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Edelweiss Raid 2015 – Wenn der Berg ruft…

Edelweiss Raid 2015

EDELWEISS RAID is the unofficial World- Championships for Mountain Troops held every year in Austria, sponsored and supported by the Austrian Federal Army, and hosted by the Austrian Army’s 6th Light Infantry Brigade (High Alpine).

Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony at Standschützen Kaserne Kranebitten.

As of December 2012, Austria took over the EU lead in terms of mountain training and education.The conceptual term for this initiative is called “Pooling and Sharing (P&S) Mountain Training Initiative (MTI)”.  The Edelweiss Raid competition is conducted under the auspices of this initiative and is designed to be the ultimate challenge for mountain infantry to test their skills and share their knowledge, tactics, tips and procedures with regards to high-alpine, winter warfare.

Swiss team and their gear

The Swiss team sorting out their gear upon arrival.

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Friday Fotos


Sniper Platoon from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment live firing L96 on Bergen-Hohne ranges.

Photographer: Cpl Mark Webster; Crown Copyright


Snipers are most vulnerable when moving between positions, that’s why they travel in pairs.  Here you see the Number 2 patrolling ahead of the Number 1, en-route to their next location.

Photographer: Cpl Mark Webster; Crown Copyright

FRAG OUT! appointed media partner of IWA 2015

Congratulations to our friends at FRAG OUT! magazine – they’ve been appointed as a media partner of IWA Outdoor Classics and Enforce Tac 2015.

Until then, check out the latest issue of FRAG OUT! online.  Features in the latest edition include:

  • HK416A5 in Action
  • FN Minimi Mk3 Gun Pr0n
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • Direct Action Gear Behind the Scenes
  • AK Assault Rifle Training Pt 3
  • NFM Arc’teryx Khard Pack Pouches Suite
  • and much more


Click here to read

ZentauroN – Made In Germany

ZentauroN (German for ‘Centaur’) produce a wide range of equipment and bags for a variety of applications. Their range includes products for military and law enforcement, civil protection and security, search and rescue, outdoor pursuits and sports.  

Well know for their Vulcan Plate Carrier system (seen below) which is in use with German special forces, ZentauroN recently developed a new Multi-Mission Plate Carrier / Body Armor System for the Italian ‘Incursori’ special forces.


They also recently launched the Vulcan and a number of their other core military products in Hyde Definition’s PenCott-GreenZone™ camouflage pattern.

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Announcing Arktis Outdoor

For over thirty years Arktis has been supplying some of the toughest users worldwide with hardy, durable gear. Now with the same ethos in mind they have made the ‘Outdoor’ range available to everyone.


Arktis Outdoor’s range of quality and durability focused products also harks back to the original bi-line they’ve used for their military product line for all these years – ‘Quality of Endurance’.  Included in the product line up are Arktis’s tried-and-tested-and-proven designs such as their waterproof and combat smocks and trousers, their backpacks and loadout bags, and their Hot Climate Shirt.

Arktis Outdoor

There are also some new products on the way that will be specific to the Arktis Outdoor line.

Arktis Outdoor new products

For further details about the full range of Arktis products and services, visit their website:

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