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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.



Four+: Leatherman Charge+ TTi, Charge+, Wave+ & Wave+ Black

Militaria.pl, Polish distributor of famous Leatherman multi-tools brand, send us some latest 2018 products. The latest addition to the Full Size series are Charge+ TTi, Charge+, Wave+ and Wave+ Black multi-tools – these are not completely new products, but proven designs with some minor improvements.

The main difference between old and new variants are pliers – now, they come with upgraded, replaceable wire cutters similiar to those found in Heavy Duty series multi-tools and Rebar. It’s evolution, not the revolution, but in case of damaged of the wire cutters in old tools, they had to be replaced, by Leatherman (25 years of warranty) or on your own (not so easy if possible at all). Now, to replace the wire cutters, you just need to buy new ones, remove two screws and replaced the parts. MSRP of wire cutters set with key and two new screws is 10$. Cutters are available in Black or Stainless Steel.

The 2018 Leatherman tools comes with new nylon cover (two variants available).

We already have the latest tools in our hands, so stay tuned for more detailed review in future.

Rheinmetall-led soldier systems consortium awarded European Defence Fund contract

Overcoming multiple competitors, Rheinmetall has won the first request for proposals for preliminary studies relating to European Union defence research financed by the EU’s European Defence Union. Under a project known as “Generic Open Soldier Systems Reference Architecture”, or GOSSRA, the European Commission has put the Düsseldorfbased tech group in charge of a consortium consisting of partners from nine different EU member states.

“We are very pleased that our proposal has met with success in this early phase of the formation of the European Defence Union. It gives added momentum to our strategy of expanding the Group’s EU-themed activities in Brussels in pursuit of further European Union projects aimed at strengthening Europe’s strategic autonomy with regard to security and defence policy”, declares Dr Thomas Weise, who heads the Rheinmetall Group’s recently opened Representative Office for EU and NATO Affairs in Brussels.

Under the GOSSRA project, studies will be conducted into developing an open reference architecture as the basis of EU-wide standardized soldier systems. This includes electronics, voice and data communication, software solutions, man-machine interfaces, sensors and effectors. As the maker of the German Bundeswehr’s IdZ-ES soldier system, the Canadian military’s Argus system and the recently unveiled Gladius 2.0, Rheinmetall possesses cutting edge expertise in this domain.

The project is an important step in improving interoperability during joint operations conducted by forces from multiple EU member nations. In order to take on this task, Rheinmetall has assembled a consortium consisting of Europe’s most important soldier systems companies (Indra and GMV Aerospace and Defence of Spain, Leonardo SpA and Larimart of Italy, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO, Poland’s iTTi Sp. Z.o.o., the Portuguese company Tekever ASDS Lda. and SAAB AB of Sweden), successfully leading it through the proposal phase.

25 years of W-3A Sokół helicopters in Polish TOPR Mountain Rescue

Warsaw, 19th February 2018

Warsaw, 19 February 2018 – PZL-Świdnik and the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue (TOPR) are pleased to inform about the 25th anniversary of the introduction into service in TOPR of the W-3A Sokół helicopter.

The first W-3A Sokół helicopter for TOPR left the production lines in Świdnik exactly on 12th February 1993 and its “baptism” in TOPR took place a few days later, i.e. on 18th February 1993. In March 1993 the first TOPR-operated Sokół initiated on-call rescue duties. It was a gift from the Chancellery of the President Lech Wałęsa for the benefit of mountain rescue services performed by TOPR.

The rotorcraft used by TOPR rescuers is not just a specialized emergency machine provided with medical equipment meeting top standards. The equipment of the Sokół also enables the crew to undertake direct actions from the helicopter hovering over the hardest-to-reach Tatra mountain walls. The specialized equipment is designed to guarantee provision of help and protection of life and health until the victim is transported to hospital. TOPR rescuers have learnt that they frequently manage to transport the victims from the remotest parts of the Tatra mountains to
a hospital in less than 30 minutes.

– Within the recent three years the Sokół helicopter has been called for action from our Zakopane headquarters almost 600 times. Bearing in mind that within that period TOPR rescuers have carried out more than 1900 actions, one can easily calculate that they have been accompanied by the helicopter in every third intervention – says Jan Krzysztof, the Head of the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue.

Moreover, according to the statistics run by TOPR, within the recent three years alone the Sokół has enabled rescuing more than 700 tourist victims, mainly from pedestrian trails, but also skiers, Tatra mountaineers and cave explorers as well as bikers.

– It is worthwhile adding that the Sokół also helps our southern neighbors. Within the recent three years our helicopter has performed as many as 14 interventions abroad rescuing lives of  18 people – the head of TOPR lists.

– We are particularly proud of the fact that this year marks the 25th anniversary since our Sokół started to safeguard the Tatra trails and supports mountain rescuers in their difficult work every day. This jubilee confirms how good, reliable and cost effective rescue helicopter the Sokół can be; it is also manufactured in maritime rescue version as Anakonda while as Głuszec it can be used in combat search and rescue missions, said Krzysztof Krystowski, Vice President in Leonardo Helicopters.

The history of use of helicopter by TOPR dates back to 1960s. The archives of TOPR contain a mention that for the first time the rescuers used a helicopter back in 1963. It was also a PZL-Świdnik-made SM-1 helicopter. In later years – until as late as 1993 – TOPR rescuers (back than known as GOPR Tatra Group) used Mi-2 helicopters operating as part of the Sanitary Aviation Group from Cracow, owing to enormous commitment of a pilot, Tadeusz Augustyniak. In the second half of 1990s, after an accident of a helicopter during a rescue action, which resulted in deaths of two pilots: Janusz Rybicki and Bogusław Arendarczyk, and two TOPR rescuers: Janusz Kubica and Stanisław Mateja, TOPR was supported by helicopters of the Polish Army, Police and Border Guards.

