Matthew Cox

Sniper training provides ‘combat multiplier’ for Iraqi ArmyThe U.S. Army wants to buy a clip-on thermal sight to help snipers see through heavy fog or sand storms to find and kill their targets.

Army Contracting Command issued a March 17 draft solicitation to rifle-optics makers for the Family of Weapon Sights – Sniper, or FWS-S. The system will need to be a lightweight, self-contained, battery operated, thermal imaging system for surveillance and target acquisition that’s designed to work with the M107 Long Range Sniper Rifle, M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System, M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle, and the Precision Sniper Rifle, according to the document.

“The FWS-S will be a critical enabler that will allow the sniper to detect, observe and engage targets in low light, adverse weather, and limited visibility conditions with minimal or no interruption or impact on the sniper’s normal daylight tactics,” according to the document.

The concept is similar to the Army’s AN/PVS-30 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight since it is designed to be mounted in front of the day optic sight on the M110 SASS and the M2010 ESR. The Army also has the AN/PAS-13(V)3 Heavy Weapon Thermal Sight for the M107 LRSR. [click to continue…]

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Scary. But awesome at the same time.

The Ion Productions Team recently unveiled its new XM42 handheld flamethrower.

“We wanted to develop something fun that looked and performed awesome,” according to company’s website. “With the help of local machine shops, we were able to bring the design to reality with a quality working prototype.”

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Mil-Spec Monkey has a highly-adjustable Wrap Holster for worth checking out.

It’s made for EDC-style bags with loop/pile interior zones. This pouch was originally sized to fit combat pistols, but it also fits rifle magazines and “flat” electronics such as smartphones.

“After using many velcro backed holsters that always seemed to snag on the front sight during a draw, we came up with this one to offer clean draws even on full-sized pistols with suppressor sights and or tac-lights,” MSM officials say.

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Joe Florko — a former federal law-enforcement officer and wilderness ranger for the National Park Service for nearly 10 years – has started an emergency-preparedness company that assembles gear packages for first-responder and aid worker types.

As a gearhead, I love putting together my own emergency kits and sometimes spend a week or so organizing just the right combination of gear.

But I suppose there are some people out there who just need a good assortment of kit and need it fast. So for these lost souls, there’s Florko’s Zyon Systems.

“We offer professional-caliber, configured emergency kits,” he said in a recent email. “I’ve used my experience responding to emergency calls and hauling people out of the back-country to build completely turn-key emergency response packs.”

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FORT BENNING, Ga. – It’s been about eight years since the U.S. Army first deployed its smart-soldier technology to war. Now soldiers are finally viewing this digital, situational-awareness gear as a trusted piece of soldier kit.

The Army’s Experimentation Force, made up of soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment here, recently tested the wearable, command and control gear known as Nett Warrior Future Initiative during the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment.

The Nett Warrior system is a Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone worn in a chest-mounted pouch and connected to networked radio such as a Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-152A wideband networking handheld radio or the older General Dyanamics AN/PRC-154A Rifleman Radio.

Without getting too far into the weeds, Nett Warrior Future Initiative is equipped with a special software package that helps the system handle multiple intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance sensor feeds such as video streams from unmanned aerial systems.

So a platoon leader can share these video streams from a company-level Raven UAS and a platoon-level InstantEye UAS with his squad leaders.

Spec. Erin Broihier, a radio operator with A Company, said he has been impressed by how much Nett warrior has improved over the past four AEWEs.

“Every time they have brought it back, it has gotten better and better and better,” he said.

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FORT BENNING, Ga. – U.S. Army maneuver officials here just finished testing miniature drones and other high-tech, soldier kit — much of which is designed to help infantry squads and platoons spot the enemy first.

From March 2 through March 5, soldiers from the Army’s Experimentation Force, or EXFOR, here participated in the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment — an annual event aimed at evaluating innovative equipment with the potential to revolutionize infantry combat.

This year, the AEWE focused on 75 prototype technologies ranging from network communications gear to loadbearing kit to sustainment and force protection equipment.

Many showed promise, but it was the pocket-sized Black Hornet and backpack-sized InstantEye unmanned aerial systems that captured the imaginations of 1st Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, the unit that makes up the EXFOR. [click to continue…]

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Beretta USA said the U.S. Army has rejected the gun-maker’s request that the service reconsider its M9A3 pistol as an alternative to the Modular Handgun System (MHS) program.

Beretta officials sent the Jan. 30 request in response to the Army’s formal rejection of the M9A3 Engineering Change Proposal to the current M9 contract.

“Needless to say, we are disappointed,” Gabriele de Plano, vice president of Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) Marketing Operations, said in March 2 email.

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