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Galvion’s Receives Follow-On 8,400 Batlskin Caiman Helmet Order for the Canadian Dismounted Infantry Capability Enhancement (DICE) Programme

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

Galvion, a world leader in innovative head protection systems and power and data management solutions, has received a follow-on order from the Department of National Defence (DND) Canada for its flagship Batlskin Caiman® ballistic helmet systems. The Canadian Dismounted Infantry Capability Enhancement (DICE) programme contract was awarded in February 2023 for 2,100 helmets and 4,200 helmet covers, all successfully delivered. Now in year two of a five-year framework contract, the DND has exercised an option to order an additional 8,400 helmets and 16,800 helmet covers taking the total Canadian DICE order to 10,500 helmets and 21,000 covers, to date.

Developed over a number of years with extensive SOF community collaboration and feedback, Galvion’s Caiman® helmet system has been tried and tested on operations and is in service across multiple countries, delivering unmatched levels of weight and comfort, and is expressly designed to incorporate electronics, communications headsets, and other critical equipment needs, now and into the future. The helmet is equipped with Galvion’s premiere APEX lining system, an intuitively adjustable design that enables a customized fit for users.

The helmet systems assessed for DICE were trialled by members of the Canadian Light Infantry at the end of 2022. Conducted under operational conditions, the trials included the integration of equipment such as night vision goggles, gas masks, hearing protection, and cold-weather gear. The Caiman helmet received the highest rating by a significant margin and was selected after a phased bid process.

Todd Stirtzinger, CEO at Galvion said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this significant order from the Canadian DND. The feedback that we are receiving is incredibly positive, and we look forward to outfitting more Canadian soldiers with our best-in-class Caiman head system under their wider equipment modernization initiative. Follow-on orders like this demonstrate partner confidence and end-user satisfaction, both of which are core drivers for everything that we do at Galvion.” He added: “In conjunction with the substantial Caiman orders that we continue to receive from NATO countries through our NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) framework contract, this recent Canadian order demonstrates that our flagship Caiman is fast becoming the global helmet of choice. In our unwavering pursuit to enhance the agility, lethality and survivability of the world’s most demanding military teams, this is certainly a rewarding achievement for our team.”

Cold Harbor Supply x Macabre Solutions – Battery Retention Integrated Counterweight Kit

Thursday, July 11th, 2024

Introducing the B.R.I.C.K. (Battery Retention Integrated Counterweight Kit), a collaborative project between Cold Harbor Supply and Canadian gear maker Macabre Solutions. This rear mounted helmet pouch design offers unparalleled versatility, accommodating nearly every battery pack and counterweight pouch on the market.

Built with total customization in mind, the BRICK eliminates bulky and saggy velcro flaps by using a full laminate backer with height adjustable flaps that are hidden behind the BRICK. Shock cords and cord locks allow users to rapidly release or cinch down battery packs or counterweights while keeping excess cord tucked away.

Made completely in Canada and available NOW in Ranger Green and Multicam.

Galvion’s European Production Hub in Poland Approaches Completion

Thursday, June 13th, 2024

Galvion, a world leader in innovative head protection systems and power and data management solutions, has achieved a significant milestone in the establishment of their European Production Hub in Poland, as they advance towards completion. The facility represents a major investment aimed at strengthening Galvion’s regional support and service strategy, and this week achieved the key project milestone of permitting and inspection readiness, a critical step on the journey to officially opening and beginning operations within the coming months.

First announced in September 2023 and driven by Galvion’s ongoing successes in NATO and the wider European regions, the new facility is based in Gdansk. This announcement coincides with Eurosatory taking place 17-21 June 2023 where Galvion are exhibiting on booth 5A-G385.

Following recent consecutive program awards from key European nations, including a NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) framework contract, Galvion is expecting to have close to 1.5 million helmets in service across NATO and other European countries by 2025. Galvion’s new Gdansk facility will initially house helmet finishing and assembly capabilities, in addition to critical support, maintenance, refurbishment, upgrade and training operations. The Gdansk location was chosen following a comprehensive search and assessment period, and the functionality of the facility is expected to expand through 2026 and beyond in order to support Galvion’s full product and solutions portfolio. Galvion’s existing core facilities in Canada and the USA will continue to design, develop, manufacture and service domestic, regional, and key global programs, customers, production and support requirements.

Todd Stirtzinger, CEO at Galvion said: “Establishing a new facility in a country across the globe is a major undertaking and we are pleased with the progress that has been made since announcing this endeavour in September of last year. Permitting and inspection readiness represent a critical milestone, and we continue building our Polish team in order to bring the facility and offices to life.

