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Postby Virana » Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:40 pm

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Berkeley XRAY™ series

Postby Virana » Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:40 pm

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Berkeley XRAY™ wraparound sunglasses

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A Revolution in Eyewear

The Berkeley XRAY™ series is a family of wraparound sports sunglasses designed for performance—whenever and wherever you need it.

Whether your game is on the line in a baseball field in Atlantica, or your life is on the line in the deserts of Acaema, XRAYs™ have you covered. A stunningly rugged frame is built with Berkeley's patented carbon fiber reinforced polymer. The earstraps and nosepiece are made of Berkeley's RubMatch™, a revolutionary material that actually gets more tacky when wet, so the sunglasses won't slip when you perspirate. And the single-piece lens is constructed of a special polycarbonate composite—making it very highly impact-resistant. A hydrophobic coating on the lenses counters fog that would accumulate on most other sunglasses.

Berkeley XRAYs pass appropriate ANSI Z87.1 industrial standards for high-mass and high-velocity impact resistance, as well as MIL SPEC MIL-PRF 31013.

The Berkeley XRAY Tactical™ series is a series of ballistic eyewear derived from the basic Berkeley XRAYs. Designed for and sold strictly to military and law enforcement, the XRAY Tactical™ combines Berkeley's renowned performance and quality with a significant degree of ballistic protection for the most demanding of missions.

Berkeley, Inc.© is an Emmerian company specializing in top-quality eyewear, and also produces various accessories such as backpacks, gloves, and wallets. Berkeley products are used by normal people, athletes, and military personnel across the world.

Purchase
Berkeley XRAYs are available for purchase. Tactical models may be purchased on this storefront, while non-tactical models for sports teams or non-military/law enforcement individuals can be purchased via telegram. XRAY™ frames are available in black, white, and Multicam for Tactical models, and a variety of customizable colors for non-tactical models. XRAY™ lenses are available in black, gray, and clear for Tactical models, and a multitude of other colors for non-tactical models.
Berkeley XRAY™$100
Berkeley XRAY Tactical™$120

Accessories
  • Soft case/cleaning cloth (comes free with sunglasses) — $20
  • Headstrap — $20
OMPP Domestic Manufacturing License$100,000,000


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Warez Precision Gen 4™ Ground Combat Uniform

Postby Virana » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:59 am

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Warez Precision Gen 4™ Ground Combat Uniform
Versatile. Comfortable. Reliable.

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Top: Ground combat uniforms printed in the three main environmental camouflage patterns of the QuantumStealth MCP family. From left to right: MCP-Desert, MCP-Transitional, and MCP-Woodland.
Images courtesy of Tippercommon.

The Warez Precision Gen 4™ Ground Combat Uniform is a revolutionary flame-resistant combat uniform designed for maximum performance for military ground personnel. The Gen 4™ GCU is the primary inter-service combat and utilities uniform utilized by the United Republic Defense Force.

The uniform and its components are derived from the game-changing original Crye Precision combat and field uniforms designed for United States special operations forces. The Warez Precision Gen 4™ is the fourth iteration of Warez Precision's line of performance-based military combat uniforms, optimized for today's athlete-soldier.

Contents
  1. History
  2. Design and Components
    1. T-shirt
    2. Combat shirt
    3. Combat pants
    4. Utility jacket
  3. Coloring and Camouflage
  4. Purchase

History

The GCU was developed initially as a domestic version of Crye Precision's combat uniform specifically for United Republic special forces in the late 1990s. The original set contained a combat shirt and combat pants. The idea was that under modern body armor vests, the uncomfortable and durable fabric, in a used on traditional BDUs of the period were unnecessary, as with the chest pockets which, under body armor, were inaccessible anyways. In addition, uniforms needed various "stretch panels", or areas constructed with high-stretch fabric, for maximum comfort and mobility; such gusseted regions included the underarms, crotch, and top of the pants' rear. Furthermore, the uniform integrated styrofoam elbow and knee pads into pockets in the uniform to allow personnel to get into crouched or prone positions without discomfort, while also eliminating the bulky, heavy, and often discarded external elbow and knee pads that were previously issued.

The Gen 1™ GCU was worn by special operators for years, and the overwhelmingly positive feedback obtained from them combined with the United Republic Marine Corps' push for flame-resistant uniforms led to increased focus on the prospect of issuing such uniforms on a large scale. As the Acaema War—which began in 2000 and continues to this day—continually proved that most casualties in a modern counter-insurgency war were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the United Republic Marine Corps pushed for a complete flame-resistant uniform ensemble by 2005.

The Marine Corps' FRUE was developed by the Marine Corps Future Systems Center, and included a combat shirt and combat pants as components. Warez Precision became the first supplier of the FRUE ensemble due to its prior experience with combat uniforms; other companies which had produced their own combat-oriented uniforms soon became secondary suppliers. Warez Precision's combat uniform became a standard for other companies as it started an entire movement.

As other services—the Army, Navy, and Air Force—determined that flame-resistant uniforms were absolutely necessary for personnel operating outside-the-wire, they began to consider the idea of replacing traditional uniforms with the combat uniform ensemble. Initial resistance from military traditionalists was countered with absolute necessity as growing numbers of deaths due to IEDs in Acaema left little choice.

It was during this time that the Gen 3™ GCU was under development, and the Army Soldier Systems Center aided in its design phase. The Gen 3™ GCU became the standard combat uniform of the United Republic Army by 2006.

The Air Force and Navy issued uniforms developed by other companies. Still, a large majority of special operations forces still preferred the Warez Precision family of uniforms.

The United Republic Air Force and Navy aided the Army and Marine Corps in the development of the Gen 4™ GCU, which was completed in 2009. Among the improvements from previous uniforms are more rugged materials, improved comfort, and the adoption of the Digital Multiterrain Camouflage (DMC) family. Warez Precision became the main supplier of the uniforms, although other manufacturers also provide uniform components to all services. The Gen 4™ uniform also integrates tourniquets into the arms and legs to allow medics to rapidly prevent blood loss during combat.

Design and Components

All components of the uniform are IRR treated, allowing the wearer to appear at the same radiation level as the surrounding terrain. This makes the wearer more difficult to detect on near-infrared sensors such as night vision devices. Increased fireproofing through the use of advanced flame-resistant fabrics provides a key element to the uniform's protective design. Torso clothes such as the combat shirt feature infrared squares on each soldier which, when uncovered, allow personnel to rapidly identify friendlies from enemies while using infrared devices such as NVDs.

Basic garments such as the combat shirt and combat pants have four integrated tourniquets (two in each arm, two in each leg) to allow medics to rapidly secure wounds on injured personnel without using separate tourniquets. These can be applied with one hand in seconds, allowing personnel to temporarily prevent blood loss in situations where effective medical treatment is immediately unavailable.

All waterproof and weatherproof garments integrate durable water repellant on the fiber level to provide resistance to water that does not wash out, making water bead on the surface rather than absorb into the fabric; this method was first developed by UnderArmour.

Uniforms are not to be starched under any condition as starching wears out NIR signature management treatment and causes discoloration. Furthermore, uniforms should never be cleaned with any dry-cleaning method or any other system that uses steam, as these adversely affect its durability and treatments. Proper care for the uniform involves washing it with mild detergents without optical brighteners such as phosphorescent properties of several commercial detergents. Optical brighteners could cause discoloration of the uniform, nullifying its specific camouflage, and can make the wearer more visible on night vision devices and other thermal sensors.

The GCU ensemble consists of a t-shirt, combat shirt (and all-weather combat shirt), combat pants (and all-weather combat pants), utility jacket, and utility pants. Additional gear, such as jackets, half-jackets, smocks, and other equipment are available upon request.

T-shirt

The standard-issue t-shirt is an engineered fit seamless coyote tan or DMC (depending on unit issue) t-shirt with sleeves that terminate above the elbows. It is worn under the combat hit or field jacket, and can be discarded in hot temperatures. The majority of the shirt is constructed of advanced performance cotton with the durability and versatility of synthetics (a 90/10 cotton/synthetic material) that provides enhanced breathability and moisture wicking. Seamless synthetic mesh stretch panels at strategic zones allow for maximum mobility and additional breathability, serving as vent zones to release heat, and are made of no melt/no drip FR 95/5 polyester/Lycra. The interior is textured and brushed to enhance moisture wicking.

The shirt's alternating hydrophilic and hydrophobic fibers allow for the transport of moisture and its dispersion across a wide area, allowing it to dry rapidly.

The shirt is of an engineered fit design, a slightly tight fit that is looser than conventional compression shirts. If a compression shirt is desired, the user can simple order one size smaller; this allows for a shirt that eliminates friction-related hot spots and reduces muscle fatigue. Long-sleeved versions, including insulating versions, are available. All shirts incorporate anti-microbial and anti-odor properties to enhance usability in combat. All materials are proprietary no-melt, no-drip fabrics.

Combat Shirt

The combat shirt is the basis of the uniform. It is a flame-resistant long-sleeve standalone shirt primary for use in warmer climates, aggressively cut for maximum combat performance. The shirt is worn with or without a t-shirt and layers well under body armor; it is designed to greatly increase user comfort through the use of flame-resistant, lightweight fabrics.

The shirt has a Raglan-style mandarin collar that is often zipped up with body armor to protect from hot brass casings and uncomfortable weapon slings. The shirt features reinforced elbows with pockets for Warez combat elbow pads with polymer elbow cap that is solidly colored according to the uniform's camouflage. Its no-seam shoulders minimize rubbing or chafing against body armor, and a double-layer bicep pocket contains Velcro for various shoulder-attached accessories such as name, rank, and flag patches. The pocket is slanted and low on the arm to accommodate use while wearing armored shoulders, and they feature a Velcro closure. The lower arm also contains a double-pen pocket on both sleeves. Inside the collar in the rear is a small, durable strap for dragging injured allies to cover. A zipper comfort placket is incorporated to enhance comfort, particularly when wearing a heavy vest or chest rig.

