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SlingShot Tactical Operations Centre System (STOCS) gets UHF Commercial Band Upgrade

Thursday, July 27th, 2023

Spectra Group, the specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems has expanded the capability of its battle proven SlingShot Tactical Operations Centre System (STOCS) to include the low UHF commercial band (410– 440Mhz) thereby increasing the flexibility and utility of this robust and reliable SlingShot system. 

The concept for STOCS was born from a specialist military user’s requirement to remote the antenna away from the user’s radio, such as in a tactical headquarters/operations room, to enhance the user’s protection or where it was required due to the configuration of a mobile platform.  First launched in October 2020, the STOCS hardware consists of a hub, power unit, cable reel and antenna which is British built to military standards and hence ruggedized and weatherproofed (IP67) to enable the user to leave it in a more exposed position, without any risk of damaging the electronics due to adverse weather.

Since its launch, over 120 specialist and regular units across land, sea and air domains from over ten different countries globally (including NATO members) have purchased and operationally proven the benefits of adding STOCS to their SlingShot portfolio.  When fitted it allows users to maximise all the existing benefits of Spectra Group’s award winning and combat proven SlingShot – quickly, efficiently and securely communicating beyond line of sight (BLOS) and, if needed, while on the move (COTM) while at the same time having the flexibility to operate the radio up to 35 meters from the antenna.  In partnership with Inmarsat’ L-TAC satellite link service for the last 10 years, there are now over 7000 SlingShot systems in use with government forces globally, all capitalizing on the capability to create strategic communications for secure voice and data, without the need to purchase new radios and hence minimising the training burden for security forces. The inclusion of commercial band UHF to the existing military VHF/UHF capability therefore significantly enhances Slingshot’s interoperability and flexibility in deployment, for all types of organisation requiring secure rapidly deployable satellite communications in austere environments around the world.

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group said: “we pride ourselves at Spectra Group in delivering reliable and secure communications to those that need it most in the most austere and demanding of locations.  The addition of commercial band UHF to the STOCS capability is just another innovation to meet our customer’s operational demands and increases the overall SlingShot offering. The design follows the remainder of the SlingShot family in that it is extremely simple for the user to set up, operate and requires no configuration.”

Warrior East 23 – Thales Universal Battery Charger Gen 4

Thursday, July 6th, 2023

The Universal Battery Charger Gen 4 Scalable Charging System from Thales will charge up to six BB-2525 batteries from 0% to 95% in 2.5 hours.

All told, it accepts up to eight batteries simultaneously and will charge multiple types (AN/PRC-148, AN/PRC-152, BB-2590, BB-390, and Conformal Batteries) as well as USB ports for computers, EUDs and their associated batteries.

In addition to battery state of charge and state of health indicators, it also features a built-in solar mode with solar meter.

Units and agencies can procure products seen at Warrior East by contacting ADS, Inc.

GA-ASI, CAL FIRE and CA ANG Complete Flight Demo of REAP Pod on MQ-9A

Sunday, July 2nd, 2023

Pod Provides Communications Infrastructure in the Event of Natural Disaster

SAN DIEGO – 30 July 2023 – In collaboration with the California Air National Guard (CA ANG), National Guard Bureau (NGB), AT&T FirstNet, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA?ASI) successfully completed a flight demonstration of the Rosetta Echo Advanced Payloads (REAP) Pod on an MQ-9A Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). During natural disasters, it’s fairly common for first responders and residents of affected areas to lose cellular communications due to downed infrastructure. The REAP Pod provides potentially lifesaving communications infrastructure from an aircraft, ensuring lines of communication remain open between providers of emergency services and those desperately needing assistance.

This flight demonstration, held on May 25, 2023, showcased bridged communications networks providing seamless connectivity between airborne and ground participants. The system showcased the ability to bridge VHF/UHF networks, function as a P25 repeater, connect geographically disparate mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), and most importantly, provide both FirstNet and emergency 911 cellular capabilities.

As California heads into its heavy wildfire season, the REAP Pod on CA ANG MQ-9As will provide needed communications to support CAL FIRE’s rescue efforts.

“GA-ASI is excited to showcase the capabilities of the REAP Pod,” said GA-ASI Vice President of Mission Payloads and Exploitation Satish Krishnan. “The CA ANG MQ-9As with REAP can ensure CAL FIRE and other first responders maintain critical communications infrastructure at a time when it’s most urgently needed and can help save lives.”

The REAP Pod was developed through a collaboration between GA-ASI and Ultra Intelligence and Communications. The system features a suite of advanced communications equipment that helps support disaster relief operations, including VHF/UHF Line of Sight (LOS), P25, MANET, FirstNet Cellular, and a high-bandwidth LOS backhaul. The REAP pod also has the ability to support military waveforms like Link 16.

