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  1. Air Force Special Operations Command's CV-22 Ospreys are set to get upgraded armor and a forward-facing gun.

    SOCOM Soon Getting More Capable, Deadlier Ospreys and C-130s

    • May 22, 2014

    US Special Operations Command may have a relatively small budget with which to add the latest generation of widgets to its fixed-wing fleet, but commando leaders say they're making those dollars count — and doing so quickly.

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  1. Sig's 716 CSASS rifle

    SOFIC 2014: Updates from Sig Sauer

    Sig Sauer was showing a few projects updates including the work they’ve done to lighten the their Sig716 7.

    • May. 21, 2014
  2. A soldier checks wind speed and direction in preparation for paratroopers to arrive during Arctic Pegasus on May 1 near Deadhorse, Alaska. Staff Sgt. Mylinda DuRousseau / US Army

    US Special Ops Commanders: We Need ISR in Africa, Comms in Arctic

    A group of US special operations leaders outlined what capabilities their troops will need in the coming years here today, focusing mostly on intelligence gathering technologies in places like Africa and the Arctic.

    • May. 20, 2014
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    What's New from Blue Force Gear

    Aside from a few new products detailed below, Blue Force Gear owner Ashley Burnsed was excited share the news about his company receiving a patent on Helium Whisper technology.

    • May. 20, 2014
  4. Magpul M-Lok Video Explains How It Works

    Magpul brought a few M-Lok compatible handguards and rail components to SOFIC 2014 along with some new armorers tools and slimline AR furniture that we'll show you shortly. First, we want to share this video Magpul had playing with the M-Lok display.

    • May. 20, 2014
  5. A compact version of the Cardom heavy mortar is tested during a night shot. Elbit Systems

    Israel Develops 'Pocket Artillery' for Special Forces

    Elbit Systems is validating through live-fire tests what it claims is the world's first 'pocket artillery' heavy mortar system for elite infantry and spec ops forces.

    • May. 19, 2014
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    See Remington's New CSR Rucksack Rifle

    We just arrived here to cover the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) and one of our friends shared some photos of Remington Defense's new CSR (Concealable Sniper Rifle).

    • May. 19, 2014
  7. Members of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron jump from an MC-130H Combat Talon II May 2 during Emerald Warrior, a joint exercise to train special operations, conventional and partner nation forces in combat scenarios. Staff Sgt. Marleah Miller / US Air Force

    After Steep Climb, US SOCOM Funds Begin To Slide

    The Pentagon still plans to increase funding for special operations equipment in the coming years, but after years of plus-ups, that trend is expected to flatten.

    • May. 19, 2014
  8. A French Gazelle helicopter flies over the desert during operations in northern Mali. Attacks on light French helicopters in Mali underscored the need for heavier transport. Philippe Desmazes / AFP

    Report Urges More Gear, Troops for French Operators

    France looks unlikely to boost the special operations forces by 1,000 personnel, and the administration should replace their worn out equipment as well as add to the inventory, according to a French Senate report.

    • May. 19, 2014
  9. Turkish Marine Forces parade on the Bosporus marking Victory Day. Marine operations, including on the internal Sea of Marmara, between the straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosporus, will be a focal point of Turkish special forces operations. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Turkey Expands Regional Ambitions, Splits Intel Units

    Increasing regional challenges and wider foreign policy goals, including in Africa, are forcing the Turkish government to reinforce its special operations capabilities by procuring new gear and launching a new administrative system.

    • May. 19, 2014
  10. A Norwegian Coastal Commando unit operates during the Cold Response 2014 exercise. Greater interoperability is expected among Nordic special operations forces. Torbjørn Kjosvold / Norwegian Defense Forces

    NORDEFCO Projects To Boost Spec Ops Collaboration

    The pan-Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO) group's mission to identify broad new areas for military cooperation will boost interoperability among Nordic special operations forces

    • May. 19, 2014
  11. Indian Special Forces soldiers march during the Army Day parade. The Defence Ministry is now considering a unified Special Forces Command. Sajjad Hussain / AFP

    Support Rises for Unified Indian Spec Ops Command

    India is likely to establish a unified Special Forces Command as the Defence Ministry is considering a two-year-old recommendation by a select committee to strengthen its 'clandestine' fighting ability, a ministry source said.

    • May. 19, 2014
  12. A Canadian special forces soldier accompanies the Malian soldiers he is training during an exercise in Africa in 2012. Canadian Forces

    Canada Delivers Spec Ops Training to More Allies

    Canada's special operations forces have expanded training of foreign troops over the past several years, instructing more than 1,300 personnel and laying plans for future missions.

    • May. 19, 2014

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