The sleeves feature a rapid stowaway system reminiscent of the Arc'teryx combat shirt, allowing them to be rolled up to just under the elbow pad or, with the elbow pad removed, all the way above the elbow (as a short-sleeve shirt). The sleeves are rolled up and placed under the bicep or elbow pad pocket without removing body armor. Most militaries, however, do not allow rolling sleeves to above the elbows.

The torso is constructed of a lightweight flame-resistant performance cotton jersey knit with advanced moisture management capability. The fabric dries rapidly, preventing stickiness and thus significantly increasing user comfort. An additional fabric, Warez AirBase™, is a gusseted high-stretch breathable micromesh, and it is placed at strategic vent zones where the body dumps heat, such as the underarms (where it serves as a stretch panel) and lower back. The sleeves and collar are constructed of durable, lightweight, comfortable, ripstop, abrasion-resistant and flame-resistant Duralite™, designed to provide extra protection to areas not covered by body armor while still providing comfort. It features a high cellulosic fiber content to enhance comfort and breathability, while giving the wearer significant flame resistance to flash fires, electric arcs, and other similar threats. All fabrics feature four-way stretch to enhance mobility and comfort.

The All-weather Combat Shirt (AWCS) is a spinoff design for a wider range of climates. It contains almost all of the same features, but utilizes extreme weather resistant, four-way stretch laminate Duramed for the sleeves and collar, as well as a midweight performance cotton jersey knit in the torso. The underarms of the shirt feature armor-friendly pit zips for enhanced ventilation.

The sleeves and collar of the shirt are normally camouflaged, while the torso of the shirt is a solid color.

Combat Pants

The combat pants are a pair of performance-oriented pants designed to be worn alongside the combat shirt. The same Duralite™ fabric used in the combat shirt is utilized to construct the pants, which contain integrated camouflaged four-way stretch panels to enhance mobility.

The combat pants utilize an external waist belt with low-profile Velcro-based waist adjustment, available in 2-inch waist increments and multiple lengths for maximum comfort and fit. The reinforced knees contain knee pad pockets for use with Warez combat knee pads, tailored with a simple kneepad height adjuster in the front thigh pocket. Each of the ten cargo pockets conceal a water bottle/magazine stabilizer, a strip of elastic which can hold small items in place. A unique zip fly/Velcro closure provides maximum comfort. Fabrics with high stretch and enhanced breathability make up the strategic vent zones and stretch panels located where the body dumps heat, such as the knees and lower back, as well as the diamond-gusseted crotch. Concealed breathable mesh zones in the thigh provide passive cooling to the femoral artery.

A waste management system in the pants consists of a zipper on the outside of each ankle, which can be used to open various panels and dispose of bodily waste without removing the pants. In specific cases this can be used for additional ventilation.

A specialized version of the pants, called Utility pants, removes the flexible knee cap for a concealed knee pad and additionally removes the Velcro leg closure for a traditional military look. This version is issued to garrison personnel, non-combat units, and the United Republic Marine Corps; it provides the same advantages as the standard model but with a traditional look.

All weather combat pants (AWCP) are a pair of pants similar to the basic combat pants but constructed with midweight fabrics and durable water repellant integrated on the fiber level for extreme weather resistance. They can be used across a wider range of climates, particularly cooler environments.

Utility Jacket

The utility jacket is a traditional-style shirt designed for field use with ability to transition into an effective combat uniform. It is a jacket strikingly similar to the United States Army Combat Uniform's jacket, aggressively cut for maximum mobility and performance with angled chest pockets (to ease accessibility under body armor) and a lightweight, flame-resistant design.

The jacket is a long-sleeve Raglan-style mock-collared shirt made of the same Duralite™ fabric used on the combat shirt. It features a tuxedo cut that is slightly longer in the back and shorter in the front to provide easy belt access and prevent the shirt from being untucked when crouched. It contains elbow pad pockets similar to the combat shirt, but the flexible cap must be removed to conceal the pad in the pocket for a traditional garrison-style look.

The shirt features a zip and velcro closure with a mock collar to protect the neck. A hidden zipper placket improves comfort. The two angled chest pockets contain Velcro strips above them for nametapes and branch tapes. The arms contain the same pockets as the combat shirt; a dual-layer bicep pocket with Velcro and a double-pen pocket at the forearms. The underarms features armor-friendly pit zips for enhanced ventilation.

Coloring and Camouflage
The Gen 4™ Ground Combat Uniform is available in a number of colors and camouflage patterns depending on request. The United Republic Defense Force utilizes the Multi-terrain Camouflage Pattern™ (MCP™) family, designed by QuantumStealth. The family consists of three patterns: MCP Desert (MCP-D) for arid environments; MCP Transitional (MCP-T) for semiarid to transitional environments (using a transitional colorway), blends in well in all environments; and MCP Woodland (MCP-W) for woodlands, jungles, and green zones. The U.R. Army, Air Force, and URSOCOM both make use of MCP-T for organizational clothing/individual equipment (OCIE) and personal protective equipment (PPE), as it blends in with both MCP-D and MCP-W, and often issue MCP-T as the primary camouflage pattern year-round. It is also used by the U.R. Army as a garrison pattern when not deployed. The U.R. Marine Corps and Navy print OCIE/PPE in coyote brown, which also works with all three patterns. The URMC prefers to use MCP-D in spring/summer and MCP-W in autumn/winter as a garrison uniform, and rarely make use of MCP-T.

The MCP™ family is a family of digital camouflage, meaning that computer programs were used to pinpoint colorways and vectors during the camouflage's design phase. It is of a pixelized design, which the pixels forming a micropattern up close and a macropattern from far away to provide effective camouflage at any distance. When close, small shapes remain distinct from each other to provide an effective blending effect with the surrounding environment. From larger distances, small shapes seem to come together to form larger ones, largely making most camouflage patterns ineffective. However, digital patterns are designed in such a way so that from a distance, when the micropattern shapes form together, they form larger shapes that continually allow maximum performance.

MCP™ is not the only color these uniforms are offered in. Custom patterns or existing patterns may be requested to best suit the needs of the purchaser. Solid colors are available as well. For each camouflage pattern, a particular solid color will be chosen that matches with that pattern for use on the chest of the combat shirt and on the flexible elbow and knee pads.


Purchase

The GCU and its components are all available for purchase. Custom components designed using Warez proprietary fabrics may be requested as well, such as smocks, jackets, half-jackets, etc. When ordering, please indicate the camouflage pattern or colorway you are requesting the uniforms to be in. Uniforms will be sized according to request.
Warez Gen 4™ T-shirt
  • Short-sleeve — $40.00
  • Long-sleeve — $50.00
  • Long-sleeve, 1/4 zipper — $55.00
Warez Gen 4™ Combat shirt$160.00
  • Warez Gen 4™ All-weather combat shirt$200.00
Warez Gen 4™ Combat pants$200.00
  • Warez Gen 4™ All-weather combat pants$310.00
  • Warez Gen 4™ Utility pants$150.00
Warez Gen 4™ Utility Jacket$150.00

Lightweight set (short-sleeve t-shirt, combat shirt, combat pants) — $350.00you save $50!
Midweight set (long-sleeve t-shirt, all-weather combat shirt, all-weather combat pants) — $510.00you save $50!
Utility set (short-sleeve t-shirt, utility jacket, utility pants) — $290.00you save $50!
1 set (all pieces of uniform)$1,100.00you save $215!

OMPP Domestic Manufacturing License1,200,000,000.00 (price for 1 million full sets)

For any combination of components not listed above, discounted price is negotiable. If you would like to request such, please inquire as part of your purchase.


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Stemix Wearable Resistant Enhanced Tactical Combat Helmet

Postby Virana » Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:33 pm

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Stemix Wearable Resistant Enhanced Tactical Combat Helmet™ (WRETCH™)
The Helmet as a System™


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An American special forces operator wearing the WRETCH High Cut helmet with a hybrid helmet cover, flashlight, night vision goggles, Peltor communications headsets, and a Smith Boogie regulator goggle. Image courtesy of Smith Optics.

The Stemix WRETCH is an advanced ballistic helmet system used by the United Republic Defense Force. Rather than using aramid fibers like Kevlar, the helmet makes use of Dyneema® HB80, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene material, that provides superior protection to conventional ballistic fibers such as Kevlar.

Contents
  1. Concept and Development
  2. Design and Cuts
    1. High Cut
    2. Maritime Cut
    3. Low Cut
    4. Warez Special Operator Cut
    5. Accessories and Accessory Rail
    6. Helmet Cover
  3. Purchase

Concept and Development

The WRETCH helmet program was spearheaded by the United Republic Marine Corps to develop a helmet that is superior to traditional aramid fiber (Kevlar) ballistic helmets in terms of ballistic and fragmentation protection. The Marine Corps intended to replace its Lightweight Helmet, a ballistic helmet with a similar size and shape to the PASGT helmet used by U.R. forces throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. The Army had replaced the PASGT with the Army Combat Helmet (ACH)/Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (MICH), a helmet with a smaller tactical cut that sacrificed ballistic coverage for a lighter shell and superior mobility. Initial WRETCH concepts involved the use of a helmet constructed of advanced thermoplastics; however, after the failure of the thermoplastics the provide the required level of protection with current technology, the requirements were revised to incorporate ultra-high-molecular-weight polythelene (UHMWPE) as the preferred material.

As the Acaema War, which began in 2000, continually proved that large numbers of casualties were a result of improvised explosive devices and long-range sniper rounds, one of the primary intentions of the program was to defend against such rounds. The switch to a more resilient headgear system was likened to the large-scale transition from the HMMWV to the Mine-resistant Ambush-protected (MRAP) series or the transition from traditional military uniforms to flame-resistant high-performance combat-optimized uniforms.

WRETCH development began in 2007 as a Marine Corps program with a stated goal to protect at least 35% better against small arms and fragmentation than the ACH, as well as being completely resilient against certain rifle projectiles, naming protection from at least a 7.62 mm round as an essential goal of the program. The Army and Navy later joined the program, followed closely by the Air Force.

