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N-Vision Optics Warranty Update

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

N-Vision Optics continues to remain committed to providing the highest quality, combat-proven electro- optical products for our customer base, and as such we are proud to announce that we are now providing the following warranties for our domestic customers:

1. All night vision systems, manufactured by N-Vision Optics are covered by a 10 year warranty. The 10 year warranty applies to the following systems: GT-14, LRS, PVS-14, G15, and DNVB.

2. All thermal imaging systems manufactured by N-Vision Optics are covered by a 5 year warranty. The 5 year warranty applies to the following systems : ATLAS Thermal Binoculars, TC35A/TC50A Thermal Clip-on Sights, and TWS13 Thermal Weapons Sights (all models).


Applied Ballistics Wins Military Contract to Advance Extreme Long-Range Sniper Capability

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Applied Ballistics Wins Military R&D Contract
Precision Shooting Tech Company Funded to Advance Extreme Long-Range Sniper Capability

Cedar Springs, MI: Applied Ballistics LLC, a Michigan-based tech company focused on advancing the state of the art in long range rifle shooting, has been awarded a $1.3M contract by the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) to execute Phase 1 of the Extreme Sniper Strike Operations (ESSO) project.

Phase 1 of the ESSO project is focused on advancing the predictive capabilities of modern ballistic solvers by performing Doppler radar measurement and modeling of current service rounds at Extreme Long Range (ELR) as a function of gyroscopic stability, and refining the models of secondary ballistic effects such as spin rate decay and spin drift at ELR. Phase 1 will conclude with the ballistic modeling enhancements being integrated into the existing Applied Ballistics ecosystem of electronic devices which are currently deployed by numerous US and allied armed forces around the world. Phase 1 is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

Phase 2 of the ESSO project is a potential follow on (2019) that focuses on the development and fielding of an advanced ELR sniper rifle system designed to drastically increase first round hit probability at ELR on man sized targets. The Applied Ballistics Weapons Division is currently conducting research and development on weapons platforms, as well as new cartridge and bullet options, that will maximize ELR ballistic performance from lightweight, practical, magazine fed systems.

Bryan Litz, owner of Applied Ballistics LLC, said: “Our team of Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Science Engineers and Technicians will apply our combined experience including years of testing and competing in ELR Shooting to the successful completion of the ESSO program objectives. This means extending the maximum effective range of US and allied snipers, achieving decisive overmatch on the battlefield. I can’t imagine a better application of Applied Ballistics’ collective efforts.”


ADS – Stabilizing Retention System for AN/AVS-6 NVGs

Monday, March 26th, 2018

ADS Inc recently published a case study on work they did to stabilize Color Night Display Modules for Army Aviators.


Army rotary wing pilots flying with AN/AVS-6 night vision goggles (NVG) and Color Night Display Modules (CNDM) reported excessive vibration during flight.

This vibration created blurring of the CNDM displays, as viewed through the NVGs. This blurring rendered the CNDM displays unreliable, causing aircrew to discontinue use of the CNDM altogether.


ADS and partner Syncro saw this challenge as a critical operational deficiency. In response, the team designed and developed a custom stabilizing retention system for the Army’s AN/AVS-6 NVGs to reduce vibration during flight.

The ADS/Syncro NVG Stabilizers system equips Army AN/AVS-6 NVGs with retention collars to maximize their stiffness and stabilize the CNDM. The NVG Stabilizers allow the full range of NVG movement and adjustment.

To read the rest of the story and get the full details, visit adsinc.com/past-performance/stabilizing-retention-system-for-an-avs-6-night-vision-goggles

French GIGN Selects MAWL From BE Meyers & Co

Monday, January 8th, 2018

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is pleased to announce that the MAWL-DA has been selected by the French National Gendarmerie’s elite police tactical unit, the GIGN, as their official individual NIR/VIS weapon laser and illuminator. The GIGN is currently upgrading legacy systems, and has begun to integrate new technologies with the unit’s available weapons platforms.


After evaluating various laser aiming and illumination systems through rigorous testing, and in real-world scenarios, the MAWL-DA was proven to be the superior solution, and was selected for formal procurement and deployment within the unit. In addition to the MAWL-DA’s selection by the GIGN, other units in France, and other European SOF units have adopted it for use in their respective operations.

The GIGN is the elite Police Tactical Unit of the French National Gendarmerie. Its missions include counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, surveillance of national threats, protection of government officials, and targeting organized crime. It is renowned for its selection and implementation of innovative technology and tactics, using a comprehensive suite of both small arms solutions, and weapon enabling systems. The unit’s selection of the MAWL-DA as a tool for mission success is notable in light of the GIGN’s pedigree, and reputation as a premiere SOF unit. B.E. Meyers & Co. looks forward to the MAWL-DA’s service with the GIGN as NIR/VIS pointing and illumination system which will assist in the unit’s response to both domestic and international threats.

