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Don’t be held back by the limitations of your equipment; Expand your training with the durable and realistic suite of TOMManikinTM Medical Manikins available from ITTS and Techline Technologies. Durable, easy to setup and quick to reset, TOMManikinTM is the ideal medical training manikin to prepare your crew against the worst scenarios.

The industry-leading TOMManikinTM from ITTS and Techline Technologies is now available in a new fully submersible model, WATERTOMMTM. Optional injuries include a closed fracture to arm, open soft tissue injuries to arm, abdominal evisceration, and massive soft tissue trauma to lower leg. All commands are remotely controlled with a wireless, tetherless, handheld system. Submersible to 33 feet, WATERTOMMTM is the perfect compliment to any freshwater or saltwater rescue and diving emergency training scenarios.

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From the makers of TOMManikin™ comes the latest addition to the best-selling ITTS line of tactical operations manikins, the K9. A wirelessly controlled canine manikin that replicates the popular Belgian Malinois breed of service dogs, and facilitates canine emergency medical care by simulating the common traumatic injuries these dogs experience. Weighing approximately 70 lbs, the K9 manikin barks, bleeds and breathes just like the real thing. When your valuable service dog is threatened, you’ll be prepared.

Supplement your WATERTOMM™ with our Prolonged Field Care Training suite of medical simulation equipment , including D.A.R.T. teaching software that replaces a defibrillator and ECG Rhythm Simulator. capnography, defibrillation, 12 LEAD, synchronized cardioversion, X-Rays, transcutaneous pacing, and much more. Utilize the Pulse Oximeter Simulator to register heart rate, respiratory rate, SpO2, and SpO2 waveforms; The Capnograph Simulator monitors carbon dioxide partial pressure, respiratory rate, and CO2 waveform; The NIBP Monitor allows medical responders to gather vital signs without instructor intervention while onboard controls allow various modes of operation. Display includes systolic & diastolic pressures (mmHg) and heart rate.

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“We want to lead the market, not be led AS‐501 Ultra‐Light Weight Boltless  by it.” Yoav Kapah, ArmorSource President/CEO Combat Helmet (2.4 lbs. / spec. IIIA and greater) ArmorSource LLC is the leading manufacturer of ballistic helmets and advanced head protection products in the United States today, offering innovative and unique solutions to meet the challenging demands facing the men and women in Law Enforcement, Homeland Defense, Diplomatic Security, and all areas of Military Operations both at home and abroad. Years of continuous progress in all areas of ballistic personal protection have steadily improved the ballistic performance of their products while reducing the burden of weight placed on the head, neck, and shoulders of the men and women in uniform in an effort to reduce fatigue and loss of performance and efficiency. The ArmorSource mantra, "Deliver what you promise and don't promise what you can't deliver," is a commitment made to its customers whose lives depend on the ballistic performance of our products. Whether it’s a PASGT helmet or the 1.9 pound “LJD Aire,” ArmorSource customers are always assured that their helmet will do its job.

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ArmorSource is one the most remarkable facilities in the world with production operations covering 120,000 s/f. Operations are non-stop due to the growing demand by foreign and domestic Law Enforcement and Military agencies alike; countries like Italy are purchasing the AS‐770    ACVC‐H  boltless AS-501 Ultra-Lightweight ACH  (spec. ARPD 12‐03) [shown top right], to Australia’s Special Forces requiring the AS-501 in the high-cut style equipped with the ArmorSource proprietary boltless rail and retention systems [below left]. ArmorSource is proud to be the leading US manufacturer with progressive R&D, engineering and production readiness capabilities able to support US Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen with the lightest and most robust ballistic helmets on the market today. Please  email  USG@armorsource.com  for  more  information.  AS‐501 Ultra‐Light Weight ACH / High  Cut (spec. IIIA and greater) 

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SOF Survivability SPEAR sharpens special operators’ protective edge in battle By Julie Bird

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A tactical air control party Airman aims a weapon through a doorway while clearing a structure during special weapons and tactics school at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla.

