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Unity Tactical – Remora for 3M Peltor Helmet Adapters

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Professional warriors face a constant struggle of combining various pieces of kit, made by various manufacturers, to meet their mission requirements.  These items are usually not designed with integration in mind since the manufacturer is generally focused on making their own product to a certain government specification.  Integration is therefore left up to the individual in the field, who finds creative ways to ghetto-rig components into a useable-enough solution.  After all: warfighters can make anything work given enough 100mph tape, zip-ties, 550 cord, and Velcro; necessity being the mother of all invention.  Unity Tactical is dedicated to providing industry-leading innovation in the category of systems integration.  Basically: we make stuff that makes your stuff work better with other stuff.

Enter the Remora® for 3M Peltor™ Helmet Adapters.  Based off the original Remora® for the popular MARK line of headset helmet adapters, this version is designed to integrate with factory 3M products.  It provides a mechanically attached mounting surface for various lights and rings.  Helmet-mounted spotlights are often used by warfighters and law enforcement professionals for searching dark areas during SSE, SAR, and other tactical operations.  However, helmet real estate quickly disappears when helmet-mounted headsets are worn.  The most ubiquitous headset mount is the factory unit from 3M Peltor™.  Almost every other headset maker copies this proven design or purchases adapters direct from 3M.  The large mounting hub leaves little-to-no rail left for other accessories, leaving end users to precariously attach mission critical lights and cameras via Velcro, tape, and zip-ties.  The Remora® for 3M Peltor™ changes all that by integrating directly into the factory hub and placing a mounting platform directly above it. 

The installation is quick and easy.  It can even be done in the field with a multitool.  Internal detents provide solid click rotational adjustments so the user can confidently position the light in a desired direction.  The platform features standard M1913 Picatinny along with a footprint that accepts any device with a Scout base.  It also accepts the popular Unity Tactical FUSION line of accessories.  The Remora® for 3M Peltor™ will work with any 3M-style backplate for use on Ops-Core™, Team Wendy™, Crye Precision™, MTEK™, HHV™ helmets (and many more).  It is injection molded from impact-resistant polymer and made in the U.S.A. 

With an MSRP of $32, the Remora® for 3M Peltor™ is a cost-effective upgrade to any tactical helmet.  The solid lockup helps ensure expensive lights and accessories will not be lost during kinetic operations.  And it provides enhanced capability with easy access and solid rotation.  Government pricing is available for unit/agency purchases.  Available now.



Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor – Covers Entire RF Spectrum

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

ADELPHI, Md. — A quantum sensor could give Soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, said researchers from the Army.

Such wide spectral coverage by a single antenna is impossible with a traditional receiver system, and would require multiple systems of individual antennas, amplifiers and other components.

In 2018, Army scientists were the first in the world to create a quantum receiver that uses highly excited, super-sensitive atoms–known as Rydberg atoms–to detect communications signals, said David Meyer, a scientist at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory. The researchers calculated the receiver’s channel capacity, or rate of data transmission, based on fundamental principles, and then achieved that performance experimentally in their lab–improving on other groups’ results by orders of magnitude, Meyer said.

“These new sensors can be very small and virtually undetectable, giving Soldiers a disruptive advantage,” Meyer said. “Rydberg-atom based sensors have only recently been considered for general electric field sensing applications, including as a communications receiver. While Rydberg atoms are known to be broadly sensitive, a quantitative description of the sensitivity over the entire operational range has never been done.”

To assess potential applications, Army scientists conducted an analysis of the Rydberg sensor’s sensitivity to oscillating electric fields over an enormous range of frequencies–from 0 to 10^12 Hertz. The results show that the Rydberg sensor can reliably detect signals over the entire spectrum and compare favorably with other established electric field sensor technologies, such as electro-optic crystals and dipole antenna-coupled passive electronics.

