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Military Overwhites Put to the Test at Tobyhanna Army Depot

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA —

Data collected at Tobyhanna Army Depot will help improve specialty uniforms for U.S. Army Soldiers and Marines.

The depot hosted four government entities in late January in support of an ongoing study to assess the effectiveness of military overwhite uniforms. Also called “snow camouflage,” the attire is designed to conceal soldiers from an array of sensors in different snow environments.

Tobyhanna was selected as a data collection site after analysis by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that the depot’s terrain resembled potential combat environments in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Other sites included in the study were Camp Dawson in West Virginia and Fort Drum in New York.

The study team was comprised of representatives from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment (PM-SCIE) and Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier. Those involved commended Team Tobyhanna’s hospitality.

“Tobyhanna’s support was phenomenal. Everything went right – the weather conditions were perfect and we captured the exact data we needed. The Tobyhanna team went above and beyond,” said Clay Williamson, the future programs officer at PEO Soldier.

The study’s mission was to capture imagery of the uniforms in locales that were similar to areas where future battles may occur. The imagery will then be used in an experiment to determine success of the uniforms’ “signature mitigation properties”. Called a “probability of detection study,” the test is similar to a scientific version of ‘Where’s Waldo?” according to technical lead Jacob Quartuccio, PhD. Hundreds of Soldiers will view the imagery taken at the three locations and indicate if they can “find” the person wearing the overwhite uniform. Results from the study will be used for future product development and procurement.

Depot personnel say they were happy to accommodate such an important mission.

“Team Tobyhanna is ready, willing and able to support Soldier requirements of all kinds. We’re here when the Soldier needs us,” said Edward Kovaleski, an architect in the Installation Services Directorate.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 4,000 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.

By Ms. Danielle E. Weinschenk

New PenCott Camouflage Patterns from Hyde Definition and 0241Tactical

Monday, January 18th, 2021

If you follow PenCott Camouflage on social media, then you will have recently seen pictures of two new patterns that were developed with North American environments primarily in mind.

The patterns are DevilDog™ and LeatherNeck™, and are both 4-color variations of the standard PenCott pattern geometry. They were named after popular nicknames for US Marine Corps members, due to the fact that the founder and CEO of 0241Tactical is a USMC veteran.

DevilDog™ is specifically oriented towards high plains, scrub desert, dry bush land, and similar types of terrain with light, sandy soil and sparse vegetation.

LeatherNeck™ on the other hand is designed for more temperate terrain that has a significant amount of brown tones – such as pine forests, mixed woodland with reddish soil, and so on.

Developing new pattern colorways during a period of lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation required some flexibility and creativity in the approach we took – not the least because all the work had to be done virtually between team members in the UK and US.

Our starting point was to analyze existing military patterns that have proven effective in North American environments – such as AOR-Universal, MARPAT-Temperate Woodland, CADPAT-Intermediate, Scorpion W2, etc. – comparatively analyzed within the specific types of environments we wanted to address. With this data in hand, we worked up a palette of potential colors, plugged them into the PenCott geometry, and then worked through numerous color combinations to down-select to a shortlist of pattern variations. Using extensive picture-in-picture analysis we ended up with a pattern colorway for each that seemed to be the best option – and also worthy of the names.

With the colors and names established, artwork was sent to 0241Tactical’s digital printing partner in the US and a small trial run of each pattern was printed on ripstop polyester material. The results can now be seen in the form of anoraks, neck gaiters, and beanie hats being offered through 0241Tactical.

With these garments now going out into the real world for field evaluations, we will be able to validate if the colorways are correct or need tweaking before being released for licensing and/or full production with other partners as well. 0241Tactical will also be able to provide various digitally-printed fabrics, such as 500D Cordura® nylon, in the DevilDog and LeatherNeck patterns to other makers as well.

Beyond these new patterns, look out for an expanded offering of GreenZone® fabrics and partners to come in the first half of 2021. We will also be expanding the MetroPolis® offering with webbing and 500D nylon, as well as additional product partners too. And lastly, Helikon-Tex and Direct Action will continue to expand their WildWood® product offerings this year as well.

www.pencottcamo.com

www.0241tactical.com

Nocorium Vinyl Night Vision Camouflage Wraps Available Now from TNVC!

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

January 07, 2021 Redlands, CA

TNVC is proud to announce that we are a full distributor for Nocorium vinyl Night Vision wraps—wraps are in-stock and ready to ship now, and available for the TNV and NGI PVS-14s, RNVGs, and DTNVGs in Multicam, Coyote (Tan 498), Ranger Green, M81 Woodland, Multicam Black, Multicam Arid, and Multicam Tropic!