It was during this time that Stemix's Lightweight Tactical Helmet (LTH), a high-cut helmet providing similar protection to the ACH, was rapidly becoming popular among special operations forces. It used an Ops-Core style accessory rail and a conventional shell, and its popularity was fueled by its stunningly decreased weight and modular capability. Warez Precision offered a similar helmet, the Literider, using Stemix's Ops-Core style rails, in a dual-shell design which looked very similar to Crye's AIRFRAME helmet. Both helmets became preferred helmets for special operations, who desired less weight and superior versatility to the protection offered by the ACH.

Stemix and Warez were each provided $1.5 million to develop their helmets with the revolutionary WRETCH shell once it was completed. The original WRETCH prototype looked strikingly similar to the previous ACH and American ECH, but due to the contracts provided to Warez and Stemix, the intention was to develop much more specialized designs.

By 2008, four vendors had been awarded for five helmet designs for the helmet's shell. UAE Systems Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc. was awarded $4.7 million, Arctank was awarded $1.8 million, Security Systems Incorporated was awarded $765,000, and Terramine was awarded $730,000. The UAE Systems and Security Systems Inc helmets were selected in late 2009 and testing began. Stemix and Warez helmets were submitted by 2010 and testing continued.

During testing, the helmets were nearly impenetrable to fragments fired by test guns. In a v50 test, guns were unable to attain the velocity required to get 50% of the fragments through the helmet; this made the helmet far exceed the 35% ballistic improvement requirement.

The Stemix Low-Cut helmet was selected by all services as the primary helmet of the United Republic ground forces, particularly due to its coverage of the ear and design to increase hearing attenuation. The High Cut and Maritime Cut became very popular among special forces alongside Warez's Special Operator cut.

Design and Cuts

The WRETCH series of helmets is constructed of Dyneema® HB80, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWP) fiber used in modern vehicle armor applications that is arguably the most resilient fiber in the world. HB80 was the only material that passed the stringent WRETCH testing program. HB80 is resistant to moisture, UV rays, and most chemicals; this includes sweat and cleaning solvents.

The new shell provides an improvement in ballistic protection up to 70% over legacy ACH/MICH and LWH systems. Through the use of advanced production techniques to simplify the production, molding of the shell without cutting or darting produces a seamless, multilayered form that is both weather and chemical/biological agent proof. The overall material provides NIJ Type III Rifle protection against rounds up to 9.6 g (148 gr) 7.62×51mm NATO M80 ball bullets at a velocity of 847 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2780 ft/s ± 30 ft/s). Adding an applique armor plate to the helmet's fore allows for NIJ Type IV armor piercing rifle level protection. This increased protection is provided at significantly decreased weight to that of a legacy ACH/MICH due to the modified design of the helmets.

The helmets utilize a hybrid suspension system that combines a pad liner with an adjustable circumferal fitband and repositionable comfort-optimized impact pads. Turning a simple adjustment worm-dial can modify length, width, and overall shape, and moving it up and down can set overall helmet depth. The fitband and liner system are compatible with communication headsets and hearing protection systems. The impact pads are made of low-moisture absorbing, dual-density material wrapped in breathable moisture-wicking outer fabric for maximum comfort and impact protection, and are durable and impervious to environmental conditions. The improved liner and suspension system provide vastly increased comfort and stability as compared to the ACH/MICH (in small part due to their inexpensive and unpopular pad system), while further mitigating blunt trauma impacts of up to 4.3 m/s (14 ft/s) as compared to the ACH's 3 m/s (10 ft/s).

The unique H-nape five-position chinstrap retention system, adapted from the Ops-Core Headloc™ system, provides four times the stability with night vision devices as compared to legacy helmets due to simplified geometry, improved materials, and careful construction. The adjustment tabs are designed to be usable with only one hand, and tightening or loosening the helmet does not leave any hanging loose ends. The retention system is available in right-eye dominant (left-side buckle) or left-eye dominant (right-side buckle) versions.

A four-point X-nape retention system may be fitted as well, as per user request. H-nape features an extra adjustment point and is designed for superior stability with heavy helmet-mounted equipment, at the slight cost of comfort and complexity. X-nape is a simpler, low-profile design, although it is intended to provide stability with lighter helmet-mounted equipment. Ops-Core provides an extensive, detailed description of the difference between H-nape and X-nape here. By default, all helmets feature an H-nape unless requested otherwise.

All cuts are tapered to minimize the helmet's contact with body armor in a prone position, preventing the helmet from tilting over the eyes when prone looking up. This was a significant complaint regarding the use of the ACH/MICH with the IOTV and the LWH with the MTV.

High Cut

The WRETCH High Cut helmet provides the same coverage as a MICH 2002 cut. It weighs only 2.93 lbs (1328 g) and is designed to be compatible with large communication headsets, sacrificing ballistic protection to the ear. The helmet is compatible with up-armor side covers, gunsight mandibles, and other accessories. In addition, it is, by far, the most popular model among special forces due to its overall versatility and light weight, while still providing effective ballistic protection. Click here for a visual of the Stemix WRETCH High Cut.

Maritime Cut

The WRETCH Maritime Cut is a helmet that is cut 16 mm higher around the ears than the WRETCH High Cut, and was requested specifically by maritime special forces such as the U.R. Navy SEALs as the lightest possible helmet that provides adequate protection and contains maximum compatibility with large ear protection or communication headsets. They have specially cut mandibles and side armor covers available to accommodate the higher cut, and the helmet, at only 1.7 lbs (771 g), the helmet is among the lightest in the world that incorporates advanced fragmentation and ballistic protection. Click here for a visual of the Stemix WRETCH Maritime Cut with a hybrid camouflage cover.

Low Cut

The WRETCH Low Cut is a cut that provides the same coverage as the legacy ACH at a fraction of the weight. At only 3.12 lbs (1415 g), the helmet is compatible with most communication headsets; however, the largest ones may not fit. The model features its own mandibles to accommodate its lower cut, and does not have side armor covers available. The WRETCH Low Cut is the standard helmet of the United Republic Army and Marine Corps, as well as Navy and Air Force ground forces. Click here for a visual of the Stemix WRETCH Low Cut.

Warez Special Operator Cut

The Warez WRETCH Special Operator cut (SOP) is a specially designed version of the helmet developed by Warez Precision. It features a dual vented shell design for maximum passive cooling, covers more of the wearer's nape, provide more coverage than MICH 2002 (while weighing 20% less), and is compatible with large hearing protection and communications headsets. Weighing only 2.3 lbs (1043 g), it is very popular among high-level special forces. Click here for a visual of the Warez WRETCH SOP Cut.


Accessories and the Accessory Rail
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Night operations configuration.

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Mission documentation configuration.

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Airborne operations configuration.

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Building breaching configuration.

All WRETCH helmets come with an Ops-Core style accessory rail on either side of the helmet. The rails are 4-position accessory connectors that work in conjunction with locking and rotating adapters that utilize emergency break-away features for airborne operations. The upper accessory rail connector dovetail is used for devices like low-profile lights, cameras, visor, mandible, and up-armor face covers. The corner ARC buckle receiver is used for gas and O2 mask strap kit attachments that eliminate the bulk and clutter of traditional bayonet-style mounts. The lower ARC dovetail is used for devices like a flip-out COMs headset, battery pack, goggle strap keeper, mandible, and up-armor covers. Finally, an over-the-center side hook allows for attachment of devices such as illuminators, strobe lights, and battery packs.

On the front of the helmets is a multipurpose accessory shroud (MAS), adapted from Ops-Core's VAS. It can fit a majority of optics such as night vision devices, and can be used for front-mount visors, flashlights, and other visual enhancement devices. It features an elastic tension cord/lanyard connected to the side rails, which can link to visual enhancement devices (such as NVDs) to provide extra stability and eliminate device rattle or vibration.

A large array of attachments are available for use with the helmet. Helmet cameras, flashlights, illuminators, strobes, night vision devices, O2 masks, goggles, visors, side up-armor covers, ballistic mandibles, and even an HMD system can all be attached to the rails, MAS, or Velcro.

Helmet Covers

Two helmet covers are offered for the WRETCH: a standard cloth cover and a hybrid mesh cover. Both covers are constructed primarily of a four-way stretch fast-drying flame-resistant weave that fits snugly onto the helmet. They also contain Velcro at the back and sides above the rails; the side Velcro is often used to attach a subdued flag or other attachments or insignia, while the top/back Velcro is normally used for IR strobes. Elastic tie-down points are featured at the top for wire routing. The covers are compatible with the helmet's passive ventilation systems. They also feature Velcro at the rear for the accommodation of a detachable pouch that may be used to hold batteries and be used as a counterweight to NVDs or other devices mounted onto the helmet.

The hybrid cover also features special mesh for attachment of local foliage.

Both covers are available in a multitude of camouflage patterns or solid colors. They allow the helmet to remain camouflaged without applying permanent color to the helmet itself, while improving sound discipline and eliminating helmet shine.




Purchase

The WRETCH helmet and its accessories may be purchased, although they are Restricted Level 1. This is due to the sophistication of their protective ballistic material as well as the advanced and varied versatility and expanded capability set they provide to the wearer over traditional helmets. When purchasing, please indicate the desired color of the helmets and the desired color/camouflage pattern of the helmet covers (if you purchase the covers).
Stemix WRETCH High Cut$980.00
Stemix WRETCH Maritime Cut$900.00
Stemix WRETCH Low Cut$1,200.00

Warez WRETCH Special Operator Cut$1,500.00

Helmet Accessories
  • Up-armor side covers — $340.00
  • Gunsight mandibles — $300.00
  • Face visor — $120.00
  • High definition helmet camera (side rails) — $260.00
  • High definition helmet camera (MAS) — $400.00
  • Airborne O2 mask — $150.00
  • IR strobe light — $200.00
  • Helmet cover
    • Standard — $45.00
    • Hybrid — $50.00
For any other accessories, please contact the United Republic DSAA.


