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3M Peltor TEP-100

In FRAG OUT! Magazine, we have covered hearing protection many times – whether during service as a soldier or police officer, or at a shooting range – and we will keep highlighting the importance of proper protection for that sense, losing of which is irreversible. The technology keeps progressing and, from time to time, new solutions are emerging in the market – one of the more interesting options recently surfaced is 3M PELTOR TEP-100.

Hearing protection solutions by Swedish 3M PELTOR have won themselves a strong position on the market. They are popular among the military, law enforcement, as well as sport shooters, hunters, and in the industry. The name “Peltors” has almost become a benchmark for communication headsets, at least here in Europe. The latest product in 3M hearing saferty portfolio is TEP-100 (as TEP-100 EU in Europe). It may not be as advanced as the ComTacs but it is most certainly a very interesting solution.

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Aimpoint ACRO P-1 Micro Red Dot

The latest addition to the Aimpoint red dot sights porftolio will be unveiled during Eurosatory 2018 next week!

The Aimpoint ACRO P-1 with 3.5 MOA dot is the stand-alone mirco red point dedicated for the pistols. Looks like it addresses at least one of the shortcomings of competing MRDS products; open tops. Aimpoint engineered the ACRO from the ground up as a pistol sight and says the fully enclosed sight is more durable than open systems, citing a 20,000 round durability test using a .40 cal pistol.

UNIQUE FEATURES

  • Advanced optical lenses for even better light transmission
  • Front Flip-up lens cover is included
  • Transparent rear Flip-up lens cover is included
  • Reinforced protection of the turrets for even greater ruggedness
  • Ideal for rifles, carbines, shotguns, submachine guns, and handguns
  • Weight 3.7 oz. (105g) including mount, sight only 3.0 oz. (84g)
  • 1X (non-magnifying) parallax free optic
  • Compatible will all generations of Night Vision Devices (NVD)
  • 1 Off position, 4 night vision compatible settings and 8 daylight settings – one extra bright for use with laser protection glasses or in bright desert sunlight
  • Integral Picatinny-style base allows easy attachment to any rail
  • ACET technology allows 50,000 hours (over 5 years) of constant operation with one battery
  • Available in 3.5 MOA dot size
  • Hard anodized non-reflective finish
  • Submersible to 80 feet (25 meters)
  • Use as a standalone sight or piggybacked on larger magnifying, thermal, or night vision optics

 

MSBS GROT Wallpapers from Frag Out! Magazine

You asked for it, so we have decided to share with you some quality pictures of the latest MSBS/GROT assault rifles sport variant GROT S16 FB-M1 with you. Please see hand picked wallpapers for your mobile, tablet, desktop and laptop. Click on the pictures and save them to your hard drive. And don’t forget to share those in your social medias!

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A Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade applies pressure to the leg of a simulated dismembered civilian in a fictional police station during a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation, Jan. 15, 2018, at Fort Polk, La. Tasked with preventing the civilian from bleeding out, the Soldier applied pressure using his leg while awaiting for a combat medic to make it to the casualty safely. Strategic advisory missions are here to stay, and the Army is improving upon the ad hoc solutions it has been using for the last 15 years, which relied heavily on conventionally organized Brigade Combat Teams . (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Arjenis Nunez/Released)
A Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade applies pressure to the leg of a simulated dismembered civilian in a fictional police station during a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation, Jan. 15, 2018, at Fort Polk, La. Tasked with preventing the civilian from bleeding out, the Soldier applied pressure using his leg while awaiting for a combat medic to make it to the casualty safely. Strategic advisory missions are here to stay, and the Army is improving upon the ad hoc solutions it has been using for the last 15 years, which relied heavily on conventionally organized Brigade Combat Teams . (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Arjenis Nunez/Released)

Cubic Wins Alongside Lockheed Martin to Enhance US Army’s Training & Maintenance Program

Cubic Global Defense to receive over $185 million contract award under Lockheed Martin’s Army TADSS ATMP

SAN DIEGO – March 20, 2018 – Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today announced that its Cubic Global Defense (CGD) business division was included in Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) winning team that was awarded a seven-year, $3.53 billion contract for U.S. Army Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations (TADSS) Maintenance Program (ATMP). This contract, awarded by the Army Contracting Command – Orlando, in support of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), will sustain more than 300,000 fielded, including live-fire ranges and instrumentation systems worldwide.

A Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade applies pressure to the leg of a simulated dismembered civilian in a fictional police station during a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation, Jan. 15, 2018, at Fort Polk, La. Tasked with preventing the civilian from bleeding out, the Soldier applied pressure using his leg while awaiting for a combat medic to make it to the casualty safely. Strategic advisory missions are here to stay, and the Army is improving upon the ad hoc solutions it has been using for the last 15 years, which relied heavily on conventionally organized Brigade Combat Teams . (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Arjenis Nunez/Released)

Cubic will receive more than $185 million with substantial additional over-and-above work likely to sustain TADSS across the live, virtual, constructive and gaming (LVC-G) domains at multiple locations supporting the Army’s readiness at home stations and Combat Training Centers (CTCs). Cubic will be responsible for global operations supporting 21 locations across 10 states and three countries with more than 500 personnel. The ATMP program will support over 61 different types of training aides and devices to include Cubic’s man-worn Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) and Home station Instrumented Training System (HITS).

“We are honored to be part of this winning team with Lockheed Martin. Delivering integrated and effective training solutions to enhance operational performance and mission readiness are at the core of our NextTrainingTM strategy,” said Dave Buss, president of Cubic Global Defense. “We look forward to working closely with Lockheed Martin and other partners included in this program to improve operational availability of the Army’s TADDS in the critical role of training Soldiers worldwide.”
“We are proud of the trust and confidence the Army has placed in Lockheed Martin, along with Cubic, to execute the ATMP program,” said Amy Gowder, general manager and vice president, Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions. “Our combined knowledge and expertise differentiated us from the competition and allows us to bring next-generation maintenance and sustainment to Army TADSS.”

ATMP allows maintainers to use mobile devices with advanced management information technology to efficiently and effectively track and maintain a wide range of training systems. This allows the Army to have maximum operational awareness and make informed decisions using on-demand access to accurate, complete and timely data.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor of the award with Cubic being a major subcontractor. Cubic will begin its five-month phase-in with full performance anticipated to commence in October 31, 2018.

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About Cubic Corporation
Cubic is a market-leading, technology provider of integrated solutions that increase situational understanding for transportation, defense C4ISR and training customers worldwide to decrease urban congestion and improve the militaries’ effectiveness and operational readiness. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for transportation authorities and operators. Cubic Mission Solutions provides networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for defense, intelligence, security and commercial missions. Cubic Global Defense is a leading provider of live, virtual, constructive and game-based training solutions, special operations and intelligence for the U.S. and allied forces. For more information about Cubic, please visit the company’s website at www.cubic.com or on Twitter @CubicCorp.

Source: Cubic Press Release

Civillian FB Radom MSBS/GROT S16 FB-M1 coming soon

Today we had an opportunity to pick up one of the first .223 Rem GROT S16 FB-M1, the long-awaited civilian-legal version of MSBS/GROT.

.223 Rem GROT S16 FB-M1 is semi-automatic version 5.56×45 NATO Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom MSBS/GROT C16 FB-M1 assault rifles, initially adopted by Polish Armed Forces in 2017. The Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom announced that rifles will be available for sale next week.

The pictured GROT S16 FB-M1 comes from the first production run of 500 pieces. First 100 units will be limited, to commemorate Polish Independence (regained in 1918), edition which will have some special laser-engraved markings and certificate. Every rifle will come with engraved Polish White Eagle on the right side of the upper receive

Semi-automatic GROT S16 FB-M1 comes assembled with side-folded collapsible stock, Magpul M-LOK attachment system handguard (officially licensed by M-LOK) with three short MIL-STD-1913 rails, folded ironsights, Magpul MOE handguard, green translucent polymer 30 round magazine, cleaning kit, manual, warranty card, etc. The rifle comes factory wrapped in anti-corrosion foil (in the past, rifles were packed in paper…, future is here!) and packed in the hard case.

What are the differences between the GROT S16 FB-M1 and GROT C16 FB-M1, except being a semi-only rifle? Of course, the standard fire control group was replaced with two-position (Safe & Single) selector lever (90 degree rotation). Icons are stamped, but not painted. FCG is ambidextrous.

Next thing is the above mentioned M-LOK handguard with four mounting slots at the 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 o’clock and three at 2 and 11 o’clock. The 16” MIL-SPEC quick-changeable fluted barrel with 1:9 twist has 1/2-28-UNEF-2A thread, so the users can easily change the muzzle device. The GROT version adopted by Polish Army has muzzle device which can be only removed by armorer. Rifle is compatible with .223 Rem and 5.56×45 rounds.

