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Team Wendy Launches Radio Rig For Search And Rescue Community

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Chest rig fully compatible with MOLLE / PALS accessories
CLEVELAND, OH (Oct. 14, 2019) – Team Wendy® formally announced today the launch of its Radio Rig, the company’s first ever chest rig. The item is available for immediate purchase.

The chest harness is a first for the Cleveland-based company, a leading provider of exceptional head protection systems worn by thousands across military, law enforcement, search and rescue (SAR), and adventure communities.

“We strive to provide our clients with optimal solutions by identifying gaps and filling unmet needs in the market,” said Team Wendy CEO Jose Rizo-Patron. “Through our ongoing engagement with several domestic and international SAR communities, it was clear to us that they needed a comfortable, purpose-built communications rig that includes a better approach for cable management. Our Radio Rig also serves as a complimentary solution to our widely fielded EXFIL® SAR helmets.”

The skillfully crafted harness offers an abundance of compartmentalization without compromising mobility. It comes with an assortment of three pouch sizes (small, medium, large) to accommodate any size radio or GPS. It features a separate weather-resistant zippered accessory pouch to protect a cell phone or other electronic equipment from the elements.

PALS webbing on the front provides a modular attachment system for the included pouches, as well as any other MOLLE / PALS compatible holsters, bags, etc. Fidlock® magnetic buckles allow for the front section to fold forward providing access to the backside of the front panel, which features a clear touch-screen compatible pocket for electronic devices (phones or tablets), maps, notes, etc.

The front panel features an interior zipper pouch, including two pockets:

·         One pocket is dedicated to cable management with six separate pass throughs for cables to enter from the exterior and be stored inside.

·         The second pocket is for organization, including some webbing to help secure pens, flashlights and multi-tools.

Low-profile rear panel and straps allow for use with other backpacks if needed. That panel has loop for mounting ID patches and PALS webbing for securing any other small pouches.

“This rig was designed with explicit input from the communities we serve,” said Rizo-Patron. “They told us what was missing from the chest rig market and our engineers went to work.”

The Team Wendy Radio Rig retails for $134.95 and is now available for purchase on TeamWendy.com, through authorized Team Wendy dealers, and will be available on Amazon.com in the coming weeks.

Team Wendy has also partnered with Silynx®, a leader in the communications industry, to offer a version of the CLARUS XPR in-ear communications system with a specific wiring configuration that serves as a sound complement to the new Radio Rig, as well as the EXFIL SAR helmet platform. The Silynx system, available for purchase through Team Wendy, consists of an in-ear headset, control box, dual comm splitter, and the option of a Smartphone adapter and one of four radio adapters compatible with 95 percent of radios on the market – including the Motorola APX.

Learn more at www.TeamWendy.com.

DISCO32 – Nexus U-94/A PTT for Kenwood 2 Pin Pre-Order

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

DISCO32 has introduced a pre-order for Nexus U-94/A PTT for Kenwood 2 Pin (Amplified for Civilian Radios).

With the recent Boefong craze, this is great news! These genuine Nexus PTTs will interface between your civilian 2-Pin radio and headets like MSA Sordins and 3M Peltor Comtac Series which use Dynamic Microphones and standard NATO wiring (WM-85U).

They are currently taking pre-orders which will ship 30 October.

www.disco32.com/product-page/nexus-u-94-a-ptt-for-kenwood-2-pin-amplified-for-civilian-radios

Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies Joins Persistent Systems Wave Relay Ecosystem

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Special Operations teams benefit from Indago 3 unmanned quadcopter on Wave Relay® MANET

NEW YORK, N.Y. – October 01, 2019 – Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Procerus Technologies (LMPT) joined the Wave Relay® Ecosystem, an industry alliance of unmanned platform and sensor manufacturers using Persistent’s Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc network (MANET).

LMPT will now offer special operators a version of the Indago 3 unmanned aerial system (UAS) that runs on Persistent’s Wave Relay® MANET, including the MPU5 radio.

“This is a big win for users in the Special Operations community,” said Shane Flint, Vice President of Business Development for Persistent. “The users understand that, to truly network the battlefield, you need a robust, scalable solution that allows for unmanned systems and sensors to operate on a common network, empowering the whole team, and reducing weight on the operator. LMPT’s integration of Wave RelayÒ makes this possible.”

In a MANET, each radio — whether on the ground or in the air—acts as both a receiver and a relay station. So, in true peer-to-peer fashion, users can share voice, video, text, sensor and location data without having to depend upon fixed communications infrastructure or a vulnerable central hub.

