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Crye Precision Adds MultiCam Variants to G4 Uniform Lineup

November 17th, 2021

Crye Precision’s Standard G4 Uniform line is now officially available in MultiCam Arid, Tropic, and Black. The G4 Uniforms feature the exclusive stretch VTX Ripstop fabric and is constructed with Invista’s T420 high-tenacity nylon fiber, allowing the uniform to be light yet strong. The integrated stretch allows for a more streamlined and slimmer cut with maximum mobility throughout the entire garment, with the stretch panels being replaced with the newer fabric throughout.

G4 Combat Shirts

G4 Combat Pants

G4 Field Shirts

G4 Field Pants

Premier Body Armor Giving Away Demolition Ranch Armored Vehicle Headlight

November 17th, 2021

GASTONIA, N.C. – November 17, 2021 – Premier Body Armor is pleased to announce it is giving away a unique piece of YouTube history: a headlight from the battered B7-rated armored Suburban at the heart of Demolition Ranch’s most destructive video series to date. To enter, simply sign up for access to Premier Body Armor’s early Black Friday Sale.

“The team at Demolition Ranch was intent on demolishing this Suburban,” said Frank Stewart, President and CEO of Premier Body Armor. “But the B7 rated armor withstood much more than it was designed to handle. We could have gotten it back on the road—before this last episode. When we built this beast at Ultra Armor, we had no idea it would ultimately face such a determined opponent. Now Matt Carriker has agreed to autograph a memento for one lucky Premier Body Armor customer.”

In addition to the B7 rated Suburban, Stewart developed armor for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the United States Marine Corps (USMC), North American and International OEM’s, private security industries, government agencies, and the Department of Defense. Now Stewart is making armor accessible for all Americans with his company, Premier Body Armor.

The armored Suburban, or what’s left of it after its encounter with a Sherman tank, currently belongs to Matt Carriker of Demolition Ranch. His acquisition and destruction of the vehicle have been documented in a series of viral videos:

I may have acquired a FULLY ARMORED SUBURBAN!!! 50 cal Proof…

Armored Suburban Destruction… Part 1

Armored Suburban Somehow Smokes a 5 Ton Truck

$300,000 Armored Suburban w/ Run Flats vs Desert Eagle 50cal

Kinda lied to y’all a little bit, but here’s why!

Armored Suburban vs Armor Piercing PKM!!!

$300k Armored Suburban vs TANK!!!

Find out more about Premier Body Armor collaborations with Demolition Ranch.

For more information on the headlight giveaway, part of Premier Body Armor’s Black Friday festivities, visit premierbodyarmor.com.

AeroVironment’s New Mantis i45 N Multi-Sensor Imaging Payload Delivers Advanced ISR for Nighttime Operations

November 17th, 2021

• Mantis i45 N provides maximum visibility during low-light or nighttime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations

• All-environment rated payload maintains similar footprint to battle proven Mantis i45, for fast in-field change-out of payloads between day and night operations

• No software updates required to Puma UAS avionics or ground control stations for legacy system compatibility


AeroVironment’s Mantis i45 N provides maximum visibility during low-light or nighttime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. (Image: AeroVironment, Inc.)

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 16, 2021 –AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today introduced the Mantis™ i45 N, a multi-sensor nighttime imaging payload compatible with Puma™ 2 AE, Puma™ 3 AE and Puma™ LE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Lightweight (905 g) and compact, the new Mantis i45 N joins AeroVironment’s expansive Mantis product line of micro-gimbals delivering high-quality video and imagery downlink to UAS operators.

Mantis i45 N is a dual-axis, gyro-stabilized, multi-sensor nighttime imaging payload designed for maximum visibility during low-light or nighttime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. The next-generation imaging system features improved long-wave IR (LWIR) thermal cameras with narrow-angle 32 mm and wide-angle 9.2 mm IR with 7.6x electronic zoom, allowing operators to capture high-resolution video at extended range. Designed for both superior night and low-light performance, the new imaging system also includes an upgraded 5-megapixel monochrome low-light camera sensor and high-powered 860 nm laser illuminator. Through its advanced suite of sensors, the Mantis i45 N payload allows Puma UAS operators to extend aircraft standoff distance for covert operations.