The civilian version of the rifle does not feature the bayonet lug. Since the bayonet in military rifle is attached to the lug and to the muzzle device itself, it is impossible to fix it to the S16 FB-M1. The QD sling attachment point location was changed accordingly to the feedback from military users.

There were also some changes in the internals of the rifle – except the lack of full-auto capability. The bolt carrier was modified and the six wolfram plunges were removed. The S16 FB-M1 trigger works different too, it’s not MIL-SPEC one either the Match. The trigger reset is quite long, so no quick double taps. Unfortunately, it is not modular and cannot be replaced without some serious modification of the rifle.

Driving home from the FB Radom, we decided to have a short trip to shooting range to check this piece out. Well, basically it shoots similar to the military rifle. It is stable during shooting, fully ambidextrous and comes with the 90 degree rotation fire control group. The selector switch has quite strong resistance, but we hope it will soon go on. There was some wobbling in the collapsible stock. We were using cheap GGG rounds and there was no stoppages. According to the manual, the S16 FB-M1 is compatible with almost all STANAG magazines, except the Magpul PMAG M3… In upcoming days and months we will see how the rifle will perform when we will get it some serious use.

Some tech specs:

Caliber: 5.56×45 mm NATO/.223 Remington

Overall length: 681 mm (26.81”) with folded stock or 903 mm (35.55”) with stock fully extended

Barrel length: 406 mm (16”)

Barrel twist: 1:9

Weight: 3.7 kg (8.16 lbs)

SAAB signs framework agreement with FMV for Carl-Gustaf Ammunition

Saab has signed a Framework Agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to enable efficient procurement of ammunition to the Carl-Gustaf weapon system. The agreement allows FMV to purchase every kind of combat and training ammunition available, as determined by the needs of the Swedish Armed Forces.

Since 1948, the Carl-Gustaf multi-purpose weapon system has been supporting dismounted infantry around the world in dealing with a full range of battlefield challenges. The versatility and reliability of the ammunition portfolio is a key component of the system.

With this framework agreement, which enables FMV to place orders for ammunition for a minimum of three years with a potential for extension of four years, the terms and conditions are set for any ammunition procurement. Regardless if FMV wishes to procure large or small quantities, the framework agreement will make rapid acquisition possible.

“This framework agreement is a testimony to the fact that we can work together with the customer to find the most beneficial ways of supplying the Swedish Armed Forces with the ammunition they require”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

 

The Carl-Gustaf ammunition portfolio includes anti-armour, anti-structure, anti-personnel, smoke, illumination, and training rounds, enabling the dismounted soldier to successfully engage a wide range of battlefield threats.

Source: Saab press release

Ballard Subsidiary Protonex Receives $1.9M Follow-On U.S. Army Power Manager Order

For Immediate Release – March 26, 2018

VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, USA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the Company’s subsidiary, Protonex, has received a $1.9 million follow-on purchase order for the supply of SPM-622 Squad Power Manager Kits to support U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB).

 

“This follow-on order through the Program Executive Office (PEO) – Soldier supports the mission of the U.S. Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigades,” said Ray Summers, Protonex Director of Military Sales. “The SFAB’s work is critical in supporting partner training in austere environments and the U.S. Army’s focus on these field forces is contributing to the growing demand for power management solutions.”

 

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager is a tough and compact device which weighs less than a pound and enables military units to optimize power for multiple electronic devices, including portable radios, GPS systems, medical instruments, Explosive Ordinance Demolition equipment as well as tablet and laptop computers.

The SPM-622 can draw power from any source – including battery, solar, vehicle, AC, or scavenged energy sources – to run equipment or recharge batteries. It delivers deployment-proven benefits to military forces that include:
• Dependable power for more than 100 electronic devices currently used by troops;
• Lightened load for troops in the field by reducing their battery burden;
• Reduction in battery logistical support requirements; and
• Increased energy flexibility for troops operating in austere environments.

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager system is developed and is produced by Protonex at the company’s facility in Southborough, Massachusetts. To date more than 5,000 units have been deployed by the United States and NATO Partner Nations.

About Protonex
Protonex Technology Corporation is a leading developer and provider of rugged, portable, intelligent power and data management solutions for military and commercial markets. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems.

Further information about the SPM-622 Squad Power Manager and its applications can be found at: www.ptxnomad.com


Leonardo: Poland grows its M-346 fleet with an order worth more than €115 mln for four additional aircraft

Rome, 27 March 2018 – Leonardo and the Armament Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of National Defense have signed a contract to supply four additional M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT) that will join the Polish Air Force’s existing fleet of eight aircraft by 2020. The contract, worth more than 115 million euro, includes a support package. It also contains options for additional four aircraft and support package.

Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This contract reinforces Leonardo’s close partnership with Poland, a country where our technologies and skills are already deeply rooted, and which recognizes the unique capabilities of our integrated training system based on the M-346 aircraft”, adding “training will be an increasingly important part of Leonardo’s strategy, as outlined in the Company’s 2018-2022 Industrial Plan, as it allows us to develop a deep understanding of our customers’ needs and to collaborate with them in the long term”.

This latest success builds on Leonardo’s significant footprint in Poland where it has 3000 highly-skilled employees at its PZL helicopter site in Świdnik. In Poland, Leonardo has a long standing collaboration with Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) for the Rosomak programme providing the 30 mm Hitfist Turret to the Polish Army. Leonardo supplies also several defence and security systems like the ground segment for the COSMO-SkyMed earth observation satellites, early warning radar and coastal surveillance systems contributing significantly to the security of Poland. Across the aerospace, security and cyber domains, Leonardo partners with the Polish Government and local industries to meet their requirements.

The M-346 is the most advanced trainer aircraft available on the market today and is unique in its ability to prepare pilots to fly the latest generation high-performance aircraft. Its wide flight envelope, high thrust/weight ratio and extreme maneuverability allows the M-346 to offer flight conditions similar to those of new-generation combat aircraft maximizing training effectiveness and reducing the need to fly sorties on the far more expensive and complex variants of frontline aircraft.
The Embedded Tactical Training Simulation (ETTS) allows the M-346 to emulate sensors, countermeasures and armaments, as well as allowing pilots to interact in real time with a virtual tactical scenario, further enhancing flexibility and cost reduction. Thanks to its Helmet Mounted Display, in-flight refueling probe and pylons for up to 3,000 kilos of external loads, the M-346 can carry out a complete tactical training syllabus.

The M-346 is the basis of the T-100 Integrated Training System, the solution offered by Leonardo DRS in the T-X competition for the U.S. Air Force’s advanced pilot training system programme.

Glock 19X: Pew pew pew

Cortuesy of  Kaliber.pl, Polish distributor of Glock firearms, today we had a chance to play with the latest Glock family member, the Glock 19X.

Glock 19X is a “crossover” pistol combining the best features of Gen 5 Glocks. It has Glock 17 full-size grip and Glock 19 compact slide and barrel. This makes it more comfortable to use by shooters with large (or normal) sized palms, without magazines with extended floorplates.

The Glock 19X was born because of US Armed Forces Modular Handgun System. Glock was the only company to offer a single pistol for both required configurations. Other competitors in MHS program submitted the Full-size and Compact pistols. Since the MHS award went to SIG Sauer, Glock decided to ditch the external safety and offer their product to the commercial market. During the SHOT Show 2018 was shown, as a MHS offspring. Basically, it’s a mix of Glock 17 & 19 Gen 5 pistols with all the features like nDLC (Diamon Like Coating) polygonal Glock Marksman Barrels.  The 19X comes in the awesome Coyote color with the first-ever factory colored slide, finished with a nPVD slide coating to prevent corrosion. Additional features are tritium iron sights, ambidextrous slide release levers and the loop for a lanyard.

Glock 19X comes with polymer box (in the very same color as pistol itself) with 3 magazines: two 17+2 round magazines with extended floor plates and one standard 17 round magazine. There were some rumors that Gen 5 will not fit the G19X, but we have checked today and found no problems. Stay tuned for more!

Rheinmetall integrates MELLS anti-tank guided missile into Marder infantry fighting vehicle

Rheinmetall has integrated the state-of-the-art MELLS anti-tank guided missile into the Marder 1A5 infantry fighting vehicle.

Following successful conclusion of the study phase, the Bundeswehr subsequently ordered 44 MELLS retrofit kits, which were delivered in December 2017. In the meantime, a total of 35 vehicles have been equipped with the new missile system integration kit. The modernized Marder 1A5 is now able to utilize the MELLS, a German acronym standing for “multirole-capable light anti-tank missile system”. This retrofit contributes to the combat effectiveness of the Bundeswehr’s mechanized infantry units and thus to the credibility of the Federal Republic of Germany in international security contexts.

At the end of 2016, Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support awarded Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH a contract to study ways of integrating the MELLS into the Bundeswehr’s tried-and-tested IFV, which will be reaching the end of its service life in the foreseeable future. Thanks to the MELLS, the Marder IFV now has a new, highly effective anti-tank capability.

