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FROG.PRO – Italian Tactical Designers

Monday, May 20th, 2019

This is a great video introducing you to Italian brand, FROG.PRO. I get to meet with them every year during IWA in Germany and they bring a fresh look to gear design.

Canadian DND Exercises $33m Ballistic Helmet Contract With NP Aerospace

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) has issued full options on a $33 million combat helmet contract with Canadian armour technology manufacturer, NP Aerospace.

The contract is for supply and delivery of the CM735 lightweight ballistic helmet and spare components over a seven-year period.

NP Aerospace has supplied combat helmets to the Canadian DND since 2015. The CM735 helmet is designed and manufactured using advanced composite technology to deliver greatly improved ballistic and fragment protection with a weight reduction of 25 percent from the CG634 helmet. Its structural design also helps avoid severe injury from back face deformation and impact to the head when hit by fragments and bullets.

James Kempston, CEO, NP Aerospace, comments: “We are honoured to continue to supply our ballistic helmets to the Canadian Armed Forces and are proud of our long-standing partnership providing the highest quality body armour. This contract is among many with Canada which has allowed us to innovate and enhance our global product offerings. The next generation technology within the CM735 helmet, for example, has benefited the development of our composite spall liner which is now used in military vehicles across the world.”

NP Aerospace manufactures a range of full and high cut helmets as part of its Lightweight Armoured Soldier Architecture (LASA®) portfolio. The CM735 composite helmet shell has a weight of less than 920 grams (32 ounces) while providing ballistic protection against fragments and NIJ Level 3A hand gun rounds. Its low weight significantly improves user performance while reducing fatigue. The LASA portfolio also includes hard body armour plates and shields for a range of threats including covert operations as well as various rifle bullets.


Schiebel Wins Norway’s Tender For Unmanned Air System Deployment In The Arctic

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Vienna, 2 May 2019 – Norway’s Andøya Test Center selected Schiebel’s market- leading CAMCOPTER® S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) for extensive search and rescue trials as part of the Arctic 2030 project.

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 was selected for its exemplary international reputation and its successful record of accomplishments in the maritime domain with customers all around the world. In a typical configuration, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 operates six hours continuously and is able to simultaneously carry multiple payloads, offering significant payload flexibility to the user. Therefore, the S-100’s missions deliver aerial views that reach considerably farther than manned helicopters.

The S-100 also offers a number of key advantages for naval operations in the Arctic. As a VTOL platform, the CAMCOPTER® does not require any additional start or recovery equipment and its minimal footprint is perfect for offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with small deck sizes. The S-100 also distinguishes itself through its ability to perform in the harshest weather conditions, flying at temperatures down to -40°C. This has been successfully proven in a series of intensive trials, such as the Canadian icebreaker operations. In this particular case, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 was deployed 60 nautical miles north of Fogo Island, providing a wide-view image of the ice structure as well as identifying the boundaries between flat and rough ice.

The goal of the Andøy Municipality project is a demonstration of VTOL UAS use in the Arctic region in an effort to increase maritime safety. For this purpose, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 will be equipped with an Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) camera gimbal, an Overwatch Imaging PT-8 Oceanwatch payload, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver and a Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) by Radionor. Such a combination of payloads is intended to strengthen emergency preparedness in the region and provide search and rescue mission support.

Tests are scheduled to commence in the fall of 2019 with the UAS being deployed from Norwegian Coast Guard vessels in Andfjorden, Northern Norway. More operations are planned in Spitsbergen in the spring of 2020.

“This is clearly an important milestone in the project,” said Gunnar Jan Olsen, General Manager of the Andøya Test Center. “We have already gained some experience with the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS during an impressive demonstration in 2017. We believe that these current, more extensive S-100 trials will demonstrate that maritime safety in the Arctic can effectively be increased with the help of VTOL UAS.”

“The CAMCOPTER® S-100 has performed a series of challenging demonstration flights in the Arctic over the years and has proven its operational value and mission effectiveness,” added Hans Georg Schiebel, Chairman of the Schiebel Group.

DDR Grenzaufklärer

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

If you ever patrolled the border trace of the Inter-German Border between East West during the Cold War, you invariably encountered the Grenzaufklärer, or Border Troops of the German Democratic Republic.

911 Supply Grand Opening on 11 May

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

911 Supply first began in 1995. The company was founded with a mission to provide quality products to Police, Military, and First Responders across Canada – so those brave service members can keep their focus on the task at hand – rather than questioning whether they have the right gear for the job.

Based out of Calgary Alberta Canada, 911 Supply is fast approaching the largest event in company history: a Grand Opening of their expanded and completely overhauled facility. 911 Supply now boasts the largest showroom in the Canadian industry, and the addition of a modern 30 person classroom & training facility.

Join them on Saturday May 11th, where you can enjoy discounts, prize draws, a chance to speak with manufacturer representatives, product demos, food trucks, and more.

Tour their new facility and meet with instructors to learn more about the future of this centre for learning. Headline sponsors of the event include Arc’teryx LEAF, 5.11 Tactical, Crye Precision, Avon Protection, Original SWAT, and AKU.

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Lorica Nostrum to Exhibit their Integrated Combat System at ISDEF2019 in Israel

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

It is a pleasure to announce that Lorica Nostrum, an European Company, will Exhibit their Integrated Combat System (I.C.S.) during ISDEF2019, Israel, next June 4-6th 2019.

On June 3rd there will be a Range Day where the System may be tested by the operators.

It was invented during Close Protection Team missions in Afghanistan, between years 2002 and 2004. The project was classified by our government and it just has been cleared for governmental agencies, military and L&E units.

The Integrated Combat System (I.C.S.) has been designed to work in special covert missions where a very low recognition profile is required, cloaked as a sport backpack.

