Soldiers Use Biometrics to Vet Drivers Sustaining Syrian Logistics Ops

February 25th, 2021

ERBIL AIR BASE, IRAQ – Military intelligence Soldiers assigned to the Syrian Logistics Cell at Erbil leverage biometric technology to screen drivers for a long haul to outposts in the area of operations.

“Biometrics screenings are important because they not only keep the drivers safe as they enter Syria, but they also help protect military convoys as they complete the Syrian haul line,” said Chief Warrant Officer David Lente, the officer in charge of the SLC’s military intelligence team, or S2. “It’s a way to filter out any drivers who have nefarious goals.”

The Syrian Logistic Cell operates out of Erbil Air Base in the northern section of Iraq, where the Soldiers equip and sustain the warfighters in the AO.

The principle biometrics tool includes scans of the iris and fingerprints and taking the driver’s photo, said Lente. If there is a hit on the driver’s record, then the Soldier performs additional follow-up.

“This is utilized when a deeper dive in the driver’s history of activity is required. It is a more thorough scrub of the driver for any criminal activity,” he said. It has more in-depth information on the drivers and allows the military or civilians checking a driver into a secure installation to view any previous notes left on their file.

Drivers are vetted often and their photos and personal information must be updated regularly. “The biggest task we are working through now is updating all the records of the drivers for 2021 since there are hundreds of drivers who could potentially be used each cycle,” said Lente.

According to Spc. Nicholas Filak, an SLC intelligence specialist, the biometrics program is supplemented with driver interviews used to collect atmospherics concerning the area of operation. “Road conditions, possible hazards, traffic delays, enemy threats, any kind of disruptions along the route could cause the GLOC [ground lines of communication] to be halted or delayed,” Filak said.

Chief Warrant Officer Mark Tegtmeyer, the officer in charge of the SLC Mobility Team, said the drivers are part of a rigorous logistics planning cycle allowing continuity among all key personnel, including the truck drivers.

The SLC team also works closely with other strategic partners on EAB to further gather information, Lente said. This ensures that cross communication is occurring with all agencies involved.

By CPT Elizabeth Rogers

Meet the Next Generation of Industry Leading Drone LiDAR Survey Equipment from Microdrones

February 24th, 2021

Rome, NY- Building upon the momentum of the Microdrones as a Service (mdaaS) program launched in mid- 2020 (which offers customers convenient monthly payment options for equipment and software) Microdrones is pleased to announce the newest in its lineup of drone lidar survey equipment, the mdLiDAR1000HR aaS, available as part of this program.

According to Vivien Heriard-Dubreuil, Microdrones CEO, “We have had such a positive response to our new mdaaS program, we wanted to provide our customers another option at the mid-range price point for drone based LiDAR. That’s why we enhanced our mdLiDAR1000 aaS system with the new mdLiDAR1000HR aaS. What does the HR stand for? Quite simply: high resolution.”

Dr. Nicolas Seube, Director of R&D for the Microdrones sister software company, mdInfinity, explains ““The Microdrones mdLiDAR1000HR aaS precision was analyzed by flights between 30 and 60 meters over a wide sample of surfaces (asphalt, gravel, roofs, natural ground) exhibiting different reflectance. This drone LiDAR system, with a 90 degree field of view for both scanned points and imagery, repeatedly provides a precision of 1.6 cm (.052 ft) at 1-? when flown at 40 m (130 ft) at a speed of 8 m/s (18 mph). This was confirmed by a repeatability analysis.”

Robert Chrismon, Microdrones Marketing Manager adds, “Overall, I was very impressed with the data produced by the new mdLiDAR1000HR aaS, and excited to see the resolution improvement over the mdLiDAR1000 aaS. With the additional point density, greater resolution, and higher accuracy over the previous mdLiDAR1000 aaS, we start to close the gap on the mdLiDAR3000 aaS. This will allow more of the surveying community access to a quality UAV LiDAR solution.”