OMPP Domestic Manufacturing Rights
    Stemix WRETCH High Cut$980,000,000
    Stemix WRETCH Maritime Cut$900,000,000
    Stemix WRETCH Low Cut$1,200,000,000
    Warez WRETCH SOP Cut$1,500,000,000


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UAE Systems Modular Personal Body Armor System™ (MPBAS™)

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UAE Systems Modular Personal Body Armor System™ (MPBAS™)
Guarding our Guardians
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United Republic Army STARS special forces operators in Manchada Province, Acaema wearing MPBAS plate carriers, WRETCH Low Cut helmets with the rails removed, and Warez Gen 4 GCUs.

The UAE Systems Modular Personal Body Armor System (MPBAS), often pronounced em-bas, is a scalable, tailorable, flexible body armor system designed by the UAE Systems Performance Gear division in conjunction with Warez Precision for use by the United Republic Defense Force. The system utilizes advanced nanotechnologies for maximum protection and relies on lessons learned from Warez's proprietary armor design to provide one of the most comfortable, stable, and protective multipurpose body armor systems in the modern world.

MPBAS's Enhanced Personal Protective Inserts (EPPIs) are constructed of Scutum, a special nanocomposite based on titanium disulfide (TiS2 or TiS2). This material is five times as strong as steel and twice as strong as any legacy material used to make protective gear. Scutum is closely based on studies conducted by the Israeli/American nanotechnology research company ApNano with tungsten disulfide (WS2 or WS2). During testing, TiS2 was four times lighter than WS2 while still providing superior performance against shock waves produced by test guns.

The EPPIs are arranged in an overlapping disc array akin to Pinnacle Armor's Dragon Skin. EPPIs thus combine two unique approaches to body armor to create a flexible armor system that provides NIJ Type IV+ protection.

Alternatively, the MPBAS platebags can accept Personal Hard Armor Inserts (PHAI) constructed of Dyneema HB80, a revolutionary unidirectional material designed by DSM Dyneema, that provides effective Type III+ protection at the cost of weight and bulk. Although Scutum EPPI plates are not available to most international customers due to stringent export restrictions, solid Dyneema HB80 PHAI plates (not Dragon Skin style) are available almost unrestricted.

Made in the URE with UR materials.

Contents
  1. History and concept
    1. Scutum
    2. Overlapping discs
    3. Ergonomic vest design
    4. Scalable body armor system
    5. MPBAS program
  2. Components and Construction
    1. Personal Armored Vest
    2. Adaptive Carrier System
    3. Modular Blast Belt
    4. Concealed body armor
    5. Supplemental Armor Components
    6. Inserts
      1. Enhanced Personal Protective Inserts
      2. Personal Hard Armor Inserts
  3. Protection levels
  4. Purchase

History and Concept

The MPBAS as a system combines concepts derived from four different avenues of modern personal body armor design. It draws heavily on the production of highly advanced inorganic fullerene-like nanostructures (IF materials) derived from the extensive research conducted by ApNano Materials to produce an advanced set of nanocomposites for the production of viable body armor. It also relies on the overlapping plate design of body armor made popular by Pinnacle Armor's DragonSkin, which provides advanced flexible protection at levels often far surpassing solid plate designs. Furthermore, MPBAS utilizes an ergonomic, stable load-carriage platform based on Warez Precision's previous armored vests designed for United Republic special forces to deliver one of the most comfortable systems to date. Finally, it makes use of the scalable armor concept, where differing levels of armor are available depending on the threat level and environment to produce one of the most modular armor systems in the world.

Scutum

The origins of the body armor began with research initiated in the early 1990s by ApNano Materials. The Nano-materials Synthesis Group of Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, headed by Materials Research Society medal winner and ApNano chief scientific advisor Professor Reshef Tenne, discovered that several inorganic compounds, such as WS2, MoS2, TiS2, and NbS2—all normally occurring as large platelets—can be synthesized into nanospheres and nanotubes they referred to as inorganic fullerene-like (IF) nanostructures.

Fullerenes are a special form of carbon that occur as hollow spheres, ellipsoids, or tubes and are composed almost entirely of carbon. IFs are similar materials that can be made of other elements besides carbon, expanding their potential applications. Furthermore, IFs are cheaper and easier to produce than organic fullerenes, and they are chemically more stable, less reactive, and less flammable, as well as avoiding the highly toxic nature of fullerenes.

ApNano Materials discovered that IF materials have a unique characteristic in that they are stunningly shock absorbent, an extremely vital characteristic for armor in several different areas. Furthermore, IF materials can be integrated into other materials to enhance their individual properties, drastically expanding their potential for future application. During tests, ApNano's material, derived from Tungsten Disulfide (WS2), was proven to be twice as strong as other body armor materials such as boron carbide and silicon carbide, the two most commonly used materials in personal ballistic vests. However, ApNano also determined that WS2's weight was an undesirable option for ballistic vests, and further determined that titanium disulfide (TiS2) could prove four times lighter while possibly providing superior shock absorption characteristics.

Research on the materials by ApNano was continued by a group in the Corsa Institute of Technology (CIT) in Bastonia, Corsa, widely regarded as one of the world's top technical schools. The CIT research group, led by Dr. Jahan Saeed, worked alongside high-level scientists from the U.R. Army Soldier Systems Center and the United Republic Defense Research and Individual Projects Agency (DRIPA). Their research on the practical use of TiS2 in body armor applications was initiated with government funding in 2004.

During testing, the material developed by the CIT research group withstood shocks from a steel projectile traveling at 1,500 m/s, remaining essentially unmarred after each test. The material was also determined to withstand shock pressures from impacts up to 250 tons/cm2, although a subsequent study determined that, under isostatic pressure, the material could remain stable under up to 350 tons/cm2.

The group would later form Nanotechnology Systems, Inc. (NTS) and continue work on their proprietary material, later marketed as Scutum©, or Latin for shield. ApNano Materials continued research and production of their tungsten disulfide nanocomposite, which would later be used in Lyran Arms' "Dauntless" body armor system in the form of ceramic inserts.

Overlapping Discs

Pinnacle Armor first developed the modern overlapping plates ballistic armor concept with Dragon Skin in 1996 as part of the SOV-2000 ballistic vest. The vest supposedly provided NIJ Type IV protection (armor piercing rifle) at only a fraction of the weight and size of conventional ballistic plates. The vest, at only 0.8 in thick, was essentially the only practical flexible Type IV personal body armor in the world.

Dragon Skin came under widespread controversy during U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force testing conducted in May 2006, in which the vests proved to fail each standard as well as maintain a host of other significant issues. This was in contrary to independent testing conducted by private organizations, civilian testing facilities, and isolated tests by U.S. Army and local police personnel. Due to its widespread use in the field in lieu of the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center's Interceptor body armor, for which the materials were developed by DARPA, the U.S. Army banned all commercial body armor vests in March 2006. Although the U.S. Marine Corps did not issue a similar ban, they strongly advised marines to maintain their issued armor instead of purchasing commercial body armor for use in the field.

Issues with the armor included claims by the Army that under hot temperatures the discs dislodged, a claim which was denied by Pinnacle Armor and testing at Aberdeen Test Facility. Despite the Army ban, NBC News learned that several elite forces protecting generals and VIPs continued to wear the armor. In addition, the armor was purchased by civilian contractors in Iraq, Acaema, and Afghanistan; by select elite special operations forces, some SWAT teams, U.S. and U.R. Secret Service personnel, and CIA and JIA.

Extensive testing conducted by non-military organizations continued to prove that Dragon Skin was viable military armor. During a test in Fresno, California conducted by the city's SWAT team, the vest managed to stop .308 sniper rounds, 30 9 mm MP5 rounds, and several more. The test was overseen by ninety-eight federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel, and the local police department decided to purchase the vest for its SWAT personnel due to its successful test. Similar testing was conducted by various law enforcement organizations across the United Republic, which determined the vest's superiority to other SWAT body armor systems. Furthermore, Defense Review released news reports of the armor stopping powerful rounds such as 7.62×39mm API in the field.

In April 2008, the United Republic Army Soldier Systems Center worked with Emmerian company Pinnacle Systems, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Armor in the United Republic of Emmeria, to eliminate the issues with Dragon Skin vests and evaluate the possibility to replace modern Improved Outer Tactical Vests (IOTVs) in U.R. Army inventory with a Dragon Skin developed counterpart. Extensive specialized engineering allegedly eliminated the issues in high temperatures associated with the dislodging of the discs in the vests.

Dragon Skin uses an array of overlapping ceramic discs to distribute the impact of a projectile more efficiently across a wide area, dissipating the projectile's energy and thus preventing the projectile from penetrating the vest. Dragon Skin derived systems are considered the thinnest, most flexible practical Type IV armor solution in the world.

Ergonomic vest design

In the late 1990s, Warez Precision released its G1 Scorpion armored vest. The system was made with direct consultation of the top United Republic special forces as a coproduct to Warez's Gen 1 Ground Combat Uniform. The ballistic vest was designed with the goal to provide a soldier with the maximum amount of protection possible while retaining the ability for the soldier to move freely unrestricted. The vest was of an entirely unique and proprietary design, and appeared distinct from most other ballistic vests simply due to its design.

The vest utilized a unique shaped plate design to provide maximum comfort and protection, at the cost of lack of interoperability with conventional Outer Tactical Vest plates. The proprietary plates were triple-curved to conform to the wearer's body contours. It also featured ballistic shoulders and flanks to provide rigid protection, giving it a unique and striking appearance. It was cut short—around directly above the belly button—and was intended to be worn alongside a proprietary armored blast belt.

The G1 Scorpion armored vest became widely popular among U.R. special forces due to its combination of protection and mobility. It was displayed on many future soldier demonstrations alongside Warez's DMC camouflage, whose predecessor was also developed as part of Warez's early product ensemble in the late 1990s.

By 2007, Warez released a new model of its system—a G2 armored chassis. The system's appearance was much more conventional, but it integrated similar unique features in a much less unusual way to produce one of the world's most comfortable and stable armored load carriage systems. The new vest also terminated above the belly button (and was worn with an armored blast belt), but integrated new features requested by special operators to enhance its combat performance. Warez also developed a lightweight plate carrier version, which integrated similar innovation and protection/mobility balance in a lighter package.