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A LOOK INSIDE THE LEUPOLD MARK 6 1-6X20MM RIFLESCOPE By Dave Domin

It’s no secret that military, law enforcement and competitive shooters have been looking for the ideal riflescope to engage close to mid-range targets. That is why, in 2011, Leupold & Stevens introduced the Mark 8 1.1-8x24 CQBSS. Knowing the $4000 price tag of the CQBSS would limit sales, Leupold concurrently developed a more economical, yet equally feature rich, optic and in 2012 they debuted the Mark 6 1-6x20mm M6C1 illuminated riflescope. The Mark 6 1-6x20mm is smaller and lighter than the CQBSS and half its price. The 1-6 magnification is ideal for close to intermediate target engagements making it an excellent choice for both light and heavy combat carbines. Weighing in at 17.6 ounces and having an overall length of just 10.3 inches, it is gaining a loyal following by law enforcement and competitive 3 gunners. Leupold didn’t pull any punches when designing this riflescope. They begin with a one-piece, 34mm maintube crafted out of aircraft grade aluminum for unrivaled durability that delivers over 37 mils of adjustment. From there they install lead free, edgeblackened lenses with Xtended Twilight and DiamondCoat™ 2 lens coatings which optimize light transmission in low light conditions, provide unparalleled scratch resistance and offer a crystal clear image throughout the magnification range. They top it off with an exclusive Argon/Krypton gas blend that reduces the diffusion of internal gases, resists thermal shock more effectively than nitrogen, and provides 100% waterproof integrity. Once the Mark 6 1-6x20mm gets mounted to a rifle, its long list of features begin to present themselves. The eyepiece contains a locking, fast focus diopter adjustment that offers up a generous 3.7 inches of eye relief. Directly in front of that is an oversized power selector that can be easily grasped for smooth magnification adjustment. The indicator at the front of the power selector was designed to sit at the 12 o’clock position when set to 1x so you can confirm your magnification without having to look at the dial. The Mark 6 1-6 is available in three front focal reticle configurations and features a seven stage illuminator, operated with a CR2032 battery that ranges from daylight bright to night vision compatible. The first reticle is the TMR-D which features an illuminated center dot for rapid target acquisition on low power and milling scale when the magnification is turned up.

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The other two reticles are the CMR-W 5.56 and the CMR-W 7.62. These cartridge specific reticles were a natural progression of the very popular CM-R2 reticle design. Shooters requested the inclusion of 10 and 20 MPH wind holds into the reticle, as well as additional ranging features. The CMR-W reticle is comprised of a 0.5-MOA dot surrounded by a 5.0-MOA circle for a perfect combination of precision and speed. There are two MIL scales included in the reticle, hash marks on the horizontal stadia along with a vertical bar on the left side above the main horizontal line. These elements can be used for both calculating distance and measuring objects down range. The tic-marks on the vertical stadia serve a dual purpose, allowing the user to quickly estimate the distance to 18” targets while serving as precise holdover points for targets between 300 and 1,200 meters (900 meters for CMR-W 5.56). The horizontal bars down the left side of the reticle are also 18” long at distance, and additionally there are 4”x 4” squares located 12” above this horizontal line for additional range estimation options. For best results, the CMR-W reticle should be zeroed at 200 meters, allowing the center point of the reticle to also serve as a 50 meter aiming point. Finally the Mark 6 1-6 employs low profile, one turn, mil-based ZeroLock windage and elevation dials, or as Leupold likes to call them, the M6C1. As the name implies, these dials lock at zero to prevent unintentional adjustment and require a minimal button push to unlock the turret. Each dial has 11 mils, 0.2 mils per click, of adjustment in its one revolution with the windage dial comprising of 5.5 mils in each direction. The dials also contain ballistic drop data for either the 5.56 or 7.62 cartridges, depending on model, making come ups a breeze in the field. If different cartridges are going to be used, additional dials can be purchased through the Leupold Custom Shop. The Mark 6 1-6x20mm M6C1 was engineered based on years of elite riflescope making expertise and end user demands. It truly delivers unrivaled performance to tactical operators and competitive shooters alike. For more information visit www.Leupold.com.


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SOF Survivability SPEAR sharpens Special Operators protective edge in battle

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pecial Operations missions aren’t like other kinds of military missions. Small, stealthy, highly mobile units operate in often harsh environments, without vehicles, perhaps without traditional support, for what could be days at a time. So it’s no surprise that much of their personal gear is as specialized as their missions. Special Operations Forces (SOF) gear has to meet requirements for all the services, since each branch has its own special operators. It also has to meet unique Special Operations requirements, including many that conventional forces would rarely need to deal with. Take maritime or amphibious operations. Gear has to survive being submerged, for example, utilizing coatings and materials that not only stand up to exposure to water but are able to operate at specific depths. This stuff is special, all right.