“Today’s battlefield is dynamic and UAS operators increasingly rely on multiple payloads to successfully complete their missions,” said Charles Dean, AeroVironment vice president for global business development and sales of UAS. “The new Mantis i45 N is a game changer during low-light or nighttime ISR operations, delivering increased situational awareness and advanced threat detection in any environment.”

Built on the trusted and battlefield proven Mantis i45, the enhanced night variant Mantis i45 N maintains the same housing form-factor, allowing for a quick and simple change-out of payloads between day and night operations. Plug and play operational, no software updates are required for Puma UAS avionics or ground control stations for legacy system compatibility. Mantis i45 N is also natively compatible with AeroVironment’s Crysalis™ next generation ground control solution. To learn more, visit: www.avinc.com/uas/payloads

TacJobs – Kägwerks Seeks Business Development Manager / Director

November 17th, 2021

Job Type

Full-time

Description

WHO IS KÄGWERKS

We are a leader in hardened cases and communications, supporting the military, first responders, and 2A enthusiasts. Our veteran-owned company has been in business for seven years and serves a global client base. Our continued growth and preferred contractor status are a result of a talented team that creates really cool stuff for the warfighter and front-line responder. The question is, will you be the next one to join our company?

JOB SUMMARY – Business Development Manager / Director

The Business Development Manager / Director (DOE) is responsible for developing military, federal and public safety, program office level customer relationships, communicating the Kägwerks’ value proposition, building sales, and leading the day to day operations of our business development and sales efforts.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/ MA JOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Grow sales and win new business within existing and new military and federal customers in North America, take market share from competitors, and protect the existing business base.
  • Support international business development efforts with partners.
  • Establish new business capture strategies and plans through all phases of the sales cycle to achieve short and long term growth targets.
  • Penetrate our target customer base at all levels and develop strong relationships for opportunities in a technical sales arena for our communications technologies. Externally manage opportunities and build strong relationships within multiple customer organizations, partners, and other organizations to successfully capture target business.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are required to consistently report on all meetings and manage new action items through to completion.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present features and benefits of Kägwerks products and services.
  • Have a working knowledge of the principles of Strategic Selling, DoD acquisition processes and Large Account Management.
  • Keep CRM up to date on a daily basis.
  • Monitor competitor products, sales and marketing activities and report market trends routinely.
  • Support bookings forecasting activities and report routinely on variances to the annual forecast.
  • Ability to travel as required, up to 75% or more at given times.
  • Remains engaged on booked programs to ensure program issues with the customer are smoothly addressed.
  • Function as the primary Voice of the Customer (VoC) conveying customer concerns, future requirements, and market direction to the product manager and leadership.
  • Ensures compliance to Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), and other appropriate export rules.
  • Maintains the highest ethical standards, even when challenged from above.
  • Prepare weekly reports for sales meetings documenting any customer contact, activities, events, and action items
  • Take ownership and maintain high levels of customer satisfaction
  • Represent and promote the company at various industry events
  • Assist in other job duties as required

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education/Training: Bachelors Degree with business emphasis preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in sales based on record of accomplishments – preferably in the military and federal agency tactical communities world-wide.
  • Proven year-over-year track record of success in Sales.
  • Demonstrates success in closing complex, program office-level sales on major programs, build strong customer relationships, and key accounts penetration at all levels.
  • 10+ years of experience in complex solution sales.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • CRM experience.
  • Be a highly motivated self-starter with outstanding planning and organizational skills with the ability to work independently and communicate progress effectively.

SUPERVISORY REQUIREMENTS

  • TBD

JOB CONDITIONS/ PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Domestic and International travel required up to 75%. Walking, sitting, standing. Ability to sit at computer terminal for prolonged periods, use of keyboard. Ability to lift and carry up to 30lbs.

PROTECTIVE DEVICES REQUIRED

In required areas.

THIS FULL TIME POSITION INCLUDES

This is a full-time position. A comprehensive benefits package is offered for this position, including health insurance, 401k matching, paid time off including your birthday.

Apply here.

Cobalt Kinetics Hires Mikey Paez as Chief Operations Officer!