Rheinmetall books new multi-million-dollar contracts from USA: Flash bangs and ammunition

America’s armed forces have once again placed their trust in Rheinmetall, recently issuing the Group two new multi-million-dollar munitions contracts. In September the U. S. Marine Corps ordered day and night-capable 40mm x 46 practice cartridges worth around US$3 million (€2.5 million). These cartridges contain no environmentally damaging substance and are being produced by American Rheinmetall Munitions, Inc. (ARM) in Camden, Arkansas. ARM is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall Defence of Düsseldorf, Germany. Deliveries started in December 2017.

The U.S. Navy is procuring the latest advanced flash-bang grenade from Rheinmetall, now type classified by the US Government as the MK 24 MOD 0, under a new deliver order worth US$3.8 million (€3.2 million). Delivery will take place in 2018 through ARM, although these non-lethal diversionary devices will be produced at the Rheinmetall plant in Trittau, Germany.

One of the world’s foremost makers of 40mm weapon systems and ammunition, Rheinmetall is also a major supplier of special effects munitions. In both domains, the Group covers the complete capabilities spectrum, supplying armed forces and law enforcement agencies around the world with components and systems. Besides 40mm low-velocity and highvelocity ammunition, Rheinmetall is pushing ahead with the development of a forwardlooking family of 40mm medium-velocity ammunition. A leading maker of systems and equipment for ground forces, the Group is also known for its first-rate 40mm weapon systems and fire control technology.

These new orders underscore once again Rheinmetall’s prominent role in the world of cutting-edge weapon and ammunition technology.

PGZ DROMADER SF Update: New photos of the system

Here is a quick update about the PGZ DROMADER individual load carrying equipment system featured in the Frag Out! Magazine #18. The development team working on this projects has sent us a brief information and some studio shots.

Our “DROMADER” project is moving along well.

We are forming a consortium of PGZ companies to expand the scope of the project to other specialist needs.

Attached are some images of DROMADER-SF system for  the Law Enforcement and Military  CT units.

You can also see a comparison between DROMADER equpped soldier with 5.56 mm MSBS/GROT assault rifle and MAPA camouflage kit and a standard Polish infantry soldier in wz. 93 camouflage uniform, “Kandahar” body armor and 5.56 mm BERYL wz. 96 assault rifle.


Leonardo highlights its electronic warfare and fighter trainer expertise at Kuwait Aviation Show

Kuwait is a strategic market for Leonardo, which will supply 28 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets to the Country

At the exhibition Leonardo will be promoting its ‘EW Mobile Range’ capability. Kuwait is already a major partner of Leonardo in the electronic warfare domain Leonardo is also highlighting its M-346 trainer aircraft, which was recently employed by Kuwaiti pilots who earned their wings at the Italian Air Force’s Training Academy

Kuwait City, 17 January 2018 – Leonardo is attending the Kuwait Aviation Show (Jan 17-20) to highlight the company’s commitment to the State of Kuwait and demonstrate some of its most relevant capabilities to customers in-country and in the wider Arabian Gulf region.

Kuwait is a strategic market for Leonardo. The Country recently strengthened ties with the company by ordering 28 Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft, production of which is already underway. The models delivered will be the most advanced produced to date, incorporating the Leonardo-led Captor-E AESA radar and weapon systems including Storm Shadow, Brimstone, Meteor and Marte ER. Visitors to Leonardo at the Kuwait Air Show will be able to learn more about the Typhoon as well as about Leonardo’s M-346 trainer aircraft. A number of Kuwait Air Force pilots have earned their wings at the Italian Air Force M-346 Training Academy,
using a Leonardo’s latest-generation training system.

One of the highlights of the show will be Leonardo’s mobile Electronic Warfare (EW) range capability service, which the company is offering to the Kuwaiti Air Force through its local incountry subsidiary. The ‘EW Mobile Range’ will allow Kuwaiti pilots to test their aircraft against realistic representative threats in live exercises, using emitter equipment to simulate radio frequency (RF), InfraRed (IR) and laser threats. The service is appropriate for a number of aircraft types including Kuwait’s Apache helicopters, which are themselves equipped with Leonardo’s ‘HIDAS’ electronic warfare defensive suite.

As well as providing EW systems themselves, Leonardo provides ongoing training and operational support to Kuwait. Members of the Kuwait Air Force have completed a six month training course at Leonardo’s UK-based Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) facility, transferring the essential knowledge and skills that will allow the Kuwait Air Force to get the most out of the HIDAS system.

Outside of Defence, Leonardo is also demonstrating its commitment to Kuwait by contributing the very latest civil technology. The company has delivered data management systems for Kuwait City airport, has provided air traffic control radars and recently announced the signing of a contract to supply an advanced baggage handling system for Kuwait International Airport’s new Terminal 4

Analysis: Polish Army Indvidual Equipment

Current state of individual equipment (load bearing equipment) in Polish Land Forces

Unfortunately, although some promising ideas and concepts offered by different companies appeared here and there, although there were declarations made by more and less influential people – from both the civilian and the military environment, and although the interested parties voiced specific needs in a clear manner, nothing has changed, in fact. The course of action was still to order and purchase archaic individual equipment for oodles of money – and the orders for Lubawa wz. 998 tactical vests, which are still terrible, were not the worst thing; the worst thing was purchasing tons of wz.67 webbing. Yes, old-school webbing, designed more than half a century ago, and now perfect for museum. There were similarly horrendous amounts of cash spent on retrofiting of steel helmets too.