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Revolutionizing Helmet Protection: Send Nods Introduces AirPads, an Innovative Ballistic Helmet Pad System

Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Send Nods Nightvision a pioneering leader in defense industry innovation, proudly announces the launch of AirPads, a groundbreaking ballistic helmet pad system engineered to set new standards in head protection technology.

Inspired by the advanced 3D printed padding utilized in American sports helmets, entrepreneur Tim Pausch recognized an opportunity to adapt this cutting-edge technology for combat helmets. After a year of meticulous development, Send Gear Group unveils AirPads, a revolutionary solution designed to address the unique challenges faced by military and law enforcement personnel.

The AirPads system consists of nine individual lattice pads meticulously crafted using additive manufacturing technology. Unlike traditional foam pads, AirPads are engineered to withstand and dissipate the diverse forces encountered in combat scenarios. This innovative design ensures optimal shock absorption, stability, and comfort, even under the most demanding conditions.

“We started developing it and it took about a year to perfect because ballistic and bump trauma is completely different from sports impact,” says Tim Pausch, founder of Send Gear Group. “So our lattice structure padding needed to withstand and dissipate other types of forces.”

Tested rigorously to meet the highest industry standards, AirPads have undergone extensive trials based on VPAM 6, 7, and 9, as well as the NIJ test Protocol . The results speak for themselves – AirPads not only reduce back face deformation but also minimize trauma to the head to nearly zero. Field tests conducted with professionals ranging from police officers to special forces personnel have demonstrated the unparalleled effectiveness of AirPads in real-world scenarios.

Central to the success of AirPads is the innovative Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) process utilized in their manufacturing. This advanced additive manufacturing technique enables the creation of intricate lattice structures that are impossible to achieve through traditional manufacturing methods. Coupled with proprietary materials such as EPU43, AirPads offer unmatched performance and durability, surpassing conventional foam padding in both technical specifications and comfort.

“The Additive Manufacturing Process DLS from Carbon allows us to create unique lattice structures that are not possible to manufacture in any other way,” explains Pausch. “The 2 component materials of Carbon use special mechanics and specifications which are not comparable to any other 3D print materials on the market.”

Designed to accommodate different head shapes and sizes while adapting to various mission requirements, AirPads represent a paradigm shift in helmet protection technology. With unmatched shock absorption, superior comfort, and temperature regulation, AirPads ensure comprehensive protection for those on the front lines of modern warfare.

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British Army Signs New Contract for Saab Instrumented Live Training Capability

Friday, April 12th, 2024

Saab has signed an initial three-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence, for the provision of support to Live Simulation systems with ILT-D (Instrumented Live Training), valued at £60M and options to extend until 2030.

The ILT-D contract, replaces the previous DFWES (Direct Fire Weapon Effect Simulator) contract. ILT-D supports high fidelity systems that use a blend of laser and geometric pairing technology to simulate direct and indirect fire effects. This data rich capability provides objective feedback which is used to inform the After Action Review (AAR) process and validate training.

The contract includes a significant investment in extending the life of the capability to provide the UK MoD with the most modern system available. This ensures it remains relevant to the British Army’s evolving training needs, addresses obsolescence issues, and continues to be interoperable with partner nations through exploitation of the latest generation of Saab hardware and software.

Support will be continued across permanent Collective Training locations in the UK and Germany, as well as at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, Infantry Battle School in Brecon and the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.

“As Saab Training and Simulation marks 30 years of collaboration with the British Army, we are delighted that ILT-D is in place to support training for the next epoch. This contract exemplifies our commitment to delivering world leading live simulation capabilities at the point of need, so the UK can conduct training as both a deterrence and reassurance around the globe,” said James Passmore, VP Director of Marketing and Sales, Saab UK.

“Our collaboration with Saab UK builds on the long-standing relationship and represents the dedication DE&S and the British Army have to providing the best training possible for our dedicated soldiers. Ahead of the Collective Training Transformation Programme, ILT-D will ensure that the British Army has access to a training capability that is able to keep pace with the training needs bought about by an increasingly complex strategic context and rapidly evolving character of warfare,” said Simon Pearce, Training and Simulation Systems Portfolio Leader for Defence Equipment & Support, the contracting authority. 

With interoperability and deployability at its core, Saab’s Live Simulation Systems have a growing global user community. The British Army has recently deployed its Saab systems around the world including overseas exercises delivered in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Kenya, Oman, Jordan, Cyprus and Germany. 

Rampart Announces Exclusive Partnership with Milkor USA in Canada

Friday, April 12th, 2024

OTTAWA, ON — Rampart Corp., a leader in providing cutting-edge operational equipment to military and law enforcement agencies across Canada, is proud to announce an exclusive partnership with Milkor USA Inc. (MUSA), a renowned manufacturer in the defense technology sector.