Being able to both produce and support helmet systems in Europe is a big step for us and for our NATO customers, as we continue to receive orders through the NSPA framework contract.” He added: “Our emphasis on responsible regional operations helps to sharpen the focus of our manufacturing and support facilities around the world to enhance delivery, responsiveness, and supportability for all of our customers.”

Hard Head Veterans Unveils American Made HHV ATE GEN3 Ballistic Helmet

Friday, June 7th, 2024

SWEETWATER, Texas – June 7 2024

Hard Head Veterans, a veteran-owned and operated helmet manufacturing company, announces the launch of its newest product, The HHV ATE® GEN3 Ballistic Helmet. Proudly made at their facility in Sweetwater, Texas by men and women who have worn helmets into combat themselves, the helmet is designed for military, law enforcement, and patriots of this great nation.

“We are beyond excited to start production of the Gen3 ATE helmet at our facility in Sweetwater, Texas,” said Dub Robertson, Plant Director of Hard Head Veterans.”Since day one, our mission has been to provide the highest quality products to our Military, Law Enforcement, and First Responder communities at prices they can actually afford, and the Gen3 helmet will provide that option while simultaneously having the American-made manufacturing our customers demand.”

Incorporating customer feedback and continuous improvement, Hard Head Veterans has enhanced the Gen3 ATE with the A3S Lite night vision shroud and a dial-adjustable chin strap, ensuring optimal fit and functionality for users in various environments. With an average backface deformation number of 13.125mm, the HHV ATE® GEN3 offers unparalleled safety without compromising comfort or mobility. Designed with input from military, law enforcement, and first responder communities, this helmet provides superior protection at an affordable price point while still maintaining American manufacturing, making it accessible to those who serve and protect our nation.

The HHV ATE® GEN3 Ballistic Helmet is now available for purchase at an MSRP of $799. For more information, visit www.hardheadveterans.com or contact info@hardheadveterans.com.

Galvion Responds to U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Vermont Settlement

Thursday, June 6th, 2024

Newport, Vermont (June 2024) In response to the recent press release issued by the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Galvion wishes to provide the following statement.

Galvion has fully cooperated with the government’s investigation of this matter and is thankful to have reached a resolution. This situation dates back to the period of 2016-2019 and relates to the country of origin of some textile components within the Modular Suspension System (MSS) liner replacement kits that did not fully comply with the Berry Amendment. Galvion would like to stress that the pads and overall liner systems fully complied with and met all the testing specifications required by the U.S. Military. The MSS kits presented no safety concerns for the warfighter.

Since its major divestiture and corporate re-structuring in 2019, Galvion has built a new and robust compliance program and upholds a strong commitment to continuous improvement across the organization. Galvion remains an active supplier to the U.S. Military.

Todd Stirtzinger, CEO of Galvion said: “This settlement resolves a situation from years ago related to Berry Amendment textile materials, and Galvion has the compliance processes in place today to ensure this cannot happen.” He added: “Galvion is a team of passionate people who are dedicated to supporting our American warfighters, as well as those of our wider global allies. We want to put this historical matter behind us and focus on engineering the systems that enhance the performance and survivability of those who are on the front lines.”

DOJ – Galvion To Pay $2,495,000 To Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

Thursday, June 6th, 2024

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Vermont, Galvion, known for their helmets and power systems has agreed to pay $2,495,000 for violating the Berry Amendment between 2016 and 2019. Galvion has responded and their statement can be seen here.

The DOJ announcement is below:

Burlington, Vermont – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Galvion, Ltd. (Galvion) has agreed to pay $2,495,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act through the knowing sale of non-conforming parts to the United States Department of Defense.

Galvion is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with three production facilities located in the United States, including one in Newport, Vermont. Galvion manufactures protective head systems for use by law enforcement and military personnel, including the United States military. Among the company’s products is the modular suspension system (MSS), a helmet insert.

Through prime vendors, the company sold MSS products to the United States under the Defense Logistics Agency’s Special Operational Equipment Tailored Logistic Support (SOE TLS) Program, which requires that textiles be sourced from the United States in accordance with the Berry Amendment. The government’s investigation revealed that between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2019, the company used a non-domestic source of pads in the MSS products sold through the SOE TLS program, as well as a foreign source of nets and harnesses for some orders.

Galvion has acknowledged that employees with oversight of material sourcing, product operations, and/or product sales during this period were aware that certain components in these orders needed to be sourced from the United States and that non-compliant components nevertheless were used. The government alleges that these acts violated the False Claims Act, a civil fraud statute that prohibits the knowing submission of false claims to the government.

