Posts Tagged ‘BAE Systems’

Tactical Advantage, Inc. Now Carrying All Remaining BAE Systems ECLiPSE Gear

Friday, October 17th, 2014

ECLiPSE product sheet

Over this past Summer, Tactical Advantage, Inc. negotiated with BAE Systems to purchase all remaining ECLiPSE load carriage equipment inventory from all of BAE’s production facilities. As a result, they’ve taken in over 23,000 pieces of ECLiPSE LCE MOLLE gear in ABU, ACU, Coyote Brown, MJK Khaki, Multicam OCP, Ranger Green, and a small amount of Black.

ECLiPSE was originally developed in conjunction with Matt Johnson, formerly of Eagle, while under the employment of BAE Systems. The product line started with the RBAV-SF, developed to fulfill a USSOCOM contract for a SPEAR BALCS compatible carrier. Different configurations of the RBAV have been in use with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, as well as Air Force Security Forces, TACPs, and PJs.

In 2008, BAE Systems began to offer the RBAV family of vests and complementary load carriage equipment through the commercial market. In 2012, BAE Systems was outbid on the standard issue MOLLE contract, and any new production of the ECLiPSE line discontinued. Now, Tactical Advantage, Inc. is the sole commercial source of all remaining ECLiPSE Performance Gear, although BAE Systems maintains the copyright of the brand.

Key features of the ECLiPSE line include:

  • Unique secondary closure system on select pockets
  • Double layered for increased durability
  • Triple stitching
  • SilentStrips, which eliminate noise created by hook and loop extraction
  • Currently, Tactical Advantage, Inc. is offering a 25% discount on all Coyote, Khaki, and Ranger Green ECLiPSE products, and a 50% discount on all ABU and ACU ECLiPSE products, until current stock runs out. ECLiPSE products are wholly US made and Berry compliant.

    SOFIC 2014 – BAE’s Trace IR Integrates Wilcox RAPTAR-S With SkeetIR

    Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

    BAE Systems‘ Oasys has developed a new software package that allows the popular SkeetIR, weapon mounted IR sight to work with the Wilcox Industries‘ RAPTAR-S Laser Range Finder. The software introduces a “disturbed reticle” unto the screen of the SkeetIR that incorporates data from the RAPTAR-S.


    While the setup currently utilizes a cable to interface, Wilcox and BAE are working on a Bluetooth solution.

    SOFIC 2014 – BAE Systems SPS Preview

    Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

    BAE Systems shared two technologies that they’ve put forward for the US Army’s Soldier Protection System program.


    The first technology is ISSS or the Integrated Soldier Sensor System. Based on their HEADs technology (Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System) which helps measure the forces that can lead to traumatic head injuries, ISSS incorporates external pressure sensors based on the DARPA blast gauge, physiological stats monitor for heart and breathing rate as well as skin temp and inactivity. All of this feeds into a Soldier Display. There is also a data retrieval system similar to HEADS that allows the data to be interrogated post mission. It can then be interpolated to help better diagnose Soldier injuries.


    The second technology is the SPS Vital Torso Protection or VTP. Consisting of four different plates, X-SAPI and E-SAPI toros as well as side plates. BAE Systems have delivered over 1.25 million armor plates to DoD beginning with the original Small Arms Protective Insert program back in the late 90s.

    BAE Systems – Q-Warrior

    Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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    Q-Warrior is BAE Systems’ latest iteration of their helmet-mounted display technology, designed like a pilot’s HUD but modified for ground forces, including Friend-or-Foe identification and the capability to coordinate small unit actions.

    Q-Warrior significantly increases situational awareness capabilities for the ‘dismounted soldier’ – personnel operating out of their vehicles. The Q-Warrior utilizes a high transmission and high luminance see-through display which incorporates a high-resolution color, collimated display that allows waypoints, points of interest, target symbols, and even video to be overlaid on the real view through the device. Q-Warrior also features a large eye-motion box to allow for the operator to make relatively large movements with their helmet while maintaining view of their display.

    More BAE Systems Body Armor Headed To Warfighters On The Battlefield

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

    PHOENIX, Arizona — For more than four decades, BAE Systems has partnered with customers worldwide to develop affordable, practical solutions to protect warfighters in harm’s way and bring them home safely. Under several recently issued contracts valued at a total of nearly $18 million, BAE Systems will continue to provide hard armor inserts for soldiers on the battlefield.