U.S. Special Operations Command established the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Soldier Protection and Survival Systems program in fiscal 2009 to fund ongoing development of specialized personal gear for its personnel. Resources were shifted from another ongoing program element called Special Operations Tactical Systems Development, and from Weapon Systems Advanced Development. The gear is part of the SOF Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements, or SPEAR, consisting of the equipment worn or carried by SOF operators – body armor, helmets, load carriage systems, protective combat

SPEAR Equipment SOF Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) equipment, excluding service-common equipment, includes:

A Special Forces team chief uses violet smoke to signal an Mi-17 helicopter to land to extract Coalition Forces from Gulistan district, Farah province, Afghanistan.

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uniforms and communications headsets, to name a few. The products are designed as an integrated modular system, says Ken McGraw, a command spokesman. The Program Executive Officer for SOF Warrior Systems has overall responsibility for the program. Program management is handled by the program manager for SOF Survival, Support and Equipment Systems at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering (RD&E) Center in Natick, Mass. The program structure is modular in the sense that each capability area is pursued on a separate acquisition path, according to a Natick document explaining the early stages of SPEAR. The idea was to make the products compatible and interoperable with current equipment as much as possible, with contingency stocks and emergency spares available through a depot or on order through production contracts. Lighter, faster, stronger and safer are key goals for SPEAR equipment. “Examples include a ballistic plate that is lighter with greater capability, a helmet designed for increased survivability, or a communications headset that is more reliable under extreme conditions,” according to the SOF Warrior Systems Program Executive Office at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The services’ research and development commands work on SOF-specific development needs when requested, but most of the SOF gear is modified government-offthe-shelf or modified commercial-off-the-shelf items, the PEO said in written responses to questions. Modifying off-the-shelf items allows the SPEAR program to leverage technological investments by services and industry, reduce cycle times, insert new technology more quickly, lower lifecycle costs and create greater reliability and availability, the PEO says. “The command is always looking for stronger, lighter, multipurpose soldier protection and individual equipment items.” SPEAR equipment, the PEO continues, “is developed with complete emphasis on Special Operations personnel and mission profiles, including operations in extreme airborne and amphibious environments.” New equipment is developed only as a last option. SPEAR objectives are stated in terms of thresholds and objectives, and used as part of the competitive source selection process for awarding contracts. If a user determines that a requirement has increased, the threshold is adjusted. “One of the most influential (lessons) is the importance of user assessments as part of the down select and source selection process. Through user assessments, a piece of

equipment can be evaluated for true form, fit, function and user acceptance. User assessments can expedite the fielding of SPEAR equipment and the identification of necessary improvements.” Overall, SPEAR focuses on improving three areas in personal equipment to produce a modular equipment system allowing mission-tailoring, enhanced survivability, and enhanced mobility while reducing weight, bulk and heat stress, according to the RD&E Center at Natick. Body Armor / Load Carriage Systems, known by the acronym BALCS, are one of four major research and development priorities. The goal is to provide better protection against present and future enemy ammunition, buoyancy and load-carrying capacity. The focus for the load carriage system is to provide modular options tailorable to different kinds of missions. So-called spiral development allows continuous improvements throughout the long development and acquisition cycle. In essence, the U.S. Special Operations Command continues defining its requirements during the development process, using feedback from the field, for example, or adapting the requirements based on evolving mission needs. Another R&D priority is SPEAR Environmental Protection, intended to allow forces to operate effectively in cold weather, steamy jungle environments, mountains, at sea, and anywhere else the environment tends to be harsh and difficult. The ability to transition seamlessly from one condition to another is considered critical. Part of the environmental protection package is called Protective Combat Uniform Extremity Protection, including the Modular Glove System. Another section of the Protective Combat Uniform program addresses product improvements, including for flame resistance and reduction of weight and bulk. Next-generation helmet communications headsets are intended to allow reliable, seamless communication through a variety of networks, both SOF-specific and ones used by conventional troops across the services. It allows internal communication systems used by a SOF team from insertion through extraction. The helmet communication equipment was to utilize commercial offthe-shelf technology with modifications for SOF use.

Special Operations Forces hone their skills and test out their equipment at exercises like Emerald Warrior, a two-week joint/combined tactical exercise sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command to leverage lessons learned from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Col. Harlie Bodine, the commander of the 611th Air and Space Operations Center, spent the day with rescue squadrons from Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing during an immersion flight in and around the area at Joint Base ElmendorfRichardson, Alaska.