“Quantum mechanics allows us to know the sensor calibration and ultimate performance to a very high degree, and it’s identical for every sensor,” Meyer said. “This result is an important step in determining how this system could be used in the field.”This work supports the Army’s modernization priorities in next-generation computer networks and assured position, navigation and timing, as it could potentially influence novel communications concepts or approaches to detection of RF signals for geolocation.

In the future, Army scientists will investigate methods to continue to improve the sensitivity to detect even weaker signals and expand detection protocols for more complicated waveforms.

The Journal of Physics B published the research, “Assessment of Rydberg atoms for wideband electric field sensing,” in its special issue on interacting Rydberg atoms. Army scientists David H. Meyer, Kevin C. Cox and Paul D. Kunz led this research, as well as Zachary A. Castillo from the University of Maryland. This work was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

By US Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

INVISIO receives new order from U.S. Security Force Assistance Brigades

Monday, March 16th, 2020

INVISIO has received another order for communication equipment from the U.S. Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB). The order is valued at approximately SEK 36 million. Deliveries are expected to take place in the second quarter 2020.

Confidence in the INVISIO systems continues to grow with the additional Army SFAB units utilizing the INVISIO kits. These specialized units have specific tactical communication needs with many different applications/mission sets and INVISIO’s solutions provide them with multiple capabilities in a variety of configurations. The situational awareness provided under operational tactical communications coupled with superior hearing protection is crucial to the soldiers’ ability to perform their tasks successfully under critical conditions.

The order, which is valued at approximately SEK 36 million, is an important reference in the ongoing global modernization of communications equipment in the military and defense sectors as well as in policing and security.

“We are very proud that the US Army continues to provide more SFAB units with our communications systems. It shows that they have confidence in INVISIO and that our offer meets the communication needs of users in the most critical environments. The order is an important reference in the continued processing of the US market,” says Lars Højgård Hansen, CEO of INVISIO.

The Security Force Assistance Brigades are specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations. Soldiers in SFABs are highly trained and will help brigade combat teams build readiness by freeing them from advisory missions.


2020 ADS Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – RomeoSix Operator PTT

Friday, March 13th, 2020

RomeoSix has introduced the new Operator Push To Talk.

Offered in a wide variety of configurations, it can be had with single or dual leads, custom lead lengths, dedicated plugs or pigtail adapters, and water resistant and/or shielded single or dual buttons.

The Operator PTT is EMI shielded and incorporates a swappable side spring alligator clip for attachment to gear.


Lives Saved by Tactical NAV & Enemy Forces Killed or Captured

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Several years ago we showcased Tactical NAV, a Command and Control app for mobile devices.

SSD received this note from the developer.

We are still developing it and are now completely upgrading the Android platform.

Got a Facebook message from a U.S. Soldier today that I thought was worth sending your way. I’m protecting his name due to security concerns, but this happened very recently.

It’s humbling to hear that TACNAV is still making a difference for our troopers in combat – that’s what it’s all about.


Glad to hear they are still in the fight.

Germany Joins ESSOR – Rohde & Schwarz commissioned for national implementation

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Rohde & Schwarz has been named as the German industrial representative for the ESSOR project and is participating in the development of a European wideband waveform for tactical interoperability in multinational operations.

In mid-December 2019, the Budget and Defense Committee of the German parliament agreed to join the European Secure Software Defined Radio (ESSOR) project – the trans-European interoperability initiative for armed forces at the tactical level. Approval of the participation proposal also initiated national implementation of the current OC1 (operational capability) phase of the ESSOR wideband waveform, which is part of the large-scale project “Digitalization of Land Based Operations” (D-LBO). Rohde & Schwarz has been named as the national champion and joins the group of member-state companies that have been working on the implementation of ESSOR since 2008.

