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5.11 Collaborates with Sega to Celebrate the Release of Company of Heroes 3 with a Sweepstakes Prize Package

Saturday, January 28th, 2023

Fans of the legendary strategy franchise can enter to win 5.11 gear and digital game codes

Costa Mesa, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2023) – 5.11 Tactical, the global innovator of Purpose-Built Gear™, has teamed up with leading video game publisher Sega and developer Relic Entertainment to celebrate the release of the highly anticipated video game Company of Heroes 3 with a special sweepstakes prize package featuring 5.11 gear and digital game codes.

The enter-to-win sweepstakes will offer fans of the legendary strategic video game franchise a chance to win a robust 5.11 prize package valued at more than $2,500 and comprised of some of the latest 5.11 gear and technical apparel in addition to digital game codes for Company of Heroes 3.

Entries will be accepted from Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, to Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. To enter, or for more information, customers and players can visit www.511tactical.com/companyofheroes. No purchase is necessary, multiple entries are possible, must be 18 years or older and a U.S. resident to enter.  

“We’re thrilled to team up with Sega and Relic Entertainment to celebrate the launch of such a great video game,” said 5.11 Tactical’s CMO, Debra Radcliff. “We can’t wait for the game to launch and to send this outstanding prize package to the lucky winner of the sweepstakes.”

The latest installment of the fan-favorite franchise, Company of Heroes 3 is set in the Italian and North African theaters of World War II and offers players a dynamic strategy campaign, historic RTS missions, classic multiplayer action, and much more. It will be available for PC on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, and is due to be released on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S and X later this year.

“Company of Heroes 3 is the perfect blend of action, tactics and strategy. That’s why we are very excited to partner with 5.11 Tactical, a fantastic producer of sleek and incredibly robust tactical gear and apparel. We’re looking forward to seeing fans of both brands get involved with this awesome sweepstakes giveaway!” said Sega’s Brand Manager, Andy Bergin.

To learn more about a 5.11, its product offering or its latest events and sweepstakes, visit www.511tactical.com.

Mustang Survival – 55 Years Beyond Land

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

More than five decades ago, Mustang Survival began engineering lifesaving solutions that push the boundaries of performance and what is possible in marine safety. Fifty-five years later, we continue evolving and innovating, never losing sight of our goal to bring people home safe.

We remain committed to improving our customers’ experience on the water by expanding our recreational portfolio and strengthening our professional, military and government innovations.

Our mission remains unchanged – to protect and enrich life on the water by delivering confidence to those who live beyond land.

We invite you to look back on this nostalgic journey. Thanks for sharing it with us. Here’s to the next 55 years of partnership and collaboration!

Silencer Central…Proud to Become the Official Silencer of Federal Ammunition

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – January 24, 2023 – During the 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central, met with Jason Vanderbrink, president of Federal Ammunition to announce Silencer Central’s commitment as the Official Silencer of Federal Ammunition. This partnership also names Federal as the Official Ammunition of Silencer Central.

“As America’s largest silencer dealer, we are thrilled to partner with Federal, who leads our industry in ammunition technology,” said Maddox. “We’re both in the business of creating dependable, trustworthy products for hunters and shooters alike. This partnership is sure to be a success on multiple levels from providing great content for our consumers to promotional opportunities, co-branded events, conservation support and more. I’m truly excited for what the future holds.”

In the fall of 2022, Silencer Central and Federal Ammunition began partnering to develop first-class content, a special promotion providing Federal’s e-newsletter subscribers an early glance at Silencer Central’s new Banish Backcountry and teamed up on multiple outdoor media events.

In addition to the recent collaboration of marketing efforts, Silencer Central and Federal Ammunition share a common interest in partnering with and supporting conservation organizations. Together, these two powerhouse companies have donated millions of dollars through the years showing their commitment to conservation, education, and our shooting and hunting heritage, and will continue to do so for decades to come.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work so closely with the entire team at Silencer Central,” said Vanderbrink. “A strong partnership with them just makes sense as new products are developed to better serve the shooter and hunter with innovative products.”

Silencer Central delivers silencers directly to consumers in the 42 states where silencers are legal. The shipping process has revolutionized the way suppressors are sold and allows for consumers to streamline their purchasing experience by cutting out unnecessary hurdles to silencer ownership.

For more information visit SilencerCentral.com, or call 888-781-8778.

NIOA Unveils New Group Structure, Key Appointments

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Australia’s global munitions company NIOA has today unveiled a corporate reorganisation, together with several key appointments to its future leadership team and a consolidation of its advisory board.

