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23 May 2016

SOFIC 2016: Seen and Heard on Day 1

Logos Technologies (booth #223) is showcasing its weight-reduced Redkite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor for tactical UAVs and multi-sensor payloads. At 35 lbs, Redkite was already the lightest, smallest WAMI system on the market. Now, company engineers have further reduced the sensor to under 30 lbs, enabling smaller Department of Defense Group 3 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to carry Redkite. “We are constantly pushing the limits of innovation with our systems,” John Marion, president of Logos Technologies, said “and making WAMI accessible to more customers for more mission sets.”

The new lighter weight Redkite can also be mounted on larger platforms alongside other sensors, such as full-motion video or hyperspectral cameras. This multi-payload arrangement allows operators to engage in real-time sensor cross-cueing. Or the weight reduction allows longer flights. “It all goes back to delivering more powerful capabilities in smaller packages,” Marion told MT.

Currently under development is an even lighter weight version of Redkite that weighs 20 lbs or less and can be integrated into Department of Defense Group 2/3 unmanned aircraft systems.
Other systems Logos Technologies is presenting at SOFIC include the “stealth” SilentHawk hybrid-electric quiet motorcycle and the Simera lightweight aerostat-/tower-based WAMI sensor, which will be used during the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio.

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Ullman Dynamics AB from Sweden is showing their new ECHELON seat that is designed to protect the crew and passengers from injury while riding a boat. The seat offers a minimalistic design for more space around the seat with maintained comfort. The geometry gives optimal body posture for handling both static and dynamic loads. Three dimensional spring and damping system significantly reduce the high forces during impact, lateral as well as vertical. A large number of accessories is also available.

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Alaska Structures Military, a leading provider of portable, lightweight military shelters, in booths #1849 A and B, showcases a variety of durable tension fabric structures designed for military use, including: Turnkey base camp shelters, maintenance facility shelters, expeditionary system shelters, medical facility shelters, energy-saving shelter facilities. The fabric structures company is well known for its dependable military buildings in use around the world. From special operations centers to basic base camp shelters, Alaska Structures can custom-develop freestanding fabric shelters for any need.

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SureFire is showcasing new options for their widely popular Scout LIGHT series, including a new low-profile throw-lever mount and dual switch, at booth #728.




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Calculating distance to target and windage are critical for shot placement. Shooters know bullet weight and speed are components of these calculations. Meprolight has created a laser enhanced 10X40 computerised scope for snipers, the Meprolight MESLAS, which has a number of features that assist the shooter— after target acquisition— with the ability to quickly lase distance 80-2,500m factoring in angle of shot. MESLAS incorporates a single-pulse laser rangefinder, which displays the actual range and enables the shooter to stay “on glass” and use quick wind formula to make his own wind hold and shoot. Utilising the five-button touchpad that controls the fire control system the on-board ballistic calculator to enables the shooter to upload ten different ballistic solutions for different weapon systems. The MESLAS is designed tough and built rugged to withstand harsh battlefield conditions.

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SIG SAUER introduces the FOXTROT1 Pistol Light from the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Division. The FOXTROT1 incorporates advancements that have not been seen in rail-mounted flashlights and is available to both civilian and law enforcement markets, according to the company. The FOXTROT1 Pistol Weapon Light is one of the most advanced, rail mounted flashlight available. Using Sig Sauer’s patent pending design, the FOXTROT1 mounts to both the Mil-Std-1913 rail or Sig Sauer Proprietary rail. Dual, finger-actuated tact switches support ambidextrous use while functioning in either continuous or momentary mode. This ultra-efficient white LED runs for more than 2 hours at 200 lumens on a CR123 battery. The flashlight can be switched between 100, 200 and 300 lumens of output based on lighting needs and runtime. The weapon light is ideal for home defense, law enforcement or military applications and will fit most any holster designed for handgun lights.

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Aqeri is exhibiting at stand #2226,  showcasing MIL-STD rugged computers, displays and communication equipment, as well as the brand new Aqeri 81022 Rugged Micro Computer. It is fanless and designed with the fifth generation of Intel i7 processor. It comes in a very small form factor, ideal for applications such as combat vehicles, helicopters and UAVs. In the world of high-tech computers and communications equipment, there is a great deal of focus on the latest gadgetry and innovation. These near-daily developments take the back seat to demands of durable quality and lasting performance and supply. To meet this type of sustainability, Aqeri works closely with leading component suppliers to enable prolonged serial deliveries. The Swedish manufacturer of rugged computers and communication equipment for extreme environments has also recently signed a contract with a Swedish defence company worth U$350.000,-. Deliveries relate to development and production of rugged communication equipment and will be concluded in the third quarter of 2016.

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Lenco Industries introduces the Lenco BearCat X3, the newest variant to the BearCat family of light APCs at booth #444, utilising proven Lenco technology in a lightweight modular variant designed for Special Ops, Counter Terrorism or Internal Security applications. The pickup-style APC provides up to BR7 Armour Protection with high ground clearance for aggressive off- road performance and excellent maneuverability.
The BearCat X3 boasts a large rear bed with a cargo capacity of 70 – 85 cubic feet based on configuration with a 2,000+lbs. load rating. The X3 offers a wide variety of interior layouts to include Lenco’s 360° rotating hatch and gunner stand and seating for 4-6 personnel. In addition to the large standard rear cargo Utility bed, configurations include networked Radar Surveillance for Border Security Operations, a self-contained Water deployment package, Weapons mounting and storage and Medical Evacuation. The BearCat X3 is also designed for Border Security Operations, which includes integration of the Telephonics Radar and Video Enforcement Network-Mobile (RaVEN-M) system along with NetCom and TruLink intercom units.

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