehicles

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Contract continues program maturity, supports future lethality requirements and provides commonality with the U.S. Marine Corps

JOHNSTOWN, PA, July 1, 2020 – The U.S. Army has selected Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace to provide a wireless fire control capability to support its future medium caliber lethality needs for its light and medium Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV). This decision creates a common architecture across all current robotic lethality fire control for crew-served, medium caliber and anti-tank weapons. In addition to the fire control architectures for both RCV-Light (RCV-L) and RCV-Medium (RCV-M), Kongsberg weapon stations – CROWS J and MCT-30 respectively – have been selected as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) for the Army’s RCV phase 2 experimentation.

“By overcoming the challenges presented by remote lethality, Kongsberg is paving the way for commonality across a variety of vehicle platforms – manned, optionally manned or unmanned,” said Scott Burk, vice president, Land Systems, Kongsberg Defense. “Beyond lethality and scalability, in conjunction with other Kongsberg medium caliber systems and medium weight systems being delivered, soldiers have the advantage of service-wide commonality. This will have tremendous positive impacts on training, provisioning and sustaining all U.S. Army weapon stations.”

This latest contract for wireless fire-control architecture augments previous awards to Kongsberg for the wireless fire-control architecture for the U.S. Army RCV-L program and the Multi-User, Multi-Station (MUMS) distributed fire-control architecture. The MUMS architecture was developed against a U.S. Marine Corps requirement for “one over many, many over one” control of RWS. The MUMS architecture is currently being applied to all Marine RWS deliveries including systems for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV).

Kongsberg demonstrated its wireless fire control capability for the RCV-L architecture, firing both a Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) as well as the weapon station’s 12.7 mm machine gun (.50 M2) from a legacy CROWS M153 mounted on an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The June 2019 live-fire demonstration was carried out at Redstone Test Center in Alabama. Kongsberg also successfully demonstrated secure transmissions of video and fire-control data including command signals over radio from the weapon station and the missile. Kongsberg will perform a similar U.S. government-sponsored demonstration of the medium caliber wireless capability later this year.

The Kongsberg MCT-30 is the first remotely-operated turret to be qualified and fielded in the United States. The system provides highly accurate firepower for wheeled or tracked combat vehicles and is remotely controlled and operated from a protected position inside the vehicle compartment for optimized crew safety.

Kongsberg is the world’s leading manufacturer of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS), having delivered nearly 20,000 RWS units to more than 20 countries worldwide. Kongsberg is also the sole provider of RWS and remote turrets to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. All RWS and remote turrets bound for U.S. customers are manufactured in the Kongsberg Johnstown, PA facility. The company takes great pride in its continued support to, and for the United States, U.S. employees, and U.S. supply base.   

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TYR Tuesday – IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield & Dolly System

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

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

Episode Three:

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Shield & Dolly System

New episode launching every Tuesday.

New CQB Level 3A Shields Launch: Summer 2020

Patent Pending Shield & Dolly System Available Now:


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

Safariland Introduces FoxFury Integrated Light / Handle for its Patented X Series Ballistic Shields

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Features two handle options: horizontal or the exclusive 3-position handle co-developed by Safariland

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading global provider of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today introduced its next generation Safariland® PROTECH® X Series ballistic shields featuring the FoxFury® Taker B70 integrated shield light and handle. The X Series lightweight shield with its integrated lens cap combined with the feature-laden light / handle design provides a clean look and further reduces the overall weight. Offered in two handle styles, Safariland partnered with FoxFury®, an industry leader in shield lighting, to develop the 3-position integrated handle design offered exclusively in the Safariland brand of shields.

“We know that law enforcement’s needs continue to evolve, so we are continuously sourcing and developing products in or to offer the most relevant products for today’s demands,” said Mark Cardey, manager of engineering and Hard Armor R&D for Safariland. “We’ve been able to do just that with the new X Series shields that combine new technology in light attachment, with an exclusive handle feature all in a durable, yet lightweight product.”

The X Series models with the FoxFury Taker B70 Integrated light and handle feature a top-of-the line LED light with the functionality merged into the handle design. The cord-free light is bolted to the shield through the handle and is powered by six CR123 batteries which are incorporated into the handle, eliminating the need for battery packs and loose, external wiring typically seen on ballistic shield lights. Two handle options are offered: the standard horizontal handle, or a 3-position handle design co-developed by Safariland in partnership with FoxFury. The exclusive 3-position handle is ambidextrous and features ergonomically designed pressure switches which are easily activated by the thumb.