    “The body armor is designed with the specific purpose of stopping armor-piercing bullets,” said Ashoo Agarwal, a quality engineer at BAE Systems. “Our team of engineers works hard to ensure every plate we make meets a rigorous set of requirements and standards. This commitment to quality helps protect warfighters around the world.”

    Among the contracts issued is a $10.2 million order from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency for Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts (ESAPI); an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract award for up to $6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for SPEAR BALCS inserts and a $500,000 research and development contract from the U.S. Marine Corps for Enhanced Concealable Small Arms Protective Inserts.


    Hard armor inserts are worn inside the fronts, backs, and sides of outer tactical vests and provide advanced torso protection against increased threats on the battlefield. They are fully qualified by the U.S. government through arduous and independent physical, environmental, and ballistic testing.

    Since 1998, BAE Systems has produced more than 1.2 million hard body armor inserts, including ESAPI and other SAPI derivatives, under various Department of Defense contracts. BAE Systems manufactures body armor at its Phoenix, Arizona facility. Deliveries on these orders are expected to be complete by April 2015.

    BAE Systems To Celebrate the Production of One Million Combat Helmets

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013


    This afternoon, BAE Systems Protection Systems will celebrate the production of its one millionth combat helmet at its Jessup, Pennsylvania facility. The company manufactures combat helmets for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, the Defense Logistics Agency and several allied forces.

    Attending and speaking at the celebration will be U.S. Representative Matthew Cartwright; Major General Wesley Craig, The Adjutant General for the Pennsylvania National Guard; Lieutenant Colonel Frank Lozano of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office. Also in attendance will be Jessup’s Mayor Beverly Merkel.

    This ceremony comes at the heels of receiving multiple contracts for U.S. Marine Corps Lightweight Helmets, the most recent being issued earlier this year for $28 million.

    BAE Systems Receives $35 Million Order from DLA for IOTVs

    Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

    BAE Systems has received an order from the Defense Logistics Agency for $35 Million to supply Improved Outer Tactical Vests. The IOTV is the standard armor vest for the US Army and comes in 11 sizes including long versions. It incorporates soft armor panels and is designed to accommodate hard armor plates in the front rear and to the sides in the cummerbund.

    DLA Troop Support ordered the vests as part of a four-year contract issued in March, which could reach a cumulative value of $267 million. BAE Systems has thus far received a total of $83 million under the contract. They report that the production will occur at the company’s Jessup, Pennsylvania facility, and this order is scheduled to be complete by October 2013.

    “This tactical vest is a necessary and life-saving piece of equipment for the Soldier,” said Eric Gavelda, director of Warfighter Protection at BAE Systems’ Protection Systems business. “The vest helps shield vital organs and protect against a variety of battlefield threats. Our ultimate goal is to help our warfighters return home safely to their families.”

    Since 2007, BAE Systems has produced more than 800,000 outer tactical body armor vests for US troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.

    BAE Systems Wins $7 Million Order for Advanced Emergency Bailout Parachutes

    Thursday, June 28th, 2012

    BAE Systems has received a $7 million order from the US Army to produce and deliver parachute systems for use by Army Jumpmasters during airborne operations.

    Based on BAE Systems’ FAA-certified Durachute technology, which has 36 different configurations with varying Automatic Activation Devices, canopy releases and ripcord handles, the Advanced Emergency Bailout Parachute (AEBP) is lightweight and can be worn in backpack style, or it can be incorporated into fixed-wing or rotorcraft crew seats.

    “BAE Systems’ AEBP is environmentally-sealed with our patented technology,” said Greg Kraak, program director for Warfighter Equipment at BAE Systems Support Solutions. “This feature is a great benefit to the Army as it significantly reduces operational costs and extends repack service for up to five years.”

    Another key feature of the environmentally-sealed technology is the parachute’s compact size when packed. This technology reduces the volume and bulk associated with packing a parachute, ultimately easing emergency egress from the aircraft.

    The new $7 million order will be produced at the BAE Systems Phoenix, AZ facility. Deliveries are expected to begin this September and will continue through September 2013.