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TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES AN EDGE WHEN FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

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.S. Special Operations Command uses the latest technology in just about every aspect of personal equipment for its small, clandestine teams, from headsets and gloves to backpacks, vision augmentation systems and body armor. The sophistication of such systems allows an operator “to ignore threats or dangers or encumbrances that somebody not so equipped is constantly aware of,” says Dakota L. Wood, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a think tank in Washington, D.C. They “make it possible to do things much more easily and effectively than their enemy is able to,” says Wood, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel studying the operational challenges of irregular warfare. A headset developed by 3M, for instance, integrates communications and hearing protection using a technology the company calls Talk-Through. With 3M’s Comtac Advanced Communication Headset, loud noises like gunfire and explosions are transmitted to the ear at safe levels while softer sounds like whispers or rustling leaves are amplified, says Tom Lavalle, a business development specialist at 3M’s Military Marketing Center in Indianapolis, Ind. 3M also makes hearing protectors for soldiers who don’t use a radio. One, called the Combat Arms Earplug, kicks in protection only when it’s needed. It uses a patented filter that allows a soldier to hear things like conversations and footsteps but dampens a loud noise the instant it occurs, according to Doug Moses, a 3M business development specialist and marketing manager. A “modular glove system” from Outdoor Research of Seattle, Wash., is a set of five gloves that can be worn in layers in extreme cold weather, or separately for a variety of other conditions. “It’s a collection,” says Mike Christian, director of government sales for OR. “You can take them from the desert floor in Afghanistan all the way to the highest peak there.” One layer is fire-resistant in response to the threat of roadside bombs. “We certainly knew how to make good, dexterous, tight-fitting, durable gloves, but were certainly introduced to some new materials,” including Nomex and Kevlar, to make the fire-resistant layer, Christian says.

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ight sights, rifle sights, thermal sights and imageintensification goggles are all made for Special Forces by L-3 Communications’ Warrior Systems unit. The unit was formed after L-3’s acquisition of Insight Technology Corp., a long-time supplier of night-vision and electro-optical equipment with close links to the Special Operations community. Laser targeting and acquisition markers come from Northrop Grumman. “Lightweight laser-designator rangefinders that we make are probably, outside of night-vision goggles, the most high-tech piece of equipment that a Specops operator carries all the time. It’s starting to become as common as your water bottle,” says Paul Cabellon, a Northrop Grumman spokesman. SOCOM’s Body Armor Load Carriage System (BALCS) is supplied by Mystery Ranch, a backpack-maker in Bozeman, Mont. BALCS features the latest fitting and stability technology, according to the company. Mystery Ranch, formed in 2000 primarily to work with the Navy SEAL community, has since worked with every tier of Special Ops, according to Mark Seacat, director of marketing. “We create everything, from light-carry three-day assault packs, which is probably our most popular pack, to concealed sniper rifle packs.” The Rapid Access Trauma System, or RATS, pack uses Velcro and color-coding to allow a medic to quickly pull out just what is needed.

Ceramic body armor is produced by Ceradyne Inc., of Costa Mesa, Calif. The armor is made of boron carbide, which Ceradyne describes as “the lightest technical ceramic material ... as well as the hardest,” second only to diamonds.

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pecial Forces have almost always had special gear, but the level of sophistication grew after 1987, when USSOCOM was formed. One reason is that with all the money in one bucket instead of being spread around to special units in the individual services, it has been easier to develop and acquire the lighter, more durable and more technically advanced gear demanded by high-risk, highpayoff missions. Navy SEALs thus have ready access to gear more resistant than normal to corrosion, while Army special operators get lighter, more capable personal gear. If rifles and sidearms must be souped up, it happens quickly. Instead of a standard-issue 9mm Beretta pistol, for instance, Special Forces operators may prefer a Colt .45 with modifications like a unique trigger -- and have no problem getting it in a hurry. The service components within Special Operations Forces do make the greatest possible use of equipment provided by their parent services, but “the unique nature of SOF missions frequently drives different materiel solutions” among the services, Air Force Maj. Wes Ticer, a USSOCOM spokesman, says in an email response to questions.

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He doesn’t address individual equipment, but does say that “in the mobility area, the service-provided High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP) are often outfitted with specific command, control, communication and computer intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance suites to support specific SOF service-component branch requirements.” Such niche capabilities aren’t usually given to all U.S. forces because they are not required, and because they’re not cheap. The SOF community is willing to pay the price of high-tech individual gear because the mission is so important, Wood says. “They have to succeed, and you want to be able to bring everybody back.”