Company COO Frank Darmayan says, “We worked with LiDAR innovator Velodyne to seamlessly integrate their Puck Lite sensor. It’s lightweight, it offers increased range as well as field of view. When you combine that with our complete package of software, workflow, service and support, you have a turnkey drone lidar system that improves your field data collection and data processing productivity on day one… and surveyors can choose easy monthly payments or traditional purchasing options… whatever works best for them.”

Learn more about the new Microdrones system here: systems/mdlidar/mdlidar1000hr-aas/

FROG.PRO, Fast Growth and New Website

February 24th, 2021

FROG.PRO, Italian leader in the MILITARY / LAW ENFORCEMENTS and ADVENTURE industry, goes forward in its growth path by closing 2020 with a significant increase in share on the sector’s international market and an interesting awakening of the internal market.

During the year, the company also saw an important increase in its managerial know-how, with some strategic entries in regards of seniority and knowledge:

– Fabio Ragni – Senior International Executive in the General Management area,

– Marco Alberini, Senior Digital Manager, in the digital area

– Matteo Cortesi to manage the new B2B and B2C Customer Service path;

a multigenerational team of selected professionals, with extensive experience both national and international, selected by the CEO and Founder of FROG.PRO Fabio Casali to contribute to the growth and consolidation of corporate objectives over the next three years, with the aim of getting FROG.PRO to be even more recognized as the Brand Leader in the sector and with a growth objective of 5x over the next three years.

To support this growth, corporate and financial transactions capable of supporting such development for the next few years are currently being studied.

One of the first operations carried out, in this early 2021 to the market, is the launch of the new e-commerce platform of the company

The new website, captivating, rich in content, totally renewed in graphics and colors, is highly intuitive and quick to consult with the aim of guaranteeing a better browsing experience for the user. Attention to detail, as well as innovation and reliability of materials, have always been primary characteristics of FROG.PRO and this attitude is reflected in the new portal that offers high-impact images, specially combined with high quality descriptive content.

The goal of the new “business card” for the web is to give a clear overview of the company’s identity and operations in just a few steps, highlighting to the user, from the home page already , what are the advantages of choosing a product of high added value.

A series of new products, studied and designed to satisfy the needs of a constantly evolving market in an ever more complete way, are positioned as framework.

FROG.PRO continues to surprise.

Surprise with the continuous search for perfection, both in the field of experimentation and in the use of superior quality raw materials.

Among the new products presented, these stand out:

– Defender Combat Kit

– MRCR Light Patrol Kit

– Evolution Headset Cover

all are products that go alongside the leading items of the 2021 catalog, such as the COBRA Operator Belt and the SFD Responder 2.0, already milestones of the market.

Particular attention should be paid to the new RESCUE line, dedicated to the Search and Rescue market in several scenarios and brought to its fullest potential in the new R+ MRTB SAR Kit.

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Yeti Launches Luggage

February 24th, 2021

AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 18, 2021) — YETI Coolers, LLC (“YETI”), a leading premium outdoor brand, today officially announced the introduction of its newest family of bags and luggage. The assortment includes the newly expanded Crossroads® Collection featuring our durable, lightweight TuffskinTM Nylon. YETI’s bags offering now includes three new backpacks, two duffels and two soft-sided luggage options which are available for purchase exclusively on Additionally, YETI’s first ever hard-sided luggage offering, the Panga® 22 Carry On, will be available later this spring. Engineered to support your life on the go, YETI’s newest product selection was meticulously designed for durability, protection, accessibility and organization.

