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SOFIC 22 – Crye Precision

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

If it wasn’t enough that Crye Precision launched an entire alpine clothing line at SHOT Show they are following it up with a new member of the JPC line. Meet the R-Series JPC.

Made up of 16 components, the R-Series takes modularity to a new level for the JPC. They’ve strengthened the vest to to improve load carriage and changed how you size the vest by developing a single front panel and leaving sizing selection solely to the rear panel.

This new front panel standardizes the amount of load carriage real estate across your force, regardless of individual stature. This means that smaller troops will be able to carry the same gear as those with wider chests. That’s because designer Matt Johnson developed a plate pocket that will accept not only different sized plates, but also different shapes.

Thanks to the scalability of the system, you can also configure it for simple load carriage missions where no armor is desired, or for front plate only with a chest rig like the Rhodesian rigs issued early in the war.

If you don’t need both front and back panels, there’s both a dedicated assault harness, or conversely you can set up a pack.

In addition to cummerbund options, R-Series also includes radio, magazine, and accessory pockets which can be mounted beside or below the front and back panels giving numerous options. These pockets also make the load more streamlined.

In addition to beefing up the design to accommodate heavier loads which are generally more suited to AVS, Crye also integrated cable management channels throughout the design to help with keeping everything streamlined.

I am very impressed with the versatilty of this new system and it offers a more coat effective alternative for those organizations who are considering AVS.

SOFIC 22 – CORE Survival

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Designed specifically for use with the Gentex RAILINK the HEL-STAR Rail Strobe comes in pairs which are intended to be mounted at Node 2 on the RAILINK. This placement moves the strobe off of the top of the helmet, yet allows for full visibility of the strobe.

The HEL-STAR Rail Strobe offers dim and bright power visible light along with an IR function.

I spoke with Jamey Caldwell of 1MinuteOut and he pointed out several features. This overt/covert rail mounted marker offers weight reduction through the elimination of redundant batteries and increases mobility due to its low profile footprint. Jamey has been using this system for over a year and explained that the slick design makes it easier to maneuver in confined spaces.

2020 Special Operations Industry Conference

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

It’s great to be back in person at the 2020 SOFIC presented by the National Defense Industry Association. This is always old home week for me and many others as we run into people we’ve served or worked with. It’s also an international year so attendance should be way up after a two year virtual hiatus.

The Sterling Promise Foundation

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

The Sterling Promise Foundation celebrates the life of US Army SOF Veteran Scott Sterling by improving the well-being of US Army Special Operations veterans. Scott served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as well as 1st SFOD-D. After his service, Scott’s commitment to hard work followed him as found a home in industry, working to equip his fellow operators with some of the best equipment on the market.

Unfortunately, Scott was taken from us by cancer caused by exposure during his military service. This non-profit was created to help protect others from suffering a similar fate.

The Sterling Promise Foundation helps veterans and their families by augmenting existing medical and financial benefits, covering the gaps that might exist between expenses and benefits. Our first objective is to ensure that Special Operations veterans are adequately screened for serious medical conditions early in their retirement. Early detection and diagnosis will lead to improved overall health and survivability. This will be accomplished through awareness campaigns and financial assistance.

During this week’s SOFIC event in Tampa the Sterling Promise Foundation will conduct a silent auction of some great items. You’ll be able to participate from home via the web. Look for details soon on how you can bid.

MOHOC Launches New Camera to Maximize Situational Awareness

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

A Real-Time Video Sensor at the Tactical Edge

SOFIC, Tampa, FL.  MOHOC, Inc., creator of the world’s first military-optimized helmet cameras, announced today the launch of the all-new MOHOC® 2 Camera.

While the original MOHOC® Camera is used primarily for recording video to an SD card, the MOHOC® 2 Camera is built to stream real-time video over mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) radios. Designed as a live sensor for the hyper-enabled operator, it maximizes situational awareness at the tactical edge.

Dan Fuhrman, VP Product Development, described the new technology, “We continually listen to feedback from operators, and their #1 request has been to improve the camera’s transmission. We thoroughly studied this input, innovated, and MOHOC® 2 now marks our evolution from an after-action review device to a real-time streaming tool for mission-critical information.”

