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Angel Armor’s AVAIL III+ Ballistic Door Panels to be Unveiled at SHOT Show 2020

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

AVAIL III+ Engineered to Defend Against NIJ Level III Rifle Threats with Additional Protection Against Special Threats

FORT COLLINS, CO. — December 6, 2019 — Angel Armor will unveil its latest ballistic door panel — the AVAIL+ — at SHOT Show on January 21, 2020.

“Reducing the risk in high-risk stops is always our goal,” says Josh Richardson, co-founder of Angel Armor. “Our AVAIL+ ballistic door panels will provide patrol officers with the next level of protection as they are engineered to defend against NIJ Level III Rifle Threats with additional protection against special threats. We’re excited to introduce the AVAIL+ at Shot Show.”

Richardson adds that although the AVAIL+ comes with added protection for patrol officers it remains true to the AVAIL series by remaining durable and simple to install. “We’re determined as ever to continue innovating so that law enforcement personnel throughout the nation are safer,” says Richardson. “That’s how we — as a company — say, ‘Thanks for your service,’ to those who protect and serve our communities.”




? 7.62x51mm NATO (M80) 150gr FMJ @ 2750 +/- 50 fps (~ 853 mps)

? Special Threat Protection (LAPD Specification MTD 11-BDP01)

? 7.62x39mm PS BALL (MSC) @ 2380 +/- 50 fps (~725 mps)

? 5.56x45mm M193 @ 3200 +/- 30 fps (~975 mps)

? 5.56x45mm M855 @ 3050 +/- 30 fps (~930 mps)


Chevy Tahoe (2015-2020)

Weight: 48.5 lbs Thickness: 0.33 in Coverage Area: 4.26 ft2 Areal Density: 10.6 lbs/ft2

Ford Interceptor (All New 2020)

Weight: 47.7 lbs

Thickness: 0.33 in Coverage Area: 4.25 ft2 Areal Density: 10.6 lbs/ft2

Dodge Charger (2011-2020)

Weight: 37.6 lbs Thickness: 0.33 in Coverage Area: 3.46 ft2 Areal Density: 10.6 lbs/ft2

Ford Interceptor (2016-2019)

Weight: 47.4 lbs Thickness: 0.33 in Coverage Area: 4.23 ft2 Areal Density: 10.6 lbs/ft2


? Seamless, single-panel technology

? Concealed design doesn’t interfere with internal door components

? Powerful Protection

? Precisely engineered to defend against NIJ Level III rifle threats with additional

protection against special threats

? Proprietary Ballistic Technology exceeds NIJ multi-round standards

? Advanced Innovation

? Proprietary one-piece design is durable, weatherproof and provides optimized coverage area

? Reinforced hinge kit included to deliver maximum door support

? Retention strap ensures flawless door functionality

SOFWERX – Family of Special Operations Vehicles Autonomous and Automated Mobility Capability Collaboration Event

Friday, December 6th, 2019

The SOFWERX Family of Special Operations Vehicles Autonomous and Automated Mobility Capability Collaboration Event will be held 19-20 February 2020. Request to Attend NLT 10 January 2020.

USSOCOM is looking for Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) to help explore, define and prioritize future desirements for cutting-edge autonomous and automated vehicles in tactical environments.

Interested SMEs are encouraged to request to join us on 19-20 February, as we collaborate on the art-of-the possible to:

• Explore tactical SOF Autonomy and Automation Mobility within 0-5 year gaps

• Analyze and define future concepts 

• Prioritize operational use cases to develop future SOF requirements 

This event will be a compelling opportunity for the leading minds in autonomous and automated vehicles to better understand and influence the future needs of SOF Autonomous and Automated Mobility operations.

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INKAS Armored Vehicles on Display at Milipol Paris 2019

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

November 11, 2019 – Over two decades of proven performance, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has become one of the largest armored vehicle manufacturers in the world – delivering high quality protective vehicles for private, commercial and law enforcement purposes worldwide. As a global leader in its space, INKAS® is proud to announce its appearance at the 21st session of the Leading Homeland Security and Safety event – Milipol Paris 2019 on November 19-22. 

INKAS® invites everyone to join the company for its opening keynote ceremony at 12:00 pm at their stand (5 D 076). Drinks and light snacks would be served.

At Milipol 2019, INKAS® will display a lineup of multipurpose armored vehicles, including personnel carriers and tactical special purpose vehicles. Apart from that INKAS® will showcase its unique vehicle-mounted signal jamming system and other tactical applications. “We have an international reputation for producing top quality and dependable defensive vehicles that protect personnel in law enforcement, peacekeeping missions, border control agencies, as well as high-risk civilians such as diplomats, political leaders, and dignitaries,” says Philip Daskal, Vice President of Sales, INKAS®. “Making use of our 100% in-house design, fabrication and assembling capacities, INKAS® consistently offers the fastest vehicle turnaround times in the market.”

