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The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Institute of Land Warfare held its Winter Symposium and Exposition from Feb. 24 through Feb. 26 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The topic of the symposium was “The Institutional Army: Enterprise Approach to Success.” Included as part of the three day event was a product exposition showcasing some of the newest, most innovative tools for our warfighters developed by the very best American and Allied manufacturers.

MW Defense Systems Textured Application
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The military has gone to great expense and time to develop appropriate camouflage for airplanes, tanks and uniforms; disrupting unnatural lines and hide eye-catching off-color equipment. However, individual units are left to decide if and how the warfighter’s primary weapons–M4’s, M16’s, M203’s, M107’s and M110’s–will be camouflaged. The camo jobs often end up being field expedient paint jobs totally dependent on the available materials and skill of the operator. MW Industries now offers MW Grips, a new process that allows an operator to apply their choice of camo on their weapon using a film that will not interfere with the action and will not come off during wear.
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MW Grips provides the EXACT pattern needed, does not need Martha Stewart to apply and can be easily removed. Each MW Grips unit contains sufficient material for a rifle, carbine or handgun with extra sheets for accessories, detailed instructions, surface cleaning pads and tools to manipulate the film. Also included is a separate texture material that can be placed around grips, forends or stocks where additional hand traction is wanted. The material has an operating temperature of 267 degrees Fahrenheit without melting and has been found to hold up to sustained, hard use by and large. For more information, the camo styles available and prices visit militarywraps.com.

SpecterHR Heavy Reflex Binocular Weapon Sight
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A weapon that could easily be considered as the “best in the world,” John Browning’s .50 BMG heavy machine gun has been in uninterrupted service all over the globe since its introduction in the 1920’s. The M2’s performance is continually being upgraded, with better ammo and aiming systems designed to optimize the long range accuracy of the near perfect .50 BMG round. ELCAN, already well known for its excellent crew-served optical weapons sights, has introduced the SpecterHR Heavy Reflex Binocular Weapon Sight for mounting on the M2. The SpecterHR has a 1 MOA accurate dual red dot for pop-up target engagement and another for accurate long-range suppressive fire. The Enhanced Combat Optical Sight-Heavy (ECOS-H) sight has a 1.0x fixed magnification and is also equipped with a top MIL-STD 1913 rail for an additional telescopic sight to aid in target identification.
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Lightweight at only 5.5 lbs, the SpecterHR uses large high transmission windows and folded optics, allowing the operator to use both eyes to maintain situational awareness while taking on near and far targets. In a time where every bullet fired needs to be effective, the ELCAN SpecterHR will help ensure that our warriors will be successful in not only dominating the enemy but minimizing “spray and pray” suppressive fire. For more information please view elcansightingsystems.com or call 877-893-5226.

MBDA “TiGER” Tactical Grenade – Extended Range
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Countering indirect fire, such as a mortar behind a hill or a suspected rocket launcher, usually involves blanketing an area with artillery or calling in an air strike that might or might not arrive in a timely manner and might or might not cause collateral damage. Now, on the Battalion level, a squad in the field can prep, launch, direct and attack a target up to two miles away with the new MBDA TiGER Tactical Grenade Extended Range, a candidate for the Army’s Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System program. The TiGER can be used to counter a sniper or the destruction of VBIEDs and IEDs using two on-board 40mm grenade warheads.

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The TiGER is guided by a miniature, nose mounted video camera equipped using a laptop or handheld keypad with a visual display. It can be quickly deployed and launched by hand to visually seek out and then “kamikaze” the target by an operator on the ground simply tapping on the target’s location on the video screen and BOOM–one less crew-served mortar, IED, sniper or rocket launcher. Put the computer away and carry on with your day. For additional information please view mbdainc.com or call 818-991-0300×132.

Lockheed Martin Anthropomorphic Exoskeleton HULC
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Envisioned by Robert Heinlein in “Starship Troopers”, the HULC (pronounced “Hulk”) is a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry loads up to 200 pounds for extended periods of time over diverse terrain. The design allows for full range of motion including deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting.
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An on-board microcomputer ensures the exoskeleton moves with the body of the wearer and is designed to cruise at 7 mph with bursts of speed up to 10 mph. The HULC uses titanium legs to support the weight instead of the wearer’s legs and is powered by lithium polymer batteries that will last for 20 km at 4 km per hour. Currently in evaluation, the HULC could one day ensure that Allied soldiers will enjoy powerful mobility without exhaustion or fatigue from an extended tab with heavy gear. For more information please visit lockheedmartin.com or call 407-356-4464.

