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DSEi 21 – Helix Combat Multi Harness System V2

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Helix Tactical showed their mountaineering gear at DSEI in the Brigantes booth.

Here are some studio shots of the full system and components.

DSEi 21 – Hartmann Trauma Bandage

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Paul Harmann AG exhibited in the Swiss Pavilion at DSEi.

Their Trauma Bandage can be applied with one hand and has several features:

DSEi 21 – La Sportiva Raptor Mid

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Brigantes showed off a couple of prototypes in their “On The Man” display at the front of their booth. One of the more discreet items was the La Sportiva Raptor Mid variant they are working on.

The final version will ditch the Gore-Tex lining and reflective trims of the commercial model.

DSEi 21 – C2R FAST Fortuna Jacket

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

C2R FAST debuted their upcoming Fortuna Jacket at DSEi which is their first foray into clothing. Look for loop fields on the sleeves for insignia and markings as well as two internal mesh pockets along with zippered handwarmer pockets on either side and a single chest pocket.

Coming late October, it will be available in Ranger Green, Electric Blue, and Wolf Grey.

DSEi – Overwatch Defense PHOLOS

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Located in the Edgar Brothers stand, Overwatch Defense showed me their PHOLOS VTOL UAS.

It features an onbord EO/IR camera, there are multiple TLR 9 payloads available.

With a loiter time of 45 minutes, it can be launched from a position of cover to observe or attack.

DSEi 21 – SureFire Micro Scout Light PRO

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Seen in the wild, SureFire’s Micro Scout Light Pro is their lightest, most compact Scout series WeaponLight.

A lot of people commenting when it was released didn’t understand that it is intended for applications such as this SIG Rattler, seen in the Edgar Brothers booth at DSEi.

Weighing in at just 2.1 oz, the Micro Scout Light PRO offers 300 lumens from a single rechargeable AAA battery that delivers 1.25 hours of constant runtime.

DSEi 21 – TommyWorks

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

The USMC has Gruntworks and the Australian Army has their Diggerworks. In the UK, it’s TommyWorks and they are seeking to develop the Future Soldier System for the British Army.

Working in conjunction with the Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU), they have a goal to develop and field the capabilities seen in the graphic below which are referred to as the 24 Hour Integrated Digital Soldier.

In the interim, they are fielding some updates to their Infantry. In addition to a few upgrades to the SA80 Rolfe, the biggest increase in capability include radios and fused, binocular night vision, similar to systems recently fielded to the US Army and Marines.

The British Army is forming a Special Operations Brigade which many are referring to as “Ranger” but when asked about it say it will be like the “Green Berets.” Obviously, the British are doing a poor job of explaining what this new unit will do, as the Special Forces Support Group, consisting of Army Paras, Royal Marines and RAF Regiment specialists will remain in place.

At any rate, they’ve got some idea of how they’ll outfit the unit, even if there’s some question as to what it will be doing. This display depicts how they expect the Special Operations Brigade Soldier to be equipped.

He is wearing a Crye Precision GB4 uniform, a slight modification made in Europe and recently adopted by the Royal Marines. However, I am told the Army variant will be in Multi Terrain Pattern, rather than MultiCam like the RM version. The boots, helmet, and armor displayed here are all COTS items and I expect something similar to see final fielding of not these exact items.

A tender was released for a new Special Operations Brigade Rifle, which will be an “Armalite” pattern rather than bullpup like the general issue SA80.

DSEi 21 – British Army Systems

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

As I said in last week’s opener for the show, the UK military does a great job of supporting DSEi. Here are two of the systems they had on display, the Spiral 1 RPV and Watchkeeper UAV.

This Remote Patrol Vehicle is built by Marlborough Communications Limited and consists of their Mission Adaptable Platform System (MAPS) Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). Spiral 1 is an experiment to determine future robotics requirements in these areas: resupplying platoon soldiers, reducing load burden on soldiers, casualty evacuation and power export for charging and supply of platoon level electronics.

Based on Elbit’s Hermes 450, the Watchkeeper UAV is fitted with an EO/IR sensor, has a cruising speed of 77 knots (143 km/h), can operate at an altitude of 16,000 feet, and can operate up to 150 km from the Ground Control Station, but multiple stations can be linked to extend the range.