The Crossroads Collection includes:

YETI Crossroads 22L Backpack ($199.99 available in Black, Navy and Prickly Pear Pink)
YETI Crossroads 27L Backpack ($229.99 available in Black, Navy, Aquifer Blue and Prickly Pear Pink)
YETI Crossroads 35L Backpack ($249.99 available in Black, Navy and Aquifer Blue)
YETI Crossroads 40L Duffel ($199.99 available in Black, Navy and Aquifer Blue)
YETI Crossroads 60L Duffel ($249.99 available in Black, Navy and Aquifer Blue)
YETI Crossroads 22” Luggage ($349.99 available in Black, Navy and Aquifer Blue)
YETI Crossroads 29” Luggage ($449.99 available in Black, Navy and Aquifer Blue)
YETI Crossroads Packing Cubes (small $24.99, medium $29.99, large $34.99 available in Gray)

“We first introduced bags as part of our portfolio in 2017 to support our communities and customers who were seeking durable products that met their needs both in active pursuits and in their daily lives,” said Matt Reintjes, President and CEO at YETI. “Over this time, we gained a deeper understanding of how our customers used our products, impacting our design process and ultimately leading to the development of the versatile, tough, and premium Crossroads Collection.”

From morning commutes and overnight business trips to epic travel far from home, every piece in the new Crossroads Collection was built with abrasion-resistant and water-repellent fabric traditionally found in protective safety equipment such as motorcycle apparel and airbags, ensuring the industry- leading quality and durability for which all YETI products are known. The bags and duffels are available in a variety of sizes and colors and are loaded with multiple access points, stash pockets and optional dividers for ultimate interior organization and accessibility. For additional organizational flexibility, washable Crossroads Packing Cubes are available in three different sizes to maximize how customers use their Crossroads Bags.

Later this spring, YETI will launch its Panga 22 Carry On, a solidly built, extremely durable, and 100% waterproof hard-sided luggage. Much like the brand’s signature Tundra® Hard Coolers, the Panga 22 Carry On features best-in-class, performance-driven polymer materials that are puncture- and abrasion- resistant to deliver maximum strength and durability. YETI’s first piece of hard-sided luggage boasts 30 liters of interior volume and incorporates removeable organizers that allow you to transform your luggage into a gear hauler when needed.

From the wheels, housing and hinges, to the latches and handles, the Panga 22 Carry On is engineered with customized and fully serviceable components across the board, creating a truly unique and long- lasting luggage offering.

“Our original Panga collection of submersible dry bags was designed to tackle any terrain,” said Reintjes. “We’ve applied that concept to create a premium outdoor hard-sided luggage that is not only waterproof, rugged, and features the best-in-class durable materials YETI is known for, but is also engineered for optimal performance, wherever you may go.”

The newly expanded Crossroads Collection and the upcoming Panga 22 Carry On will join YETI’s existing offering of bags, including the popular Camino® Carryall 35 and the waterproof Panga Duffels and Panga Backpack. For more information about the new bags from YETI visit

Sneak Peek – MAGMA MID GTX from Tecnica

February 24th, 2021

Tecnica changed the outdoor footwear game several years ago with the Forge which adapted the Thermoform system normally found in ski boots for use in hiking footwear.

Last year, Tecnica introduced the Magma, a low top mountain shoe. This September comes a Mid version, complete with Gore-Tex lining.

It will be offered in both Men’s and Women’s sizing and incorporates an anatomically shaped last which closely matches the shape of the foot, delivering a precise fit out of the box that can be even more dialed in with the integrated lacing system. Even more impressive is Tecnica’s C.A.S system, which custom molds sections of the upper to the individual’s foot.

The mid-cut boot features a suede upper with a GORE-TEX liner for that ideal combination of warmth, protection, and waterproof/breathability. The thoughtful outsole design, inspired by MTB enduro tires, provides optimal grip in all surfaces regardless of conditions.

Springfield Armory Introduces Two New Red Dot Sights

February 24th, 2021

Featuring a lifetime warranty, the new Hex series red dots from Springfield Armory are manufactured from 6061 aluminum and outfitted with a scratch resistant, anti-glare glass lens.

Hex Wasp

This micro red dot reflex sight is designed for direct mount concealed carry. Fits the Hellcat OSP and XD-S Mod.2 OSP. It’s always on, but thanks to an auto-dimming sensor the dot brightness is regulated based on changing ambient light conditions.