Warez made a version of its plate carrier intended to be fully modular and adaptable. The same vest, through the use of modular components, could become a lightweight recce chest rig to a full-blown armored plate carrier and anything in between. This concept was driven by the U.R. Army's newly begun search for a scalable armor system, detailed in the next section.

Scalable body armor system

The push for a scalable body armor system began in February 2008 with the U.R. Army's exploration of the concept for Soldier Protection Demonstration 6 (SPD6). The Army issued a solicitation for an industry day for various global defense contractors to produce a system of armor based on a single piece (a plate carrier) and capable of adding on supplements all the way up to full turret gunner armor, with variable levels of coverage and protection depending on the individual's threat environment. In addition, submissions were to integrate concealed body armor for use by generals, military police, and specialized personnel. Several companies took part in the demonstration, notably UAE Systems Performance Gear division with its Scalable Modular Armor System (SMAS).

The demonstration was designed to allow Army personnel to evaluate the prospect and practicality of scalable armor on a larger scale, with one system issued to all troops and varied components provided depending on unit environment requirements. This would provide the ability to eliminate multiple personal armor systems from the Army logistics network and replace all of them with a single system while simultaneously providing the needed up-armor abilities needed by turret gunners and specialized personnel.

SPD6 demonstrated a wide variety of methods and capabilities to operate a single system of armor utilized for multiple roles and versatile capabilities. Because of their use as a complete system, the products displayed at SPD6 would shift current U.R. tactical thinking regarding body armor and its roles and capabilities.

After the competition, Warez Precision produced an adaptive vest system, a modification of its basic plate carrier that could transform from a lightweight recce chest rig to a minimalist plate carrier to a full armored plate carrier/load bearing system. Warez also offered individual up-armor pieces for various parts of the body that could enhance protection for individual personnel; this was essentially Warez's viewpoint on a scalable armor system. Warez Precision did not take part in SPD6, but their designs served a crucial role in shaping the U.R.'s MPBAS program.

MPBAS Program

The MPBAS program was initiated in September 2008 as a program to develop a scalable body armor system based on the prototypes displayed at SPD6. During the drafted request for proposals posted by the U.R. Army, it was suggested by top program officials to make use of all available technologies in order to design a long-term, multipurpose body armor system. It was determined that an armor system superior to the Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) was required to meet the demand of improved armor-piercing rounds. Casualties during the Acaema War were largely due to improvised explosive devices or snipers. To address these issues, the military had adopted flame-resistant combat uniforms and advanced rifle-stopping helmets, but body armor remained an area of weakness. A study regarding the future spectrum of threats reinforced the assertion that superior body armor was required; in particular due to the increasing threat that the United Republic would have to fight against nations of a similar technological level or far greater numbers, in which case superior equipment and technology would have to prevail.

Two unique and varied technologies came together at the perfect time: the overlapping ceramic disc design (Dragon Skin) and Scutum, the titanium disulfide nanostructure composite. Both systems showed very significant promise to be featured in future body armor, and both had extensively been studied by U.R. defense officials for years; thus, both systems received attention as part of the Army's theoretical future body armor program.

The joint Army Soldier Systems Center and Pinnacle Systems team had developed a Dragon Skin vest system by April 2008 and a prototype plate carrier was tested at the U.R. Army's Elmendorf Testing Facility. During tests, it successfully stopped 30 7.62×39mm rounds fired from an AK-103 rifle. Later testing prompted the United Republic National Institute of Justice to certify the vest for NIJ Type IV protection. Furthermore, the vest did not maintain the previous issues that had resulted in controversy over the Dragon Skin system.

The Soldier Systems Center requested information from Pinnacle Systems on the practicality of constructing the ceramic platelets out of Nanotechnology Systems' (NTS's) Scutum material, which had been developed by scientists at CIT. It was later determined that such a solution was viable and very possible. A prototype insert was developed for the MPBAS program by December 2008, and extensive testing beginning in January 2009 determined it to be far superior to legacy body armor systems. The Dragon Skin plate carrier constructed out of titanium disulfate nanocomposite materials far exceeded initial requirements and standards for the program, being easily capable of providing protection exceeding NIJ Type IV, the highest level for which a standard has been established.

The program to develop a functional system was spearheaded by Warez Precision due to their experience in developing the body armor. During an extensive evaluation phase that took place in May to August 2009, UAE Systems was chosen for the MPBAS program's main contractor. The development phase lasted from September 2009 to March 2010, when the concept had evolved into a system with two basic elements—a plate carrier and a full armored vest (in addition to an armored blast belt)—where the plate carrier was modular and based on Warez's previous adaptive vest system and thus capable of being stripped and turning into a recce chest rig. In addition to the plate carrier or armored personal vest were a wide variety of up-armor enhancements for various parts of the body, including concealable armor designed for specialist personnel or personnel wearing lightweight chest rigs, resulting in a modular body armor system tailor-made for a wide array of roles and purposes.

The Marine Corps had joined the program by January 2010 in order to seek replacement for its Modular Tactical Vests. Large numbers of special forces personnel were involved in the consultation phase to ensure the final product would be effective in the field.

The final system entered Army and Marine Corps testing trials by May 2010 following Congressional approval of the program. By August 2010 the Army had begun issuing MPBAS kits to soldiers deploying to Acaema as well as updating the equipment of units already deployed. The Marine Corps began a similar fielding initiative by October of that year. Air Force and Navy ground units began to receive the system as well, particularly specialist units such as pararescuemen and special operators. By May 2011 almost all active units had replaced previous body armor systems with MPBAS kits.

Comparisons were drawn between the MPBAS kit and the Lyran Arms Dauntless body armor system adopted around the same time. Although distinct armor systems designed and produced completely independently in separate countries with little to no relation, both armor systems represented similar characteristics. Both used concepts of applique armor for versatility and employed inorganic fullerene-like nanostructure materials (IF materials) as the basis for their inserts. However, Dauntless focuses on the use of synthetic spider silk for its soft armor purposes, whereas MPBAS relies on more conventional ballistic fabrics. Furthermore, Dauntless utilizes a solid composite plate insert, while MPBAS makes use of an array of overlapping composite platelets for a flexible, thinner design (Dauntless already uses very thin plate inserts). Finally, Dauntless makes use of ApNano's tungsten disulfide (WS2) based nanomaterial, while MPBAS uses Scutum, Nanontechnology Systems' titanium disulfide (TiS2) based nanomaterial. Thus, the similarities between the two systems can be seen as simply due to the practicality of the concepts and their use in future body armor and the parallel development of independent armor systems occurring purely by the idea that it was the most viable method.

[OOC: I actually had the idea to make a body armor system just like this using nanomaterials after coming across it while doing research for another potential product for this storefront. When telling a friend about my idea, I was alerted that Lyras had also created armor based on this. After also discussing the situation with an individual closely tied to Lyran Arms, I was told that it was fine to develop such type of armor as long as I didn't just copy and paraphrase Lyras's writeup. In order to prevent this, I actually avoided reading Lyras's article until I finished the history portion (integral to my research). After reading through Lyras's article I decided to edit in a few points in the history section regarding the relationship between Lyras and ApNano, including that entire last paragraph, to provide perspective in this whole situation ICly. Any correlation between this article and Lyras's occurred either purely by chance or by the concept of "great minds think alike".]


Components and Construction
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All components of MPBAS except for the collar guard.
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A majority of the MPBAS components are constructed of 1000 denier Cordura. 1000D Cordura is one of the most ubiquitous modern high-quality military equipment fabrics in the world; due to its high abrasion resistance, durability, and ruggedness, it is the main choice for most high level equipment manufacturers. Lighter weight materials such as 500D Cordura are used in non-structural and low-wear areas to reduce the overall weight of the system.

All components of the system feature near-infrared signature management technology, allowing personnel to remain at the same radiation level as the surrounding terrain and thus more difficult to detect on near-infrared (NIR) image converters. NIR image converters infrared radiation variances rather than direct temperatures. This NIR signature management treatment is the same one applied in Warez's Gen 4 GCU.

Personal Armored Vest

The MPBAS Personal Armored Vest (PAV) is the standard vest system used by United Republic ground forces. It is a modular vest intended to provide maximum comfort and mobility while combining this with maximum protection. The vest is intended to be worn snug on the body, akin to sports equipment; this design enhances its ventilation characteristics while also eliminating "play" (movement of the vest when going prone or sitting). Wide, padded shoulders and contoured platebags provide for extensive weight distribution. A lacing system in the rear and elastic cummerbunds allow the wearer to modify the distance between the flanks and the rear as well.

The PAV consists of a front platebag, rear platebag, ballistic flanks, and adjustable ballistic shoulders. The interior of the vest features custom fit comfort pads with large air channels to provide passive cooling; the pads also provide additional standoff between the user and the armor, isolating the wearer from impacts and blunt trauma. Using the shaped plates, because there is no overlap and just a single layer, the vest provides a very low profile on the sides.

An emergency cutaway system on the vest consists of two closed loops, one on each shoulder. When pulled hard, the system releases the eyelets and tabs connecting the rear platebag to the flanks, thus splitting the vest along the back and one side and allowing it to fall forward.

Because of a roughly 3/4" to 1" gap between the user's body and the front platebag, any backface deformation from a bullet hit can be isolated from the body's sternum. The front platebag additionally features a flap with a Velcro closed pocket. Under the flap is where the elastic cummerbunds wrap around. A standard front platebag has six rows of PALS webbing for the attachment of equipment such as pouches, and the webbing is compatible with a large majority of military-grade pouches in the world.

The top of the rear platebag features a wide drag handle with a thick rubber coating for comfortably dragging casualties. It is covered in seven rows of PALS webbing with loop Velcro in between each row. Each side of the platebag has zippers for specialty panels such as preset mounted equipment, backpacks (without straps), and more.

The platebags are proprietary shaped platebags, and them and the flanks and shoulders can hold Enhanced Personal Protection Inserts (Dragon Skin style inserts constructed of Scutum) or standalone Dyneema® HB80 inserts. All platebags and inserts are compatible with the Adaptive Carrier System.