The MAWL-DA (Modular Advanced Weapon Laser – Direct Action) is a high-power infrared and visible green aiming and illumination laser for individual carbines. Offering improved ergonomics, interface, and performance, the MAWL-DA has been designed from the ground up around the needs of the modern night fighter.

Engineered to address the shortcomings of common laser devices in use with both military and law enforcement, the MAWL® incorporates cutting edge VCSEL technology which eliminates the current problem of inconsistent and granular, speckled illumination. This unparalleled beam quality is leveraged with multiple modes of divergence and power, based on the ideal settings for any operational environment: Close Range, Mid Range, or Long Range.


US Army Unveils Soldier Borne Sensors Procurement Strategy

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

In a recent update to the Request for Information issued late last year to industry, the Army has unveiled its procurement strategy for Soldier Borne Sensors. SBS are quiet, lightweight, commercial off the shelf nano unmanned aerial systems, to be deployed at the Soldier level. The US Army has taken cues from Black Hornet, a system in use with the British Army for the past couple of years.

A proposed nano UAS that the Army wants to develop and field will be about the size of a Black Hornet, but will be a completely different UAS system, having no relationship to the Black Hornet. No vendor has yet been chosen and as such, no prototype photos are readily available. Nina Langli, shown here, holds a PD-100 Black Hornet unmanned aerial surveillance aircraft near its two charging stations at the National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations exhibit, Jan. 28, 2015. Langli works at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: David Vergun)

They have invited industry, academia, individuals, and labs to participate in a face to face Industry Day and to as well as a second User Assessment. This User Assessment will be used to determine the best performing solution currently available within program cost constraints. The SBS program affordability cap constrains the average unit price over the first 2,423 systems procured to $14,997.00 or less. Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors (PdM SMS) intends to purchase up to 200 systems based on the User Assessment results through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) Contracts in the third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 (3QFY18). Participation in the user assessment is mandatory to be considered for the FY18 purchase. Assessment activities will be conducted at Fort Belvoir, VA; Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD; and Fort AP Hill, VA from January 18th through March 2nd 2018.

The assessment will be kicked-off with a live Industry Day and 1-on-1 sessions at Fort Belvoir, VA on January 16th and 17th 2018. The purpose of the 1-on-1 sessions, which will be held on January 16th, is for vendors to deliver hardware for the User Assessment, provide instruction on basic operation of their hardware, and describe their hardware – all items delivered with a complete system, vendor part number for the complete system, all user-replaceable spare parts, and vendor part numbers for all spare parts. PdM SMS will use the part number data to request quotes from all participating vendors through the DLA TLS program. Vendors intending to participate in the User Assessment shall request a 1-on-1 session and bring five (5) complete systems of their solution for assessment to the 1-on-1. Vendors may also provide spare parts they believe may be necessary to sustain the five (5) systems over the course of five (5) weeks of assessment. The assessment will include at least sixteen (16) cumulative hours of flight.

The purpose of the Industry Day, which will be held on January 17th, is for PdM SMS to provide updated program information including acquisition strategy, schedule, and a detailed description of the User Assessment.

Participation in the User Assessment requires vendor attendance at four (4) events:
• Industry Day. The vendor must schedule a 1-on-1session on January 16th 2017 and attend the group session on January 17th 2017.
• Imagery collection for camera assessment. The Advanced Sensor Evaluation Facility on Fort Belvoir, VA will collect imagery from all systems under assessment on January 18th, 19th, and 22nd 2017. Vendor assistance is required for up to four (4) hours to ensure adequate imagery is collected. The timing of each vendor’s support will be scheduled to minimize total vendor support time and travel.
• Acoustic data collection. Acoustic data will be collected from each system under evaluation in anechoic chambers at APG, MD on January 18th, 19th, and 22nd 2017. The intent is to mount the air vehicles in a stationary position and command the motors to simulate various flight conditions. Vendor assistance is required for up to four (4) hours to command the motors during collection. The timing of each vendor’s support will be scheduled to minimize total vendor support time and travel.
• Soldier training. Soldier test participants will be trained at Fort AP Hill, VA on February 19th and 20th 2017. Vendor attendance is required for two (2) days to conduct the training.

All parties interested in the Industry Day and/or User Assessment have until 15:30 Eastern Standard Time (EST), 08 January 2018 to submit. Visit www.fbo.gov for full details.