Milkor USA, Inc. is recognized as a pioneering force in the development of launcher technology, dedicated to crafting solutions that address the rigorous demands of military and law enforcement agencies globally. Their unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and the safety of their products has firmly established them as a leader in the defense sector, continually responding to the evolving needs of modern armed forces and law enforcement with high-quality, reliable operational equipment.

This partnership offers Canadian agencies unmatched access and support to Milkor’s innovative defense technologies, including the Less-Lethal Tactical Launcher (LTL). The LTL stands out for its superior quality, safety, and performance, setting a new standard in less-lethal solutions for riot and crowd control, as well as breaching operations. Designed exclusively for less-lethal munitions, it offers operational flexibility and rapid response capabilities, emphasizing Rampart’s commitment to equipping law enforcement with the most effective tools.
This strategic alliance aligns with both Rampart’s and Milkor’s mission to equip military and law enforcement with superior, reliable operational equipment. The collaboration promises to enhance the operational effectiveness and safety of Canadian agencies, offering them access to the best in launcher technology in the world.

US, Canadian Special Forces Forge Partnerships in Jamaica

Friday, April 12th, 2024

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The District of Columbia Army National Guard joined forces with elite U.S. and Canadian Special Operations Forces for a subject matter expert exchange in Jamaica.

The collaboration with SOF counterparts from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago marked a significant milestone in international military cooperation amid Tropical Dagger, an annual event orchestrated by Canada in partnership with the Jamaica Defense Force focusing on the Jamaican SOF element.

The D.C. National Guard’s Lt. Col. Tyson Mele, Maj. Bill Seskey, Capt. Michael Humphrise and Sgt. 1st Class Jurgen Soekhoe provided instruction on U.S. troop-leading procedures and operations orders. Despite geographical and organizational differences, they shared a common framework of tactical techniques and procedures.

The exchange’s success Feb. 16-22 extended beyond the classroom to field exercises where the Soldiers forged camaraderie.

The Jamaicans’ hospitality and professionalism were key to the exchange’s success and included cultural immersion, allowing the visiting Soldiers to experience local customs and traditions.

The participants plan to cultivate their new partnerships with future joint exercises and SMEEs to enhance interoperability and collective security in the region.

The success of Tropical Dagger 2024 serves as a testament to the power of collaboration and cooperation among like-minded nations.

The SOF SMEE was not merely a training exercise but a testament to the strength of international partnerships in fostering peace and security. As the sun set on Tropical Dagger 2024, it illuminated the path forward, where collaboration and cooperation remain the cornerstone of our collective defense.

By MAJ Matthew Dewaegeneer, District of Columbia National Guard

UBCO 2X2 Electric Motorcycle

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

The UBCO 2X2 electric motorcycle has caught the interest of the New Zealand Defence Force and several European militaries. It offers agile maneuverability, low maintenance, silent operation.

Made possible in conjunction TOAD – Innovation Digger.

These custom-made UBCO 2X2 bikes will be on display at EUROSATORY 2024 from June 17-21.

Ground-Breaking Ceremony in Szeged: Rheinmetall Builds New Hybrid Plant in Southern Hungary – Production Capacities for Civil Business Units and Defence Technology

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

Rheinmetall builds a new plant in Szeged, Hungary, and thereby expands its footprint in the EU and NATO partner country. 

The groundbreaking ceremony on 26 March 2024 was attended by prominent guests. The Hungarian Minister of Defence, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, the Mayor of Szeged, Dr. László Botka, Prof. Dr. Gábor Szabó, Managing Director of the research institute ELI-ALPS, Dr. Judit Fendler, Chancellor of the University of Szeged, Milhálffy Béla, Member of Hungarian Parliament, and many other high-ranking representatives from politics, government and industry followed the invitation of Christoph Müller, CEO of Rheinmetall’s Power Systems division, to attend the ceremony.

The new plant is Rheinmetall’s first major hybrid site, where the Group’s civil business and defence technology activities will be united under one roof. The site, which is scheduled to go into operation in August 2025, is part of Rheinmetall’s Power Systems division. 

A plant with a floor area of 15,000 square metres is to be built on an area of 85,000 square metres in the first industrialization step. Up to 300 highly qualified jobs will be created. The total investment volume is €63 million.

The Rheinmetall site in Szeged will primarily manufacture products for the Automotive business unit, including electrical components such as nanostructure capacitors, as well as products for the use of hydrogen in mobility and energy generation. In addition, around ten percent of the production area is planned for goods from the military business of Rheinmetall’s Electronic Solutions division.” 