“The Indago 3 not only provides full motion video to the SOF team, but also extends the MANET through its advantaged airborne position over the team,” Flint added.

Persistent’s MPU5 radio connects to the Indago 3 controller, while the lightweight Embedded Module is integrated inside the UAS. The system is available with either an S-Band or L-Band RF module depending on the needs of the user.

The quiet, all-weather Indago 3 UAS weighs less than five pounds and can be folded for compact transport and unfolded for rapid deployment, getting airborne in just two and a half minutes. It can also stay in the air for up to 40 minutes while carrying a 250-gram payload.

The equally tough Wireless Hand Controller comes loaded with a Virtual Cockpit™ user-friendly mapping interface and powerful mission-planning tools.

The Wave Relay® enabled Indago 3 is available now. For more information visit: www.persistentsystems.com/ecosystem-overview

Just What The RTO Ordered

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

All black TNC to BNC adapters available from DISCO32.com.

Handheld Digital Targeting System Provides Fire and Air Support to Marines

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. —

A Marine Corps Systems Command fire support device will be one of several communication technologies demonstrated at Island Marauder 2019.

The Target Handoff System version 2.0 is a lightweight, fire control system that employs commercial off-the-shelf, shock-resistant tablets to perform various targeting functions. The man-portable technology helps ascertain global positioning coordinates and call for fire support.

It allows Marines to use a single system to control close air support as well as artillery, mortars and naval surface fire support missions.

“THSv2 is the digital fire support Program of Record for the Marine Corps,” said Jeff Nebel, Fire Support Coordination team lead at MCSC. “It is a modular equipment suite that provides the warfighter with the capability to quickly and accurately identify and locate targets, and transmit that information digitally to fire support systems or weapons platforms.”

Fielded in fiscal year 2018, THSv2 enables the Marine Air-Ground Task Force to view an updated satellite image of the topography of a location. The technology provides a platform for receiving and manipulating video information. It can also be used as a controller for unmanned and autonomous systems.

“The system decreases the probability of incorrect data transfer of the initial fire request by providing a digital communication link between the observer and fires platform,” said Nebel.

The Corps has leveraged electronic tablets—including the MAGTF Common Handheld—to support the warfighter. Like MCH, THSv2 is software embedded into a tablet. However, MCH is primarily used for situational awareness on the battlefield, while THSv2 feeds information to Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System and other fire support and weapons platforms.

THSv2 is interoperable with several other technologies, including the AN/PRC-117 radio, Naval Fire Control System and the Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability. At Island Marauder 2019, Marines will demonstrate the interoperability of THSv2 with other communication systems, including Networking on the Move.

Engineers and analysts for the THSv2 emphasize its significance in completing missions on the battlefield.

“The Target Handoff System version 2.0 is important to the warfighter because it speeds up the kill chain and reduces human error by not requiring targeting information to be passed via voice,” said William Bensch, an analyst for THSv2. “Everything is done digitally.”

Since its fielding, THSv2 has received positive feedback from Marines who participated in various live-fire events and other training. Nebel hopes annual hardware and software updates will make the technology even more useful to the warfighter.

 “It’s a piece of the latest and greatest in cutting edge technology,” said Bensch. “The system is robust enough to be expanded upon. We’re looking to provide the warfighter with the best equipment to engage the enemy faster and more efficiently—and THSv2 does that.”

Story Matt Gonzales, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication | Marine Corps Systems Command

Photos by PFC Taylor W. Cooper

L3Harris Technologies Awarded Tactical Radio Contracts Totaling More Than $100 Million from Two European Nations

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

LONDON, Sept. 11, 2019 (DSEI STAND S-7 310) — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been awarded contracts from two European nations totaling more than $100 million for Falcon manpack and handheld tactical radios. Deliveries of the AN/PRC-158, AN/PRC-160, AN/PRC-152A and AN/PRC-117G  radios are underway, with completion expected in 2020.

The L3Harris AN/PRC-158 multi-channel manpack radio features a two-channel, software-defined architecture with integrated cross-banding between waveforms – providing new advanced capabilities while maintaining backward interoperability with legacy radios. The AN/PRC-160 is a stand-alone solution that provides data speeds up to 10 times greater than other existing high frequency radios. The AN/PRC-152A is a wideband networking handheld radio that provides simultaneous voice, video and data in a small form-factor, with ad-hoc capabilities. The AN/PRC-117G manpack is software defined, easily upgradeable with new waveforms such as MUOS, and is also NINE Suite B encrypted – allowing users to securely and easily interoperate with U.S., NATO and regional partners.