Hex Dragonfly

It’s a versatile, standard size red dot reflex sight for multiple weapon platforms. Includes a Picatinny mount and fits the XD-M Elite OSP with a mounting plate. Manual brightness adjustment of the 3.5 MOA dot offers maximum control and the 16 hour auto-off feature prevents your battery from draining if you accidentally leave it on.

Here is their press release:


GENESEO, ILL. (2/23/21) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce the new HEX™ line of optics, designed to deliver a higher standard of performance and superior optical support for handguns and long guns. The two new HEX optics offer intuitive target acquisition, faster follow-up shots and every-day dependability.

The micro-sized HEX Wasp™ is intended for use on CCW pistols like the 9mm Hellcat® OSP™ and features the Springfield Micro™ footprint popularized by the Hellcat OSP. This system allows for direct mounting to the slide of a pistol, ensuring the lowest possible mount and an ability to co-witness with iron sights like those of the Hellcat. The HEX Wasp is “always-on,” featuring an auto-dimming sensor that regulates the brightness of the dot based on changing ambient light conditions. Battery life is rated at a two-year runtime.

The standard-sized sibling to the Wasp is the HEX Dragonfly™, a versatile red dot sight perfectly suited for use with full-size handguns as well as rifles and shotguns. Employing the Springfield Standard™ footprint, the Dragonfly allows the user to manually choose from eight brightness levels, and a 16-hour auto-off feature prevents the battery from being unintentionally drained. Battery life is rated at a three-year runtime.

Machined from 6061 T6 aluminum that is Hardcoat anodized for protection and durability, the HEX 3.5 MOA Wasp and Dragonfly feature patent-pending side serrations as well as lens shrouds on the forward face that offer added protection for the scratch-resistant, anti-glare-coated glass lenses. Additionally, IPX7-rated waterproofing ensures rugged dependability.

“With the release of the new HEX line of red dots, Springfield Armory is providing shooters with appealing options for their optics-ready firearms,” says Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory. “The demand for quality red dot optics is growing every day, and these HEX optics stand ready to deliver the quality and performance shooters are expecting.”

Each HEX is built to exacting specifications from premium materials, and every HEX product is thoroughly tested and backed by a Lifetime Warranty.

For more information on HEX optics, visit:

Newest Handheld Leader Radios Get Tested by Elite Army Airborne Forces

February 24th, 2021

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina – Airborne Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, completed almost two weeks testing the Army’s newest small leader radio (LR) packages.

“Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division demonstrated tactical communications at its finest during the initial operational test,” said Maj. Brian Ramirez, Leader Radio (LR) Test Officer with the Fort Hood-based U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Mission Command Test Directorate (MCTD).

The Handheld, Manpack and Small (HMS) Form Fit/Tactical Radio variants are two-channel handhelds, used at the company and platoon levels by squad and team leaders to talk to each other and to aircraft to improve battlefield situational awareness.

Ramirez said the LR system is designed as an interoperable family of advanced software-reprogrammable, dual-channel, net-centric reliable communications radio sets.

The Generation 2 Manpack (MP) Radio is a two-channel, software defined, multi-waveform, General Purpose User (GPU) radio designed to support mounted and dismounted operations.

Explaining the two systems in non-technical, every-day terms, Ramirez said, “This initial operational test of radio capabilities gave the Army the opportunity to demonstrate the current and future of tactical communications.”

The HMS MP will be fielded primarily to Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Battalions, Companies, and Platoons.

The GEN2 MP is deployed in three configurations: a Tactical Operations Center (TOC) kit for command posts; mounted configurations integrated into the Army’s tactical and combat platforms; and a rucksack-held configuration to support Army dismounted operations.

Ramirez said operational testing of the radios are no different than an improved tank or new weapon system.

“These radio systems are subjected to weather, terrain, and the daily regimen of Light Infantrymen in an effort to replicate the actual operational environment to which they will be subjected if selected,” said Ramirez.

