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Camo Comparison – GreenZone, Tropic, Flecktarn, Mandrake

There are more new military and “military-grade” camouflage patterns around now than you can shake a stick at – particularly on the commercial market that was fueled by the US Army’s quest for a new family of patterns.

Unlike the US Army, you probably don’t have millions of dollars, state-of-the-art testing facilities and hundreds of soldiers at your disposal.  So, if you’re looking to make an informed, objective decision regarding selecting a new and more effective camouflage pattern for your AO then you need to see how well it might work for you.

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Luckily, our friends at Pine Survey in Austria have done a nice survey of different patterns and fabrics under natural conditions.  See for yourself what their conclusions were: Pine Survey Camo Comparison.

Friday Foto

An Airman from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron’s Red Team jumps out of an MH-47 Chinook helicopter July 14, 2014, during helocast alternate insertion and extraction training with Soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at American Lake on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Helocasting is an airborne technique used by special operations forces units for amphibious insertion into a military area of operation.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt.Russ Jackson)

An Airman from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron’s Red Team jumps out of an MH-47 Chinook helicopter July 14, 2014, during helocast alternate insertion and extraction training with Soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at American Lake on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Helocasting is an airborne technique used by special operations forces units for amphibious insertion into a military area of operation.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt.Russ Jackson)

“Scorpion” Aimed At Unique Air Combat Niche

Bill Sweetman of Aviation Week has taken a closer look at this interesting new player on the aerospace market:

“In person, the Scorpion is quite big. At 21,250 lb. max takeoff weight, it is about the size of the M-346 or a Citation Excel, it carries a 9,300 lb. useful load, and it stands well clear of the ground. As a jet, it offers much greater speed and altitude capability than a King Air or AT-6, Anderson points out.

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Now that Textron owns both those aircraft, the Scorpion is not intended to compete with them. Or anything else, for that matter. The Scorpion costs more than its propeller-driven cousins but much less than a fighter: The goals were a $20 million acquisition cost and $3,000 per flight hour. Its niche is to do missions for which air forces today use fighters because that’s what they have, but where the fighter’s expensively acquired air-combat prowess and survivability are unused.”

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D3O gets Royal recognition

D3O, the British smart materials specialist, has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception. The company attended the celebration for winners of Queen’s Awards, because of delivering six years of strong performance in international trade.

D3O was named as a winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April after demonstrating growth both in absolute sales, and in the percentage it exports: an increase from 62% in 2007 to 88% in 2013. The result of the unprecedented growth and strong export sales – which grew 34% in 2013 alone – is that this year the company will see revenues of £8.5m.

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a special reception at the palace for 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise winners, and Stuart Sawyer, D3O’s Chief Executive Officer and Phil Sheriff, the Materials Development Manager were invited to represent the company.

The Over Exaggerated “C” Clamp Grip…Hype or Not?

Another great article – this time from Nick Irving over at “The Loadout Room”.

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Read it here.

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