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Now Shipping – Magpul Terrain and Explorer Eyewear with Red and Silver Mirror Lenses

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Magpul’s Terrain model is for those who require ballistic impact protection. It features ballistic Rated Z87+ and MIL-PRF 32432 lenses and frames meet both high velocity impact protection and safety ratings.

The Explorer model is more for casual wear. Though not rated to Z87.1 due to the wrap and shape of the Explorer, the lens and frames were engineered to the Z87.1 ballistic impact protection standards

Either way, they offer great styling. Check out the lens and frame colors at www.magpul.com/apparel-gear/accessories/eyewear.

A7 Defense & Aerospace – RANGER Eyepro

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Features:
-Mirrored, polarized, ultra-clear lenses
-Extremely lightweight (1.2 ounces)
-Super strong and durable TR-90 frame with no metal
-Arms that are thin (less than 3mm) yet strong and are compatible with hearing protection
-Ridged nose piece that keeps the glasses securely in place even during rapid movement

www.a7defenseandaerospace.com

Aircrew Gets New Anti-Smoke Goggles

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) —

If smoke starts filling up a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, the aircrew reach for their anti-smoke goggles. For more than 20 years the ASGs have been a basic four part system, until now.

With innovation, the new ASGs are now a three-part system. The suspension frame itself is still made the same with the nape pad attached, while the goggles and oxygen mask portion have been upgraded.

“The ones that we are replacing have the same basic frame, but the goggles and the oxygen mask are two separate pieces,” said Tech. Sgt. Ronald Patton, 403rd Operation Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman. “Before, you would need to put the oxygen mask over your mouth and nose, then pull the frame up and place the nape pad at the back of your head. Once that was in place you would put the goggles on and pull the straps on both sides to tighten them.”

The way the new ASGs work is still the same concept, except now the goggles and oxygen mask are one piece, so when you place the oxygen mask over your nose and mouth, the goggles are put on at the exact same time, saving time and making them quicker to put on and operate.

“The new masks are made similar to ones that firefighters use,” said Master Sgt. Ray Reynolds, 403rd OSS aircrew flight equipment supervisor. “The older goggles had a narrower field of view, while the new ones allow the aircrew to be able to use their peripheral vision.”

As a part of the AFE duties, they are required to make sure the equipment operates the way it is supposed to, be able to fix the equipment and replace any parts as needed.

Patton said that when the new ASGs came in, the manufacturer sent a ‘fix’ in with the mask to ensure they operated as designed. This ‘fix’ was a single screw that needed to be replaced on the front of the mask.

“Every part on the ASG system is replaceable, which helps to make sure they last,” Reynolds said. “Looking at the order of parts that could be damaged from easiest to hardest. The first thing is the hose, the second thing being the communication cord and the third is the microphone and then onto the remaining parts.”

AFE technicians are also required to test the pull disconnect on the air hoses to ensure that they will not come unattached from the oxygen hose on the aircraft too easily. This pull test requires a minimum of 12 pounds to a maximum of 20 pounds of pull before the hose on the mask would release, ensuring that there is some resistance before it disconnects.

If the disconnect is not between the 12 to 20 pounds of pull, then they have to fix the connector to correct the amount of pressure to meet the requirement, Patton said.

“We are also required to conduct pre-flight, post-flight, periodic maintenance, 30-day and 120-day inspections on the ASGs,” Patton said.

The 30-day inspections consists of basic checks. A visual examination is conducted and they look for cuts, tears, abrasions, discolorations, rust, anything other than normal, looking for anything that is obviously defective. A cleaning is done and the components are tested to ensure they work.

The 120-day inspection is the same inspection, but with a full break down of all of the components and a deep clean, checking the integrity of the components that you cannot see, Reynolds said.

“It is not that the old ASGs were replaced because they were faulty, they worked exactly as they were designed to. It seems like they just needed to improve on the integrity of the system itself,” Patton said. “Will it operate better under stressful situations, will it be easier to repair if it does break, does it have as many subcomponents that can break, does the aircrew member find it easier to don, and can the aircrew operate better in the environment, were questions that they asked when designing the new system.”

To improve the ASG system, they took a mask similar to a firefighter’s mask and the quick don suspension frame and made it one system, then they added the communications portion, Reynolds said.

“So they are doing something right, because if they hadn’t created this one, the ones that we have still work. I have been in this career field for more than 30 years and this is only the third version that I have seen,” Reynolds said.

