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Polaris Government & Defense – MRZR Alpha Arctic Cab and Track

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

Polaris Defense & Government continues to show how versatile the MRZR Alpha is with their AUSA exhibit featuring the Arctic Cab.

Developed for the US Special Operations Command and Marine Corps, the new cab enclosure is part of an Arctic Mobility kit that also features a track system to replace the wheels. Originally designed for enhanced Arctic and tundra mobility, the interchangeable elements of the cab enclosure and track kit can be mixed and matched for mission flexibility.

The cab helps protect occupants from weather conditions and environmental elements. The doors and upper window panels can be removed and the integrated front windshield features a wiper and spray bottle. There is a heat and defrost capability. Additionally, every component of the cab kit can be painted.

The track conversion kit replaces each wheel with a separate track assembly, providing off-road, all-terrain maneuver capability over snow, soft soil and mixed terrain.

GORE-TEX Stretch Fabric Technology

Thursday, October 20th, 2022

During last week’s AUSA event GORE-TEX brand outfitted three mannequins with jackets made from their GORE-TEX Stretch Fabric Technology which retains the water and wind proof breathable characteristics of Gore’s ePTFe material but adds the ability to stretch.

This offers an adaptive fit that reduces air gaps and leads to a more optimized design with less bulk. This means a garment with a more tailored fit can be worn with underlayers without going up a size. It will also move with the wearer. An added bonus is that the fabric improves the garment’s evaporative resistance and increases breathability by 25%.

It was an excellent means to demonstrate how verstaile a shell garment made from the GORE-TEX Stretch fabric is. It can be worn under armor, or over it, fully protecting the gear from
invelement weather.

SIG MG 338 x AimLock Remote Weapon Station

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

The AimLock Remote Weapon Station has arrived on the scene as a lower cost alternative to more comprehensive RWS on the market.

During the recent AUSA expo in Washington, DC, SIG SAUER showcased the AimLock R-M1 paired with the MG 338 machine gun in .338 Norma Mag. The R-M1 can be mounted on a variety of platforms including tripods, buildings, ATVs, UTVs, ground vehicles, boats, and helicopters.

In addition to being remotely operated, the R-M1 integrates AimLock’s auto-targeting technology.

AUSA 22 – LiteFighter Dragon Team Tent

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

LiteFighter has developed a new tenant for team-sized elements called the Dragon.

Unlike many other small unit shelters on the market, the Dragon is large enough to stand in making it a great replacement for the old GP Small Tent and an option for small CP, FDC, Briefing, and Sick Call. On the lower right you can see the port for HVAC hookup and the stope pipe port will accept both sizes of exhaust pipes or a roll up antenna as you see here.

It also features lots of ventilation and two Soldiers can set it in just five minutes. It weighs under 50 lbs and comes packed in a rolling duffel.

AUSA 22 – SIG Looks To Expand Hybrid Case Ammo Offerings

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

In their booth at the recent AUSA show in Washington, DC, SIG Ammunition teased additional caliber options for their composite case ammunition technology recently selected by the US Army as the Common Case Architecture for the Next Generation Squad Weapon program.

Initially developed in 6.8x51mm for NGSW, the cartridge features a two-piece case which combines a steel head for strength with a more brass case. The same technology is used in the commercial round named .277 SIG FURY which received SAAMI approval two years ago.

According to Jason Imhoff, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of SIG Ammunition, they’ve concentrated on expanding the capability quite a bit with 6.5 Creedmoor and 7.62 NATO, but other calibers are also in the works. So far, they are seeing 300-500 fps increase in velocity over standard case designs.

Seen here are 5.56mm, 6.5 CM, 6.8 CCA, 7.62mm and .338 Norma Mag which are military calibers currently in use. Others, including SIG FURY versions of popular hunting and sporting cartridges will be pursued as well.

AUSA 22 – Flyer 72-U

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

The Flyer 72-U is an open cargo deck variant of the Flyer which is used by USSOCOM as the M1128 GMV 1.1 and with US Army as the XM1297 A-GMV. The cargo deck is 69″ wide x 83″ long).

Seen here is the UVision Hero-120 configuration which offers up to 10 systems (4 ready to launch and 6 stowed).

AUSA 22 – Spade Grip for SIG MG 338

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

SIG SAUER has developed a spade grip for its MG 338 Belt-Fed Machine Gun for vehicle mounted use.

SIG officials related that although they haven’t created a spade grip for the XM250, they aren’t ruling it out.

AUSA 22 – GORE-TEX PYRAD Refueler Suit

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022

GORE-TEX PYRAD is a flame retardant fabric; a self-extinguishing technology that provides durable protection against flash fire exposure while remaining highly breathable, water resistant, and windproof. It’s used to make the Fuel Handler 2-Piece Suit worn by Soldiers and Marines.

In one of the most effective displays I’ve seen, WL Gore & Associates have showcased an example of what this garment looks like after a flame test.

As you can see, the material chars, but remains intact and protects the wearer from direct burns. It is also self-extinguishing. In addition to FR protection, the wearer also benefits from a breathable, water and windproof GORE-TEX shell.

To see a video of GORE-TEX PYRAD in action, go here.