INKAS® welcomes all interested parties to its booth at Milipol (Stand 5 D 076) to discover its new generation of vehicles and integrated defensive technologies. Milipol Paris 2019 will take place from Tuesday November 19th to Friday, November 22nd 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

Robotic ‘Mules’ Set to Modernize Infantry Brigade Combat Teams

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — The Army has selected General Dynamics Land Systems to produce the Small Multipurpose Equipment Transport, or S-MET, to lighten Soldiers’ loads by providing Infantry Brigade Combat Teams a robotic “mule” capability. The contract is valued at $162.4 million to produce 624 S-METs. Delivery to Soldiers begins in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2021.

With the S-MET (pronounced “Ess-Met”) program, a phased, quicker acquisition plan allowed the Army to make informed program decisions based on direct Soldier feedback on commercially available technology — fielding equipment faster than typical processes allow.

S-MET’s basic operational capabilities include:

• Unmanned/optionally manned system

• Carries 1,000 lbs., reducing Soldier weight burden by 100-plus pounds each when in support of a rifle squad

• Operates 60-plus miles in 72 hours

• Generates 3 kilowatts of power (stationary) and 1 kilowatt (moving) keeping equipment and batteries charged on the move.

The Army issued a directed requirement in April 2017 for a rapid materiel acquisition aimed at unburdening infantry brigade combat teams with a robotic capability. To fast-track the acquisition process, the Army’s Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Service Support, awarded S-MET Phase I Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreements (vs. traditional Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)-based contracting methods) in June 2017 for eight platforms.

The S-MET program marks one of the Army’s first Middle Tier Acquisitions (MTA) for Rapid Fielding. This acquisition approach foregoes the traditional Department of Defense 5000.02 acquisition process, streamlining the delivery and fielding of capabilities within a period of five years. Use of the MTA approach was granted by Congress in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Section 804.

“The S-MET program has focused on meeting the Army’s emphasis on enhancing Soldier lethality and rapidly fielding modernized capabilities. Our product management team for Applique and Large Unmanned Ground Systems undertook a great challenge to develop a strategy using experimentation and technical demonstrations to streamline the S-MET acquisition process,” said Timothy G. Goddette, the Army’s program executive officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support.

“Using an innovative contracting approach through an Other Transaction Authority, a flexible, collaborative tool designed to speed acquisition and modernization, the S-MET team awarded this capability within two and a half years. Using normal acquisition processes, it could have taken as much as five years,” he explained.

The initial candidate platforms participated in the S-MET Phase I Assessment held in September 2017 at Fort Benning, Georgia. The evaluation enabled the Army to learn about each of the candidate platforms’ capabilities and obtain operational feedback based on Soldiers’ interactions with the candidate S-MET systems. Based on the results in November 2017, the Army narrowed to four contractors to evaluate their respective platforms during a 12-month (later reduced to seven-month) S-MET Phase II Technology Demonstration.

Phase II called for each of the four selected contractors to produce 20 platforms. Four of the produced S-METs supported safety testing, Commercial-Off-the-Shelf operator manual verification, Instructor and Key Personnel Training, and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) development. Upon completion of safety testing, the Product Management Office for Applique and Large Unmanned Systems issued eight of each respective prototype S-METs to IBCTs within the 10th Mountain and the 101st Airborne Divisions in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019 for the seven-month Phase II Technology Demonstration. Results from the Technology Demonstration informed program decisions and further solidified S-MET TTPs.

Dismounted Infantry carry water, extra ammunition, and other equipment and gear imposing physical burden. When fielded, S-MET will unburden Soldiers and enable IBCTs to travel greater distances and carry more. Soldier experimentation, touch points, and evaluation has been key in obtaining direct warfighter feedback.

“Thanks to tremendous teamwork across the acquisition, requirements, operational, and resource communities, this is a great modernization success story,” said Don Sando, director for the Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, Fort Benning. “Key to this success was involving Soldiers early in the process to get their input and feedback during experiments and assessments.

“Direct Soldier feedback drove the requirements for the S-MET, and certainly helped determine what systems would work best for IBCTs to fill a capability gap,” Sando added.

This enhanced, modernized capability will unburden Soldiers of some of their physical load, thereby also improving Soldiers’ physical and cognitive capabilities. Future capability will feature modular mission payloads tailoring the S-MET to specific mission needs, such as dismounted engineer mobility systems; remote weapon stations; casualty evacuation; and unmanned aerial systems and reconnaissance.

“Getting a modernized capability into the hands of IBCT Soldiers has been the team’s driving focus throughout this program,” said Lt. Col. Jon Bodenhamer, the Army’s product manager for Applique and Large Unmanned Ground Systems within the Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Service Support. “Soldiers are why we do what we do, and I’m incredibly proud of the hard-working team that brought us to this point.”