November 17th, 2021

November 17th, 2021: Cobalt Kinetics, a manufacturer of American Masterpiece firearms, is proud to announce the addition of its newest team member – Mike Paez. Mike is Cobalt’s new Chief Operations Officer for the brand. This position is vital to Cobalt’s continued promise of quality to the consumer and Mike brings years of industry experience with him to the role. Mike has shown a litany of successful accomplishments in his work history that made this choice easy. From spending 10+ years serving in the U.S. Army as a combat medic, to his most recent 5 ½ years at Sons Of Liberty Gunworks as Manager for the brand. He brings well over 15+ years of firearms related experience to Cobalt, and a laundry list of skills that will help shape the re-launched brand.

“I am excited for this opportunity extended to me by Aaron Quinn (Cobalt CEO), to come on board as Chief Operations Officer. I look forward to coming together with the rest of the team at Cobalt Kinetics and help push the company to great heights during its rebuilding phase.”

– Mike Paez (Chief Operations Officer)

Effective immediately Mike will be overseeing all Operations for the brand. If you have any inquiries regarding Cobalt operations make sure to reach out to Mike Paez ([email protected]).

 

“We are all extremely pleased to add Mike to our growing team. I first met Mike at an industry event when he was attending with SOLGW and we found common interest in well-made firearms almost immediately. Mike’s body of work with that brand has been un-deniable and we feel that his input will be extremely valuable in our house.”

-Aaron Quinn (Owner/ CEO)

For more information on Cobalt Kinetics and their products go to www.CobaltKinetics.com.

goTenna Presents – Testing goTenna Pro X Mesh Networks in a Dense Forest

November 17th, 2021

goTenna is offering a webinar on a recent test conducted by Mike Gibbs, Senior Forward-Deployed Engineer, on his recent test of a goTenna X mesh network in a dense forest.

The video includes the results from the following field tests:

1 | Point-to-Point: Through Ground Vegetation

2 | One-Hop Relay: Base Station / Relay

3 | Point-to-Point: goTenna with Bunker Case

4 | Drone Relay: Base Station / Relay (Drone)

To access the webinar, visit thelastmile.gotennapro.com/video-presentation-testing-gotenna-pro-x-mesh-networks-in-a-dense-forest.

Mustang Foam Expansion

November 17th, 2021

Products Launch Spring 2022

For years, Mustang Survival’s recreational product offering has revolved around 3 key activities: fishing, sailing and paddling. In 2020, the brand expanded its offering and expertise in paddling foam flotation by bringing U.S. PFD expert MTI (Marine Technologies International) into the Mustang family. New for 2022, the formerly MTI-designed Vibe, Destiny and Rebel vests are now updated to align with the Mustang family of PFDs. The Underdog is also a new addition, expanding this growing collection of recreational PFDs.

With these additions to the foam floatation line, Mustang Survival now offers foam PFDs for everyone – from weekend warriors to performance-minded racers, as well as our canine companions, engineered for function and safety, and designed for all-day comfort.

Vibe Foam Vest – Harmonized

This low-profile pull-over foam life vest features a minimalist open-sided design to allow exceptional mobility and ventilation for sailing, SUPing, or whitewater paddling.

Product Details:
Size S/M, L/XL
Colors: black and red
Low profile pullover entry with side buckle
Z-Strap cinch system for a comfortable and secure fit
200D nylon shell is soft and durable
Padded adjustable neoprene shoulders create all-day comfort
Daisy chain attachments on the back secure equipment
Back loops and attachment point for a tow or SUP Leash Release Belt
Fleeced-lined tunnel pocket warms hands
A large top-entry mesh pocket with a key clip keeps personal items handy
Reflective trim on the front, back, and shoulders enhances visibility in low light conditions
Tethered signal whistle for emergencies
Approval: Harmonized Level 70 – USA and Canada (Meets minimum life vest buoyancy of 15.7 LBS

MSRP:  Vibe Foam Vest — USD $109.99/ CDN $149.99

Destiny Foam Vest – Harmonized

This women’s specific front entry life vest, designed for paddling and sailing, includes the supportive Adjust-a-bust system and large mesh pockets for organizing gear.