NIOA Australia, NIOA New Zealand, the Australian Missile Corporation, joint venture company, Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions and newly acquired Barrett Firearms now come under the umbrella of the NIOA Group.

The companies include:

• NIOA Australia and NIOA New Zealand which consolidates the defence, law enforcement and sporting markets in those countries as the largest privately-owned supplier of firearms, weapons, munitions and accessories.

• US-based Barrett continues to supply long-range weapons systems to the US military and its allies as well as products to law enforcement agencies and civilian markets.

• The Australian Missile Corporation is the independently operated enterprise partner for the Australian Government’s Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance enterprise.

• The Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions artillery shell forging plant in Maryborough, Queensland is a joint venture with Rheinmetall of Germany.


Ben James, the new CEO of NIOA Australia and New Zealand, heads up a number of executive appointments announced by NIOA Group CEO Rob Nioa under a corporate restructure.

Group CEO Rob Nioa has simultaneously announced a number of executive appointments:

• Former NIOA Weapons and Munitions General Manager Ben James has been promoted to the position of CEO for NIOA Australia and New Zealand.

• Current NIOA Chief Operating Officer Nigel Everingham to serve as Group Chief Operating Officer.

Jackson Nioa, formerly Corporate Development Manager for NIOA, becomes Group Chief Financial Officer.

Lee Goddard continues in his current position as CEO of the Australian Missile Corporation.

Sam Shallenberger to serve as CEO of Barrett with Bryan K. James the new President.

Under the restructure, the NIOA advisory board and former Australian Missile Corporation board become one NIOA Group board chaired by former Australian Defence Minister the Hon. Christopher Pyne.

The board includes former US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, the Hon. Ellen Lord, former Australian Government MP, Senator for Victoria and past Parliamentary Secretary of Defence, the Hon. David Feeney, former Australian Army soldier Mark Donaldson VC, US Army Brigadier General (Ret’d) and former Commander Picatinny Arsenal, Alfred Abramson, Dr Ken Anderson, former Chief of the Aerospace Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), and Tom Seymour, CEO of PwC Australia.

The restructure announcement comes on the heels of NIOA’s news last week that it has expanded its global reach with the acquisition of US-based rifle manufacturer and designer Barrett.

Mr Nioa said the family-owned NIOA was at an inflection point as it celebrated 50 years in business.

“This restructure streamlines our operations and sets us up for future growth as we expand geographically, enhance our capabilities and continue to deliver outstanding results for our customers,” Mr Nioa said.

“NIOA has been built on a foundation of hard work, loyalty and a can-do attitude. Those values continue to unite us. As always, wherever we operate our people are our greatest capability.”

The company has also released a new brand line and video reflecting the group-wide purpose while paying homage to its Queensland and Australian heritage.

“Mission Ready” captures the NIOA ethos and comes with an inspiring video launched across the company’s refreshed website and social media channels.

It features Mr Nioa reflecting on the company’s journey – from humble beginnings serving the sporting shooter and rural community to small firearms wholesaler and its extraordinary growth over the past decade as a major defence contractor.

www.nioa.com.au

Edgar Brothers Named Magpul Industries Most Valuable International Partner for 2022

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

Yesterday on the SHOT Show floor in Las Vegas Edgar Bothers was named Magpul’s Most Valuable International Partner for 2022.

Having worked with Magpul since 2006 EB have seen the company experience tremendous growth through their focus on innovative, game changing products.

Edgar Brothers Director Mike Newman says, “It’s been an honour to promote and supply Magpul products to the UK Market for the last 16 years and we look forward to the next 16 and beyond!”

Gentex Corporation Settles Lawsuit with Galvion

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

CARBONDALE, PA, JANUARY 17, 2023 – On May 17, 2019, Gentex Corporation filed a lawsuit against Galvion in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Civil Action No. 1:19-cv-00921-MN involving helmet systems with integrated or standalone mounting rails.

Gentex asserted infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,849,517, titled “Mounting System for Accessories on a Safety Helmet” and issued on December 14, 2010 (“the ’517 Patent”); U.S. Patent No. 7,908,667, titled “Mounting System for Accessories on a Safety Helmet” and issued on March 22, 2011 (“the ’667 Patent”); U.S. Patent No. 9,717,294, titled “Hinged Attachment of Headgear to a Helmet” and issued on August 1, 2017 (“the ’294 Patent”); U.S. Patent No. 10,638,807, titled “Helmet Cover Assembly Having at Least One Mounting Device” and issued on May 5, 2020 (“the ’807 Patent”); U.S. Design Patent No. D750,846, titled “Helmet Mounted Rail” and issued on March 1, 2016 (“the ’846 Patent”); U.S. Design Patent No. D750,847, titled “Helmet Mount” and issued on March 1, 2016 (“the ’847 Patent”).

