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New Bundeswehr Air Defense System: Rheinmetall, Diehl and Hensoldt are Lining Up Together

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH of Bremen, Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG of Überlingen and Hensoldt Sensors GmbH of Taufkirchen have signed a joint agreement to cooperate in a special partnership known as an “Arbeitsgemeinschaft”, or ARGE. Under the framework of ARGE NNbS, the three companies will submit a tender for the future German short-range and very short- range air defence system, the LVS NNbS.

The NNbS project bridges a current capability gap when it comes to protecting ground troops during deployed operations as well as securing tactical operation centres and other assets against short- and very short-range aerial threats.

The three companies aim to provide a national, low-risk solution that will be quickly available thanks to the use of commercially available systems and system components. The conceptual system design of ARGE NNbS relies primarily on proven systems and subsystems, including integration of components already in use by the Bundeswehr.

A further advantage of ARGE NNbS is comprehensive logistical support in Germany for the short-range and very short-range air defence system.

Thanks to the complementary core competences of the three national bidders, the ARGE possesses the prerequisites, qualifications and expertise to meet all of the customer’s needs.

Rheinmetall’s Electronic Solutions and Vehicle Systems divisions bring expert technological knowledge and years of experience in developing and supplying defence systems, especially in the fields of vehicles, communication and integration.

Diehl Defence specializes in the development and manufacture of guided missiles. It has established itself in the international marketplace with modern system solutions for ground-based air defence.

As a supplier of key national technologies, Hensoldt will be contributing its expertise as well as battle-tested products such as radars. The company is noted for its comprehensive product commonalities, including product family concepts, especially in the spheres of airspace surveillance and target classification and identification.

FROG.PRO – Modular Reconnaissance Task Bag

Friday, April 2nd, 2021


Taneto – March 31, 2021 – FROG.PRO places another milestone on the path of modularity undertaken for years within the Tactical and Rescue market and is pleased to present its MRTB, Modular Reconnaissance Task Bag.

This accessory, fully compatible with all FROG.PRO platforms, gives the user “carte blanche” in configuring his setup.

The MRTB comes with two MPO (Multi Purpose Organizer) panels which, thanks to their versatility and easiness of use, are configurable using the elastic cords and the One-Wrap Velcro strips included in the MPO kit, to store the items and accessories necessary to achieve the goal that has been set or for which there is a call to act; be it reaching the top of a mountain, tactical use in the field or the rescue of a patient in a SAR mission, the Modular Reconnaissance Task Bag will guarantee an orderly and practical organization of the instrumentation.

Equipped with YKK® Aquaguard water-repellent zippers and manufactured with DWR (Durable Water Repellent) fabrics, the MRTB will allow you to safely transport its contents, stored in both the main pocket and in the two accessory pockets positioned respectively on the front and back.

The inner part equipped with Ultra-Mate® Velcro hook fastener will allow a firm application to the plate carrier, as already seen while presenting the Defender Low Visibility Plate Carrier, but can be easily covered by the matched Task Bag Pad Air if it is necessary to use it combined with shoulder harnesses such as, for example, the Light Reconnaissance Harness.

The combination with the aforementioned platforms finds maximum expression in the three configurations Defender Medic Kit, MRTB Light Patrol Kit and R + MRTB SAR Kit, designed based on the specific needs of experts in the sector and operators belonging to departments of excellence.

The modularity of the Multi Purpose Organizer TB panels, already supplied in one pair but also present in the catalog and available individually both in the “Horizontal” and “Vertical” versions, allow the operator to bring along several configurations and switch from one to the other with maximum ease and in the shortest possible time, making it complete and fully equipped.

The molle system, made of LAHYCO fabric by FROG.PRO, placed on the front of the pocket, allows for expansion if necessary via applying external pouches and / or additional accessories.

Finally, in the R + version intended for the Rescue market, you can see the use of Reflex fabric with the purpose of enhancing the operator’s visibility (already guaranteed by the High Visibility colors) even in low light situations, when hit by a beam of light.

FROG.PRO Modular Reconnaissance Task Bag

FROG.PRO R+ Modular Reconnaissance Task Bag

Canada Adopts CADPAT-MT Camouflage

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

In addition to adopting a new variant of CADPAT called Multi Terrain, Canada’s Department of National Defence has called upon industry to produce fabric for new uniforms in the pattern. It will replace CADPAT-TW (Temperate Woodland) as the primary camouflage pattern for Canadian forces.

Under development for the past few years, CADPAT-MT has seen a color palette refinement. An early version trialed at Petawawa in 2019 was darker with a brown dominance.

The current tender for fabric calls for an initial order of 390,000 meters followed by an order of 560,000 meters a year later. Total quantities are anticipated at 1.1 million meters.

ePIG Group Presents – World First: Tasmanian Tiger Longhorn 4.1

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Some things are top secret and must not get out to the public under any circumstances, but it just keeps happening – this time we are the bastards who leak Longhorn 4.1 before the official release.