SIG SAUER P238 .380 Ultra Compact Automatic Pistol
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Any firearm that starts with a John Browning design is already way ahead. This new single-action SIG .380 pistol is a simple blowback version of the Browning design of 1911. In a market filled with pocket pistols, what makes this more special than the others? First, its MSRP is around $400 and second, unlike other automatic pistols, the slide can be easy manipulated by anybody. There have been occasions when a pistol opertor couldn’t overcome the slide spring tension to place a round in the chamber. Not so with this pistol–at 15.2 ounces and only 5.5 inches long, this little gem is perfect for anybody wanting protection using a pistol pulled from a pocket or ankle holster. While the .380 is not the kind of powerhouse that could stop a charging bull, most criminal threats will cease with seven shots from the P238. For more information please visit sigsauer.com or call 603-772-2302.

ELCAN Specter OS4x Announced Winner of the British Army FIST Competition
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While some 4X scopes have developed good reputation with use, none have had the kind of following as the ELCAN series of optics. The ELCAN SpecterOS4x Lightweight optical Daysight (LDS) is a fixed 4X magnification optical sight with a large 8mm exit pupil, generous 70mm eye relief and an illuminated reticle. The very bright, high-resolution optics provide optimum target acquisition and identification. For the operator working under low-light conditions, situational awareness can be enhanced due to the OS4x’s ultra-wide viewing angle. As a result of its capabilities, the 4X ELCAN has just been declared the winner of the British Army FIST (Future Infantry Soldier Technology) for as their choice for the new optics for the SA80. Whether on a SA80, C7 or M4, the ELCAN sight is a superior and lightweight optic designed for the modern warfighter. For more information please visit elcansightingsystems.com or call 877-893-5226.

BAE Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System
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Concussive injury is not always apparent, with the symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) such as headaches, ringing of the ears (tinnitus) and double vision not always recognized. If left alone, the brain will heal with few after effects, however a second concussion could be fatal or cause significant damage. The Pentagon will now pull troops out of service for 24 hours if they were caught near explosions such as roadside IED’s just to be on the safe side. With the BAE Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System (HEADS) every soldier now can be monitored for accelerations in three axis that can cause brain damage instead of just relying on vision, neural and memory checks to diagnose a possible concussion. This device is already being looked at by some professional sports and could make youth sports a much, much safer place. Soon this will be in every football helmet sold – or it should be. In combat, it has been estimated that about 300,000 troops may have suffered this injury in 2008 so BAE’s sensor will help the Corpsmen, medics and doctors keep our warfighters safer and allow troops that show unacceptable acceleration the ability to safely heal. For more information, check out baesystems.com/individual or call 800-318-7550.

DSE 40mm Infrared Parachute Flare
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As warfighters know and something we have all seen in war movies, the parachute flare is a much-feared and useful tool. It takes away the night and exposes anything underneath it for immediate and devastating firepower. However, like tracers, a bright white light parachute flare can work both ways. DSE has now fielded the M992 parachute flare that will illuminate a wide area with infrared light ONLY for over a half a minute, providing an advantage to the user alone. Minimal telltale visible light is emitted from the M992 as the flare slowly descends, while anybody underneath will be visible with deployed night vision equipment. For more information contact dse.net or call 813-831-0750.

Wounded Warrior Project
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(From L to R Anthony Radetic, Mike Fradera and UBS Kevin Smith.)

Wounded Warriors and their families were hosted at the AUSA this year courtesy of Peter Martin of Ameripack, Inc., URS and VT Miltope. Their booths at AUSA were swamped with vendors, guests and VIP’s dropping by to meet and greet Veteran soldiers Mike Fradera and Anthony Radetic of the Wounded Warrior Project. The dignitaries included U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mike Steele and Major General John Riggs, who spent time with the warriors and ensured that everything possible was being done to assist their families. Spending time with these incredible men makes one not only realize the sacrifice that service to our country can produce, but that these men’s unmatched bravery on the field of battle is nothing compared their strength of conviction that they muster daily. A simple “thank you” is hardly sufficient gratitude for their sacrifice on behalf of this country, but many visitors found that was all they could say without choking up. Please view the Wounded Warrior Project webpage at woundedwarriorproject.org.

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