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The 2010 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) and Exhibition presented solutions and initiatives to address the challenges that face the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the finest and most elite fighting organization in the world.

The SOFIC agenda included seminars, honoring our warfighters, including our incredible wounded warriors, and hosting an exhibition that displayed the very best of equipment, materials, supplies, facilities and services designed to support our special operators. Some of the best of the programs, events and products included the following:

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The Lockheed Martin Marlin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle – Talk about timely! The Marlin is an autonomous submersible capable of deep-water inspection and electronic monitoring to depths to 1,000 feet with plans for other models to go much deeper. Differing from remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that require a big ship to deploy the ROV and then handle the massive umbilical cables, the Marlin UAV can be operated from a laptop and can be placed in the water by helicopter. The Marlin can use sidescan radar, sonar, sensors and cameras to transmit what is around it. Just imagine how much better off the Gulf of Mexico would be had we known at day two or three the magnitude of the Deep Horizon oil leak? To see more underwater innovations please see Lockheedmartin.com/ms2/product_contacts.

The Barrett Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) rifle
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The first-time showing of Barrett’s prototype for the U.S. Special Operation Command’s Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) program was at the SOFIC Exhibition. In response to USSOCOM PSR requirements, the MRAD is designed to be consistently accurate to 1500 meters, has a folding stock, has no component longer than 40 inches and weighs less than 18 pounds with a loaded five-round magazine. The MRAD has Mil Std 1913 rails has a changeable barrel that can be swapped out by the operator within 20 minutes.
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The choice includes a 19 inch 7.62mm NATO, 24 to 26 inch .338 Lapua or .300 Win Mag barrels with either a Barrett muzzle brake or a variety of suppressors. The Barrett MRAD has provided consistent accuracy results of ½ to 2/3 MOA performance with ten round groups of .338 Lapua with repeatable hits on a ½ mil target over 2300 yards (2140 meters) distant that should satisfy the accuracy requirements for the PSR that will be based on measurements taken at the operational range of tactical employment at 1,500 meters. For more details please visit Barrett.net.

Altama Operation Oasis Mountain Hiker boot
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In response to the needs of our warfighters in Afghanistan, Altama has released their all-terrain/waterproof hiker designed to provide maximum comfort, stability and rugged durability. Our engagements in the high, rocky and unforgiving terrain have shown our issue combat boots just does not give our troops the service, foot stability or protection expected. The Operation Oasis Mountain Hiker with its proprietary dual density Sandshark bottom platform with a GORE-TEX lined nu-buck upper provides for exceptional abrasion and puncture protection. Designed as a comfortable mountain boot tailored more for sustained outdoor use, the attractive Oasis has non-metallic speed laces, full gusseted tongue and glove leather padded top collar. To see more please visit Altama.com.

Prioria Robotics Maveric Unmanned Aircraft System
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A next-generation unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the Maveric is designed to be easily transported, prepared and operated by one person. It is capable of autonomous navigation through a complex aerial environment in 25 knot sustained winds with gusts up to 35 knots. The Maveric deploys in five minutes with no assembly required from a 6-inch-diameter tube.
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The Maveric contains a forward looking camera in the nose with an interchangeable pod that can vary from fixed or gimbaled analog, digital, thermal or IR cameras that can supply real-time observation streamed back to the controlling laptop for up to 90 minutes. Looking more like a soaring bird, the Maveric is virtually silent from the ground and operators are easily trained. For more info please view Prioria.com.

Trijicon ACOGs
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The military’s need for a magnified, self-luminous tactical sight that enhances target identification and increases hit probability on extended-range shots has given rise to the new Trijicon Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) 6×48 that has been adopted by the United States Marine Corps as the TA648MGO Medium Machine Gun Day Optic for their M240 7.62x51mm Machine Guns. Its powered by Trijicon’s patented fiber optics and tritium-based technology with a lit reticle and a bullet drop compensator (BDC) with additional aiming points estimated for trajectory of the 7.62×51 M80 out to 1200 meters. The ACOG 6×48 is battery free and waterproof to 500 feet and features an M1913 Military rail for mounting of the RMR sight for quick close-in shots.
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Also seen was the TA11SDO-CP 3.5×35 ACOG Scope with Dual Illuminated Red Horseshoe/Dot, M249 Ballistic Reticle, 9.0 MOA RMR Sight and LaRue Tactical Quick Detach Mount. The U.S. Marine Corps selected the TA11SDO-CP as its Squad automatic-weapon Day Optic (SDO) for their M249 light machineguns providing the operator with quick target acquisition at both far and close quarter distances. For more information please view Tijicon.com.

