UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton Officially Announced by Mawashi Science & Technology

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Canadian technology company Mawashi has formally introduced their flagship product: A passive exoskeleton designed to help the soldier carry his heavy load. The exoskeleton is reportedly based on research into how the human body distributes weight, studying obese individuals like the rikishi wrestlers in sumo, to create a solution for the infantryman to carry heavy loads without injury. The company’s name – Mawashi – even comes from the stiff mawashi wrestling belts used in sumo. Read more

RMA Armament Unveils it’s Newest NIJ .06 Level IV Hard Armor Plate

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CENTERVILLE, IA –-(Ammoland.com)- RMA Armament, Inc., is proud to announce the latest edition to its armor family, the model #1155 level IV hard amor plate. RMA is also happy to announce that this new model has successfully passed all testing at the National Institute of Justice, earning it’s NIJ .06 certification.

The NIJ .06 certified model #1155 hard armor plate is an important addition to the RMA lineup because it not only lives up to RMA’s standard of armor excellence, but also comes at an affordable cost to the end user and boasts a 10-year manufacturers warranty. Now for sale at www.rmadefense.com, the model #1155 is available for purchase at an introductory sale price of $115 per plate. The introductory sale runs from June 22 through June 29. Read more

Detroit Firefighters Union Says City Bought Wrong Body Armor

DETROIT (AP) — Union officials say ballistic vests purchased for Detroit firefighters and emergency technicians aren’t right for the job because they don’t protect against stabbings.

The Detroit Fire Fighters Association has filed two grievances with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, The Detroit News (http://detne.ws/2tlIGvn ) reported. The union argues that Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones circumvented the workers’ contract by purchasing the vests without discussing it with the union or a committee of department and union officials.

Jones said he bought the right vests. He said vests that protect against stabbings are cumbersome, and that bulletproof vests provide defense from most attacks with sharp objects. Read more

Locally owned body armor firm invited to White House

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WATERLOO — An Iowa body armor manufacturer with local ties has been invited to the White House to represent the state in a “Made in America” event hosted by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

RMA Armament, co-owned by former Dysart officer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Blake Waldrop and Burke “Skeet” Miehe of American Pattern & CNC Works in Waterloo-Cedar Falls, is to be featured at the White House event Monday, along with other firms from around the country, the duo said.

“Very few companies have been invited, so I’m humbled and excited,” Waldrop said. He and other manufacturers will set up a display on the south lawn of the White House. He received the invitation from White House staff Thursday morning. Read more