“We are delighted to further expand our presence in Hungary, one of our home markets,” says Christoph Müller. “Szeged, the ‘City of Sunshine’, will now be the fourth Rheinmetall site after Budapest, Zalaegerszeg and Várpalota. We are grateful for and proud of the Hungarian government’s trust in us as a partner in the civil and defence industries.”

Success in Australia: Production Contract Signed for 123 Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier Vehicles from Australia to Germany

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

The Commonwealth of Australia has today signed the production contract for 123 Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles with more than 100 of those vehicles to be exported from Australia for use by the German Army; making it Australia’s largest foreign military export to Germany.

The procurement of the Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles is based on a mutual agreement between the Australian and the German Government. Rheinmetall has announced the contract with the German authorities with a total volume of €2.7 billion, including maintenance and repair, after the commissioning in March 2024. The corresponding production contract has now been awarded in Australia.

Nathan Poyner, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia, confirmed that the order is Australia’s largest foreign military export to Germany. “Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2025 with the first Australian-built vehicle to be delivered in 2026,” Poyner added.

The Heavy Weapon Carrier, or “Schwerer Waffenträger Infanterie” vehicle is based on the Australian Army’s Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV).
The Boxer vehicle is an advanced, armoured 8×8 vehicle in service with armies around the globe. It offers enhanced troop safety, security and protection, coupled with high levels of firepower and mobility for sustained operations ranging from peacekeeping to high-intensity combat. The CRV is equipped with a reconnaissance mission module including the two-person digital Lance turret; the first crewed medium-calibre turret to be put into service on the Boxer platform.

The German Boxers are to be produced at Rheinmetall’s Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Redbank in South East Queensland, where more than 650 skilled Rheinmetall workers produce vehicles, armour and electronics for Australia and global partners.

The contract supports Rheinmetall’s vision to build and grow Australia’s defence industry capability to create local net value and integrate Australian companies into Rheinmetall’s global supply chain.

(l-r, Major General Jason Blain, HLS CASG, Nathan Poyner, CEO Rheinmetall Defence Australia, H.E Beate Grzeski, German Ambassador to Australia)

Armin Papperger, Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG: “We appreciate to have been selected to supply the Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles for an essential element of the German Army’s new force category, the ‘medium forces’.

“We are integrating the expertise and capabilities of our Australian MILVEHCOE colleagues from our global Rheinmetall network to provide the German Army with the required combat vehicles as quickly as possible. This further deepens defence ties between Australia and Germany and enhances a sustained sovereign defence capability in Australia.

“We welcome the close partnership between Australia and Germany in strategic defence activities as the two nations work together to increase global security. The German Boxer program from Australia has been made possible by Rheinmetall’s long-term Australian investment in product development and advanced manufacturing,” said Armin Papperger, Rheinmetall CEO.

In addition to the 211 Boxer vehicles ordered under Australia’s LAND 400 Phase 2 project – 133 of which are the CRV variant with the crewed digital Lance turret – the company also services the Australian Army’s HX truck fleet, which comprises more than 2,900 vehicles, provides the MASS Multi-Ammunition Soft-Kill System to the Royal Australian Navy, manages training systems for Defence and has delivered more than 200 HX Trucks to the New Zealand Defence Force.

Assistance for Ukraine Unbroken: Rheinmetall Delivers Additional 20 Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicles

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

The German government comissioned Rheinmetall to deliver 20 additional Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Ukraine. The order was placed in March 2024 and has a value in the mid double-digit million Euro range. The delivery of this new lot is scheduled within 2024. So far, Rheinmetall has already handed over a three-digit number of Marder IFVs to the Ukrainian Armed Forces via direct deliveries and circular exchange programmes.

The version of the 1A3 Marder that has now been ordered also features integrated laser range finders, which enable efficient and precise target elimination. The company had already supplied the first 20 of these combat vehicles to the Ukraine on behalf of the German government in March 2023. A number of further lots have since been delivered, each in two-figure numbers.

Rheinmetall acquired the overhauled 1A3 Marder IFV from the Bundeswehr. The company began overhauling the IFVs for immediate deployment at its own expense back in spring 2022. The corresponding work has since been underway at Rheinmetall’s locations in Unterluess and Kassel.

The Marder IFV, which was developed for the Bundeswehr, and is still being operated there, is one of the world’s most proven weapon systems of its kind. Over the course of its service life, the vehicle has been repeatedly modernised and improved in its combat effectiveness. 

The Bundeswehr now has more than 300 Puma IFVs in operation, representing the latest generation of this type of combat vehicle, and gradually eliminating the Marder IFV in the German Army. In addition, a second lot of over 50 additional Pumas was ordered in 2023.