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At AUSA 2018, FLIR Systems showcased it new SABER-NIR illuminator, which is being properly launched at SHOT Show 2019. SABER-NIR provides high-power, near-infrared (NIR) illumination for use with night vision and image intensified (I2) imagers. The vertical-cavity surface-emitting (VCSEL) array laser source provides unsurpassed beam uniformity for what the company calls the, “ultimate capability in feature resolution.” Small and lightweight at 320g with batteries, measuring 4.59x2.5x1.57in, the unit can be rifle-mounted or handheld. SABER-NIR features 50mW of NIR illumination, variable beam divergence to match any application, speckle-free, extremely uniform beam profile, 860nm wavelength for use with all night vision goggles and I2 tools, minimises SWaP (see above), self-contained battery and controls, remote tapeswitch option for fire button and azimuth and elevation adjustments. The optical output power is selectable, up to 500mW, and the beam divergence is adjustable, 2-8 degrees, with laser safety class

High-power, near-infrared (NIR) illumination for use with night vision and image intensified (I2) imagers

USASOC in detail for AUSA 2018 Harris is already delivering next-generation handheld and MANET communications solutions to USASOC, while operators in the field still used their old radios. (Photo: US Army/Spc. Connor Mendez)

USASOC in detail for AUSA 2018 

Truvelo Armoury's new Anti-Materiel Rifle is chambered for the 20x42mm round, weighs approx. 10kg and has a range quoted at 1,000 metres. (Photo: CH)

Features Integrated Suppression

KSK Symposium 2018 Industry Focus

KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF Telefunken RACOMS unveiled the XACT th70 uncooled long range thermal weapon sight at KSK Symposium 2018. (Photo: DPM)

New Uncooled Long Range Thermal Weapon Sight

The B&T TP9-N was designed to meet the difficult requirements of close protection teams for a lightweight, compact 9mm PDW. The weapon is also in service with intelligence agencies, plainclothes police, SWAT teams and military Special Forces around the globe. (Photo: DPM) KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF

In service with close protection teams, SWAT & SOF

SSZ Camouflage Technology AG’s Infrared Camouflage Suit (IRBD) is a breathable lightweight suit, indistinguishable from a standard battle dress uniform (BDU) and does not hinder the soldier in their physical activity. It is also suitable for combat in urban environments. This lightweight suit’s special coating and design reduces the thermal signature of a soldier. The suit is based on Camoshield-Technology. Optionally, the IRBD can be finished with flame retardant and vector protection. KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF

Infrared Camouflage Suit (IRBD) reduces thermal signature

KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF Defenture VECTOR super-light tactical vehicle At this years KSK Symposium, Defenture presented its GRF 5.12 Air Transportable Tactical Vehicle (ATTV), which the Dutch MoD calls the Defenture VECTOR.

Defenture VECTOR super-light tactical vehicle 

KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF WELP Group describes the design characteristics of its new H6 PRO combat helmet as a unique selling point. (Photo: DPM)

 Extraordinary high ballistic protection

KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF At this year’s KSK Symposium, Thales showcases its ACUSONIC vehicle-mounted acoustic shot detection system. (Photo: DPM)

New Acoustic Shot Detection System Showcased

KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF, P320, Sig Sauer

P320, 300 BLK 7.62x35mmm RATTLER and VIRTUS Showcased

KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF, revision, helmet, caiman,

Modularity is Key

Although Raytheon launched the ELCAN SPECTER 1XL Close Quarter Sight (1XL CQL) and 1x Mini Red Dot Sight (1XMRDS) at SOFIC 2018, this year’s KSK Symposium was the first time they’ve been seen in Europe KSK Symposium 18, KSK, Kommando Spezialkräfte, SOCOM, Special FOrces Command, SpezKrBw, Bundeswehr, special Forces, SOF

Perfect Targeting in Close Quarters

KSK HK416A7 carbines in 5.56mm x45mm calibre

pecial Operations Forces (SOF) Elsewhere, German SOF have now received their complete delivery of 15 Light Utility Helicopter-SOF (LUH SOF) platforms from Airbus Helicopters, with aircraft positioned at Laupheim to support the German Army’s Special Operations Command (KSK).

KSK Helicopter Requirements

Designed and built in conjunction with Special Operations Forces (SOF) users, Revision Military’s new BATLSKIN CAIMAN Head System reinforces the company’s standing as a world leader in integrated head protection systems. The CAIMAN Head System is a true full-spectrum special operations helmet solution, including three purpose-built shells (Ballistic, Hybrid with optional Ballistic Applique and Bump) with a streamlined rail system, extremely comfortable APEX liner system and optional face protection solutions.

Designed and built in conjunction with SOF users

Capability demanded across current & emerging operational requirements

USSOCOM Orders More MK46 & MK48 Light Machine Guns

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