As manufacturer of the REAP Pod, GA-ASI aims to ensure the successful initial deployment of the pod as an operational proof of concept. This deployment serves a larger objective by advancing the implementation and effectiveness of the REAP Pod and setting the stage for potential adoption by the Air National Guard on the MQ-9A and the Army National Guard on MQ-1C Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

MDM 23 – Aries Defense Launches NEOS

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

NEOS is a new hardware solution from Aries Defense designed to optimize network bandwidth utilization for UAS/UAV Platforms. The system compresses and optimizes the data allowing more signals to be passed simultaneously.

Based in their OverWatch integration kit, it provides network bandwidth management and adds a fully customizable reticle to the video feed which allows for quicker call for fire commands.

Aries Defense is working with Skydio and L3Harris Technologies for integration of their systems, allowing multiple users access to multiple feeds. With the Marines deploying a UAS at the squad level, NEOS offers simultaneous direct access to a wider range of sensors both at the tactical edge as well as at the command post and even national level.

The Sound of American Pride: Safariland’s Exclusive Liberator HP and HP-R

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Jacksonville, Florida – Safariland®, a brand of The Safariland Group, a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional, and outdoor markets and one of Cadre Holdings, Inc.’s (NYSE: CDRE) (“Cadre”) key brands is proud to offer a limited-edition Liberator® HP and HP-R line in a patriotic We The People theme.

“Liberators are designed, engineered, and assembled with excellence right here in the USA,” said James Imhoff, GM of Communications for Safariland. “The We The People hydrodip launch is timed with Independence Day to highlight the celebration of America’s freedom. We’re thrilled to offer this limited-edition Liberator headset, born and built in our great Nation and chosen by so many first responders and shooting enthusiasts.”

The Liberator HP provides enhanced hearing protection in all environments, including high-decibel, constant background audio. The wearer is fully protected, while advanced sound localization allows for maximum situational awareness and sound detection.

In addition to the Liberator HP, Safariland will also offer the all-new rechargeable Liberator HP-R as part of this limited-edition offering. As the only premium hearing protection offering this state-of-the-art rechargeable system, the Liberator HP-R is engineered to provide extended usage between charges, supplying a quick and effortless recharge. The headset offers a high level of protection from the environment and industry-leading sound localization.

Designed, made, and worn in America, Safariland’s Liberators provide our Nation’s heroes and tactical community with the tools needed to get the job done. Now available, the exclusive Liberator HP and HP-R in We The People print represents the sound of American pride.

Key features of the Liberator HP/HP-R include:

• 200 – 400 hour run time (mode dependent)

• 3 Distinct hearing protection modes

• Advanced auto-shutoff technology

• Designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA

• First of its kind multi-mode adjustability providing Active Noise Reduction (ANR) and Active Noise Cancellation simultaneously

• IP-68 Waterproof design

• Noise reduction rating (NRR) of 26dB

• Slim earcup design layered with sound barrier technology

• Rechargeable model offering Up to 80 hours of operation between charges

For more information about the new and improved Liberator HP line, Lib HP-R and recently launched products, visit

MDM 23 – Silvus Technologies x Ops-Core

Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

Ops-Core has introduced a cable and PTT to facilitate use of the AMP headset with the Silvus Technologies Streamcaster radio.

Persistent Systems to Support Tomahawk Robotics in $55 Million Upgrade of Navy Robots

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023

Flexible Cybersecure Radio (FlexCSR) contract will replace hundreds of legacy radios used by Navy EOD robots with MPU5 mobile ad hoc networking radios, plus NSA-certified Type 1 encryption

June 21, 2023

Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) technology, announced today that it will support Tomahawk Robotics, a Florida-based developer of common control systems for unmanned systems, on a $55 million contract as it moves to production to upgrade U.S. Navy explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) robots.

The Flexible Cybersecure Radio (FlexCSR) contract, awarded by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division, will have Tomahawk Robotics replace hundreds of legacy radios used to control and communicate with Navy unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) with Persistent Systems MPU5 MANET radios that have been incorporated by Tomahawk Robotics into a solution that includes NSA Type 1 encryption.

“We are very excited to be supporting Tomahawk Robotics on this Navy contract,” said Ryan Kowalske, VP Business Development for Persistent Systems. “FlexCSR will provide Navy EOD robots with more capable and secure radios. Plus, it shows how other military robots with our MANET systems can be upgraded with Type 1 encryption, when deemed appropriate.”

In addition to being the prime contractor on FlexCSR, Tomahawk Robotics is also a member of the Wave Relay® Ecosystem, an expanding industry alliance of unmanned system, sensor and controller companies all using the Persistent Systems MANET as their default communications network.

“With the growth of the Ecosystem and contract awards like FlexCSR, we are seeing a transition to the long-envisioned networked battlefield, where people, platforms and payloads are all interconnected,” says Kowalske. “Persistent Systems is proud to be making that happen.”

OR Summer Show 23 – Brunton ECOmpass Tag-Along

Monday, June 19th, 2023

The Brunton Tag-Along compass is an old favorite. It’s great for attaching to zipper pulls on shell jackets or just adding to an emergency kit.

Brunton has refreshed it by manufacturing it from recycled materials and added a thermometer.