“While the older ASG masks still work and some are still located on our C-130J aircraft, we are working to replace them on all of the aircraft” Patton said. “We currently have six sets in service and have replaced more than half of the 815th Airlift Squadron’s ASGs with a new quick don system and we expect to have them all of our aircraft by the middle of August, after the current inspection cycles are complete.”

By Jessica L. Kendziorek, 403rd Wing Public Affairs

“ATLAS” Eye Protection System From A7 Aerospace and Defense

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The “ATLAS” eye protection system features i-RMR (pronounced eye armor) super ballistic lens technology and GHOST SHIELD, the industry’s clearest and fastest photochromic technology. The Atlas can withstand a shotgun blast from 10 feet away and a shot from a 22 long rifle from under 5 feet away with no penetration and no deformation to the lens. 

The United States military has increased the ballistic requirement for eye protection from 650 per second to 725 feet per second, of which many competitors cannot meet with their standard lenses. The Atlas is over 1000 feet per second and it has achieved this remarkable performance with a photochromic lens. 

The Atlas eye protection system also features a lightweight and unbreakable TR-90 frame with arms that are compatible with ear protection, and a 3 way adjustable nose piece for a secure and custom fit. Lens options include standard clear and tinted lenses as well as A7’s proprietary Ghost Shield photochromic lens and A7’s unique high definition and photochromic lens.

Proprietary technology , superb engineering, unmatched protection. A7 Defense & Aerospace, welcome to the next level.

www.a7defenseandaerospace.com

Revisions Adds Two Products to the US Army’s Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL)

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Revision’s ShadowStrike Ballistic Sunglasses and SnowHawk Cold Weather Goggles have been added to the APEL Program by the U.S. Army

Essex Junction, Vermont (May 29, 2019) – Revision—the world leader in protective eyewear solutions—announces the selection of two new eyewear lines for inclusion on the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL®), as determined by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier. After comprehensive laboratory testing and user trials, the Product Manager, Soldier Protective Equipment (PM SPE), selected Revision’s ShadowStrike™ Ballistic Sunglasses and SnowHawk™ Cold Weather Goggle System for inclusion on the APEL. The ShadowStrike Sunglasses are the first dual lens, ballistic sunglasses to offer OcuMax® Anti-Fog performance, and the SnowHawk goggle system is the first Cold Weather Goggle System to offer a magnetically integrated balaclava for extreme protection in cold weather environments (balaclava procured separately).

“Revision has been a leading provider of protective eyewear on the APEL program since it was created in 2006,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO, Revision. “This is an achievement we are very proud of, and represents our continued commitment to adapting to the changing environments and threats soldiers are facing around the globe today.  Over the years, as we have evolved our products and developed new eyewear solutions, we’ve submitted our cutting-edge eyewear for inclusion in the APEL program. Our presence on the APEL is a major factor in our global standing as an industry-leading protective eyewear designer and manufacturer. We target our solutions to exceed the increasingly more stringent standards that the Army requires, and we are honored to be a part of this prestigious program.”

Manufacturers and products listed on APEL have had their products examined and tested in accordance with the Army’s guidelines, meeting Army standards for ballistic protection (assessed against the Military Combat Eye Protection performance specification MIL-PRF-32432A). This year’s qualification process is especially noteworthy because the Army has instituted several updates to their standards, including more stringent ballistic standards—an increase in ballistic testing velocities (goggle testing velocities with a 0.22cal projectile increased from 550?560 ft/s to 580?590 ft/s and spectacle testing velocities with a 0.15cal projectile increased from 640?660 ft/s to 700?725 ft/s)—as well as the creation of a new category for extreme cold weather (for which SnowHawk was selected).

The U.S. Army recently released the 2019 APEL list, which includes ShadowStrike sunglasses (black frames with smoke and clear lenses) and SnowHawk goggles (black or tan frames with smoke and clear lenses)—alongside Revision’s Sawfly® spectacles, StingerHawk® spectacles, and Desert Locust® goggles.  The following products are all compatible with the Universal Prescription Lens Carrier (UPLC) – Sawfly and StingerHawk spectacles, and Desert Locust and SnowHawk goggles.  All products have been assigned National Stock Numbers (NSN) and are available for purchase through supply channels.

SOFIC 19 – D-Day 75th Anniversary Fuel Cell from Oakley SI

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

To honor the 75th Anniversary Of D-Day, Oakley is offering a special version of the popular Fuel Cell sunglass.