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situational awareness by integrating sensors into mobility platforms; and reducing the weight of vehicle armor to improve mobility. A big reason for the emphasis on new technology is that adversaries are constantly on the lookout for ways to offset systems in the Special Operations arsenal. Technologies of all kinds proliferate over time, meaning that “more actors get access to them,” says CSBA’s Wood. Technologies that give U.S. forces an advantage can find their way into the hands of groups like Hezbollah and Latin American drug traffickers. “If you’ve got cash you can buy just about anything these days, including high-end weapon systems,” Wood says.

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OCOM is putting some serious money into individual pecial Forces gear is keyed to work with low signatures, equipment. The command’s acquisition and logistics and “darkness itself works to our advantage in arm has several program executive offices, or PEOs, general,” says one industry executive. “We try to to handle procurement -- fixed wing, maritime systems, a provide gear that gives us the night as the edge, and a lot of support activity, rotary wing, special reconnaissance and it you’ll find strapped to their helmets or onto their rifles. SOF Warrior. ... Part of the whole trick is to try to do it in a manner that PEO-SOF Warrior’s job is to “enhance lethality, mobility allows them to do their primary jobs as if it were during the and survivability” in ground activities, according to the daytime.” A related focus is “to make these things really, command. One of its responsibilities is the SOF Personal really lightweight” and able to run for long periods off Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) program, small batteries. At the same time, each supplier has to understand how which covers body armor, helmets, load carriage systems, backpacks, gloves, eye protection and communications its system or device fits with those of other suppliers. 3M’s headsets. All are “designed and developed to provide communication headset, for instance, not only has to plug an integrated modular system for the SOF Warrior,” the into a variety of sources -- aircraft intercom, ground vehicles, portable radios -- but it must as easily command says. Another SOF as possible be worn with things like Warrior individual equipment SUCH NICHE CAPABILITIES a respiratory mask, combat eyewear, responsibility is the Tactical helmet and nape band, and body Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) AREN’T USUALLY GIVEN TO armor. Not least of all, says 3M’s program, aimed at providing ALL U.S. FORCES BECAUSE Lavalle, it must fit. “How can you life-saving first aid in tactical THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED, ensure that any soldier -- man, situations. SOCOM’s combined fiscal woman, big head, small head -- can AND BECAUSE THEY’RE 2011 budget request for SPEAR put this on and it works? It’s not NOT CHEAP. and TCCC was expected to be an easy task.” And there are some about $52 million, Ticer says. problems that can’t be easily solved. PEO-SOF Warrior, he says, fielded more than 29,000 items Headsets, for example, will be hot in the desert. of SPEAR individual equipment during fiscal 2010 as well The relatively small size of the Special Operations Forces as nearly 3,000 TCCC operator kits and 400 TCCC medic – just 12,000 are deployed around the world on an average kits. day, according to the command – and their hallmark SOF operators are able cover a range of missions with individuality is a natural fit with the small entrepreneurial their individual gear because it is both interoperable and companies that supply much of the SOF gear. “We invite modular, Ticer says. “This tailored-ability enables SOF these groups in and they bring their entire kit that they operators to rapidly reconfigure their equipment and need to carry, and we’ll design an alpha prototype in usually three to five days,” says Mystery Ranch’s Seacat. execute assigned missions in remote locations.” Because SOF operate in rugged environments, “We either send it with them, or have it meet them back equipment reliability and maintainability is critical, he home, and then they go out and test it” and give feedback. Mystery Ranch also gets “satellite phone calls directly says, along with the ability to tailor equipment training and from Afghanistan,” Seacat says. “They’re usually calling maintenance to those operational realities. Meanwhile, a range of research and development to say, ‘Hey, thanks a lot, this is amazing stuff; other efforts are under way within PEO-SOF Warrior: adapting members of our group have seen it; we need to buy digital multispectral technologies to improve night-vision six more of these packs, like now.’ And then we send it capabilities; reducing weapon signatures; seeking lighter straight to Afghanistan.” weight, more protective body armor; improving crew 28 DEFENSE STANDARD Tactical Summer Gear 2015 2016


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Northrop Grumman makes SOFLAM, a laser designator and rangefinder that allows Special Operations Forces to designate targets for destruction by laser-guided ordnance. It can be carried by one person and can be operated remotely -- a consideration when forces must remain hidden.

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U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, and Land) climb a caving ladder during visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.


