Archive for the ‘Sustainment’ Category

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Tests New Prototype Glider

Friday, March 31st, 2023

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. – In February 2023, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) successfully tested a new unmanned aerial delivery platform, the GD-2000 glider (glider disposable 2000 lbs.). This glider is an alternative to the current means of supply delivery into diverse environments. Implementation of the glider will result in enhanced capabilities of the Special Forces detachments deployed through varied, and often restrictive, terrain.

Timely and accurate resupply is imperative to the success of combat operations.

This success does not only lie with the operators on the ground but also with utilizing emerging technology. The GD-2000 is a glider platform that Special Operation Forces innovators hope will revolutionize aerial delivery to Green Berets in the field.

“It’s an autonomous aircraft that carries 1,500 pounds of payload,” said Chip Yates, CEO of Yates Electrospace, and the creator of the glider.
“It flies for 15 minutes, flares and lands where you want it,” he continued.

Traditional supply delivery systems can be more cumbersome and more detectable by the enemy when compared with the glider. It was birthed out of a request from the U.S. Marine Corps as an alternative to the Joint Precision Air Drop System (JPADS). JPADS tend to be both larger in size and have limited ability to maneuver through the air, making them less accurate, especially over long distances or in high-wind conditions.

“What this glider does is give us a much greater [travel distance] and a much greater glide ratio into a target,” said a Special Forces detachment commander, whose team tested the glider.

The GD-2000 is a small aircraft designed to land at a precise location while being released from a greater distance than traditional supply drops. The glider can travel up to 40 miles once released and is completely disposable once on the ground, allowing it to be left in denied or contested territory without compromising the security of the Soldiers receiving the supplies or the technologies or techniques employed by the U.S. military.

“If we are able to get [the glider] up to 40,000 feet we’re looking at [travel distances] in excess of 25 to 30 miles. That’s a pretty unique capability and not matched by anything we currently have,” the commander said.

This would also allow for aerial delivery to remote islands that require a greater level of precision to reliably reach their destination. With some modifications, the designer of the glider claims it can also land and be recovered in a maritime environment, further enhancing resupply capabilities to the sort of small islands often found in the Indo-Pacific.

During the testing, the GD-2000 carried a 1,000-pound payload and was airdropped from a C-27J plane. During several drops, the glider landed within 30 meters of its intended target at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona. The hull of the aircraft was still intact and protected the cargo inside.

“[The glider] gives us the ability to drop this from a plane outside of controlled airspace into international air space and fly resupply in from an unmanned autonomous craft. It’s a huge enhancement to the mission” the commander said.

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) is committed to innovating beyond the status quo. Today’s tests and experiments are done to ensure that tomorrow’s problems do not catch us off-guard. Enhancing our capabilities fosters an environment of competency within the unit and allows for our Soldiers to continue the mission of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Story by SGT Thoman Johnson, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Enforce Tac – Lavase Mobile Hygiene

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023

Field hygiene can be challenging and we all know how important it can be to maintaining a healthy force. That’s why I was pleased to see the Lavase Mobile Hygiene system from BWMK on display at Enforce Tac.

This self-contained wash basin requires no batteries or shore power as it is pressurized via an integral pump mechanism. It also features an 8.5 liter clean water tank and a separate waste water tank. Finally, there is a shower spigot attachment.

Rheinmetall Taking Part in EU Project for Sustainable Forward Operating Bases

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

Rheinmetall is participating in the INDY project, a part of the EU Green Deal. The project is supported by the European Defence Fund. INDY stands for Energy Independent and Efficient Deployable Military Camps. The aim is to present EU member states with options for efficient operation of energy systems in forward operating bases.

For Rheinmetall, the contract is worth a figure in the low single-digit million-euro range.

Today, forward operating bases are almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels. However, new technological approaches can remedy this situation. The results of the INDY study are to provide a basis for the development and use of new energy sources; the control of resources; and optimization of requirements of forward operating bases by the end of 2024.

Rheinmetall is part of an international project team from 13 European countries. The team is pooling expertise with the objective of achieving independence from fossil fuels, drawing on military and civilian EU projects as well as national projects of the member states.

Rheinmetall aims not only to make a direct contribution to improved energy security in military operations, but also to support the energy transition and the shift to renewable energy sources for forward operating bases.