“Fraud by government contractors and subcontractors is a serious issue and can erode the integrity of government programs,” said United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest. “By selling improperly sourced products to the military, the company placed profits over compliance with clear regulations. This settlement demonstrates that the United States Attorney’s Office will continue to root out fraud among companies who do business with the government.”

“The introduction of non-compliant materials into the military supply chain poses a significant risk to our nation’s service members,” stated Brian J. Solecki, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office. “We remain committed to working with our law enforcement partners and the Department of Justice, to ensure that individuals and companies who engage in fraudulent activity, at the expense of the Department of Defense, are held accountable for their actions.”

“This settlement further demonstrates the resolve of Army CID, and our law enforcement partners to protect and defend the assets of the United States Army,” stated Special Agent in Charge Keith K. Kelly, of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division’s Fraud Field Office.

During the period in question, the MSS was a product of Revision Military Ltd (Revision); in September 2019, Revision’s owner sold the company and certain product lines but retained the protective head system business, which thereafter operated as Galvion.

To resolve the claims against it, Galvion has agreed to pay to the United States a total of $2,495,000. This amount reflects Galvion’s acceptance of responsibility, cooperation with the government investigation, and compliance measures Galvion implemented after 2019.

Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Almquist Lively handled this matter for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont. Investigative support was provided by the United States Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division.

This investigation stemmed from a complaint made to the DLA Hotline related to the origin of materials used in the company’s MSS products. The government encourages individuals with information on potential fraud to report it, as complaints and hotline tips often play a key role in holding companies accountable. To report fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement impacting DLA, contact the DLA Hotline by completing the online form at www.dla.mil/Inspector-General/Hotline-Form.  You can also report concerns to OIGHotline@dla.mil or call 1-800-411-9127. Requests for confidentiality will be honored to the full extent allowed by law.

The settlement agreement between the United States and Galvion is available at this link:

Galvion Settlement Agreement

Dark Systems Launches the DarkFighter K9 Helmet GEN4

Thursday, May 30th, 2024

Dark Systems is proud to present the GEN4, a state-of-the-art helmet system that defines a new paradigm for equipment modularity and electronics integration without the extra weight and bulk of legacy systems.

Improved capabilities for mission optimization and situational awareness.

The product, although containing many innovations, remains compatible with accessories from previous generations: muzzles, hearing protections, optronics, strobe, etc.

“Our focus at Dark Systems has always been on the end-user – the dogs who require the best protection available. With the DarkFighter K9 Helmet GEN4 we have taken a significant leap forward in delivering helmets that not only protect our end-users but also enhance their operational capabilities. Every gram count when it comes to the gear our K9s carry. Each feature is a demonstration to our commitment to innovation and excellence in providing the best protective equipment to those who serve ».

Dark Systems is the world leader in K9 helmets. Worldwide, over 3,000 of the company’s products have been deployed to the military and law enforcement agencies, SAR and K9 handlers. Each day, they use the DarkFighter K9 Helmet to protect their personnel. Dark Systems is a company of high-level engineers and professionals committed to listening, understanding and responding to our customers’ mission-critical needs.

Princeton Tec Introduces New Charge X Helmet Light

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

New product offering from Princeton Tec is an optimal upgrade to any helmet setup.

PENNSAUKEN, Nj. MAY 14, 2024 – Princeton Tec, a renowned provider of American-made quality outdoor and tactical lighting options has introduced a new addition to its extensive line of high-quality helmet lights with the Charge X Helmet Light. The new light is an upgrade to the existing Charge line of Princeton Tec products.

The new USA-Made Charge X is an expansion of Princeton Tec’s signature Modular Personal Lighting System (MPLS) line of products and includes all mounts and hardware necessary to optimize helmet compatibility for customer preference, from helmet to head-mount. The new Charge X is also compatible with existing Charge mounts and will include both an MLOK® mount and hook ‘n loop mounting solutions, allowing for even more adaptation to any helmet platform.

The Charge X weighs in at just 55 grams and features a low-drag design to make for a tighter fit to the helmet and a more low-profile layout and less rail space. The light also includes a dual-fuel power source, compatible with AA or CR123 batteries. 

Measuring at 100 lumens, the powerful lighting system includes red, green, blue, white (dimmable) and IR light options. With a simple user interface, the operator can easily program the color order based on needs and preferences. Charge X features an improved version of Princeton Tec’s signature flexible boom, allowing for simple and accurate spot illumination that adapts to the task at hand. The Charge X is also rated IPX8 for water resistance and has an impressive run-time of 50 hours.

For more information on Princeton Tec, please visit www.princetontec.com or find Princeton Tec on Instagram and Facebook.