Viridian Offers Weapon-Mounted Accessories For New Ruger EC9S

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – December 27, 2017 – Viridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to offer powerful weapon-mounted accessories for the newly released Ruger EC9s pistol. The Viridian E Series™ laser (part number 912-0005) and REACTOR® products (part numbers 920-0003, 920-0012 and 920-0004) are designed to fit the Ruger EC9s, LC9, LC9s and LC380. The laser/light models are available online or at retailers across the country.

Ruger EC9S

“We take pride in giving customers instant access to Viridian sighting solutions when popular firearms are introduced,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “If someone buys a new Ruger EC9s today, they can also pick up one of our E Series or REACTOR lasers. When paired together, the EC9s and Viridian laser will give customers an unbeatable and affordable defensive combo.”

Viridian’s E Series laser sight is made for the everyday conceal and carry owner who demands the most powerful red laser allowed in the United States. Delivering rapid target acquisition when it’s needed most, the E Series is an invaluable component to any concealed carry setup.

The REACTOR R5 green laser is up to 50 times brighter than red, making it the ultimate targeting system for concealed carry pistols. The REACTOR R5-R, the brightest red laser on the market, offers similar performance for the budget-conscious gun owner. Each REACTOR laser includes a microfiber IWB holster that is equipped with Viridian’s INSTANT-ON® technology, ensuring that the laser activates automatically when the gun is drawn.

The newly released Ruger EC9s is an affordable self-defense pistol with a seven-round capacity and suggested retail price of $299 USD. Chambered in 9mm, the striker-fired pistol features a short, light, crisp trigger pull for faster, more accurate shooting. Slim, lightweight and compact, the EC9s weighs 17 ounces unloaded and is just slightly larger than the popular Ruger LCP®. Safety features include integrated trigger safety, manual safety, magazine disconnect and an inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.

To see a full list of E Series and REACTOR products designed to fit popular gun models, please visit ViridianWeaponTech.com.

FLIR identiFINDER Radioisotope Identification Device

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The new R440 is a lightweight, sourceless Radioisotope Identification Device that can be operated with one hand and is IP67-rated. Not only does the 2×2 NaI detector deliver sensitive and fast detection, but it also provides accurate identification during secondary screening. The new 360° EasyFinder Mode expedites decision-making to keep you safe by pinpointing the exact location of the source.


QinetiQ Launches UK ‘Centre of Excellence’ For Laser Technology

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

24 November 2017 – QinetiQ has opened a new ‘centre of excellence’ for the development and testing of advanced laser technology at its headquarters in Farnborough, UK.

The new facility, named Dragonworks, will serve as a test bed for all technologies associated with high-energy lasers for military or commercial applications. It includes a clean-room to enable work with sensitive optical equipment to be conducted away from contaminants, and the UK’s only Reflective Hazard Assessment Tool (RHAT), designed to examine how laser energy is reflected from different surfaces. Further additions to the building over the coming months will create an environment in which customers can conduct full-scale testing of high-energy lasers.

Steve Wadey, QinetiQ CEO, said: “Dragonworks introduces a brand new sovereign capability, which will significantly enhance the UK’s ability to operate and characterise high energy lasers. It will help our customers to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with this disruptive technology, informing their critical strategic and tactical decisions. We are investing in this asset as part of our strategy to modernise the UK’s test and evaluation services, which will ensure our customers can keep pace with rapid technological advances and maintain their competitive edge.”

The first project to be undertaken at Dragonworks will be the assembly and testing of the laser directed energy weapon (LDEW) currently in development by the UK’s Dragonfire consortium, led by MBDA. Components will arrive in early 2018, when QinetiQ will begin building the weapon’s laser source in the purpose-built clean room. Over the following months, the laser source will undergo a process of evaluation and adjustment before being integrated with Leonardo’s beam director. The project will culminate in operation at full-power under test conditions inside the facility in summer 2018, before it is transported to MOD Shoeburyness for long-range outdoor trials later in the year. Data collected using the RHAT will inform the safety case for these and future trials, ensuring the reflectivity of targets is fully understood and any risk mitigated accordingly.

Peter Cooper, the Project Technical Authority in Dstl, which manages the Dragonfire contract on behalf of the UK MOD, said: “This facility is a key step in delivering the Dragonfire project and reflects the continuing UK MOD investment, supported and enabled by industry funding, amounting to tens of millions of pounds in UK industrial skills and capabilities and underpinning UK prosperity.”

Dragonworks and associated projects currently support 27 full-time jobs at QinetiQ, with additional expertise provided by over 50 of the company’s scientists and engineers. The Dragonfire programme contributes millions of pounds to the UK supply chain, which includes a number of innovative small and medium enterprises.