Responsible for developing mobile deployable mission solutions since 2019, Rheinmetall Project Solutions GmbH brings together the Group’s full range of resources and capabilities for mission support. The company also seeks to provide customers with long-term support for their missions through specific services.

Dr Deniz Akitürk, managing director of Rheinmetall Project Solutions GmbH, is proud to be involved in this project: “A significant improvement in energy ratios can also be achieved for military operations. Optimizing energy efficiency during deployed operations places special demands on technology. We look forward to using our skills and experience to support our customers’ sustainability goals.”

PDW Ti-Line Insulated Ramen Bowl

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

Classic Japanese Ramen Bowl Crafted with Modern Aerospace Grade Materials

Prometheus Design Werx introduces their premium Ti-Line Insulated Ramen Bowl. Constructed with titanium, a double wall, and vacuum lined to keep food hot, longer. There are few things more satisfying than a hot bowl of noodle soup on a brisk day. And even more so, than savoring that meal while dining in the great outdoors. PDW created this unique noodle bowl for that special breed of outdoors person who is not only rough and tumble but is also equally a connoisseur on and off the grid. This ramen bowl melds the classic traditions of the East with today’s modern materials, that is lightweight, strong, durable, corrosion-proof and won’t chip or crack. Perfect for the foodie camper and overlander.

The PDW Ti-Line Insulated Ramen Bowl is available in a 45oz/1350ml size and comes packed in their signature printed Kraft cardstock box with mesh bag.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“We studied the many fine details required in the making our ramen bowl. Of the seven standard Japanese ramen bowl shapes, we choose the “Tayoudon”. This type of bowl is typically found in high end ramen shops, and “Tayoudon” literally translates as “multi-purpose bowl”. This shape of bowl is not only perfect for ramen, but also equally well suited for udon, soba, pho, to beef stew, chili and more. Making our bowl 8″ / 20.5cm in diameter and 45oz / 1350ml size and volume, means that while serving your ramen, the golden proportion of 70-80% food to volume ratio can be achieved while plating. Many of us know that well prepared meals taste best when savored in the great outdoors. The Ti-Line Insulated Ramen Bowl melds the classic traditions of the East with today’s modern materials, and perfect for the foodie camper and overlander. Live Free Eat Well Ladies and Gents. Itadakimasu!”

The PDW Ti-Line Insulated Ramen Bowl will be available for $89.00 at noon Pacific, Wednesday October 19th, 2022 via their website,

AUSA 22 – Camelbak Arctic Canteen Parka

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

Developed for use with the Ability One produced one quart arctic canteen and canteen cup, the new Arctic Canteen Parka from Camelbak is an issue item. It is MOLLE compatible and will keep water in liquid form for up to 10 hours in temperatures down to -60 F. Although not the intended use, it will also keep water cool for up to four hours in temperatures up to 95 F.

The Big Gear Show 22 – LifeSaver

Friday, August 5th, 2022

LifeSaver is well known in Europe for its water storage and purification systems. They are bringing out a new item called the Wayfarer.

Priced at under $100 it removes 99.999% of viruses, 99.9999% of bacteria, and 99.99% of cysts and parasites from freshwater sources. This pump-style filter will produce 1.4L per minute and up to 1,320 US gallons over the life of the filter medium.

The Big Gear Show 22 – The LavaBox Portable Campfire

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

There’s a new accessory for the LavaBox and it’s called the Over/Under Grill Thingy. It’s probably the best name ever for a product because it does exactly what it’s named.?

It can be configured under the LavaBox to offer clearance or it can be placed atop the LavaBox to be used as a grill.

Dometic Go Begins Rollout, Hydration Jug Now Available

Monday, April 25th, 2022

By far the most impressive gear I saw at last year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was their new Go line of outdoor furniture and accessories.

The whole line is cool, but my favorite is the Hydration Jug. There’s a bit of a joke in the capacity. Their line of thinking was that although other water jugs holds 10 liters, their’s goes to 11.

The HYD-J11 features a 63 mm Nalgene-style opening for easy attachment of water filters and accessories. There’s an additional opening which is big enough to allow access to the interior for thorough cleaning. It’s also constructed from BPA-free, food-grade LDPE.

Finally, the design integrates built-in tiedown guides and removable webbed carry handles. Offered in Ash, Black and Glacier. Unfortunately, the new accessory faucet isn’t out yet but it does come with a spigot.