On June 24, 2022, Gentex and Galvion settled this lawsuit.  Among other terms, Galvion obtained a royalty-bearing license to certain Gentex patents for past and future Galvion helmet systems with integrated or standalone mounting rails.

Boston Dynamics Joins Persistent Systems Wave Relay Ecosystem

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

• Persistent Systems networking devices to be sold with robots intended for defense, public safety applications

• Spot® quadruped robot equipped with the Persistent Systems MPU5 is well suited to keep responding teams out of harm’s way during a wide range of potentially hazardous environments and situations

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2023 — Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) technology, announced today that mobile robotics company Boston Dynamics has joined Persistent’s Wave Relay® Ecosystem.

The Ecosystem is an industry alliance of unmanned system and sensor producers all using the Wave Relay® MANET as their preferred network for command-and-control and communications. As part of its agreement with Boston Dynamics, Persistent will supply the MANET devices used on robots sold to defense, public safety, law enforcement and U.S. federal government customers.

“We are excited to have Boston Dynamics join our Ecosystem,” said Jeremy Hickman, Director of Business Development for Persistent Systems. “We believe that our MANET technology will provide their robots with a high-performance solution that is robust, reliable and scalable—and also enables interoperability with third-party unmanned and sensor platforms.”

Boston Dynamics officials noted that they see the new Ecosystem agreement with Persistent Systems as a way of better positioning the company’s robotic quadruped Spot for industries requiring dedicated, secure communications networks in remote environments.

“We see Spot, operating on a Persistent Systems MANET, being used in many different applications, including subterranean or confined space exploration, unexploded ordnance inspection, suspicious package investigation, hazardous gas detection, search and rescue, and structural inspection,” said Kimberly Chamblin, Director of Partnerships, Public Sector, at Boston Dynamics.

In addition to MANET hardware being physically integrated with Boston Dynamics robots, robotic command-and-control software will be loaded onto Persistent Systems devices so that users can control them via the Persistent Systems Remote Display and Controller (RDC).

“So, not only will you be able to stream sensor data collected by Spot, but you will also be able to control its movement with the RDC,” Hickman said. “This configuration both empowers the users and reduces the need for each unmanned system to have its own unique controller.”

For more information about Persistent’s MANET solutions, visit our website: www.persistentsystems.com.

Milliken & Company Partners with MMI Textiles to Offer Tegris Thermoplastic Composites

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

BROOKLYN, OH – January 13, 2023 – MMI Textiles and Milliken & Company announced today a commercial market partnership that allows MMI to supply Milliken Tegris® Thermoplastic Composite fabric. MMI will be able to offer Tegris® at less than case quantities, effective immediately.

Milliken Tegris® Thermoplastic Composite fabric is designed for heavy-duty, often dangerous work. A breakthrough material that provides excellent protection against fragment, projectile or blast threats, it is engineered specifically for applications that need high stiffness, like plate carriers and belts. The fabric features a lighter total weight than traditional thermoplastics and composites without sacrificing protection.

“We are thrilled to partner with an iconic, global, textile supplier in Milliken and offer their proven Tegris® product line to our vast customer base. Our team looks forward to a growing partnership with Milliken to provide the very best solutions to our warfighters and many other markets that we serve.” Amy Bircher, CEO & Founder of MMI Textiles.

“Being able to offer Tegris® and partner with a leader in the textile industry like Milliken further illustrates MMI’s commitment to provide innovative products to the end customer, especially those that protect our warfighters. We continue to focus and expand our range of products to support customer needs and participate in new market segments.” said Director of Business Development of MMI Textiles, Joey Smith.

Milliken worked closely with MMI to provide a comprehensive education on the product that positions the distributor as an expert on Tegris®. The partnership is uniquely designed to improve customer experience and provide an opportunity for partners to access Tegris® at quantities that were not previously offered.

“Our commitment to the military industry means that we’re always on the lookout for ways to better serve and bring opportunities to advance the market,” said David Smith, president of Milliken’s Textile Business.

“We’re excited to partner with MMI and know they’re an ideal partner to help us ensure that anyone looking to develop the next generation of performance protection has the best materials, like Tegris®, at their disposal,” Bruce LaFlam, vice president of sales and marketing for Government Defense at Milliken.