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82nd Airborne Troops Test Army’s Next-Generation Combat Goggle

August 12th, 2022

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers helping the Army make decisions on its newest program to provide Infantry Soldiers with a mixed reality headset.

Working toward a future when cloud services, squad radios, and necessary combat information can be combined and visualized on a set of futuristic goggles, Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team are rehearsing combat missions under sweltering 100 degree-plus heat, high humidity, and even a few thunderstorms.

According to Program Executive Office Soldier, the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) may one day integrate next generation 24/7 situational awareness tools and high-resolution digital sensors to deliver a single platform that improves Soldier sensing, decision making, target acquisition, and target engagement.

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said during first looks at IVAS, “Remember early satellite phones from the 1980s that wealthy people had in their cars? They were big and clunky and now we have iPhones. It took us some time to get there.”

Capt. Roberto Huie, commander of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 82nd Airborne Division, said seeing the location of all his Soldiers wearing the system is a huge benefit.

“Such a system will significantly improve reaction time for unit leaders who make decisions under the stress of battle,” he said.

The Opposing Force Commander, Capt. Phillip Johnston of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 82nd Airborne Division, said the test gave him an opportunity to train his company, with nine separate missions to plan, rehearse and execute.

“We trained at a level of we have not seen previously in the Army,” he said. “It was invaluable to have an outside look into the Company from the Operational Test Command without having the pressure of graded evaluations that normally come with training events.”

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Story by LTC Jerry L. Jones Jr., Test Officer, Maneuver Test Directorate, U.S. Operational Test Command

Photos by Mr. Nicholas Robertson, Visual Information Specialist, U.S. Army Operational Test Command

Milrem Robotics Delivers the First THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle to the Spanish Army

August 11th, 2022

The European leading robotics and autonomous systems developer Milrem Robotics has delivered the first THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicle to the Spanish Ministry of Defence.

The Ministry, through the Directorate of Armament and Material, awarded the contract for one THeMIS UGV to A.Paukner, S.A., Milrem Robotics’ representative in Spain.

The THeMIS was acquired in the framework of the Scorpion program that was launched in early 2021 to evaluate the capabilities of existing unmanned ground vehicles. During the first phase of the program a list of missions will be defined that can benefit from the usage of unmanned ground systems.

“The THeMIS has already proven itself to 12 countries, seven of which are members of NATO, as a capable, robust and versatile system. We are glad that Spain has joined as the 13th user of THEMIS and chosen Milrem Robotics as a partner to build their robotic and autonomous systems capabilities,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.

“A.Paukner, S.A is proud to become the first supplier of a UGV platform to the Spanish MoD within the framework of the ambitious “Escorpion program” devoted to testing and evaluating these unmanned ground systems,” said G. Ingo Paukner, CEO of A.Paukner, S.A.

“The THeMIS UGV is a very powerful, flexible, and easy to deploy multirole platform (also quickly configurable for disaster relief and firefighting missions, if needed) to be incorporated with leading edge Spanish Industry solutions. The combination of technologies provides a solid product and new capabilities to the Spanish Army which could potentially also generate joint business opportunities with other allied Armed Forces. The support and commitment of Milrem Robotics for this project have been outstanding. We are grateful for this support as well for the MoD’s trust in our company and its unmanned systems portfolio,” G. Ingo Paukner added.

“THeMIS provides a robust robotic platform ready to be equipped with several payloads in order to boost experimentation and other R&D activities with a reliable and well-known solution,” said a representative of the Spanish MoD’s program.

The THeMIS UGV is a multi-mission capable system intended to support dismounted troops that can serve as a mule for transporting a squad’s gear or be rapidly converted into a weaponized remotely operated unit to offer force protection.

It is the first system in its size class deployed to a conflict area during the anti-insurgency operation Barkhane in Mali. During the deployment, the THeMIS traversed 1200 km in one of the world’s harshest terrains of lava rock soil and climates climbing to 50 degrees Celsius in the shade. The UGV was operational for over 330 hours.