The PAV terminates above the belly button and is intended to be worn with the Modular Blast Belt (with a 2-5 cm gap between them). Combined, the system provides full torso, hip, and waist protection. Depending on the ballistic plates inserted, the two can provide up to NIJ Type IV+ protection to the wearer. A unique structural load adaptor normally links the vest with the belt, allowing the wearer to selective transfer some or all of the vest's weight onto his/her legs (instead of shoulders), isolating the spine.

Weight (without inserts)
— Small: 3.08 kg (6.8 lbs)
— Medium: 3.63 kg (8 lbs)
— Large: 4.22 kg (9.3 lbs)
— X-large: 4.85 kg (10.7 lbs)

Weight (with inserts)
— Small: 6.22 kg (13.7 lbs)
— Medium: 7.24 kg (16 lbs)
— Large: 8.35 kg (18.4 lbs)
— X-large: 8.6 kg (19 lbs)

Adaptive Carrier System

The MPBAS Adaptive Carrier System (ACS) is an adaptable vest system capable of being modified for a wide variety of roles. Although only its full plate carrier version is issued on a significant scale to specialist personnel or units in rough/mountainous terrain, the entire system is available for use by most special operations forces. The plate carrier version is essentially a cut-down version of the PAV with compatible platebags.

The ACS consists of nine components: flank, detachable chest rig, platebags, zip-on panels, 2- or 3-row cummerbunds, front PALS flap, front magazine flap, full coverage soft armor, and structural weight adaptor. The three main configurations are a full plate carrier, minimal plate carrier, and recce chest rig.

The full plate carrier configuration consists of flanks, platebags, front magazine or PALS flap, and 3-row cummerbund. It provides the same comfort and load support as the PAV with reduced weight and coverage. The standard configuration features three rows of PALS webbing and three rows of Velcro on the front platebag, and five rows of webbing plus three rows of Velcro on the rear platebag. The rear platebag also features a durable strap at the top for dragging casualties, replacing the PAV's rubber-covered handle.

The minimal plate carrier consists of the platebags, front magazine or PALS flap, and a 2-row cummerbund. It is designed for units requiring a very lightweight plate carrier, particularly specialist units operating in mountainous terrain with a low threat level. It provides no protection to the wearer's sides.

The recce chest rig configuration is designed to be a low-profile carrier for reconnaissance personnel who do not require bulky, heavy body armor. It consists of the flank and detachable chest rig only. It is recommended that personnel wearing the recce chest rig in a mid-threat environment wear concealed body armor also available with the MPBAS system.

Unlike the PAV, the ACS's shoulders do not contain soft or hard armor inserts. In addition, the system is constructed of 500D Cordura with lighter materials in low-wear or non-structural areas to reduce weight while maintaining high quality and durability.

Similar to the PAV, the ACS is designed to be worn snug to the body and features similar comfort pads inside to provide passive air cooling and enhanced comfort when wearing the armor. It terminates above the belly button and is normally worn with a Modular Blast Belt, with the structural weight transfer adaptor connecting the vest with the belt. This allows the wearer to selective transfer some or all of the vest's weight onto his/her legs (instead of shoulders), isolating the spine.

Almost all parts are compatible with the PAV.

Weight (full plate carrier, without inserts)
— Small: 1.72 kg (3.8 lbs)
— Medium: 1.8 kg (4 lbs)
— Large: 1.9 kg (4.2 lbs)
— X-large: 2.09 kg (4.6 lbs)

Weight (full plate carrier, with inserts)
— Small: 3.42 kg (7.5 lbs)
— Medium: 3.63 kg (8 lbs)
— Large: 3.85 kg (8.5 lbs)
— X-large: 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs)

Modular Blast Belt

The MPBAS Modular Blast Belt (MBB) is designed to be worn with either of the chest components as a standard armor configuration. Because both vests terminate above the belly button, the MBB extends ballistic protection to the hips and waist. An armored vest and MBB combined provide complete protection on par with most armored vests or plate carriers on the market without limiting mobility, allowing the wearer to bend, crouch, or sit without the vest interfering with the actions.

The MBB serves two purposes—it holds up the gear (through its PALS webbing and structural weight transfer adaptor) and holds up the wearer's pants. There are two ways to wear the complete system. With the first method, the user runs the inner belt layer through the loops of the pants while keeping it connected to the outer belt layer. This provides the most stable and secure setup. A second method allows the user to detach the inner belt and wear it separately, then using suspenders to wear the outer blast belt layer.

The belt can accommodate ballistic inserts or soft pads. On the exterior it features PALS webbing for equipment and for the attachment of waist-mounted pistol holsters (as opposed to thigh holsters commonly worn with body armor that can be uncomfortable and provide a number of disadvantages).

Concealed body armor

A concealed body armor system is designed for use with MPBAS components or use on its own. The vest is a lightweight San Diego style vest that provides superior coverage to most modern concealable armor systems. A number of versions exist providing protection ranging from NIJ Type IIA to Type IIIA+, each version with a superior protection level being slightly thicker.

The ergonomic design of the vest comprehensive coverage with maximum mobility. High-stretch, highly-breathable and moisture wicking straps hold the front and rear ballistic panels directly, ensuring a firm placement inside a carrier. This prevents rolling, bunching, and sagging of the concealed armor vest.

The concealable armor vests are constructed of an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) material that provides superior protection to traditional aramid fibers with less weight and bulk. The material is treated with Pinnacle Armor's Aquadyne, a chemical treatment which enhances comfort and the moisture wicking characteristics of the vest. Through electrochemical transport, the treatment permanently modifies the fibers to transport moisture and thermoregulate without the need to be worn close to skin. The treatment is adaptable to cold and warm weather, providing enhanced comfort in either situation.

The inside of the vest features a thin, highly conductive fabric that ensures that electrical discharge from an electroshock weapon flows through the inner lining of the vest rather than the body. It protects against threats such as tasers or other similar electroshock weapons.

Specialist units or those operating in a high threat environment often wear concealed body armor under their full assault vests. Due to the advanced Type IV+ or Type III+ (depending on the inserts) protection provided by the assault vests, personnel wearing them in conjunction with concealed body armor will often wear thinner, lighter, and lower-protection rated concealed systems. Normally these units wear concealed body armor providing no superior protection to Type IIA. However, units such as reconnaissance units or other special operations forces who operate without body armor (opting to wear lightweight chest rigs instead) may often choose to wear thicker, more protective concealed body armor which provides decent low-level protection without the weight and bulk of a full armored vest chassis.

Thickness
— Type IIA: 3.5 mm
— Type II: 5 mm
— Type IIIA: 6 mm
— Type IIIA+: 7.5 mm

Supplemental Armor Components

MPBAS Supplemental Armor Components (SACs) are a series of applique components that can be worn alongside the basic vest/MBB to enhance protection at the significant cost of mobility and increased weight. These components are not normally issued to conventional forces unless they operate in an extreme threat environment; however, they are popular with special operations forces who may prefer protection to mobility in their missions (although this may be relatively rare). Specialist personnel such as turret gunners often wear the supplemental armor components due to their lack of need for mobility and strong requirement for superior armor as turret gunners are often the prime targets during a fluid battle scenario. Alternatively, the armor supplements can be issued for personnel expected to require extreme armor due to various reasons.

There are six components to a complete SAC system, which may be worn individually or in various combinations depending on the user's threat level. The components are: armored collar guard, shoulder pads, bicep pads, forearm guards, lower abdomen panel, and thigh pads. All SAC components are constructed of 500D Cordura and can accept soft armor inserts or hard armor inserts for enhanced protection. Each component is aggressively shaped and cut for maximum mobility, comfort, and protection when wearing it.

The most popular component is the shoulder pad. These pads provide protection to the arm opening in the side of one of the ballistic vests, an area which is often left unprotected by most shoulder armor pieces. The pads are compatible with either the PAV or ACS through a series of straps that connect to the carrier, avoiding straps around the arm which would restrict the bicep. The shape of the pad allows for minimum restriction of mobility, taking advantage of the multidirectional joint in the shoulder. Shoulder pads are commonly worn by special operations forces and conventional forces in high threat environments as they do not restrict mobility and still provide increased protection.

The lower abdomen panel is another relatively popular item that provides ballistic protection to the lower abdomen and groin area. The panel's design also limits the restriction of mobility and interference in normal operation. It features pockets and PALS webbing for additional pouches or equipment. The panel connects to the bottom of the PAV or ACS and hangs freely.

Bicep and forearm pads are items worn when high levels of protection are required; however, due to the straps they require around the arm, they are relatively unpopular unless necessary. The bicep pad is worn around the bicep area, covering the uniform's bicep pocket and Velcro. The forearm pad wraps around the forearm similarly. Personnel who operate wearable computers on the forearm who require forearm protection often remove it from their non-dominant arm in order to mount the computer.

The thigh pad is worn around the thigh and inner thigh, protecting the upper leg and groin area. The PALS webbing on the thigh pad allows for tactical applications such as pistols or additional equipment.

Finally, the armored collar guard is a large collar protector worn on the rear that protects the back of the neck and head. Due to its size and weight it is not often worn unless absolutely required. However, the armored collar guard is particularly popular with turret gunner as it provides significant protection to their oft unprotected rear.

Inserts

MPBAS consists of a number of insert options to provide operational flexibility to the end user. The Personal Armored Vest contains integrated semi-rigid armor that provides NIJ Type II protection and meets all U.R. Army and URASOC requirements for fragmentation and handguns. Aside from this, no component in the armor set provides protection without some kind of insert.

Soft armor inserts are available. Both armored vests have platebags large enough to fit a soft armor backing to the basic plate that is inserted. All supplemental armor components can fit soft or hard armor inserts.

