Nigeria Starts Receiving Armored Vehicles from Streit

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July 17 (UPI) — The Streit Group has delivered 25 new 4×4 armored personnel carriers to the Nigerian armed forces, the first of 177 vehicles on order.

Streit said late last month that the batch delivered was composed of its Spartan APCs and Typhoon 4×4 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles.

The Spartan provides protection against both ballistic and blast threats with crew compartment protection of CEN Level BR6 armor. Read more

US Armored Vehicles Seen Pouring into Syria

WASHINGTON — Over the last week videos and pictures posted by Kurdish activists on social media show flatbed trucks delivering U.S.-made MRAP, M-ATVs, and up-armored bulldozers into Syria.

Military officials say these vehicles are not part of the U-S.-led coalition’s aid to Kurdish allies on the ground who are currently engaged in a tense street-by-street urban battle in Raqqa — ISIS’s self-proclaimed capital. Read more

Dallas Police get $1 Million Grant for New Helmets, Bullet Proof Vests

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The Dallas Police Department received a $1 million-plus grant Thursday to go toward new ballistic helmets and bullet proof vests.

Governor Greg Abbott announced the Homeland Security Grants Division funds for the city and cited the deadly July 7 ambush in downtown Dallas as the reason. Read more

SOCOM Releases Helmet RfP

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US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has published its Request For Proposals (RfP) for the Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS)-Ballistic and Non-Ballistic Helmets programme.

Published on 26th April 2017, the RfP reveals the command’s plans to award a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to USD95 million in total.

According to the RfP, the FTHS programme is aimed at providing operators from across USSOCOM force components with a multi-purpose solution available in ‘Coastal Marine, Riverine, Ground Ballistic, and Ground Bump’ variants, all of which can be scaled up with a ballistic protection applique kit. Read more

The lightest ballistic helmet on the market | the Delta X from Safariland Group

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There was a wild squeal as gears shifted before the ramp to the C-130J opened, my peltors clicked out for a moment blocking the sound and all at once I felt the pressure change against my skin and deep inside my ears. The loud drone of the engines filled the inside of the aircraft as our eyes adjusted to the sunlight. The late afternoon sun burned away the darkness and illuminated us clad in Crye multicams with MC-6 static line parachutes on our backs and 50 pounds rucks hanging between our legs. The ramp opened fully and I could clearly see the ground flashing by 1250 feet beneath us as the C-130J slowed to a snail’s pace of 130 knots. I held my static line firmly as the Jumpmaster gave us the stand-by signal. The light turned from no-go to green go, “GO GO GO!” he gave the first jumper a solid slap on the ass, the first jumper walked off the edge of the ramp and we all followed. Read more

UK plans to buy $1B worth of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

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The United Kingdom wants to buy $1.04 billion worth of the U.S.-made Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, according to the Defense Department.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Monday notified Congress that the State Department had approved the possible foreign military sale of 2,747 of the vehicles, manufactured by Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. Read more