Warfighting

110323-A-3108M-009The military’s top research laboratory wants to replace its standard issue night vision goggles with a lighter more powerful version.

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) said today’s night vision goggles are too heavy and cumbersome for troops and have led to short term and long term neck injuries.

DARPA officials have put out a call to companies to issue proposals to build the next generation of night vision goggles. Proposals must put forth a plan to design goggles that look a lot like a bulky pair commercial sunglasses. The night vision glasses must be able to instantly switch from daylight to infrared.

Military leaders worry that soldiers and Marines don’t have the same advantage they once did in the night as more armies and fighters get access to commercial night vision goggles. DARPA made a point to highlight the development of devices like Goggle glasses that allow for instantaneous mobile computing. [click to continue…]

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A Montana-based company is marketing carbon fiber-wrapped rifle barrels to high-tech hunters, as well as military shooters interested in a stronger, lighter — albeit pricier — weapon system.

Proof Research generated some buzz at this year’s Modern Day Marine expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, with a booth featuring the technology on different sized barrels. [click to continue…]

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Benchmade Knives showed off its latest little fixed blade that’s designed for heavy use.

The Steep Country – Benchmade’s newest addition to the Hunt Series — stood out to me at Modern Day Marine 2014.

It features a strong-looking 3.5 inch S30V steel blade and a non-slip, molded rubber handle.

“Everything about this particular knife is about skinning and outdoor utility,” said Benchmade’s Shane James.

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For those who don’t know, Superfeet has these insoles that are made from carbon fiber, so they are ultra-thin but still offer a great deal of support.

The Carbon insoles are made from the company’s special plastic foam material that has been infused with carbon fiber.
“We are able to achieve a lighter-weight, thinner product that is going to withstand a lot more pounding,” Brian Mastrofino, sales operations manager, said at Modern Day Marine 2014. “Lighter, faster, stronger.”

The heel cup and mid-foot stabilizer resemble other Superfeet models, but the cushioning at the front of the foot doesn’t look like much. It’s down-right flimsy at first glance.

“It’s designed for lower-volume footwear,” Mastrofino said. “Our products give support by supporting the rear foot. It keeps your foot in its natural shape we achieve our cushioning by keeping all of the soft tissue that Mother Nature gave you in the right spots.”

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StreamLight has updated its Sidewinder light series with a highly-visible strobe that’s designed for both water and ground operations.

The Sidewinder Rescue features an omni-directional defuser that makes the strobe visible from the side as well as the top. It has two strobe settings. It fires 50 beats per minute to meet the U.S. Army requirement for ground operations and 110 bmp to meet the Marine Corps requirement for water ops, Matt Baker, director of Streamlight’s Military and Federal Sales, said Tuesday at Modern Day Marine 2014.

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I love Modern Day Marine. It’s a small show, but there’s always cool kit to see. This year, 375 gear companies are expected to show up at Quantico Marine Base, Va., Sept. 23-25.

KitUp! will be there, scouring the floor for latest in weapons accessories, lights, packs, gloves, eye wear, boots, knives and other tactical gear. Let us know if there is anything specific you want us to check out.

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0910-MarinesWaterFoster2485Marine Corps Marathon officials will again allow runners to wear Camelbaks and other hydration packs in this year’s Marine Corps Marathon.

Last year, marathon officials banned the hydration packs citing heightened security restrictions following the 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon.

Hydration vests and fuel belts were also banned for runners. “Runners will be allowed to carry, or wear, hydration backpacks (Camelbak), hydration vests and/or fuel belts while completing the Marathon or MCM10K courses,” MCM officials said in a statement posted on the official website. [click to continue…]

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