Product Details:
Size S/M, L/XL
Front entry with zipper for convenient donning and doffing
200D nylon shell is soft and durable
Women-specific fit has six points of adjustment
Adjust-a-Bust fit system provides support and prevents riding-up
Padded adjustable neoprene shoulders create all-day comfort
Fleeced-lined pockets with tethered loops warm hands
Large zippered mesh pockets with a key clip keep personal items safe
Reflective trim on the front, back, and shoulders enhances visibility in low light conditions
Tethered signal whistle for emergencies
Approval: Harmonized Level 70 – USA and Canada (Meets minimum life vest buoyancy of 15.7 LBS)

MSRP: Destiny Foam Vest — USD $119.99/ CDN $159.99

Rebel Foam Vest – Harmonized

This high-performance front entry women’s foam vest features an Adjust-a-bust system for support and Z-Strap cinch to create a comfortable, secure fit for serious paddlers and sailors.

Product Details:
Size S/M, L/XL
Front entry with zipper for convenient donning and doffing
Z-Strap cinch system for a comfortable and secure fit
210/420D ripstop nylon shell is durable
Women’s specific fit has six points of adjustment
Adjust-a-Bust fit system provides support and prevents riding-up
Padded adjustable neoprene shoulders create all-day comfort
Daisy chain attachments secure essentials
Lash tab for affixing gear
Fleeced-lined pockets with tethered loops warm hands
Expanding cargo pockets with a key clip keep personal items accessible
Reflective trim on the front, back, and shoulders enhances visibility in low light conditions
Tethered signal whistle for emergencies
Approval: Harmonized Level 70 – USA and Canada (Meets minimum life vest buoyancy of 15.7 LBS)

MSRP: Rebel Foam Vest — USD $159.99/ CDN $209.99

Underdog Foam Floatation

This PFD is for your best friend. The cape-style design has four adjustment points to ensure a secure fit on every dog. Constructed to support the pup’s natural swim angle and provide maximum mobility, most of the buoyancy is under their neck and chest. USCG-approved fabrics, including durable Cordura on the belly and neck panels, make this an ideal choice for keeping your pet safe and comfortable on the water.

Product Details:
Size XS – XL
Cordura reinforcement on belly and neck add abrasion resistance
3D mesh on the back offers breathability
Four points of adjustment for fitting different breeds
Reinforced webbing carry handle is durable
Attachment point for a leash
Reflective panels for enhanced visibility in low light conditions

MSRP: Underdog Foam Flotation — USD $59.99 / CDN $79.99

Russian Direct-Ascent Anti-Satellite Missile Test Creates Significant, Long-Lasting Space Debris

November 17th, 2021

PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. —

Russia tested a direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile on Nov. 15, 2021, Moscow Standard Time, that struck a Russian satellite [COSMOS 1408] and created a debris field in low-Earth orbit. The test so far has generated more than 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris and will likely generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris.

“Russia has demonstrated a deliberate disregard for the security, safety, stability, and long-term sustainability of the space domain for all nations,” said U.S. Army Gen. James Dickinson, U.S. Space Command commander. “The debris created by Russia’s DA-ASAT will continue to pose a threat to activities in outer space for years to come, putting satellites and space missions at risk, as well as forcing more collision avoidance maneuvers. Space activities underpin our way of life and this kind of behavior is simply irresponsible.”

USSPACECOM’s initial assessment is that the debris will remain in orbit for years and potentially for decades, posing a significant risk to the crew on the International Space Station and other human spaceflight activities, as well as multiple countries’ satellites. USSPACECOM continues to monitor the trajectory of the debris and will work to ensure all space-faring nations have the information necessary to safeguard their on-orbit activities if impacted by the debris cloud, a service the United States provides to the world, to include Russia and China.

“Russia is developing and deploying capabilities to actively deny access to and use of  space by the United States and its allies and partners,” Dickinson added. “Russia’s tests of direct-ascent anti-satellite weapons clearly demonstrate that Russia continues to pursue counterspace weapon systems that undermine strategic stability and pose a threat to all nations.”

By US Space Command Public Affairs Office