“Operational testing helps determine the effectiveness, suitability and survivability of operational systems Soldiers can use that works.”

The test, like many other previously routine operations, adjusted its daily operations to cope with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Soldiers from the test unit and test team begin with daily COVID-19 screening and temperature checks;” Ramirez said. “This allowed the test team to identify and contain any possible transmission between specific bubbles.”

Once cleared into their specific environments, all attempts were made to maintain social distancing, between operations and test support functions, reducing interaction between test support personnel and test unit Soldiers.

“Operational Testing is about assisting the Army in providing modern software-defined radios with the latest technology for Soldiers,” said Col. Patrick Curry, director of MCTD.

“It is about making sure that the communication systems developed assist the Soldier in their mission and ensuring Soldiers are effective against all enemies in any operational environment.”

By Mr. Rick Michael, Mission Command Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command

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Kia Showcases New Defense Vehicle Technologies at IDEX 2021 Defense Exhibition

February 23rd, 2021

– Kia displays Light Tactical Cargo Truck and Bare Chassis concepts at the IDEX defense exhibition in the UAE

– Kia displays Light Tactical Cargo Truck and Bare Chassis concepts at the IDEX defense exhibition in the UAE

– Unique design optimized for military use offering superior mobility, durability and functionality

– Modular platform can underpin mobile workshops, communication hubs and troop and cargo carrying capabilities

– Four-wheel drive, independent suspension and run-flat tyres ensures enhanced usability in harsh environments

Kia Corporation has showcased two light tactical defense vehicle concepts at the 2021 International Defense Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in the UAE, the largest international defense exhibition in the Middle East and Africa.

Kia has been supplying its light tactical vehicles to the South Korean army since 2016, becoming the standard-bearer for vehicle quality in the country’s military operation system. The new four-seater Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept displayed at IDEX adopts a bold, commanding design and has been equipped with a cargo container for transporting troops alongside diverse armory. Kia expects the added visual appeal and usability to stimulate further demand for its military vehicles.

Together with the Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept at IDEX, Kia is displaying the vehicle’s Bare Chassis. With the body removed, the bare chassis showcases the truck’s powertrain and basic frame, providing a glimpse of the platform’s scalability as a basis for a range of armored vehicles. Kia is actively developing vehicles based on the Bare Chassis for clients’ eclectic taste around the world.

Ik-tae Kim, Vice President for Kia’s Special Vehicle Division said: “Our participation at IDEX 2021 is an opportunity to promote Kia’s latest developments in the design of future defense vehicles. Both concepts on display have been developed to be highly flexible and durable, with the capability to be used in some of the world’s harshest environments.”

Kia’s involvement at IDEX is its largest to-date, with the region being seen as a key strategic military vehicle market. Kia first participated at IDEX in 2015, with this year’s exhibition space shared with Kia’s affiliate, Hyundai Rotem Co.

Kia Light Tactical Cargo Truck
Kia has developed the Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept in close cooperation between the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. The vehicle’s modular chassis has enabled Kia to offer standard and long-wheel base variants alongside armored and unarmored versions for purposes including tactical commanding and reconnaissance, weapon installment, target observation and multi-purpose for supporting.

Differentiated by its unique design, the four-person Light Tactical Cargo Truck has been optimized for use by military forces by offering superior mobility, outstanding durability and a high level of functionality. The unarmored long wheelbase design features a superstructure that can be tailored to underpin different structures such as a cargo box, a mobile workshop and a communications centre. The vehicle can also carry ten fully-armed soldiers and up to three tons of cargo in the vehicle’s rear compartment.

The Kia Light Tactical Cargo Truck is powered by a 225 horsepower Euro 5 diesel engine, with power sent to all four wheels via state-of-the-art 8-speed automatic transmission. The truck also features an independent suspension system, air conditioning, a limited-slip differential, run-flat tyres and an electro-magnetic interference system.