Milrem Robotics is the leading European robotics and autonomous systems developer and system integrator. The company is known for its THeMIS and Multiscope Unmanned Ground Vehicles and the Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle. The THeMIS supports dismounted troops while the Multiscope is intended for civilian use such as forestry and firefighting.  The Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle is a wingman for mechanized units.

Milrem Robotics is the leader of a consortium awarded 30.6M (EUR) from the European Commission’s European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) to develop a European standardized unmanned ground system (UGS). During the project, titled iMUGS, modular and scalable architecture for hybrid manned-unmanned systems will be developed to standardize a European wide ecosystem.

FORLOH Introduces The One Pack

August 11th, 2022

100% Sourced and Made in the USA – Fully Waterproof Everyday Hunting & Outdoor Pack

The perfect everyday hunting companion for quick outings, no matter what the day has in store. Sleek construction, durable performance and customizable versatility make this pack the “One.”

True to FORLOH’s no-concessions approach, the One Pack sets new standards: the exterior is made from a coated, military-grade 210d ripstop nylon that features a fully-submersible, dry bag main compartment (tested to 200 feet). The main compartment features a RF-welded interior that has a double PU-coated 200d/exterior Diamante fabric, and a YKK AquaSeal® locking zipper with a teeth-covering kissing welt for the ultimate in water protection.

Explore with confidence with built-in hydration port, laptop compartment and organizer to keep all your gear and accessories in their place. The custom interior has velcro attachments for FORLOH’s accessory pouches (sold separately).

Enjoy the comfort of a one-piece continual shoulder strap system that allows for fine tuning to achieve the perfect fit and prevents shoulder slip. Put the One Pack’s fully-adjustable accessory straps to work with a rifle, a bow, skis, or anything else you need on your adventure. Top load handle “haul loop” is full-strength tubular webbing injected with density foam for added comfort.

Specifications:
• 4lbs 5oz
• 32L capacity

100% sourced and Made in the USA, with a lifetime warranty and satisfaction guarantee, this pack is your new hunting day pack.

Features:
• 210d double-sided PU coated diamond ripstop nylon
• Precision fit, one-piece memory foam shoulder strap design
• Back panel & shoulder straps feature dual-density foam
• Removable, adjustable waist belt
• Laptop sleeve and hydration pouch holder
• Ultra-strong, tubular webbed top loading handle
• Fully submersible main internal pocket
• RECCO® search and rescue technology
• YKK® Aquaseal zippers
• 2 separate external pockets with built-in organizer
• 6 accessory attachment points on pack front
• Bunge cord accessory bottom attachment system
• MSRP: $599

forloh.com/products/the-one-pack

Agilite Releases the Six Pack Hanger Pouch

August 11th, 2022

Agilite has released the Six Pack™ which they describe as the best plate carrier hanger pouch on the market. Check out the video below to see why:

It also converts to a tactical fanny pack in seconds.

See more at agilitegear.com/products/six-pack-hanger-pouch

SIG SAUER Releases P365-XMACRO – 17+1 Rounds!

August 11th, 2022

Today SIG SAUER expands their popular P365 family of pistols with the new XMACRO model.

It features an integrally compensated XSERIES slide and XRAY3 day/night sights. It’s also optics ready and will accept the ROMEOZero and Zero-ELITE as well as other popular red dots.

Even better? It holds up to 17 rounds in the magazine with another in the pipe. All of this in a profile that is just over 1” wide. That’s thanks to the new Macro-Compact Grip Module which includes full sized Picatinny rail for the latest enablers. The P365-XMACRO features a 3.1″ barrel and an overall length of 6.6″ at 21.5 oz with empty magazine.

This frame also integrates interchangeable small, medium, and large backstraps to provide a more custom fit. Additionally, the edge around the bottom of the pistol grip is there to accept a magwell funnel which will be available soon.

The new magazine not only holds 17 rounds of 9mm but it’s also backward compatible with earlier P365 models.

I spent a day on the range with the P365-XMACRO and it is a joy to shoot. The grip is comfortable in the hand and the integral compensator puts the sights with back on target, shot after shot, after shot. I’m
Also a fan of the flat trigger.

