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ReadyOne Industries is now offering moldable camouflage kits that can be customized to mimic virtually any type of rock formation or similar type of terrain.

The company showed off samples the VATEC System dubbed Portable Battlefield Cryptic Signature and Concealment at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference last week.

“VATEC kits and products are unique in that they allow individuals, equipment, and vehicles to become concealed by blending into the environment,” according to ReadyOne factsheet.

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Revision Military’s Kinetic Operations Suit attracted a lot of attention at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla. this past week.

It was the only attraction on the exhibit floor to take a stab at U.S. Special Operations Command’s vision for creating the Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit, or TALOS — a program the command launched in 2013 to create Iron-Man-style suits designed to give operators increased physical strength while providing them with greater ballistic protection and acute situational awareness on the battlefield.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Textron Systems showed off its newest effort to develop an ultra-light 7.62mm machine gun at the 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

The new MG is being designed to weigh 14.5 pounds – more than eight pounds lighter than the lightest version of the M240.

The effort is part of the Case-Telescoped Weapons and Ammunition program which has produced a matured 5.56mm lightweight machine gun similar to the M249 squad automatic weapon, according to Textron officials.

The newer 7.62mm version is under contract with Joint Service Small Arms Program Office to develop the operating system to handle the larger caliber, according to Ben Cole, mechanical engineer for AAI Corp., owned by Textron. JSSAP is based in the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.

Formerly known as the Army’s Lightweight Small Arms Technologies, or LSAT, the program is designed to lower ammunition weight by 40 percent as well as producing significantly lighter infantry weapons.

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The Pentagon proved in a winter test that its guided small-caliber bullet could hit a moving target with accuracy.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) released a video Monday showing the smart bullet changing trajectory mid flight to track and hit a moving target.

Called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program, DARPA engineers plan to “revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet.” DARPA officials said they want the 50-caliber round and optical sighting technology to “extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems.”

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SureFire’s potent new Titan key-chain light is now available.

This little task light throws out 125 lumens. It’s a little pricy, but I want one.

“The groundbreaking Titan is the world’s first professional-grade key-chain flashlight,” SureFire officials maintain. “This ultra-compact, dual-output feat of engineering boasts a proprietary faceted reflector that shapes the light from its high-performance LED into a broad, smooth MaxVision Beam at both 125 and 15 lumens—astounding levels for a finger-sized light.”

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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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Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, is greeted by Command Sgt. Maj. Bryant C. Lambert, 82nd Airborne Division and Regional Command (South) command sergeant major, as Col. Karl D. Reed, 82nd Airborne Division and RC(S) chief of staff, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Shirley, Kandahar Airfield command sergeant major, look on as Odierno arrives on Kandahar Airfield Dec. 20. Odierno visited the region to meet with task force and headquarters leadership, talk to servicemembers, and assess the current situation in the battle space. (Photo/U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda M. Hils)

It’s been about eight months since the U.S. Army selected a new camouflage pattern, but even service’s top uniformed officer still can’t remember its name.

The Army adopted the new Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, this spring, but Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno called it MultiCam yesterday during a virtual town hall meeting with soldiers.

A soldier stationed in Korea asked if the new camouflage uniforms would be issued or would soldiers have to purchase them.

Odierno had this to say.

“We have done a significant amount of analysis that tells us the ACU doesn’t do very well at camouflaging us and protecting us in multiple environments and that the MultiCam that we are using in Afghanistan does a much better job,” he said. “So we are going to go to the MultiCam uniform.”

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