Story by Rae Higgins, Program Executive Office Combat Support & Combat Service Support and Monica Manganaro, Maneuver Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate

Photos by US Army and Jay Richards, Program Executive Office for Combat Support Combat Service Support

Germany-Based US Army Field New Positioning System

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

ROSE BARRACKS, VILSECK, Germany — Members of Project Manager Positioning Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) landed in Germany in early September with a mission: outfitting Soldiers’ Stryker vehicles with the latest in Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) equipment. That equipment is the Mounted Assured PNT (Positioning, Navigation and Timing) System (MAPS) Generation 1, (MAPS GEN I), a powerful suite of new hardware and software that will ensure Soldiers have assured position and timing to navigate in a GPS degraded and denied environment. As adversaries across the spectrum field new capabilities to disrupt and degrade GPS, Soldiers will need more fortifications and assurances in those systems.

Rheinmetall Signs Risk Mitigation Activity Contract for testing of Lynx KF41 for Australia’s Land 400 Phase 3 Program

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Rheinmetall is pleased to confirm it has signed the Risk Mitigation Activity (RMA) contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for participation in the RMA, including the delivery of three Lynx KF41 Infantry Fighting Vehicles to compete in trials for the AUD 15 billion (EUR 9.5 billion) LAND 400 Phase 3 program. The RMA contract now signed has a value of AUD 50 million (about EUR 30 million).

Lynx KF41 is a next generation tracked, networked and highly protected IFV which meets the stringent military requirements of LAND 400 Phase 3, and offers a platform with significant growth potential. The Australian Army needs a networked, protected and enabled IFV for close combat – to close in and defeat an enemy in the most dangerous and lethal environments for Australian soldiers.

Under the LAND 400 Phase 3 RMA contract, the Commonwealth will undertake an extensive technical and programmatic assessment of the two bidders over a period of 24 months. The vehicles will be operated by Australian Army personnel and tested in Australian terrain under extreme conditions, undertaking lethality, transportability, mobility, troop assessments, blast and ballistic testing. In parallel, the Commonwealth will work with the two bidders in a structured assessment phase in order to optimise technical capability, growth, value for money and national prosperity.

Rheinmetall is currently delivering 211 Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) to the Australian Army after the vehicle was selected by the Australian Government following 12 months of RMA trials in 2016-2017. These RMA trials were recognised globally as an exhaustive assessment of the vehicle’s capability and have equipped Rheinmetall with the experience and expertise to deliver the best outcome for LAND 400 Phase 3.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia Managing Director Gary Stewart said the three vehicles designated for RMA trials in Australia would incorporate significant Australian Industry Capability.

“Development, integration and test of the Lynx KF41 vehicles will also take place during RMA at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Australia from next year in support of the RMA trials,” Mr Stewart said.

Key vehicle elements of the Lynx KF41 are also being developed and manufactured in Australia by local companies including the alternator (Milspec in Albury), running gear (Supashock in Adelaide) and cables (Cablex in Melbourne).

The modular Lynx KF41 vehicle includes the digital Lance turret with electronic architecture common with the Boxer 8×8 CRV. This will enable the Australian crew to access sensor systems, advanced automatic tracking & targeting capabilities and weapon-integrated battle management all in one connected and enabled platform.

“Should Rheinmetall secure a contract to deliver LAND 400 Phase 3, the Lynx KF41 fleet will be manufactured at the MILVEHCOE, located at Redbank and south west of Brisbane,” Mr Stewart said.

Rheinmetall is already delivering an Australian Industry Network for LAND 400 that builds an industrial capability in Australia. This includes creating high technology enduring jobs for hundreds of Australians by localising design and manufacturing expertise in electro-optics, weapon systems, fire control and sensor systems, turret manufacturing, variant design and manufacture, integration, armour systems, simulation, training and fleet sustainment.

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– To follow Lynx KF41 on twitter visit: @lynxifv

Maxim Defense & Raptor Products Develops PDX Insert for Motorcycle Saddlebags

Friday, October 18th, 2019

At the request of a LE motorcycle unit, Maxim Defense has developed a PDX insert in conjunction with Raptor Products for BMW and Harley Motorcycle Saddlebags.

It accommodates the PDX in all calibers, along with three magazines, and can be securely inserted in a Raptor motorcycle saddlebag.

The steel version is for use with vehicles.


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AUSA 19 – General Motors Infantry Squad Vehicle Candidate

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

General Motors displayed their ISV candidate at AUSA.

It’s on the Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck architecture and its ZR2 and ZR2 Bison variants, supplemented with both custom and commercially available parts proven by Chevy Performance engineering in more than 10,000 miles of punishing off-road development and desert racing in the Best in the Desert Racing series.

Powered by a 186-horsepower, 2.8L diesel powerplant and six-speed automatic transmission, the nine man crew is protected by a Roll Over Protection System which serves as a roll bar. It can be stored for air transport.