On the range we shot SIG 365 Elite Performance FMJ ammunition which an EDC round.

Not only did SIG announce it, but the P365-XMACRO is in-stock and available for sale today as well. You’ll get a pistol, interchangeable backstraps and two steel magazines.

Here is their press release:

SIG SAUER Introduces P365-XMACRO: Bringing Even More to Everyday Carry

NEWINGTON, N.H., (August 11, 2022) – SIG SAUER is pleased to introduce the P365-XMACRO bringing more capacity, more shootability, and more concealability to everyday carry; the P365-XMACRO packs an unprecedented 17+1 round standard capacity into the iconic 1” slim profile of the P365.

“When the P365 was introduced, it reimagined the possibilities of everyday carry, and the P365-XMACRO continues this tradition delivering more on everything that made the P365 the number one selling, and most award-winning gun in America,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The innovative magazine design of the P365-XMACRO delivers on capacity while maintaining the slim design, making it more comfortable and more concealable than any other 17-round pistol on the market. The integrated compensator of the P365-XMACRO reduces muzzle flip making follow-up shots faster and easier to stay on target shot after shot for even more accuracy. It is very simple, like the name suggests, with the P365-XMACRO you get more of everything you want in an everyday carry pistol and you no longer need to compromise your capacity for concealability or shootability.”

The P365-XMACRO is a striker-fired, 9mm, polymer frame pistol featuring the all-new Macro-Compact Grip Module with a standard 1913 accessory rail, an integrally compensated P365 XSERIES optics-ready slide with XRAY3 day/night sights, and flat trigger. The pistol ships with interchangeable small, medium, and large backstraps and (2) two 17-round steel magazines. The P365-XMACRO is optimized for use with the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics FOXTROT1 rail mounted flashlight and ROMEOZero Elite Micro Red Dot sight.

P365-XMACRO Specs:
Caliber: 9mm
Overall length: 6.6 inches
Overall height: 5.2 inches
Overall width: 1.1 inches
Barrel length: 3.1 inches
Sight Radius: 5.1 inches
Weight (w/magazine): 21.5 oz.

The P365-XMACRO is now shipping and available at retailers. To learn more about the P365-XMACRO or watch the product video with Phil Strader, Director, Product Management visit sigsauer.com.

G4 Hot Weather Line Now Available in MultiCam Arid and Tropic

August 11th, 2022

Crye Precision has announced that the G4 Hot Weather line is now available in MultiCam Arid and Tropic. The Hot Weather line is their lightest, most breathable uniforms engineered specifically for extreme heat with extremely lightweight, fast-drying nylon ripstop fabric featuring MCS Blocker to wick away moisture and provide UV protection.

www.cryeprecision.com

Kentucky Air Guard Special Tactics Rescue 19 After Floods

August 11th, 2022

HAZARD, Ky. (AFNS) —  

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron rescued 19 stranded residents and two dogs in the aftermath of historic flooding last week that claimed at least 28 lives in eastern Kentucky.

The Airmen, assisted by Callie, the only certified search-and-rescue canine in the Department of Defense, rapidly deployed to the region July 28 to conduct rescue operations via boat and helicopter for four days, said Maj. Ian Williams, 123rd STS commander. The team of 23 special operators also coordinated 29 rotary aircraft missions, recovered four bodies, and helped direct operations that led to the rescue or assistance of 40 additional people.

“We found out about the situation Thursday morning at approximately 8:10 a.m.,” Williams said. “Before we had our tasking to respond, we started having our initial team show up to the squadron to prepare gear in the event that we would have to push out and support. We were officially told to support around 9 and were out the door by 10 o’clock.”

Once given the green light, 17 STS members deployed over the road with boats and trucks, while another six operators and Callie departed via helicopter transport provided by the Kentucky Army Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade.

“Local, state and federal agencies all have search and rescue dogs, but what we bring to the table is the ability to get a dog, with its incredible capabilities, to normally inaccessible locations potentially faster,” said Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, 123rd STS pararescueman and Callie’s handler.