Additional colorways and device patterns coming soon, to include the AN/PVS-31A USSOCOM BNVD, L3Harris BNVD1531, and TNV/DTNVS!

tnvc.com/shop/nocorium-night-vision-vinyl-wraps

Nocorium™ is a non-permanent, automotive grade adhesive-backed vinyl wrap carefully designed and precision cut to customize the appearance of your Night Vision Device. Nocorium NVG Wraps™ are essentially a second skin for Night Vision Goggles that provides an additional layer of protection from minor scuffs and scratches, while also allowing the device to better blend-in to your surroundings.

Nocorium™ is easy to peel off the backing. It is easy to apply. And when you want to change it up, it is easy to remove when the time comes. Residual adhesive residue on the housing will be minimal (if present at all) even after years of being applied. The revolutionary dual system adhesive backing allows the material to be installed while providing some slideability and repositionability of the pieces. This ensures every piece properly conforms to complex surfaces with an optimal fit. Once the desired position and shaping has been achieved, pressing the wrap material firmly into the device’s surface breaks open microscopic acrylic adhesive particles that form the real adhesive bond to the surface and will continue to strengthen over the following 24 hours. When applied correctly, the end result is a clean and bubble free surface appearance that remains in place until the user chooses to remove it.

Most Night Vision Devices are typically all black in external appearance, and while they may not stand out much when observed in visible light, that black exterior has a high contrast visual signature when seen under infrared. The NVG Wraps™ are non-reflective as they have a matte finish overlaminate. When viewed under both passive and active IR light, the highly effective Nocorium™ material blends-in about the same as regular multicam fabric. In fact, the material has a much lower visual signature under IR when compared to the black polymer and black anodized components of the device itself. Nocorium™ not only looks good, it also has beneficial function as IR camouflage.

Areas of operations can change: You might be in an urban environment one day but then a woodland or arid or snowy environment in the near future. The need to blend in continues. A paint job, be it Cerakote or rattle can paint can be quite an aesthetic commitment and labor-intensive to remove. In comparison, Nocorium NVG Wraps™ allow you to change the surface appearance of your Night Vision Device as often as you like or even revert back to its all black original appearance with no clean up needed. Nocorium NVG Wraps™ are available in a wide range of colors. Multicam options are exclusively licensed from Crye Precision®. Solid Color options are carefully calibrated to match common color tones used for accessories in those color families.

Nocorium NVG Wraps™ are an excellent solution to changing the appearance of your Night Vision Device and the diverse range of colors and camouflage patterns available gives you lots of options.

tnvc.com/shop/nocorium-night-vision-vinyl-wraps

Sneak Peek – Altama Maritime Mids in Relv

Thursday, December 24th, 2020

Two new Relv patterned Maritime Mids (Marauder and Moab) are in production and coming soon from Altama Boots.

Platatac – Tigerstripe On The Horizon?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

You won’t need to be deep up the Nung River to wear these limited edition Tigerstripe TacDax & CUTS V4, but definitely worthy of an extreme prejudice Captain Willard mission.

This is my friend Flimmuur’s pet project. Let’s make it happen. Let Platatac know if they should make it reality.

TOPO Designs – Trip Pack in Covert Transition Camo

Friday, December 11th, 2020

TOPO Designs has introduced a version of their Trip Pack in Covert Transition Camo.

You may remember Covert as one of the finalists for the US Army camouflage improvement effort. Initially restricted, over the past few years, this Brookwood pattern has become more available.

The 640 cu. in. / 10.5 L Trip Pack is designed to attach to larger luggage, like the Travel Bag, thanks to their PackFast Bag Attachment Loops.

Features:

• U-shape access to main compartment

• Internal sleeve fits most 11” laptops or tablets

• Large diagonal exterior zippered pocket

• Padded back panel

• Comfortable padded shoulder straps

• Top carry handles

• Leather lash tab

• Ice axe loop

• Heavy-duty YKK zippers

topodesigns.com/products/trip-pack-covert-transitional-camo

Sitka – Flash Shelter

Friday, December 11th, 2020

Offered in two sizes (8′ x 10′ or 10′ x 12′), the Flash Shelter from Sitka is an older-fashioned tarp, so there aren’t any poles, just guy lines. Rig it like you would a basha or poncho hooch.

It’s available in two Optifade patterns, Sub Alpine (above) and Open Country (below).

Quite a few folks have been using these operationally. The smaller version is 19.3 oz and packs up to the size of an old one quart canteen.

www.sitkagear.com/products

Finnish Camo Christmas Stockings Available from OC Tactical

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

Every year OC Tactical makes Christmas stockings in a new camouflage pattern.

This year it’s Finnish M05 Frost Pattern Fabric, fully lined with Litelok Fabric. One person will receive their stocking fully loaded with survival gear in case 2021 sucks more than 2020. Stockings are $20, use code CAMOCHRISTMAS till Dec 20th for 10% off.

stores.octactical.com