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Exercise Jackal Stone 2009

Posted on October 4, 2009 by Strike-Hold Exercise “Jackal Stone 09″ – hosted by Croatia from September 10 to 29 – brought together more than 1 thousand special operations forces personnel. The tradition began with the „Shamrock Key 06″ exercise for special operations forces that were held in Lithuania in 2006. ...

Latest News from BE-X:”OPFOR”camo suit, plus new”EPHOD”colours

Posted on October 3, 2009 by Strike-Hold OPFORThe OPFOR suit could be just the thing for airsoft or paintball players (or theatre and film crews) looking for a different, or African colonial-wars, look.  The camouflage pattern was inspired by the the classic Rhodesian camo, but isn’t intended as a faithful reproduction of...

Royal Marines Reserves train for mountain warfare

Posted on August 4, 2009 by Strike-Hold A group of 80 Royal Marines Reservists has just completed ‘Commando Strike 09′, a demanding two-week high-altitude mountain training exercise in the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California.The Royal Marines are the UK’s mountain warfare specialists, a skill they were called upon to...

“Mirage”camo uniforms from Bulldog Equipment

Creating a camouflage that can be worn in any environment, regardless of location, is considered to be the “Holy Grail” of camouflage design – but many people are of the opinion that it as a fantasy.  As an illustration of this view, any pattern which works well in the desert is clearly...

PenCott camo featuring in James Cameron’s”AVATAR”?

If you’re a bit of a sci-fi, video game, or camo geek – then you’ll probably find this interesting.The latest issue of Empire magazine features a visit to the set of James Cameron’s ground-breaking new 3D, live-action/CGI, sci-fi film, AVATAR.  One photo in particular in the article seems to have...

The US Armed Forces, Congress and The Great Camouflage Controversy – the extended remix

According to a story posted yesterday on SoldierSystems.net, the US Congress has now gone another step further in the ongoing conflagration over the camouflage uniforms worn by American soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors. The 2010 Defense Authorization Bill (which is still undergoing review and revision by the defense committee) contains...

BE-X Lightweight Combat Vest

I’ve been a fan of the BE-X line of tactical gear and clothing pretty much since it was first launched just under 2 years ago.  What I like about the BE-X approach is the thoughtfulness of their approach, the intelligence of their designs and the end-user practicality that goes in to...

The Harrier Jet: 40 Years Old and Still Jumping

Posted on 24/07/2009 by Strike-Hold Few aircraft can be described as truly iconic, fewer still remain in service over long periods, but this year the British-designed Harrier celebrates its 40th birthday, having spent the past five years as a mainstay on operations in Afghanistan.And the Harrier really is unique –...

SF operators get Ground Soldier Ensemble -”Land Warrior version 2″- for Iraq

Posted on 23/07/2009 by Strike-Hold Another interesting story from Wired’s “Danger Room” blog: Special Forces Getting High-Tech Soldier Suits for Iraq Mission By Shelley DuboisJust a few years ago, the Army was so down on the Land Warrior high-tech soldier get-up that it officially canceled the project. Now, Land Warrior...

Afghan Army and German ISAF forces carry out large-scale operation near Kunduz

Posted on 23/07/2009 by Strike-Hold Source: defpro.comThe operation, which is being carried out by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police with the assistance of mainly German ISAF forces, is aimed at gaining increased control of the Kunduz region and to minimise Taliban influence.Some 800 to 1,000 soldiers of the Afghan...