Barrett REC7 Shorty
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What is better than the 6.8 SPC Barrett REC7 for a combat ready assault rifle? How about a short barreled version made for fast-moving, mobile warriors? That is what Ronnie Barrett has made for our warfighters and already being used in areas where bullets go both ways and a miss can cost a friendly life. The Shorty REC7 combines the best of the cooler REC7 gas piston system and its easily changed barrels and even the caliber as needed for mission requirements. Short barrels do not mean less accuracy as three Somali pirates found out the hard way when Navy SEALs ended a recent well-publicized stand-off by ballistic intervention through 10.5 inch barrels! With the improved steel magazines, gas-piston system and 6.8 SPC, the REC7 has corrected all the long-standing complaints of the AR system to produce a battle-ready weapon perfect for warriors constantly being deployed from cars, helicopters or personnel carriers. For more information please view Barrett.net.

Hydration Technology Innovations X-Pack and HydroPack potable water filter
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Now used by Special operators, the X-pack draws contaminated, non-potable water across a patented membrane barrier that removes bacteria, viruses and cysts as specified by the EPA for water purifiers. Burdening troops with less than five pounds, the X-Pack can produce up to 8.5 gallons of water in the field. Hydration Technology also has the HydroPack that self-hydrates in ANY water supply to produce 12 ounces of an electrolyte enriched drink! That means any puddle, stagnant pool or water-filled ditch is a viable water source to sustain a special operation. For seaborne ops, other filters supply fresh water from seawater to ensure that being lost at sea does not mean certain death by dehydration. These devices are a must-have for hikers, boaters, pilots and hunters. For more info on this life-saving technology see HTIwater.com.

DSE 40mm link
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An improvement on existing belts of 40mm grenades that cannot be separated, de-linked or “topped up”, the new re-linkable couplings for high-velocity grenade machine guns like the workhorse Mk.19 will make our troops lives safer and with less wastage of ordnance. Instead of having to dispose of small amounts of linked 40mm ammo or delaying the delivery of aimed fire, the new re-linkable couplings allow the coupling together of unused rounds or different types of high-velocity grenades to a belt already in the weapon. The new links will be used as the older links are used up. Not a big change but one that warfighters wanted, and they got. BTW, the hi-velocity 40mm rounds ARE NOT interchangeable with the 40mm rounds for the M79/M203/M320 Grenade Launchers. For more info please visit DSE.net.

Remington’s new Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR)
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Although based on the classic Remington 700, the MSR represents an entirely new action and chassis from this American icon. The MSR is a bolt-action precision-fire with a triangular-shaped three-lug titanium action and a 60-degree bolt throw. Specification include a titanium receiver with a modulator barrel from 20 to 27 inches and bolt head for calibers from 7.62x51mm NATO, .338 Lapua and .300 Win Mag that can be done in the field.
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Submitted as a competitor in the Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) competition, the MSR has a side folding modular stock with a rail system that allows innumerable mounting options for any number of shooting accessories, an adjustable trigger and an AR-style pistol grip. While not immediately ready for civilian purchase, Remington may make it available in the future but its stock will be offered as a drop-in replacement for existing LEO and civilian Remington 700 rifles as the Remington Arms Chassis System (RACS.) For more information please visit Remingtonmilitary.com.

The SOFIC 2010 Golf Tournament
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This annual event was highlighted by Title Sponsor Ameripack who brought several wounded warriors and “The Gunny” R. Lee Ermey together in the hot Tampa sun to play eighteen holes of golf at MacDill Air Force Base. Over thirty foursomes used a shotgun start to kick off the tournament sponsored by many of the SOFIC exhibition vendors and manufacturers including ITT, Saab, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, Harris IT Services and many, many others. With a combination of scratch golfers and others who had hardly ever held a club in their hands, the day was blessed with participants who were more interested in the spirit of support for the warriors, including the wounded warriors present on the course.

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