Under a development contract – with the help of two sample vehicles –Rheinmetall examined among other things the extent to which oscillation due to movement of the vehicle and the resulting vibration behaviour would have to be taken into account when integrating the MELLS. The results formed the basis for a modified storage concept, enabling transport of the launcher and missiles in the infantry fighting vehicle. The project was conducted during the first half of 2017. The high point came when the vibration-stressed missiles were successfully fired from the IFV.

Rheinmetall has accumulated massive expertise in all aspects of the Marder. The weapons system first rolled off the assembly lines of Rheinmetall’s forerunner in Kassel. Extremely reliable and battle-tested, the Marder is destined to remain an important workhorse of Germany’s mechanized infantry for several years to come. Rheinmetall is currently looking at ways of integrating the MELLS into the 1A3 and 1A5A1 versions of the Marder as well.

Rheinmetall set to supply the Australian Defence Force with over 200 Boxer wheeled armoured reconnaissance vehicles

The Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, has announced today that Rheinmetall has been selected by the Australian Government to provide its next generation 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) as part of plans to modernise the Australian Army under the Land 400 Phase 2 Project.

The multi-billion dollar project will see Rheinmetall deliver at least 211 of the latest generation Boxer 8×8 vehicles, with Rheinmetall’s advanced Lance 30mm turret fitted to the reconnaissance variants. To deliver the project Rheinmetall will establish a state of the art Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) near Brisbane in partnership with the Queensland State Government. The MILVEHCOE will serve as the focal point for the execution of the program and a base for the establishment of an export orientated military vehicle industrial complex in Australia. The MILVEHCOE will support the Australian Governments Defence Export Strategy that was recently announced by the Australian Minister of Defence Industry, The Honourable Christopher Pyne MP.
Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall AG commented, “It is a privilege for Rheinmetall to have been selected by the Australian Government to deliver this landmark military vehicle program. The program, one of the largest in the history of Rheinmetall, will continue our successful partnership with the Australian Government that has been delivering the latest generation of military trucks to the Army.”

The Boxer 8×8 provides an unparalleled level of capability in a highly mobile, survivable, adaptable vehicle that will see Australia join leading nations already using the vehicle including Germany, The Netherlands and Lithuania. The Lance turret fitted to the vehicle utilises the latest technologies that allow the Boxer CRV to be uniquely aware of its environment, with advanced systems to automatically detect, characterise and track threats on the battlefield. The turret features a range of scalable effects, including non-lethal systems, the latest air-burst cannon technologies and a guided anti-tank missile system that allows the crew to engage the most aggressive threats on the battlefield.

Ben Hudson, global head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division, said, “We are honoured to have been chosen by the Australian Government at the conclusion of the rigorous Land 400 Phase 2 selection process. I must pay tribute to the Rheinmetall team and our Australian partners that have contributed to Land 400; their tireless dedication over the last three years will ensure that the Australian Army receives a vehicle that allows them to fight, survive and win on the battlefields of today and tomorrow.”

The MILVEHCOE will allow Rheinmetall to transfer cutting edge technologies to Australia in the areas of military vehicle design, production, turret systems, sensors, survivability, simulation and through life support. This transfer of technology, coupled with the scale of the Land 400 based Australian design and manufacturing, will underpin the establishment of an export oriented military vehicle industry that will collaborate with academic institutions in companion technologies and see significant development in small to medium businesses around Australia that cooperate with Rheinmetall through the MILVEHCOE.

After two years of extensive industry engagement, Rheinmetall has identified over 40 companies from around Australia that will form part of a globally competitive military vehicle industry. Some of the businesses that will contribute to the truly national Rheinmetall Boxer CRV program include:

  • MILSPEC and Bisalloy from New South Wales,
  • Supashock from South Australia,
  • Nioa and Penske from Queensland,
  • Direct Edge from Tasmania,
  • Supacat, Tectonica and Cablex from Victoria, and
  • Hoffman Engineering from Western Australia.

Gary Stewart, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia, said “The Land 400 program will enable the Australian Army to receive the best CRV capability for their needs, and create a long term, economic benefit for Australia. Rheinmetall’s investment in the MILVEHCOE will enrich the economy in the high technology advanced manufacturing sector and broaden employment in defence across the nation. In doing so, we will create a strong sovereign military vehicle industry that allows Australian companies to innovate, compete and win globally.”