The stems are decorated with laser etched depictions of the beach invasion maps along with a Trident logo to represent Operation Neptune.

Additionally, they’ve engraved the PRIZM with the Trident logo.

The bag is also adorned with the invasion map.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Best Defense Foundation*. Additionally, Oakley is supporting the travel of 17 D-Day Veterans as well as a female nurse who served in World War Two, who have been identified by Best Defense Foundation. None have been back since the war, until now.

Only 300 of these limited edition sets will be offered for sale, on D-Day (time to be announced), and only on www.oaklesi.com.

The Veterans will also each receive a set along with some specialized clothing for their trip.

*The Best Defense Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on helping our military veterans and their families.

Brigantes Presents – High Angled Solutions – The Julbo Aerospace

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

With Aerospace, Julbo has created the first goggle that works just as well when climbing as it does hurtling down the mountain. A great all-rounder when ski touring on deployment or during down time.

The Aerospace features the SuperFlow System, where the lens can be easily pushed forward (even when wearing gloves) for better heat management and prevention of fogging when climbing or after any exertion, while remaining perfectly protected from the sun’s rays.

Add to that the very best Julbo technologies including, the minimalist frame, a super-slim frame to give extra-wide field of vision from every angle. The skier’s view is completely clear both laterally and vertically. The Aerospace has dual soft foam for optimum comfort and shock absorption with a soft touch layer for softer contact with skin and its full silicone strap provides a perfect grip.

Aerospace is available with all the Julbo photochromic technical lenses and has two loops either side of the strap for symmetrical adjustment in the blink of an eye. Added to this the Aerospace’s protective peak and axis strap system, makes it the ideal ski touring goggle for all those who want a maximum of ventilation during a great day’s skiing and no misting during breaks.

For more information contact international@brigantes.com

For UK contact warrior@brigantes.com

CTRL by e-Tint will be featured at the Quantico Tactical Booth at SOFIC 2019

Monday, May 20th, 2019

CTRL® eyewear changes from light to dark tint in less than 0.1second. No lens change needed.

Aberdeen, NC– (May 2019) Quantico Tactical® is proud to announce that e-Tint, LLC will be exhibiting with them at the 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), booth #1811.  E-Tint’s CTRL® line is the ONLY actively tinting eye protection APPROVED on the APEL.  

CTRL® is the first-ever battlefield-ready, electronically controllable eyewear – now approved for the Army’s Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL). Combining ballistic lenses with e-Tint’s Electronic Tint-on-DemandTM technology, CTRL® is designed to enhance tactical capability and provide protection by enabling automatic switching when lighting conditions shift (for example, moving from outdoor sunshine into a dark building). By switching tint manually (on/off button) or automatically (hands-free) to adjust to any environment instantly (0.1 sec), soldiers are not required to remove their sunglasses, and their eyes remain protected at all times.

Originally developed for strategic military application in partnership with the Air Force, Navy, and Army, CTRL® eyewear offers speed and control: instant tine change with a simple press of a button, or in a hands-free mode that can be adjusted to users’ preference. With a built-in light sensor which can be programmed to exact needs, these goggles and spectacles are the Next Gen solutions for today’s warriors to eliminate the need to lift their goggle or spectacle, or mechanically change the lens, which leaves eyes unprotected in dangerous, fast-paced situations.

Using expertise in liquid crystal photonics and optics, e-Tint’s early award-winning light-reactive visors for the United States Air Force was tailored to produce eyewear that meets or exceeds the Army’s exacting MIL Spec standards, including: stringent ballistic and impact requirements ANSI z87.1 for use in military and tactical operations; high quality (ANSI z80.3) optics; anti-fog and 100% UV blocking. Equipped with a ‘fail-safe’ mechanism to ensure your safety – in the event of a loss of power, the lens will automatically go clear.

Other features include: adjustable features (nose piece, strap, arms) to allow for a comfortable and customized fit, threshold adjustment to enable tailoring of the point at which system tints interchangeable lenses (e-Tint and clear) for greater flexibility, and an optional prescription lens mount.

Stop by Quantico Tactical Booth #1811, at SOFIC 2019, to learn more about e-Tint® and their incredible eyewear.  If unable to visit at SOFIC, contact a Quantico Tactical representative at GovtOps@QuanticoTactical.com.