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SOFIC 2014 – Physical Optics Corporation – Tactical Flex Display Unit

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Called SITA by its creator Physical Optics Corp, the Tactical Flex Display Unit is offered in a couple of different sizes. It’s currently greyscale and sunlight readable as well as compatible with NVGs. They’re working on a color version that will also be sunlight readable. Below, you can see a couple of mockups.


SITA runs on Android OS and offers a certain amount of inherent functionality along with the ability to serve as a I/O peripheral for other devices. Currently using a commercial mapping software, they are working on the integration of NGA digital mapping products (raster and vector), SITA can be used as an autonomous Blue Force Tracker. POC pairs SITA with a digital GPS Receiver and commercial satellite tracker/text messenger Track24 to offer BFT services as well as sat text messaging.

SOFIC 2014 – Evinrude 30MFE

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


The 30MFE (Multi-Fuel Engine) is a 30 horse power model of the popular Evinrude outboard, used for years by maritime forces. This family of motors are the first outboard engines ever capable of running on multiple fuel types, including kerosene, JP-4, JP-5, JP-8, Jet A and Jet B as well as standard gasoline. Additionally, the 30 Horse Power model is going to be easier to man handle when afloat and configuring your boat after a successful RAMZ drop.

SOFIC 2014 – ADS Inc / HDT Global Robotics – Protector

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


The Protector from HDT Global Robotics is a small unmanned ground vehicle that performs a wide variety of tasks.


The Protector gives a small unit a great deal of organic rough terrain carrying capacity as well engineering support. It can be configured as Backhoe/Loader, Flail/Roller/Rake, weapon carrier with CROWS or as a mortar carrier, and as a logistics carrier. Additionally, it can offer support CASEVAC, ISR systems or comms relay.


The tracked Protector can carry 1,250 pounds of gear and is <3' wide. It features a 32 horsepower turbo diesel/JP8 engine with 2kw of power available to users. The Protector is available for agency and unit purchase through ADS Inc.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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SOFIC 2014 – Battelle G-Datawave

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Think tank Battelle has developed a new Line-of-Sight millimeter wave comms system that offers 10 Gb per second transmission rates.


Operating in the E and W bands, it boasts a mere 64 nano-seconds of latency and is already being looked at to transmit wide area persistent surveillance data to ground stations and in the commercial sector to support financial transactions. The 2′ antenna (seen above) offers 53 dB gain and has a 4.8m beam width.

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The SIG MPX is a machine pistol. That’s right, a machine pistol even though it seems like a word we don’t use much anymore.


It combines SIG’s short-stroke gas piston system with the AR-style controls you are familiar with. Additionally, it can be set up to shoot 9mm, .357 SIG or .40 S&W. This is the MPX-K but barrel lengths and types of stocks can be swapped out to change the configuration at the operator level.


All told, there are four models: MPX-K, MPX-P, MPX-SD with integral suppressor and MPX-C.


SOFIC 2014 – Saevus – G1 Urban Bayonet

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

One of the things I miss about this new super-sized SOFIC is the small business aspect. You used to walk into SOFIC and see lots of innovative small companies that develop products to support SOF. Some of those things are still there, but now they’re generally tucked into a larger company’s booth. This year, in the booth of Faircount Media, publishers of “The Year In Special Operations” were a couple of such products. One was the Strykr Covert Carry pant but the one that caught my eye was a wooden box containing a knife.


Turns out, it was the G1 Urban Bayonet from Saevus. It’s a very innovative design and I definitely give the creator some credit for thinking outside the box. Essentially, what you are looking at, is a knife that pulls double duty as a foregrip. Granted, most of us have abandoned full length foregrip a due to weight and ergonomics. But look past that because the blade of the G1 stores in the grip and being spring activated, telescopes out into position once deployed. The 3-1/2″ Dual Edge Dagger Blade is made from 440 stainless and the handle is of urethane casting resin.


While it’s time may have already passed due to TTP changes, it’s definitely an interesting design and I look forward to seeing what else SAEVUS comes up with.

SOFIC 2014 – SureFire Arc Lights

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

When you visit the SureFire booth, your attention is immediately drawn to the Polaris RAZR, set center stage. Atop that RAZR are mounted several Arc series lights.


The Arc series includes the handheld Arc-2 and Arc-3 as well as the highly successful Hellfighter weapon mounted lights including the new Hellfighter-5 which boasts 4500 lumens at 80 minutes with its integral battery pack (continuous with vehicle DC power).


We all know how well the Hellfighter family of lights work but what you really need to read up on are the Arc- and Arc-3 handhelds. The Arc-2 offers the same 4500 lumens at 1,000,000 candela as the Hellfighter-5 but in a handheld! This means you can reach out over 2,000m.