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Tardigrade Tactical – Infantry Low Profile Harness Pre-order

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

The Infantry Low Profile Harness is designed to be worn under a body armor system and help the operator to stabilize the belt during movement as well as distributing weight and is constructed from one piece of laser-cut Squadron Laminate – except the webbing – which makes it very thin and flexible. The laser-cut holes along the spine and shoulder pieces, allows for sweat and heat to pass through them, for a higher level of comfort.

For this pre-order we offer a 20% discount, already applied to the price in the shop.

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Platatac – PAFA MK3 Medic Pack

Monday, March 29th, 2021

The all new PAFA MK3 Medic Pack has been designed with SOF Medics to create a primary aid kit that is fully configurable, with a comprehensive array of removable internal and external pouches that can be arranged to suit the user’s needs.

The PAFA MK3 Medic Pack is available in two kits, both with an array of pouches and accessories.

The Standard kit includes a Velcro in hydro/splint/long item pouch, Velcro in IV Organiser Pouch with elastic retainers for bungs, cannulas and giving set, also included are two Velcro backed medium and two large rectangle zippered organisation pouches with vinyl windows and colour coded removable tabs for easy recognition of organisation pouches and a small mesh topped pouch.

The Advanced kit includes all the above items from the Standard kit plus a pair of MOLLE zippered accessories pouches, Tac Evac PAFA soft litter and modular equipment insert with elastic shock cord to hold various items.

Operator Skin Care Lotion

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

Yeah, I get it, “Operator Skin Care Lotion,” yuck! But the reality is that your skin is your body’s largest organ and it takes a beating, particularly while doing the things SSD readers do. These products were created by Danish SOF Vets.

Operators Skincare Sun Lotion with SPF 30/50 will let you perform at your best for hours in the sun by effectively protecting you against the harmful UVA and UVB rays, that otherwise would turn your skin red as a steamed lobster.

There are three products so far, After Sun Care along with 30 SPF and 50 SPF Sun Protection. They are non-greasy, which I appreciate and waterproof.

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US Army Soldiers Provide Romanian Airmen New Equipment Training, Support Allied Readiness

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. – Tobyhanna Army Depot personnel extended the organization’s reach last month when they traveled to a Romanian seaside community to train allies of the United States.

A two-person team traveled to Constanta, Romania last month to conduct Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) New Equipment Training (NET) for Romanian Air Force artillery battalions. NET is an enduring workload for the depot and delivers training to military units after receipt of new assets, ensuring Warfighters across the globe know how to use lifesaving equipment on the battlefield.

Depot personnel spent a week instructing Romanian Airmen on the overall operations of the DAGR, typically used as part of the Patriot missile system. While NET missions often encompass a wide range of service members, this iteration of the training focused on a targeted group of 11 users, who were educated on the functionalities of DAGR. Students learned through classroom instruction as well as hands-on, practical exercises designed to ensure they could perform to Army Standards when operating the asset. Tobyhanna’s instructors gave the students rave reviews for their enthusiasm.

“The Romanian Airmen were very sharp and quick to learn. They made our job easy,” said Gregory Wirth, a training instructor in the Field Logistics Support directorate. Fellow training instructor Vincent Zuranski agreed.

“We had a great rapport with the class,” they said, adding that one highlight of the trip was the authentic Romanian food the Airmen treated them to every day. Wirth and Zuranski also noted the region’s rich history, home to many ancient Greek and Roman settlements.

The mission was the NET team’s first excursion out of Northeastern Pennsylvania since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While travel into the country was relatively easy, returning home to Tobyhanna was a significant challenge, according to Wirth.

“Because COVID-related guidelines are always changing, there was uncertainty about what we’d need to do to get back to the U.S.,” said Wirth. “We ended up needing a negative COVID test for return travel through Germany – not something easy to navigate while in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. Luckily, our students and personnel at the embassy helped us obtain the necessary information so we could get home.”

Despite the challenges, the duo said the opportunity to travel was more than welcome.

“As someone who travels for a living, I found it difficult to not be able to support our important missions across the world. It was extremely exciting to get back out on the road to support our Warfighters,” Zuranski said.

In addition to DAGR, Tobyhanna provides NET for military personnel on the Common Remotely Operated Weapons System (CROWS) and a variety of other systems. The mission is directly aligned with the depot’s long-range strategic plan, Toby 2028, specifically the C5ISR Readiness and Shape the Future lines of effort.

The program benefits all members of Team Tobyhanna, according to Eric Walker, who supervises the NET team.

“NET ensures Soldiers worldwide get the training they need to keep themselves, and the world, safe. When our NET instructors return home, they share any new knowledge with the depot employees who are responsible for repairing the equipment here on-post. It’s win-win and a program we’re proud very to support.”

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 4,000 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.

By Danielle E. Weinschenk, Lead Public Affairs Specialist