“Callie is able to travel via helicopter, boat, non-standard vehicles, rope systems and can even insert via parachute with her handler in order to bring a high-level capability to accelerate life-saving measures in situations where minutes matter,” Parsons said.

Although Callie is trained in live-find detection — searching for living or missing people — “she also did a great job of telling us specific locations to investigate more thoroughly to recover fatalities, to help bring closure to those individuals’ families.”

Williams noted that the entire mission was a team effort.

“Our success at the 123rd STS wouldn’t be possible without our mission support folks. They’re the first to arrive at the unit when something happens because they know that the vehicles, boats, communication equipment and resupply coordination are make-or-break elements of this sort of mission.”

Master Sgt. Joshua Busch, a combat controller with the 123rd STS, noted that homeland disaster response is a unique task for members of the Air National Guard, who have a dual mission of supporting domestic emergencies as part of the state militia while also supporting global military operations as a component of the U.S. Air Force.

“Unique to the Guard, we aren’t just preparing for war, we are preparing for domestic operations too,” said Busch, who served as a rescue and recovery team leader for the flood response. “I’m most proud of how many guys volunteered to be a part of this mission, to help the community and state start to put this natural disaster behind us.”

The rescue mission was a joint effort involving multiple agencies and civilian volunteer groups, including the Kentucky State Police and Army National Guard troops from Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Two Kentucky ANG medevac crews left the state capitol July 28 to augment Kentucky aviation assets already in the area, while Tennessee guard units sent five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and crews, and West Virginia guard units contributed two Black Hawk helicopters, two UH-72 Lakota aircraft with hoist capability and 14 Soldiers.

“Our relationships with the Army aviation units has been fantastic,” Williams said. “We train with them often and have been in real-world missions with them many times. We couldn’t have a better relationship with the Frankfort 60s and other aviation crews.”

By SSgt Clayton Wear, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Army’s New Next Generation Squad Weapon Program to Launch ARC’s Weapons Intelligence Platform

August 10th, 2022

ARC’s embedded IoT sensors to provide unprecedented mission-critical data to ground leadership

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WASHINGTON–Armaments Research Company, Inc. (ARC), a technology and data company serving national security and public safety customers, announced today their Internet-of-Things (IoT) full-stack technology will be introduced in the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) program of record, in partnership with Sig Sauer. For the first time in 65 years, the U.S. Army’s initiative will replace its individual rifles, squad machine guns, fire control system, and ammunition, helping to modernize and better equip the warfighters of tomorrow.

ARC’s technology platform will provide data on individual weapons at scale. The resulting insights will enable units to regularly assess weapons’ health, reduce failure rates, extend the lifetime of a weapon and optimize maintenance plans, enhancing performance and reducing costs. The data can also improve a unit’s understanding of its readiness, which measures the unit’s fundamental ability to deploy quickly.

“Our team is thrilled to partner with Sig Sauer to deliver this groundbreaking platform and refresh the Army’s weapons for the first time in several decades,” said ARC CEO Michael Canty. “The Army NGSW program office is pushing the boundaries in seeking a modern, data-driven approach to weapons readiness and we are honored to contribute. With tens of thousands of new weapons as data sources in the field, we can optimize equipment safety and reliability, ultimately harnessing this data to save lives.”

The first production delivery of NGSW weapons will include ARC’s round count and inventory management system, gathering weapons usage data on the units over the next several years. The NGSW program’s intention to revolutionize the Army’s tactical weapons comes in response to findings that current weapons systems threaten conflict overmatch. More than 1,000 soldiers provided hands-on feedback during weapon testing and selection.

ARC’s weapons intelligence platform works with tactical tools and frontline AI to ensure mission readiness and improve small-unit performance. The platform enables the U.S. Army to capture mission-critical data from individual- and tactical-level weapons at scale, helping leaders at all levels make informed decisions during and after training to improve readiness, performance and operational efficiency.

ARC technical solutions and case studies are available for individual demonstration. Interested parties are invited to visit armaments.us and contact [email protected] for more information.