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A Green Beret provides security for the team using a Humveemounted M2 machine gun during a training exercise on Hurlburt Field, Fla.

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Transforming Precision Lase it. Range it. Engage it. Wilcox introduces the RAPTAR™ the next generation in laser and rangefinder technology.

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ilcox Industries is a leading innovator in the tactical equipment sector, creating unique products with unmatched performance, durability and value. With over 30 years of manufacturing experience, we have created products that directly impact the safety of service members. Decades of Innovation Wilcox pioneered the introduction of laser aiming devices for small arms with our first US patent for a laser device attached to a handgun in 1994 known as the Night Stalker. The Night Stalker offered an IR and visible marker, pulse feature to pulse the laser beam as well as a straight red laser. As a safety feature, the Night Stalker would turn off when the rounds were completely expended from the weapon. Using 2 AAAA batteries, the Night Stalker would offer the operator 10 hours of continuous

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By Adrienne Irizarry, Wilcox Industries use. Since 1994, we have amassed numerous patents – many have defined today’s small arms fire control and laser aiming technologies. One step in our product evolution was the Power Grip. At the time of release, the Power Grip brought high performance to a new level incorporating multi-functional aiming lasers and a SureFire® tactical flashlight together in a compact package. The laser module offered three laser selections, a programmable LCD interface and could be operated on the Power Grip Multi-Aiming Device (MAD) or mounted directly onto a MIL-STD-1913 weapon rail. The flashlight module delivered a xenon bulb for visible flood illumination. It also offered a removable IR filter cover to provide instant IR flood illumination. The innovation of the Power Grip led to advances that inspired


Sponsored Content the creation of the Day/Night Sight. Operators were having difficulty with accuracy during night time combat. The Day/Night mount increased the hit probability and accuracy for both day and night shooting with 40mm M203 and M203 Q.D. grenade launchers. It mounted directly to the barrel to provide increased accuracy. The mount easily attached and detached from the grenade launcher to enhance mission flexibility. When the device was not in use, it stored in a collapsed position to protect the unit and retain sight settings. The Day/ Night sight was the beginning of Wilcox’s presence in the arena of fire control systems.

The system mounts, without the use of special tools, onto MIL-STD-1913 rails with the Wilcox Cam-Lock Mounting System™. There were 3,800 RAAMs purchased through the FIST program and are NATO codified.

The Day/Night Sight evolved into the LAW Trajectory Mount (LTM.) The unique design of the LTM secured to the LAW by means of a tube clamp and ratchetable strap for ease of mounting and removal when not in use. The LTM incorporated a digital display indicating the distance to target and ergonomically adjustable control of the firing mechanism. This revolutionary unit overcame obstacles that operators were facing at the time as well as providing cost savings. The device offered a shrouded release button preventing accidental release of the LTM from the LAW.

We specialize in a holistic systems approach to what we offer and strive to set new industry standards in quality and workmanship, providing you the toughest, most effective tactical gear you need to do your job without compromise.

The advancements developed to bring RAAM to fruition became the template for developing RAPTAR and the series of RAPTAR systems, which like their predecessors, are pioneers in laser rangefinding technology. Why Wilcox?

From precision manufacturing to precision range finders, you can trust that Wilcox hits the mark. Gone are the days where you throw away a unit when the red laser burns out. The RAPTAR systems are all built in the same housing for integrated

RAPTAR-Lite™ is ideal for close quarter combat scenarios.

Between the rigorous quality testing and user feedback during the products’ evolution, significant advances were made to our technology and were the foundation we used to develop the Rapid Acquisition Aiming Module (RAAM™.) This was the first time a laser and a rangefinder were packaged together into one device. The RAAM is a fire control system specifically designed for underslung grenade launchers. It uses an internal ballistic computer and data from sensors as well as a laser rangefinder to calculate the trajectory of a round. The motorized gimbal features a visible red laser for boresighting and low light engagement as well as an IR laser for nighttime. All the displays dim and can be viewed using night vision goggles.

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Intuitive controls on the pressure pad adjust laser intensity from 1 to 7 with ease.

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allow for dexterous adjustments of laser intensity, going from 1 to 7 on the fly, putting the control back in your hands and not dictated by equipment limitations.

