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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    Can't really do much without samples to fit on and try.
    Logs creed - "One must order kit based upon on a users previous sizes, rather than on the item to be purchased."

    This is the way

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    have it on good authority that the decision was made on what to buy and that it has gone to tender
    if it was awarded then the award should be public on etenders as to who got it, if anyone's got a login
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggles View Post
    Logs creed - "One must order kit based upon on a users previous sizes, rather than on the item to be purchased."

    This is the way
    Yep.Just like the new boots.Watch that space

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    if it was awarded then the award should be public on etenders as to who got it, if anyone's got a login
    Not if it was a restricted tender that wasn't made public.
    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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    PIN issued for IMBAS

    Value ex VAT €19.5m

    The Irish Department of Defence is preparing a tender for the purchase of the torso protective component of the proposed Soldier’s Individual Modular Body Armour System (IMBAS). The body armour shall be a vest type system with a padded waist belt. The system shall also carry the soldier’s primary operational order equipment. It shall also be capable of carrying prescribed mission essential equipment for military deployments ranging from static guard duties to conventional military operations.

    The IMBAS is intended primarily for Land Component Forces deployed on;
    (a) Regimental duties in barracks.
    (b) Aid to the Civil Power (ATCP) operations.
    (c) Peace Support Operations (PSO), both peace keeping and peace enforcement.
    (d) Crowd Riot Control (CRC) in ATCP and PSO.
    (e) Conventional military operations.
    Such operations may at any time incorporate mounted (APC/IFV), airborne/airmobile and/or littoral phases.
    It is intended that the IMBAS will be designed so as to provide the soldier with the level of ballistic/fragmentation protection (BFP) that optimises mobility, agility, and survivability appropriate to a given operational situation and assessed threat. BFP shall be afforded to the soldier by an interdependent conjunction of soft and hard armours, i.e. Soft Armour Insert (SAI) and Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) respectively.
    The information gathered in this market consultation will primarily be used to determine whether the functional and/or other requirements of the IMBAS can be met. Secondly, if the program can be realised within the available budget and therefore if this program can be carried out in the way it was intended. As the list of requirements may evolve, the information of the respondents could lead to adjustments in the functional and/or other requirements. The information obtained may be used to identify potential technologies or product capabilities. The information obtained will not be used to draw up a shortlist.
    You are requested to provide some global information concerning the possible participation of your company in any possible future tender, complete “Annex A” and provide any additional information which may be relevant to this procurement which is not covered the questions posed.
    Should approval be given to proceed, it is intended that a negotiated procedure will be initiated for this procurement in Q2 2021, intending to go to contract in Q2 2022

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    Aw feck. Gonna be at least 2023 before we see it and that's only if Covid doesn't slow down manufacture and delivery.
    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Aw feck. Gonna be at least 2023 before we see it and that's only if Covid doesn't slow down manufacture and delivery.
    Depends how bespoken they go for

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    Bit of tangent if related question but the Rabintex helmets must be coming up on their end life stage soonish too? Any word on that?

    Is Rabintex even still in business?

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    Dunno.

    There is talk of a new helmet and it was looked at by the Body armour review board. Probably a seperate tender.
    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocinante View Post
    Bit of tangent if related question but the Rabintex helmets must be coming up on their end life stage soonish too? Any word on that?

    Is Rabintex even still in business?
    Rabintex are toast, so there are no more spares or replacements from the OEM.

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/1.5165899

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    Heard rumors of new helmet being sought. Nothing concrete but what iv heard they’re looking for similar to ARW but not with the cut away section around the ears
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    Quote Originally Posted by spider pig View Post
    Heard rumors of new helmet being sought. Nothing concrete but what iv heard they’re looking for similar to ARW but not with the cut away section around the ears
    MICH type helmets with a NVE mount and rails are pretty much standard these days.

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    We’ve been saying that every time we’re asked to review kit. At a minimum the helmet should have a nice mount. Tbh if they made of comfortable to wear with peltors I’d push for the same helmet to replace crew helmets. Therefore getting rid of an unnecessary thing on the supply chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spider pig View Post
    Heard rumors of new helmet being sought. Nothing concrete but what iv heard they’re looking for similar to ARW but not with the cut away section around the ears

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    Dutch army in the process of rolling these out.
    https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/l...lmet-contract/

    Kiwis are looking at something similar.
    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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    With the demise of Rabinex, there should be less PQs about Israel supplying military products to the Irish defence forces (even though no Trade embargo exists). Though Elbit and Rafael are still very much in the game, but we don't buy as much from them. Yet.
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    The ballistic helmet market has come a long way over the last few years.
    The US Army is moving towards a modular scalable helmet. A basic helmet can weigh little more than 0.5kg and still offer level IIIA protection. Those who need it, such as APC crewmen or ESSC, can add addition ballistic face and eye protection, communications headset, neck protection, and even a level III plate on top.


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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Dutch army in the process of rolling these out.
    https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/l...lmet-contract/

    Kiwis are looking at something similar.
    Yeah Revision helmets are very popular in the regular military....probably a good choice here too.

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    British Army Aircrew wearing something similar lately.
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    Our own Air Corps Heli crewmen have those too.
    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    Our own Air Corps Heli crewmen have those too.
    https://twitter.com/irishaircorps/st...692353536?s=21

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