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SOFIC Follow Up

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

We still have a few articles from last week’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida.

SOFIC 2014 – Warwick Mills

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I had heard heard of Turtleskin slash protective armor in the past but didn’t know that it was a product of New Hampshire-based Warwick Mills. Turns out, they make all kinds of cool textiles like the dyed 100% Twaron fabric used in this ballistic combat shirt. That’s right, this combat shirt offers ballistic protection to the tune of 2gr @ 700 fps and 17 gr @ 1700 fps. The fabric also offers FR as well as cut protection.


They are also integrating this fabric into civilian clothing styles such as sport coats.

SOFIC 2014 – Pelican VITAL-Case

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

pelican’s VITAL-Case Solution is a new intelligent case that holds up to 50 M4/M16 weapons.


When weapons are RFID chipped, the case facilitates GPS tracking of each weapon through a software interface. It will also tell you if a weapon has been removed from the case.

This same technology can also be used to ship narcotics or other controlled substances.

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SOFIC 2014 – Oakley

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Oakley has an interesting version of the SI Split Jacket called the Wind Jacket. Both of these models meet the ANSI standard and feature the patented Switchlock lens interchange system. The heart of the system is a removable, vented Unobtanium (rubberized) gasket to keep out sand and gunk.


Above, is another variant called the SI Ballistic Racing Jacket which comes out later this Summer. It offers full ballistic MIl-PRF 31013 standard as well as meeting the ANSI standard.

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 – TEA Headsets

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

TEA Headsets is offering new adapters for their V60 PTT.


In addition to the X5 they’ve added adapters for commercial digital media player/phone headsets and Peltor adapters. Because the commercial headphones also integrate a microphone, these can be used for covert applications.


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.

SOFIC 2014 – S&S Precision

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


A couple of weeks ago, S&S Precision showed me a new life vest that was built specifically to integrate into their PlateFrame carrier.


It is easily added or removed from the PlateFrame and is designed to keep the wearer’s head up in the event of inflation via either cartridge or oral inflation valve.