The family of RAPTAR systems all offer a laser safety key. This safety feature means a trained person, like an armor, can use a key and turn the intensity of the laser up and down based on the operator’s training to prevent injury. In a mission scenario, the last thing an operator wants to worry about is if they are pressing the right buttons to get their equipment to perform as they intend. The intuitive controls on the pressure pad

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Wilcox’s engineering and manufacturing teams work hard to extend the capabilities of our laser ranging and aiming products. We do extensive testing for beam quality, beam divergence, laser co-alignment bore-sight retention and distance for our rangefinders.


Sponsored Content Beam Quality Our near IR adjustable divergence illuminator for the RAPTAR projects a uniform spot down range from 1mrad to 105 mrad. This illuminator, co-aligned along with the aiming laser, mitigates the ability of the laser to be seen by the unaided eye. When using night vision goggles our laser/ illuminators greatly enhance an operator’s acuity at night. This vision enhancement is especially valuable at extended ranges. Our illuminator, in concert with NVGs, increases situational awareness, dramatically reduces target acquisition times and allows target discrimination and reduction of a halo effect, maximizing the engagement distance of the effective range of the weapon.

1550nm wavelength and is not detectable with currently fielded I2 night vision equipment. Our rangefinder has a maximum range of 5km. It has repeatable 1-meter measurement accuracy, against standard NATO targets at 2,000 meters. RAPTAR rangefinder technology permits stealthy and rapid target engagements, day or night, at extended ranges. RAPTAR™

Beam Divergence We have designed and built unique optical trains, with selected lenses and components, which allow precise beam control of our aiming lasers. We specify a 0.5 mrad maximum divergence angle. With this precision, our aiming lasers for man sized targets are tactically effective to 1,000 meters. Laser Co-Alignment We designed and built custom optical alignment devices and test stations, with enhanced CMOS cameras and state-of-the-art analytic software, to streamline the checkout processes. Our equipment quickly verifies laser power, beam quality, divergence and alignment. Our coalignment specifications for our laser, illuminator, and rangefinder ensure that our products will perform to the most stringent customer requirements. Bore-Sight Retention Accuracy and repeatability are the most important performance aspects of our laser aiming devices when mounted to a weapon. We guarantee accuracy of our laser devices to 1mrad or less, from bore-sight zero. Performance demands of our weapon mounted systems continue to evolve. Rangefinder Our compact laser optical bench operates at

RAPTAR-S™ brings long distances in range. With a stateof-the-art ballistic solver, this unit is designed for optimal performance and accuracy.)

Wilcox’s Rapid Targeting and Ranging module (RAPTAR™) boasts a lightweight, integrated technology system. The RAPTAR is designed to be mounted to a wide variety of weapon platforms with MIL-STD-1913 RIS/RAS and STANAG-4694 rails. The RAPTAR offers an Infra-Red (IR) laser, visible laser, IR flood and laser range finder (LRF) in one compact, rugged, all weather package. Equipped with precision windage and elevation adjustors, the entire laser suite is controlled as one is less than 0.3 MRAD. Unlike any current system in the field, the RAPTAR can be repaired, upgraded and expanded with emerging technology maintaining its edge over for the life of the product. The RAPTAR is available in a high power version Tactical Gear 2016 DEFENSE STANDARD 41


Sponsored Content designed for military application as well as an eye safe version using a low power Class 1 IR laser that features a <0.7mw rating which is eye safe and not restricted for civilian use by the FDA. It is progressive technology for combat operations. RAPTAR-Lite™ The RAPTAR-Lite™ is an exceptional value offering both visible and IR aiming lasers, a variable focus IR Illuminator all precisely controlled with adjustors for each plane - azimuth and elevation. Like the RAPTAR, all lasers are co-aligned within 0.3 MRAD and the entire laser suite moves as one. Built to withstand the demands of your mission, this compact, all-weather package is complete with a 300 lumen SureFire® Flashlight. The RAPTAR-Lite is available in three versions with different laser options for military, law enforcement and civilian use in mind. The eye safe version uses a low power Class 1 IR laser with a <0.7mw rating. With a flashlight adjustment range of 30 lumen up to full power of 300 lumen, this system offers versatility of use in close quarter combat situations. RAPTAR-S™ The RAPTAR- Saber (RAPTAR-S™) takes our RAPTAR family of laser rangefinders to the next level. Offering all the proven technology of the original RAPTAR system, the RAPTAR-S features an applied ballistic solver for precise accuracy at extremely long ranges. Our partner nVisti has been instrumental bringing this state-of-the-art ballistic solver to fruition. nVisti Tactical Innovation is comprised of industry leaders in the field of small arms fire control systems with expertise in laser range finders, ballistics, wind measurement and digital imaging. Through nVisti’s partnership with Applied Ballistics and Accuracy 1st, the company has been responsible for the development and integration of the ballistics, firmware and software for our RAPTAR-S weapon-mounted laser range finder. Applied Ballistics developed its core solver to address the need for a universal ballistics core to act as a common baseline ballistic solution for systems integrators, analytics, and tactical applications. The solver is designed for optimal performance and 42 DEFENSE STANDARD Tactical Gear 2016