ESSOR is a long-term program, managed by OCCAR , in which the national champions from Italy, Spain, France, Finland, Poland and now also Germany are leading the joint enterprise a4ESSOR S.A.S. as prime contractor. The overarching objective is further development of capabilities in the area of secure communications technology to improve the interoperability of the armed forces. In concrete terms, ESSOR OC1 defines the joint development and updating of an interoperable, trustworthy, robust and wideband radio waveform for connected armed forces.

“Rohde & Schwarz is proud to take its place in the ESSOR community. With our experience in software defined radio and associated waveforms from many years of development of our own products as well as SOVERON D (known from the SVFuA development project) for the German armed forces, which is ramping up for series production in 2020, we are very well prepared for this. This is complemented by our expertise as an architect of secure communications networks and approval for encryption up to the highest classification levels in Germany, the EU and NATO,” comments Hartmut Jäschke, Executive Vice President of the Secure Communications Division and member of Corporate Management of Rohde & Schwarz.

The partner companies are Thales (France), Leonardo (Italy), Indra (Spain), Radmor (Poland) and Bittium (Finland), which have been developing the OC1 phase since 2017.

The high data rate waveform (HDRWF) developed for ESSOR OC1 is designed for operational and tactical unit command and IP connectivity at the brigade, battalion and lower levels. It features flexible configuration and adaptability to demanding scenarios, and it offers soldiers versatile and robust MANET networks on their national radio systems for combined missions and in the framework of territorial and collective defense.

With support from the European Defense Fund, ESSOR will be augmented with additional waveforms, for example for specific use cases or for air based operations. “The collaboration of European industry and provision of the most advanced commercially available SDR in the form of SOVERON D will give major projects of the German armed forces, such as D-LBO, an enormous boost in the connected, secure and jam-proof transmission of voice and data,” concludes Mr. Jäschke.

Sneak Peek – Atlantic Signal SPEAR line

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Next week Atlantic Signal will introduce the next generation in Executive Protection Comms – The SPEAR line.

US Army Taps Persistent Systems to Develop Secure Comms for Robotic and Autonomous Systems

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Company adapting MPU5 for contested manned-unmanned ops

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, N.Y.—January XX, 2020—Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today that it has been awarded a $5.4M contract by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center to develop Protected Communications for Manned-Unmanned Teams (MUM-T).

The Army envisions a next-generation Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) that can be networked with up to four unmanned Remote Combat Vehicles (RCVs) and their assorted sensor/weapons payloads – and, in turn, networked with the broader force and command structure.

For that to happen, these manned-unmanned teams will need a robust, secure, and high-throughput communications network.

“The Army wants RCVs that can be remotely operated in groups over very long distances, in cities, forests, and open terrain,” said Brian Soles, VP of Business Development for Persistent. “These manned-unmanned teams will also have to deal with the threat of enemy hacking and jamming.”

The MPU5 with its Wave Relay® MANET was previously selected by the Next Generation Combat Vehicle cross functional team (NGCV-CFT) and the Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) as the MANET network of choice for RCV Phase 1 and has been under evaluation by the U.S. Army for over a year.

Persistent is a leader in the mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) domain. Its MPU5 forms a highly scalable, peer-to-peer network that does not rely on external communications infrastructure to operate or run through a vulnerable central node. The MPU5, which has already been deployed on a variety of unmanned platforms, has:

• An onboard Android™ computer, that hosts and runs command-and-control and situational awareness software;

• A 3×3 MIMO configuration with up to 10 watts of transmit power, providing a usable throughput exceeding 100 Mbps; and a

• Built-In HD Video Encoder/Decoder to distribute multiple real-time HD video feeds to team members on demand.

As part of its 14-month-long contract, Persistent is working with the C5ISR Center’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate to adapt the MPU5 to meet the anti-jam and cyber hardening demands of MUM-T operations.

“The application of the work done under this contract won’t be limited to vehicles,” Soles said. “The idea is to get these same hardened capabilities to dismounted soldiers, which will greatly enhance our ability to operate against more sophisticated adversaries.”

The development initiatives on this contract are already underway and will continue through 2020.