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Panasonic TOUGHBOOK N1 Tactical End User Device

Friday, September 24th, 2021

The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK N1 Tactical End User Device is a great solution for anyone running one of the various versions of Tactical Awareness Kit.

It offers five programmable buttons capable of launching any local application, and a 4.7” anti-reflective, daylight-readable, 500 NIT display also features rain-sensing and glove touch modes.

In addition to being able to connect to your own comms backbone, the TOUGHBOOK N1 features built-in 4G LTE WWAN with GPS – and cellular voice capabilities with 100db speakers, three noise suppressing microphones, and Dual Nano SIM cards as well as Bluetooth with Low Energy.

The device will also handle the environment, certified to MIL-STD-810G, (7′ drop. IP66 and IP68 dust and water-resistant certification).

Finally, expect about 12-hours (up to 27 hours depending on user profile) continuous data use with a user-replaceable battery that is warm swap capable or power via hub.

Panasonic TOUGHBOOK products are available for unit and agency purchase through ADS, Inc.

DSEi 21 – Molliflex

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Sometimes at a trade show you zig instead of zag? and when I turned left instead of right on my last say at DSEi I ran smack dab into the Intelligent Textiles Limited stand and their Molliflex cables.

The lady in the stand read my badge aloud, “soldier systems” and as she did it I looked at what they were doing and replied?, “you’re right in my wheelhouse.” Turns out, this is the gem I was searching for at DSEi, that one product I didn’t expect to find, but has great potential.

They’ve done such a good job with their Molliflex cable, that you probably didn’t even notice it in the photo at first or maybe even second glance.

The cable is just 2mm thick and can be woven into PALS compatible platforms. Due to how things it is, pouches can be added over Molliflex. Molliflex lays flat even when folded for 90 degree turns. In fact, it can be folded over two million times before the internal connection is broken. Additionally, it is IP68 rated. The connector is a standard Glenair Mighty Mouse which is Nett Warrior compliant.

Attachments to devices include an Ejector QD plug and Hardpoint attachment plate.

It is rated for power at 5amps,<50voltsDC1 and data at USB 2.0, 480 Mbps.

The outer material is DWR coated nylons me available in Multicam, Coyote, Flecktarn, CADPAT, and Black.

ORSM 21 – Juggernaut.Case Forearm Phone Mount

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Juggernaut has updated their ForeArm Phone Mount for their cases with an enclosed Boa construction. The previous version had an exposed line for the Boa tightener which could snag.

ORSM 21 – Grip.Kit

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

This is a great upgrade for your Juggernaut.Case. The Grip.Kit is a self adhesive sticker set to keep your device from sliding around.

ORSM 21 – Juggernaut.Case

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

This is Juggernaut’s first commercial tradeshow, but I’ve got to show you two awesome products that are assembled together and as much military as civilian.

The Inductive Charge PALS Armor Plate Carrier Phone Mount features charging embedded into the mount arm with the cable terminating to a USB-A connector for use with standard external battery packs. It’s PALS compatible for direct mounting.

It’s paired with the PALS Pack Platform which is built by Mystery Ranch specifically for Juggernaut to offer a mounting option for those who don’t have a standard PALS platform like an armor vest. The PALS Pack Platform mounts at the chest area of a pack and takes the place of the sternum strap.

Warrior East 21 – Tomahawk Robotics

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Tomahawk Robotics displayed several technologies at Warrior East but the one that caught my eye is the Grip S20 Controller. It is based around the Samsung Galaxy S20 End User Device and offers controls for unmanned systems. This protective case also incorporates an integral USB hub.

Another item is the Mimic Spatial Controller which is a tactile trigger-style device many in EOD prefer to use. It is Intra Soldier Wireless compatible and provides haptic feedback of payload control.

Additionally, Tomahawk Robotics offers the MXC Family of Micro Datalinks which can be had as a stand-alone battery powered model or a more streamlined version which uses radio battery juice. With this datalink, the user can not only receive ISR feeds but also retransmit them to others in their network.

Units and agencies can procure Tomahawk Robotics products shown during Warrior East by contacting Atlantic Diving Supply.

Kestrel Ballistics Firmware Update

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Kestrel Ballistics announced its newest firmware updates, including the Kestrel 5 Series – 1.47, the Kestrel HUD – 1.03, and the Kestrel LiNK Ballistics App – iOS/258, Android.

New HUD features include:
• Hold Over Predial

New K5 Series Features include:
• Improved Zero Offset direction and battery icon
• Ability to re-order gun profiles
• Various bug fixes for K5 and KLB app

For more info, click here.

Army Launches IVAS Integration Into Aircraft

Monday, July 12th, 2021

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Army researchers are expanding the reach of the high-tech Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) to deliver capabilities to Soldiers onboard aircraft.

IVAS integrates next-generation situational awareness tools and high-resolution simulations to enable Soldier sensing, decision making, target acquisition and target engagement. The device provides Soldiers with a single platform to fight, rehearse and train.

During the research and testing phases, the Army initially focused on bringing the technology to dismounted Soldiers. During the next step, scientists and engineers developed a capability for Soldiers to maintain situational awareness using IVAS during transport in ground combat vehicles such as the Bradley and Stryker.

Now, Army Futures Command (AFC) and Project Manager IVAS are testing the system to deliver the technology for aircrews and paratroopers in Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters.

“The Army is investing in resources to broaden the emerging capabilities of IVAS to improve effectiveness and safety of airborne Soldiers en route to their mission,” said Dr. Navin Mathur, IVAS platform integration project engineer with the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center — a component of AFC’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM).

The first aircraft integration operational test with paratroopers using IVAS occurred in May at Experimentation Demonstration Gateway Event (EDGE) 21 — a precursor to Project Convergence 21 — with the 82nd Airborne Division aboard two Black Hawks. The same Soldiers finished testing IVAS weeks earlier during Soldier Touch Point 4 at Fort Bragg and incorporated what they learned in preparation for EDGE 21.

They received real-time video feeds to their IVAS headsets, from a camera mounted to the bottom of helicopters, while flying to the objective site. By pushing a button on the headset, they could toggle among the screens, making the images larger or smaller. Two squad leaders in separate Black Hawks also coordinated a mid-flight change of mission plans using the system.

Research is now focused on providing video feeds from Air-Launched Effects (ALE), small unmanned aerial vehicles released in flight from helicopters, to paratroopers and aircrew wearing IVAS. Soldiers could also use the headsets to control ALE instead of carrying a tablet.

“During the development phases for these current and future ground and air platforms, we’re focused foremost on the putting together the user experience,” Mathur said. “The team is getting their feedback during exercises like EDGE and making quick upgrades. We’re continually refining designs to meet their needs.”

By Dan Lafontaine, DEVCOM C5ISR Center Public Affairs