Enhanced Personal Protective Inserts (EPPI)

Enhanced Personal Protective Inserts (EPPI) are Dragon Skin style armor inserts constructed of Scutum, a titanium disulfide (TiS2) based inorganic fullerene-like nanomaterial (IF material) developed by scientists at the Corsa Institute of Technology in Bastonia, Corsa and manufactured by Nanotechnology Systems (NTS). The material has ultra-strong impact-resistant properties, particularly a result of each nanotube's large aspect ratio in its long length in relation to its diameter. The material has been tested to resist force from 34.3 GPa (Gigapascals), equivalent to 350 t/cm2. With this construction it is 4-5 times stronger than steel and six times stronger than Kevlar popularly used in ballistic vests. In addition, it is roughly twice as strong as silicon carbide, used in vehicle armor, or boron carbide, used in body armor.

Scutum is manufactured through a special optimized design process developed by ApNano Materials in 2008 for its similar tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanocomposite; the process allows for production on a commercial and industrial scale by eliminating the most difficult part of the design process, isolating the nanotubes from the rest of the material. Scutum, a TiS2 nanocomposite, is about four times lighter than ApNano's WS2 while providing similar, potentially superior, shock absorbing qualities.

IF materials are similar to basic fullerenes, which are nanomaterials formed solely of carbon. IF materials may be formed of a large number of other elements, and have a large array of potential applications aside from body armor, such as implementation in nanoelectronics, fuel cells, ultra-filtration membranes, catalysts, and lubrication systems. The materials can be integrated into existing materials to enhance their properties, such as by integrating them into a high-elastic material it may be possible to develop a flexible, shock absorbing system. As semi-conductors, IF materials can be used in a number of potential products such as high-resolution displays and tips for atomic force microscopes. This variety of potential applications places NTS in a unique position of producing a product for numerous rapidly-growing markets.

EPPI plates are formed by arranging a number of small disc-shaped platelets in an overlapping design. Each platelet is formed with an outer 3 mm layer of Scutum bonded to a compressed Dyneema backing, with a coating of linex for reducing spall. The platelets are then arranged in an overlapping array according to the shape of the plate desired for the platebag. The final plate is about 25 mm (1 inch) thick, which is much thinner than conventional inserts, and their design allows for extensive flexibility and thus mobility at a slightly lighter weight than most conventional inserts.

The Dragon Skin format weighs less, provides for increased multi-hit capacity, reduces backface deformation signature upon impact, and is cooler and more flexible. It provides superior edge hit capability and greater coverage, while reducing the ricochet threat against a diverse variety of projectiles. NTS claims the plates provide NIJ Type V protection (even though such a standard has not been established by the National Institute of Justice), although the plates definitively provide multi-hit Type IV protection.

Two piezoelectric sensors are attached to each end of the plates send a constant, very soft voltage of power through the armor in the form of a vibration (which is not felt by the wearer). The reported energy loss from an impact is the armor degradation, and the electricity generated from such impacts (that can be stored in a separate storage device) can determine the exact type of bullet hit and level of penetration. Each impact's energy is then recorded onto an external memory storage device alongside its time and date, which can be inserted into a computer and viewed for gaining appropriate post-action details.

Although NTS produces nanomaterials for a wide array of applications on the civilian market, the Scutum material is specially optimized for enhanced use in body armor inserts. As such, export of Scutum EPPI inserts is overseen by the Defense Security Assistance Agency, and thus the product is extensively restricted to prevent proliferation of its advanced protection capability to potential adversaries.

Personal Hard Armor Inserts (PHAI)

Due to the extensive level of protection offered by Scutum EPPI, and due to the classified nature of the nanocomposite forming Scutum, EPPI plates come with them stringent export restrictions. However, in order to provide high quality products and enhanced protection to a much wider array to potential customers and end-users such as foreign nations and private security contractors, another option is available that does not contain similar restrictions.

Personal Hard Armor Inserts (PHAI) are inserts constructed of Dyneema® HB80 designed by DSM Dyneema. HB80 is an ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE), an advanced thermoplastic extensively utilized in a number of body armor and vehicle armor applications, and also forms the basis for the rifle-protective WRETCH headgear system, at a fraction of the weight for similar protection from materials such as Kevlar or ceramics such as boron carbide.

HB80 is the highest-performance unidirectional composite in the market, providing the premier material solution for lightest weight and highest protection in armor applications. The organic polyethylene fiber in various applications can be up to 15 times stronger than quality steel and 40% stronger than aramids such as Kevlar while weighing 40-50% less than aramids for similar levels of protection.

The PHAI plates, rather than being Dragon Skin style, are solid conventional plates that provide protection up to NIJ Type III+.

Protection levels

When body or vehicle armor is adopted by a military, it must often pass a set of extensive requirements and testing in order to be approved. These standards vary depending on the military in question, its requirements, and its particular competition and goal. Because of this, a standardized set of requirements for rating body armor must be developed.

The MPBAS body armor system has used in its article a method designed by the United States National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for classifying various types of body armor. The NIJ system for classifying body armor was specified in NIJ Standard-0101.06, which specified minimum performance requirements and test methods of ballistic resistance against gunfire. Figure 3A below provides a general overview of the levels of NIJ protection. Higher type numbers indicate more protection, and each successive type provides protection to all previous types as well.
Armor level
Protection
Type I
(.22 LR; .380 ACP)
  • 2.6 g (40 gr) .22 caliber long rifle lead round nose (LR LRN) at 320 m/s (1050 ft/s)
  • 6.2 g (95 gr) .380 ACP full metal jacket round nose (FMJ RN) at 312 m/s (1025 ft/s)
No longer part of the standard.
Type IIA
(9 mm; .40 S&W; .45 ACP)
  • 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ round nose (FMJ RN) at 355 m/s (1165 ft/s)
  • 11.7 g (180 gr) .40 S&W FMJ at 325 m/s (1065 ft/s)
  • 14.9 g (230 gr) .45 ACP FMJ at 259 m/s (850 ft/s)
Type II
(9 mm; .357 Magnum)
  • 8 g (124 gr) 9 mm FMJ RN at 379 m/s (1245 ft/s)
  • 10.2 g (158 gr) .357 Magnum Jacketed Soft Point (JSP) at 408 m/s (1340 ft/s)
Type IIIA
(.357 SIG; .44 Magnum)
  • 8.1 g (125 gr) .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FMJ FN) at 430 m/s (1410 ft/s)
  • 15.6 g (240 gr) .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) at 408 m/s (1340 ft/s)
Type III
(rifles)
  • 9.6 g (148 gr) 7.62×51mm NATO M80 ball at 847 m/s (2780 ft/s)
Type IV
(armor piercing rifle)
  • 10.8 g (166 gr) .30-06 Springfield M2 armor-piercing (AP) at 878 m/s (2880 ft/s)
Figure 3A: Ballistic Protection Standards, U.S. National Institute of Justice Standard-0101.06

Scutum Enhanced Personal Protective Inserts (EPPI) designed by NTS can provide Type IV+ protection, far exceeding NIJ standards for Type IV body armor, or resistance against 10.8 g (166 gr) .30-06 Springfield M2 armor piercing bullets at 878 m/s. The EPPI inserts have been tested to provide single-hit capacity resistance against 12.7×99mm BMG (.50 BMG) M33 ball bullets at 890 m/s (2910 ft/s), although this would occur with significant reduction in operator capacity to remain conscious.

Dyneema Personal Hard Armor Inserts (PHAI) designed by UAE Systems can provide Type III+ protection, exceeding NIJ standards for Type III body armor, or resistance against 9.6 g (148 gr) 7.62×51mm NATO M80 ball bullets at 847 m/s.


Purchase

The MPBAS armor set can be purchased by international customers. Due to various issues related to the potential proliferation of highly classified nanocomposites used in Scutum based on titanium disulfide (TiS2), export of Scutum EPPIs is tightly restricted to prevent potential adversaries from receiving high-level Type IV+ armor. However, for international customers desiring the advanced comfort, adaptability, and quality of the MPBAS ensemble without clearance for Scutum EPPIs, alternate Dyneema HB80 PHAI inserts are available to provide Type III+ protection at the same weight but with slightly additional bulk.

NTS Scutum EPPI inserts are only available to strategic United Republic partners or other highly trusted nations.
MPBAS Personal Armored Vest + Modular Blast Belt (no inserts) — $1,700.00
MPBAS Adaptable Carrier System + ACS components + Modular Blast Belt (no inserts) — $900.00
MPBAS concealed body armor$600.00 for any protection level

NTS Scutum™ Enhanced Personal Protective Inserts (EPPI) set (Type IV+) — $1,500.00Restricted Level 2
Dyneema® HB80 Personal Hard Armor Inserts (PHAI) set (Type III+) — $800.00

Supplemental Armor Components$1,000.00 (complete set)
  • Lower abdomen panel$200.00
  • Shoulder pads (pair) — $150.00
  • Bicep pads (pair) — $150.00
  • Forearm pads (pair) — $100.00
  • Thigh pads (pair) — $200.00
  • Armored collar guard$200.00
Personal Armored Vest complete set (PAV + MBB + SACs + concealed armor + inserts)
  • with Scutum EPPI inserts — $4,600.00you save $200!Restricted Level 2
  • with Dyneema HB80 PHAI inserts — $4,000.00you save $100!
Adaptable Carrier System complete set (ACS + MBB + SACs + concealed armor + inserts)
  • with Scutum EPPI inserts — $4,000.00Restricted Level 2
  • with Dyneema HB80 PHAI inserts — $3,300.00
OMPP Domestic Manufacturing License on MPBAS set (no inserts)$4,200,000,000
OMPP Domestic Manufacturing License on Scutum EPPI inserts$1,500,000,000 added to price of set
OMPP Domestic Manufacturing License on Dyneema HB80 PHAI inserts$800,000,000 added to price of set


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Berkeley HEATRAY™ FR assault gloves

Postby Virana » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:21 pm

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Berkeley HEATRAY™ FR assault gloves
Forged from pure combat. Forged for pure warriors.

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Berkeley HEATRAY™ FR assault gloves in coyote brown with a coyote palm.

The Berkeley HEATRAY™ FR assault gloves are versatile flame-resistant combat gloves designed for performance, durability, and comfort. Although different gloves may be issued depending on the unit, the Berkeley HEATRAY™ series has been the most popular series of tactical gloves for combat applications for the past decade. Made in the URE with UR materials.