accuracy. The computations achieve nearly the accuracy of a full 6 degree of freedom model using a three degree of freedom (3DOF) modified point mass numerical solver considering all environmental conditions including average cross-wind or a crosswind profile. The solver calculates accurate fire control solutions for long range rifle shooting. It accounts for all major and minor trajectory variables including the use of measured G7 BC’s and even the option to use custom drag curves for over 400 bullets. The output is shown in MILs, MOAs, or even an ACOG BDC reticle. Included within the system is a ballistic calibration feature allows user to ‘train’ the software to match a specific rifle based on observed impacts at long range. Combined with the over 400 custom measured bullet drag curves (available for syncing via Android or PC), shooters have everything the need to make a much more precise trajectory calculation than any other software available. Included within the RAPTAR-S, the Applied Ballistics solver measures temperature, pressure, humidity, inclination, cant, heading to the target, and GPS coordinates. By using these sensor readings and the custom drag curves, the solver is capable of producing ballistic solutions that are accurate to within 0.1 mils through the subsonic range of the bullet’s flight. Our intuitive fire control system accounts for all contributing environmental variables including Coriolis, spin drift and aerodynamic jump. The system is expandable with emerging technology producing cost savings throughout the life of the system. The data this system is capable of is easily accessible with an intuitive user interface taking all the guess work out of long range applications. Wilcox has a proud heritage of innovative thinking that provides state-of-the-art technological solutions to meet the needs of servicemen and women. We are proud to offer small arms systems that enhance the use of a weapon. Every feature of our products are designed with the end user in mind. Our small arms systems are compact. We provide intuitive laser systems that give you superior aiming control and are built to withstand the most grueling weather and combat conditions. Your mission is our mission.


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Because your next patient might be your partner. The TP-C and TR-C exams are the benchmarks for validating competency in the austere and hostile environments of tactical medicine. The TP-C exam is focused on paramedic-level care and the new TR-C exam measures the TEMS knowledge of the BLS providers on the team.

Specialty Certifications are a voluntary credentialing process designed to validate essential knowledge and judgment required for safe and competent practice. The Certified Tactical Paramedic and Certifed Tactical Responder are the standards to validate the essential knowledge and critical thinking of both the ALS & BLS tactical medic.

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Airman 1st Class Kyle Denzine, a 20th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist, checks the seal of his gas mask at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

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A Marine Corps squad leader directs Marines to their objective point during a noncombatant evacuation exercise as part of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-16 at Kiwanis Park in Yuma, Arizona.

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Military Medicine: May 2013 Conclusion: The SWAT-T™ performed better than the CAT (Combat Application Tourniquet). The SWAT-T™ had safer pressures, and was more effective.

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2012: Stretch and wrap style tourniquet effectiveness with minimal training.

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Designed by a former SOF Operator/Medic, the SWAT-T will treat a variety of injuries, minor to life-threatening. The SWAT-T™ is being carried by Military (Conventional and Special Operationsmedical and non-medical personnel), EMS, Law Enforcement Officers, Contractors, and Federal Agents. Carried by many as a pressure dressing, all-purpose wrap, primary and/or back-up tourniquet.

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PHOTO: Staff Sgt. Daniel Love

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A Marine conceals himself after contact with the enemy during a patrolling exercise on Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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PHOTO: Lance Cpl. Brianna Gaudi

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U.S. sailors move toward a simulated fire during a general quarters drill in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Arabian Gulf.

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PHOTO: Petty Officer 3rd Class B. Siens

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U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Dustin Dixon fires his M4 service rifle at simulated targets during a tactical exercise to recover aircraft and personnel at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

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PHOTO: Lance Cpl. Clarence Leake

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U.S. soldiers test the capabilities of the MRZR4 LT-All Terrain Vehicle in the Boeblingen Local Training Area, Germany, Jan. 5, 2016. PHOTO: â&#x20AC;&#x2026;Jason Johnston

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Tactical Gear 2016  

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