Its design provides a tactical advantage which allows Special Forces soldiers to obtain an operational superiority, carrying the same weapons, ballistic protection and mission equipment in a covert and comfortable manner, enabling the soldier to use this system in its full offensive envelope, while the soldier mingles with the crowd untill the operation starts.

It has been tested in operations, Static Line jumps, Military Free fall jumps, and waterborne operations.

It is compatible with more than 250 current weapons, assault rifles, carbines, SMGs, PDWs, grenade launchers, and handguns.

As options, the system may include:

1. An integrated positive buoyancy device for water operations,

2. An integrated harness for helicopter operations (SPIE or HRST),

3. A geolocation device,

4. RFID tags for better logistics,

5. It may be custom made, in size, colours and materials.

Worldwide and European Patent, US Patent #US10188197B2. Also patented in China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Russian Federation, Spain and UK.

NSN Pending

It is manufactured under Military Regulation PECAL/AQAP-2110 and Quality Regulation UNE-EN-ISO 9001:2008



The Dutch Armed Forces Select Rheinmetall to Modernize Their Bergepanzer 3 Büffel Armoured Recovery Vehicles

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

The Dutch armed forces select Rheinmetall to modernize their Bergepanzer 3 Büffel armoured recovery vehicles, making them a match for today’s operational requirements

Rheinmetall is to modernize the Dutch military’s fleet of Bergepanzer 3 Büffel (‘buffalo’) armoured recovery vehicles. A contract to this effect was signed on 18 April 2019 at Soesterberg, a military base near Utrecht. In a first phase, four vehicles will undergo a combat performance upgrade. The order is worth a double-digit million-euro figure. In a second phase, a further 21 vehicles are to undergo corresponding modernization. This option, also worth a figure in the double-digit euro range, already features in the contract.

Starting immediately, Rheinmetall will completely overhaul the Royal Netherlands Army’s Bergepanzer 3 Büffel ARVs, bringing them up to the latest technological and tactical standard. This will extend the service life of these tried-and-tested combat support vehicles – developed by Rheinmetall on the basis of the Leopard 2 chassis – through to the year 2040. The Dutch armed forces will take delivery of the first vehicles at the beginning of 2021.

Modernization work will take place at Rheinmetall locations in Germany as well as in Ede in the Netherlands. It will include a complete overhaul of the individual armoured recovery vehicles and a new digital operating concept; the installation of advanced visualization technology; mission packages featuring ballistic and mine protection; and new battlefield recovery equipment together as well as a universal transport platform. Also included in the contract are technical documentation, training and other services.

This service life extension will give the Dutch armed forces a reconfigured state-of-the-art ARV with significant growth potential. New force protection features both on and in the vehicle will keep the crew extremely safe from modern battlefield threats. Cutting-edge visualization systems, digital operating elements and command systems will support the crew while carrying out their tasks. Furthermore, new battlefield recovery equipment will boost the vehicle’s tactical effectiveness. It will be transferred to the rear section of the vehicle. This will let the crew hook up to a damaged Royal Dutch Army vehicle such as the Bushmaster, Boxer, CV 90 infantry fighting vehicle, PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer, Leguan bridge-laying tank, Kodiak combat engineering vehicle or the Leopard 2 main battle tank without having to leave the safety of the fighting compartment, before towing it from the battlefield at high speed in forward gear. In addition, the modified version of the Bergepanzer 3 Büffel ARV will feature a flexible-use universal transport platform mounted on the rear section of the vehicle. To cite just one example, this can be used for carrying equipment for recovering other vehicles. The new equipment has already demonstrated its effectiveness during deployed operations.

This contract confirms the emergence of a new standard for modern armoured recovery vehicles. As recently as December 2018, the Bundeswehr contracted with Rheinmetall to modernize its fleet of Bergepanzer 3 vehicles, ensuring they remain a match for current and future operational scenarios. Similar mission configurations are in service with the armed forces of NATO member Canada as well as Sweden.

Already underway, the service life extension of the Royal Netherlands Army’s armoured recovery vehicles underscores once again Rheinmetall’s comprehensive expertise when it comes to the globe-spanning Leopard 2 family. This expertise extends from maintenance and modernization programmes to advanced armament concepts, and from the production and technical knowledge of the system’s original equipment manufacturer right through to comprehensive technical and logistic support for entire vehicle fleets – including service support during deployed operations. The portfolio of the Düsseldorf-based high-tech group for mobility and security also includes training and simulation solutions for Leopard 2 crews.

Helikon-Tex Launches New Modern Battle Dress Uniform

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019


The modern battlefield changes rapidly and requires gear that’s both universal since it might be used in different conditions but specific as well, as it is supposed to suit the user properly. These were the main goals Helikon-Tex® tried to fulfill while developing its brand-new Modern Battle Dress Uniform®.

No matter the task ahead, the whole MBDU® set is action-ready. It provides you with all the features needed for the mission ahead.

The Helikon-Tex MBDU® Shirt offers plenty of carrying space which is designed to move with you. It is designed specifically to be worn with different equipment like chest rigs or backpacks, and it manages to do it well.

– Side VersaStretch® panels to achieve a full freedom of movement
– Zippered pockets placed bicep-high
– Stand-up collar

Price: 71,90 USD

Helikon-Tex MBDU® Pants complete the set, complementing the MBDU® Shirt’s features and improves your ability to excel at any mission. With stretchy materials and closer fit nothing will hold you back, allowing you to focus solely on your task and not ill-fitting clothing.

– Reinforce knees, compatible with Low Profile Protective Pads
– Back gusset made of VersaStretch® to provide absolute freedom of movement
– Hook&loop closed waist for additional adjustment

Price: 71,90 USD

For more information about the Helikon-Tex® Patrol Line visit