“Success in coalition operations depends on strong coalition partners and robust information sharing, from mission information down to voice communications,” said Keith Norton, Vice President, L3Harris Communication Systems. “These proven L3Harris radios are part of a series of overlapping European modernization programs to deliver advanced narrowband and wideband networking capabilities with greater interoperability for U.S. and other NATO allies during coalition operations.”

L3Harris Technologies to Showcase Falcon IV Family of Tactical Radios at Defense Security Equipment International Show

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

LONDON (DSEI STAND S-7 310)

Sep 10, 2019

Highlights:

• Radios offer software defined, multichannel capabilities in a single, integrated, power-efficient platform

• Delivers next-generation capabilities and full interoperability with previous Falcon radios

• Provides resilient communications for congested/denied environments

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) will showcase members of its Falcon IV® family of radios – which offer users an integrated view of the battlefield in a single, multichannel platform – at the Defense Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019 tradeshow in London September 10-13.

The Falcon IV® family of radios delivers the convergence of next-generation capabilities including HD full-motion video, situational awareness, voice, multi-channel crossbanding and enemy RF sensing and awareness in a single, integrated, power-efficient platform.

Capabilities of the Falcon IV® platforms include:

• Multiband/multi-mission: enables users to match the right frequency band that is most appropriate for the mission.

• Library of waveforms: enables full primary, alternate, contingency and emergency communications allowing users to complete their mission in congested and denied RF environments.

• Multi-channel: ability to access numerous channels eliminates the need to carry multiple radios. 

• Extended wideband: increased throughput for high-definition, full-motion video in an easy-to-deploy network mode.

• Software defined encryption: L3Harris’ Sierra II and Denali® security architectures provide high-data-rate encryption with the ability to modernize with a simple software update that requires no hardware replacement.

• Crossbanding: controlled management of information (voice, data, images) and access from disparate groups, providing simplified command of complex or joint operations.

• Mission modules: standard interfaces enable seamless extension of the platform’s capabilities.

“The Falcon IV® family demonstrates L3Harris’ commitment to advancing tactical communications to give our warfighters the next-generation capabilities and situational awareness they need on today’s multi-domain battlefield,” said Dana Mehnert, President, L3Harris Communication Systems. “L3Harris’ Falcon family ensures the warfighter has the security, interoperability and resilient networking capabilities needed to maneuver, fight, and win on the contested and congested battlefield.”

Domo Tactical Communications Celebrates Success Trials in Demonstrating its MANET Soldier Data Radio

Monday, September 9th, 2019

DSEI 2019, London, Stand number N5-352: Domo Tactical Communications (DTC), the wireless communications specialist, celebrates recent successes in trials demonstrating its SOL8SDR-H as a MANET Mesh Soldier Data Radio, proving compatibility with ATAK and other situational awareness applications.

Sharing PLI, mapping data, voice, messaging and mission plans – and operating without the need for external infrastructure – gives users in the field a significant advantage. A well-informed warfighter can make better decisions to carry out their objective as efficiently as possible and without unnecessary risks.

The groundbreaking SOL8SDR-H Handheld Radio provides the possibility to operate in channel bandwidths down to 1.25MHz for extreme range performance at very low power making it the ideal choice for MANET Soldier Data Radios where reliability to communicate in the harshest of environments whilst maintaining LPI/LPD is imperative.

Truly software-defined and future-proofed, the SOL8SDR can host multiple waveforms as the mission evolves. In addition to MiMo and SiMo Mesh solutions, the SOL8SDR today can be a Unidirectional COFDM transmitter – including interoperable DVB-T modes – and a streaming COFDM receiver ideal for Remote Video Terminal (RVT) applications.

The SOL8SDR-H is designed to meet the requirements of applications where robust encrypted, mobile communication links are needed to provide enhanced situational awareness in the absence of fixed infrastructure. Targeting first responders, security and military personnel, the SDR-H utilises the DTC COFDM waveforms to provide High Bandwidth data in challenging, dynamic, Non-Line of Site (NLOS) environments where our users operate. It combines a familiar “Soldier Radio” physical form factor, robust construction and simplified user interface with the ability to use industry-standard battery packs, chargers and webbing pouches.

The SOL8SDR-H Handheld Radio and our other Video and IP products will be on Stand N5-352 during DSEI 10-13 September 2019. For more information, please visit www.domotactical.com or email solent.info@domotactical.com.