R/€ = 15.26Change: -0.01
R/$ = 14.41Change: -0.03
Au 1057.95 $/ozChange: 0.07
Pt 835.50 $/ozChange: 0.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Oct 14, 2011

Tactical military gear offers improved durability

Imperial Armour MD Louisa Garland-Els and Chute Systems owner Douw Raimondo discuss the new Elite Force tactical military wear range. Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.
© Reuse this

Elite Force, a new range of tactical military wear for urban warfare and covert special operations has been launched by military and security garment and gear manufacturer Imperial Armour and specialist airborne training and parachute equipment supplier Chute Systems.

Imperial Armour MD Louisa Garland-Els says the two companies partnered a year ago to develop the range, which was created using knowledge gained through years of research and development by both companies.

“When we were approached by Chute Systems, we already had four orders from it that included tactical suits, ballistic helmets and battle jackets, and it felt natural to form a partnership with them,” she adds.

Garland-Els says all equipment in the new range is parachute-jump tested, with most items undergoing in excess of 1 000 parachute jumps. This assists in locating weak points and improving quality.

She believes that this is proof of the range’s reliability and durability, which ensure maximum safety.

The Elite Force range com- prises three specialised divisions for bush, urban warfare and military free-fall applications.

Bush Soldier
Chute Systems coowner Douw Raimondo says the bush operations section of the range includes a 120 ℓ Bergen bag and chest webbing.

The battle jacket has pouches to hold a radio, extra ammunition and a water container.

Further, Garland-Els says the chest webbing can carry about six additional magazines, depending on which firearm it is custom-made for. In total, a soldier can carry 12 fully loaded magazines in the battle jacket and in the chest webbing.

The suit is complemented by equipment such as a 120 Bergen bag that is divided into three compartments for easy access to contents. The dividers can also be removed to insert larger items. For lengthy and remote operations, two 3 hydration pouches have been added on each side of the bag, which are chemical and biological warfare-approved.

“We developed the kit in cooperation with the South African Special Forces and Namibian Special Forces personnel,” Garland-Els notes.

Urban Warfare
Raimondo says that, for urban warfare applications, the range offers gear that allows for optimal safety, while ensuring maximum comfort.

A National Institute of Justice level IIIA ballistic helmet, safety goggles, fire-resistant Nomex face mask, and an urban combat bulletproof jacket that is worn under the chest webbing, offer maximum protection in explosions and gunfire from firearms including AK-47s.

He adds that, to carry additional equipment and ammunition, the bulletproof jacket is designed as a modular lightweight load-carrying equipment system.

A utility belt that houses a secondary weapon, a leg holster with Glock 17 pistol and leg utility pouch adds to this feature.

Further, an extraction harness under the urban battle jacket forms part of the system for activities such as abseiling and acts as a quick-release and hot extraction measure.

“When, for instance the webbing gets stuck, the person can instantly free himself or herself from the webbing by pulling a release-pouch,” he explains.

A 3 hydration system, a tactical weapon sling with MP5 assault rifle, a medical bag and tactical boots that are compatible for fast-roping exercises from helicop- ters, contribute to the kit’s comfort.
The military parachutist gear includes a free-fall jump composite helmet that is comfortable for high-altitude operations, safety goggles and a Tactical Assault 300 free-fall parachute from aeronautical company Zodiac Aerospace, also known as Parachute Industries of Southern Africa.

A twin-zip jump suit with zips that run down the front of the body and on the inside of the legs enables the person to get out of the suit quickly.

Extra padding on the shoulders and elbows further improves protection, while padded Petzl free-fall gloves protect the hands and still allow the use of a rifle.

Further, Raimondo says the Alti-3 free-fall altimeter complements the kit, as it indicates the altitude before parachute open- ing, which generally is about 914 m above ground level for military persons.

All material items in the Elite Force range are manufactured with 1 000 D-Codura nylon heavy-duty fabric, while everything is also 100% waterproof, bar-tacked and reinforced.

Garland-Els says the items are adaptable and can be custom-made to suit the needs of users.

Further, all kits are prescribed to be used with boots from South African safety footwear designer Magnum.

Besides the the Elite Force range, Imperial Armour has also launched its VIP and riot ranges.

Suitable for government Ministers and bodyguards, the range includes a textured bulletproof waistcoat and a bulletproof laptop bag with a holster inside.

Garland-Els says the development of the riot gear was motiv- ated by South African situations. The range consists of a black flight suit, a riot shield, gloves, a riot helmet, a visor, a baton and force boots.

She is optimistic about the future as the companies have managed to secure a significant order for the Elite Force Bergen bags from the Namibian Ministry of Defense (MoD).

“Since completing the order with the Namibian MoD, we have secured further orders from the South African National Defence Force for our 120 Bergen bags,” she adds.

In terms of expanding its footprint locally and abroad, Garland-Els says Imperial Armour plans to penetrate the hunting industry in the near future. “We have experienced significant success in the other industries and believe the same success can be achieved in the hunting sector,” she concludes.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Intellectual Property Law News
Alcatel-Lucent has organized in early July its Technology week in Nigeria. The Alcatel-Lucent Technology Week took place at a three-day event in both Lagos and Abuja. The event was well attended by over a hundred professionals from Nigeria ICT ecosystem....
If you were asked to imagine a computer network, the image that springs to mind would probably be one of a pristine office setting, where networking equipment is kept behind spotless glass doors in a dust- and temperature-controlled environment. But what of the real...
The Southern African Vinyls Association announced that Belgotex Floors has become the Association’s first official license holder of the Vinyl. product label – a mark of excellence that signifies the product complies with best practice as prescribed by SAVA’s Product...
Latest News
French conglomerate Bollore may have to halt work on the Niger to Benin section of its giant West Africa rail project after a rival company won a court order to stop it going ahead. The dispute concerns rival rail schemes in the area.
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) applied for leave to appeal on Friday against the Western Cape High Court judgment that set aside the approvals that would enable it to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town. This prompted the...
The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) has, since its inception in 2005, approved funding of R6.6-billion in 688 transactions, supporting over 82 900 jobs. Nearly R4.6-billion had been disbursed to companies, while over R1-billion had been repaid by investees.
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
NICK CHRISTODOULOU As about 58% of data stored by organisations is dark, they must identify this dark data to expose risks and valuable information
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96