During combat, tactical assault gloves provide the wearer with a superior grip on his weapon, more comfort when handling potentially hot machinery such as weapons (particularly in hot environments where black weapons tend to become very hot), and cut and flame protection on the hand. The gloves were designed for special operators, but have since become widespread among conventional forces as well. The microvented leather palm features a texture to enhance weapon grip. High-wear areas of the hand, such as the web between the thumb and index finger, are reinforced.

The glove is constructed of premium leather with integrated Dyneema® Diamond technology to dramatically improve cut-resistance by 200% over conventional gloves. The specially engineered base polymer is enhanced by the cut-resistant microparticles integrated into the polymer. The material is 40% lighter than aramids used in many durable cut-resistant gloves. The fiber's high heat conductivity provides a cool touch, enhancing user comfort. The overall material provides the glove with EN388 cut level 3 and ANSI cut level 2 protection with the smallest diameter fiber on the market.

The gloves have a nonrestrictive mid-height cuff with a hook-and-loop Velcro closure, and feature molded, punched neoprene finger ridges, air mesh vents, microsuede finger surfaces, and a tough carbon fiber knuckle protector. The glove is sonic welded to enhance comfort. The thumb, index finer, and middle finger feature reinforced surfaces to enhance abrasion resistance.

The gloves provide all-round utility to ground forces, allowing for protection and breathability in a lightweight, cut-resistant glove that is flame-resistant. They exceed ASTM D6413 and NFPA 1971 Section 7.7.3 standards for flame-resistance. The glove's knuckle plating is anatomically shaped to avoid restricting motion or mobility, and can protect the knuckle when the wearer falls or even during close quarters combat scenarios, where the gloves effectively double as flame-resistant, cut-resistant brass knuckles.

Purchase
The Berkeley HEATRAY™ assault gloves are available for purchase by international customers. A number of color options are available: black, tan, coyote, or foliage green; tan is the most popular color preferred by personnel in the field, although black is chosen often for law enforcement personnel. There are three versions of the glove available: fingered, half-fingered, and fingerless. The half-fingered version removes the tips of the fingers on the index finger, middle finger, and thumb for increased dexterity and trigger feel.
Berkeley HEATRAY™ FR assault gloves (pair)
  • Fingered — $85.00
  • Half-fingered — $80.00
  • Fingerless — $75.00
OMPP Domestic Manufacturing License$200,000,000.00


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QuantumStealth Multi-terrain Camouflage Pattern™ (MCP™)

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QuantumStealth Multi-terrain Camouflage Pattern™ family
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The QuantumStealth Multi-terrain Camouflage Pattern™ (MCP) is a family of camouflage patterns (FOCP) developed for use by the United Republic Defense Force by QuantumStealth, Inc. in partnership with Gustavo Fiorentini, professor at the National Defense University specializing in camouflage and individual systems. The family of patterns consists of four unique camouflage patterns for a variety of environments and purposes.

The MCP family consists of digital pixelated camouflage patterns in four versions—desert, transitional, woodland, and OCIE/PPE.

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Top: The three environmental patterns in the MCP family printed onto Ground Combat Uniforms. From left to right: MCP-Desert, MCP-Transitional, and MCP-Woodland.
Above: A full MPBAS body armor kit in MCP-OCIE/PPE pattern intended for all organizational clothing and individual equipment/personal protective equipment.
Images courtesy of Tippercommon.


MCP-Desert (MCP-D) is designed for use in arid or urban environments such as sandy or rocky deserts and cities. MCP-Transitional (MCP-T) is a pattern optimized for semiarid or transitional environments, such as varied terrains, mountains, plains, moderate woodlands and jungles, and rocky deserts; it is also generally the chosen garrison or off-duty camouflage pattern of the U.R. Army. MCP-Woodland (MCP-W) is designed for heavily wooded environments such as forests and green zones. Finally, MCP-OCIE/PPE (MCP-O) is designed to be used on organizational clothing and individual equipment/personal protective equipment; it is essentially a pattern for individual equipment that matches with all patterns and allows the same equipment to be used with uniforms in any of the other patterns.

History and Development

The family was developed as part of the U.R. Army's Camouflage Improvement Effort (CIE), a program initiated in 2009 to explore a potential future replacement for the array of camouflage patterns used by the United Republic. The failure of the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) led to the adoption of the widely successful DMC (digital multi-terrain camouflage) pattern developed by Warez Precision, derived from their proprietary woodland pattern developed in the late 1990s (in turn derived from Crye's Multicam), for all soldiers in Acaema. DMC was considered one of the most effective transitional/universal patterns in the world, and is regarded as one of the most commercially successful patterns ever.

With its use in Acaema the U.R. Defense Force utilized a whopping nine patterns for its respective services: MARPAT woodland, desert, and arctic for the U.R. Marine Corps; AOR1, AOR2, and Naval Utilities Pattern for the U.R. Navy; Digital tigerstripe for the U.R. Air Force; and UCP and OCP (Operational Acaeman Freedom Camouflage Pattern, the military designation for DMC) for the U.R. Army. A subsequent program was launched to analyze commercial camouflage solutions as part of a single family of patterns, consisting of an arid, woodland, and transitional pattern. The transitional pattern was planned on being printed on organizational clothing and individual equipment/personal protective equipment (OCIE/PPE) and could blend in with the other two environmental patterns, effectively forming the U.R. Army's equivalent of the Marine Corps' use of coyote brown for OCIE/PPE.

Warez developed a family of patterns with DMC as its transitional base pattern for the competition, consisting of three patterns all based on the DMC design. They were simply recolorations of the original DMC, and during testing proved among the most effective patterns in their respective environments.

QuantumStealth around the same time began to develop its submission for the program. For long, QuantumStealth had produced camouflage patterns for a large number of varied military, special forces, and law enforcement organizations. QuantumStealth had even been contracted to produce a derivative of DMC-Transitional with the same colorway but a distinctive design for the Acaeman Special Forces, a special operations unit of the reformed Acaeman National Army trained by Emmerian forces. The pattern was intended to blend in with the Emmerian forces while distinguishing Acaeman troops from Emmerian/coalition military personnel.

For the MCP program, QuantumStealth teamed up with renowned camouflage expert Dr. Gustavo Fiorentini of the National Defense University in Oured, D.A. Through an exhaustive analysis and meticulous design phase, the camouflage family was designed and submitted to the Army competition.

The family consisted of four patterns—desert, woodland, transitional, and OCIE/PPE—to serve the individual needs and requirements of the U.R. Army. After being rated as arguably the top performer of all participants in the competition at both close and long ranges, the pattern was selected with a non-exclusive contract to replace the American UCP used in the U.R. Army as well as OCP among select Army units in Acaema. It was issued on a large scale to newly deploying soldiers and active personnel in garrison, becoming the main camouflage pattern for U.R. Army units alongside OCP.

The U.R. Marine Corps followed on its success by replacing its already extremely effective MARPAT with the family of patterns. Although MARPAT was considered one of the most effective patterns in woodland, desert, and arctic environments, the woodland and desert uniforms were issued with coyote brown OCIE/PPE to blend in with both patterns. With MCP, the Marine Corps was able to provide full-body camouflage in an integrated family and simultaneously employ more advanced concealment techniques. Because it is not as revolutionary a change for the Marines as it was for the Army, the transition has been slow and continues to this day. Many Marine Corps units still operate equipment in MARPAT, although most units are expected to maintain MCP by FY2014.

The U.R. Navy would issue MCP to its special operations personnel in lieu of its AOR-1 and AOR-2 woodland and desert camouflage patterns, and MCP became the choice for Air Force special operators to replace the otherwise very popular DMC. Currently DMC and MCP are the most commonly used patterns in the United Republic Defense Force.

Design and Concept

The MCP family of patterns consists of camouflage patterns in a randomized pixelated format with a colorway ratio and coordinates defined digitally. Digital camouflage patterns integrate a micropattern and a macropattern intended to cover both long and short distances while also catering to both distinct parallel circuits in the human visual system.

The micropattern consists of discreet color "blocks" that attempt to blend in with the surroundings, confusing the "where" pathway of the visual system. The macropattern breaks the symmetries of the wearer to confound with the "what" pathway, making it difficult for one to identify the target.

This concept of digital camouflage was theorized by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Timothy O'Neill of West Point in the late 1970s in what he called "DualTex". Future digital camouflage patterns such as CADPAT and MARPAT used a pixelated design since it was easier to print on fabric. Crye Precision's Multicam became one of the first digitally-defined patterns to avoid the use of a pixelated design, instead relying on more natural splotches of colors.

QuantumStealth concluded however that pixelated patterns more effectively recreate natural fractals, or shapes found in nature, to trick the brain into interpreting it as background noise. The MCP family utilized this as a major focus during its design phase, employing an enlarged macropattern and micropattern in a pixelated format for effectiveness across the wide array of environments and ranges.

The advanced algorithm for MCP provides for an illusion of three-dimensional layering, using boundary luminance gradients between colors. Darker colors in the pattern are intended to be misinterpreted as shadows or holes, while lighter colors as gaps or reflections; these characteristics misguide the visual perception process, essentially tricking the brain into interpreting the pattern as part of the surrounding environment. The algorithms also closely mimic natural fractals, extending the difficulty of accurately identifying the human form.

The colors on MCP patterns are carefully arranged to make it more difficult to identify the human form, particularly in key pivot points of the limbs and torso; these aid in masking movement and disrupting detection and identification. At short ranges, the distinct colors and shapes of the micropattern pixels allow for effectively blending into the surrounding terrain. At longer ranges where similar colors seem to merge, the macropattern is designed to maintain distinctive larger "splotches" or spatial frequency that continue to blend in.

The MCP family is also tailored for effectiveness in the near-IR spectrum. In most camouflage patterns, the colors merge at several points in the spectrum. MCP not only blends in with the respective terrain's IR environmental colors, but also maintains color distinctiveness much deeper through the spectrum than comparable digital camouflage patterns such as MARPAT, providing an unhindered disruptive effect.
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