The powerful light features two settings: ON/OFF setting or a Tactical setting with three modes, momentary, continuous or Turbo-Strobe™. The light also features a Kill/Deactivation Switch so the light cannot be accidently activated. The light is bolted to the shield through the handle and features separate circuitry on each of its two rows of LEDs so that if one row is damaged the operator can still maintain visibility. The powerful and durable lighting platform is engineered from a molded nylon 66 blend that is fire and impact resistant, and waterproof.

Safariland’s X Series type IIIA ballistic shields made with Honeywell Spectra Shield® material feature a patented process which molds the lens cap into the ballistic composition of the shield at the time of pressing. This results in a lens cap design of the same ballistic material as the rest of the shield. This streamlined design eliminates points of weakness where the shield and components meet – drill holes and seam lines. The seamless molded viewport in this boltless design allows for a shield that can be 20 percent lighter without sacrificing protection and ensuring ballistic integrity.

The Safariland PROTECH X Series ballistic shield with integrated light and handle and is available in all X Series models at MSRPs ranging from $2,980 – $3,490. Available to order now.

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Milrem Robotics Revealed Type-X RCV with John Cockerill CPWS II Turret

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Tallinn, June 17, 2020 – Milrem Robotics and John Cockerill Defense today showcased the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle with the Cockerill Protected Weapons Station Gen. II (CPWS II) to select military forces from around the world.

The Type-X vehicle chassis is a revolutionary design for a mobile modular multi-mission vehicle that provides a platform for a family of unmanned armored vehicles. It is the first combat vehicle that is purposefully designed to be unmanned intended to be an integral part of mechanized units.

The Type-X is designed to deploy at a weight below the 12-ton mark for rapid deployment into the combat theater, either by parachute or by heavy lift helicopter.

A combination of augmented Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a remote system operator, the Type-X is a tracked vehicle with armor protection that can supplement troop formations or operate independently, in unmanned formations.

“The Type-X is modular and will accept larger turrets, but current turret designs are optimized for operations under armor,” Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics stated. “The CPWS II is a step in the right direction, as it is designed from the beginning to be a remotely controlled configuration (unmanned) and easy access from the outside of the turret, allowing for reload and maintenance,” Väärsi added.

Simon Haye, the Chief Marketing Officer for John Cockerill Defense adds: “One of the first realistic roles for unmanned fighting vehicles will be convoy defense and perimeter or base defense. The Type-X with the CPWS can be placed in the front and rear of a convoy to provide additional eyes and firepower for the convoy. Rarely does a convoy have available 25mm firepower and given the system is unmanned, tactics like rushing an ambush site, or maneuvering on the enemy’s position are now legitimate options for a convoy under fire. The lead / follow functions of unmanned vehicles is well developed technology and spreading some operator stations through the convoy can provide redundancy and quick response. Further FOB security can now be in the form of a mobile unmanned fighting vehicle. Instead of putting soldiers at risk on the wire, these Guardian Systems can provide relentless observation and the capability to maneuver and disperse an attack instead of just absorbing it.”

The CPWS II is a low profile, light weight turret, with a revolutionary hatch opening and can mount the M242 25mm X 137mm Bushmaster cannon or the 230LF, 30mm X 113mm cannon. The CPWS II is a remotely operated turret, designed to fit onto 4X4 and 6X6 vehicles. It is the revolutionary hatch, which can operate in three modes that makes the turret a desirable selection for unmanned vehicle operations.

The opening roof capability will allow a rapid reloading of the unmanned vehicle from the outside. Equipped with a 360-degree panoramic sight, with CCD, thermal and fused imaging, the CPWS represents a suitable partner to the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle. The turret can come with Anti-Tank Missiles such as Alcotan, MMP, Javelin or SPIKE.

“Eventually, combining self-driving unmanned logistics vehicles with the Type-X and you can reduce the personnel required for a convoy to a few operators, while actually increasing the capabilities of defending the convoy,” Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics said. “This is not just a leap forward in force protection but a force multiplier.”

During the demonstration Milrem Robotics unveiled their Intelligent Functions Kit (IFK), which converts any vehicle into a self-driving or remotely controlled one. Milrem Robotics’ IFK is a modular hardware and software kit providing ROS2 based environment for different functionalities, which can be provided by Milrem Robotics, the customer or a third party. The IFK has been developed for Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS UGV and Type-X but can be adapted to any other vehicle with drive-by-wire integration.

Both companies are excited about the future cooperation. “We are looking forward to developing a wide range of solutions with John Cockerill, as they have experience, not only in the medium caliber range but they are known for their expertise in the 90mm and 105mm cannons.” Väärsi stated.

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

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

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.

Introducing the Innovate or Die® Tour Virtual Trade Show #IDTOURVTS. New episode launching every Tuesday.

Episode One:

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

IDTOUR VTS |Virtual Trade Show| Preview