MOHOC® 2 utilizes a radically improved sensor offering 20X better low-light performance than its predecessor. It is smaller, lighter, and simpler to operate than the original MOHOC®, but with the same low-profile, helmet-contour, and military-grade ruggedization. Additional features include a rotating lens, Curvelock™ Velcro® mount, and connectors canted to minimize snagging.

The camera is designed with extensive input from leading C5ISR companies for plug-and-play, resilient comms within integrated tactical networks. Built in multiple video formats tailored to the protocol of specific tactical radios, the first MOHOC® 2 model (released today) outputs SDI video compatible with the Persistent Systems MPU5 MANET radio. Additional models with IP, USB, and HDMI video formats are expected starting in Q3, and specialized ports and connectors are available for custom-build solutions. All MOHOC® 2 Cameras are made in the USA.


L3Harris and Air Tractor Display AT-802U Sky Warden ISR Strike Platform at SOFIC

Monday, May 16th, 2022

L3Harris and Air Tractor, Inc. are teamed to produce the affordable, production-ready aircraft designed for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike missions in extreme combat environments.

L3Harris also will have an interactive Sky Warden systems integration lab in SOFIC Booth #813 to demonstrate the multi-sensor operator experience.

The multi-mission platform provides the operator agility and flexibility to identify, track and react to counter threats and merges the capabilities of larger ISR and armed aircraft into one resilient package. It is also capable of takeoff and landing on unimproved airstrips – allowing the aircraft to be deployed and co-located with special mission operators. Learn more at

Task Force Dagger Special Operations Foundation’s The SOF Online Auction & Raffle

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Task Force Dagger Special Operation Foundation (TFDSOF) will be the beneficiary of the SOF Online Auction & Raffle presented by Cubic, which is open now and closing May 17 at 8PM EDT.

Auction items include a Sig Sauer MCX SPEAR Kit, Framed American Flag swam during the 2021 Navy SEAL Hudson River swim, an Omega watch, Richard Childress Racing VIP NASCAR Experience, Horse Soldier Bourbon Autographed Commanders Select Box, Rustick Knives Tomahawk, HS Precision Rifle Package, Richard Childress Racing VIP NASCAR Experience, plus items from Daniel Defense, Kaatsu Global, Benelli, Glock, HUXWRX, JP Enterprises, ACTinBlack, Proof Research, Hammer Rifles, Black Hills Ammunition, Gentex, Vista Outdoor, Patagonia Lost Arrow Project, Beyond, Engense Armor, and many more.  We truly have something for everyone, Firearms, Firearm Accessories & Optics, Ammunition, Knives, Patriotic Themed items, Clothing, Sports Memorabilia, Sunglasses, Golf Products, and much more!

Our goal is to raise $60,000, and all funds raised though the SOF Auction & Raffle will directly impact families of the Special Operations Community and 100% of the proceeds will be applied to TFDSOF’s three core programs: Immediate Needs, Rehabilitative Events, and the SOF Health Initiatives Program.

To bid on an item or learn more about this fundraising event, please visit:


See the T3 Defensor Fortis Jacket at SOFIC

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Originally designed as a lightweight alternative to traditional warming layers, the T3 Defensor Fortis Jacket bridges the gap between heavy rain gear and standard fleece layers. An instant favorite, this jacket’s versatility makes it the go-to layer for most conditions.


1) Full length YKK zipper with storm backing for weather protection.

2) Standard cut for use with a uniform blouse or light insulating


3) DWR (Durable Water Repellant) softshell fabric.

4) Laminated fleece backer for comfort and warmth.

5) Fleece lined collar for additional.

6) Hip Length cut for additional weather protection.

7) Designed to be worn under a plate carrier.

8) Velcro Patch Sections on each arm with zipper pockets.

9) USAF format loop Velcro sections on the chest.

10) Two zipper hand warmer pockets.

11) One Chest zipper admin pocket.

12) Velcro adjustable wrist closure (compatible with most gloves).

13) Pen pocket with space for two pens (Velcro flap cover).

14) Berry Compliant – Made in the USA

Sizes: XS – XXL

Color Options: OCP, Multicam, Coyote Tan, Ranger Green, Black

See the Defensor Fortis Jacket and other T3 gear in the MacGyver Solutions booth at SOFIC.